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Sean O'Donoghue

President
 
I guess I have to blame my obsession with these cars on my father, Marty. I can remember an Alfa being in the family for as long as I can remember. Helping him work on his red 72' GTV was always a lot of fun for me (possibly frustrating for him!) and I remember learning how to drive stick between 14-15 years old on a 78' Spider, boy that car took a beating, but was literally bulletproof.
 
I've been a member of the organization pretty much since I was in high school and joined when I bought my first Alfa, an 81' GTV6 with a 3.0L engine built by Hans Milo in Atlanta. It had a Milano Platinum Transaxle with 160mph speedo that actually worked. High flow cats and power steering from a Milano, this thing was a rocket, but it was plagued with several areas of rust. And then the obsession really took off, see below:

Alfas Owned:
 
Current:
1969 1750 GTV
1988 Spider
Previous:
81' % 83' GTV6
71' Spider
91', 92' & 93' 164
 
Other Interests/Hobbies:
Very interest in old-railroad history/memorabilia. I spend a portion of my time running steam locomotives at a local park in the bay area. It is slightly less than half scale, 5" to the foot to be exact. Everything is scaled down almost exactly, except the engineers and folks riding.

Bill DeGolia

Vice President

How did my obsession with Alfa Romeo start?  Two years ago, I saw a classified ad for a 1971 GTV 1750 in Salt Lake City in the ARA “Overheard Cams.”  After looking at photos and gathering all of the information I could, I flew to SLC from Oakland, bought the car and drove it home.  It had 25 year old tires and a very tired motor.  Was I crazy?  Six weeks later, driving home from “Biscotti and Cars”, the motor threw a rod just east of the Caldecott Tunnel and punched holes in both sides of the block.  Buying a new block, building the motor, upgrading the interior and chrome, and all of the other restoration work brought me in contact with many GREAT ARA members. Their help was immeasurable.  I was hooked!

 

Since the GTV is finished, I felt a need for another project.  I  recently bought a 1959 Giulietta Sprint Project car.  Body and paint are done, but it needs just about everything else, so this one could take a while!  Hopefully, you will see my beautiful blue Sprint in the wine tour later this year!

 

Enthusiasm for Alfa Romeo cars is truly infectious.  The Alfa Romeo Association  has a lot of members who enjoy participating in club events.  Monthly meetings at Ricky’s Sports Bar in San Leandro are entertaining, often with interesting guest speakers.  Events like the Malaya Collection, Keller Museum, Dennis Varni Collection, wine tours and driving tours draw a lot of members.  Please join our activities.  You will get hooked, just like I am!

Phil Militello

Treasurer

A FEW WORDS TO MEMBERS
I have not been an Alfa owner that long. When I was searching for a car to restore, I was also focused on the support group that might be around to help me and that's when I discovered the ARA. Not only is it a great resource but also a source of fun with other people who share the same interests. I've had the opportunity to go on road trips, tour a number of car collections, attend tech sessions, go to the national convention held here in Northern California in 2013 and the Monterey Weekend last year where I met my next new car (above). I look forward to more of these activities scheduled for the coming year and, as this year's Veep again, I'm glad to have the chance to contribute to a club that has been serving Alfisti for over 50 years.

ALFAS OWNED
1972 GTV 2000
 

Jim Filice

Member-at-Large
Alfas Owned: In order of appearance in my life. Starting in 1995.
Alfie 1975 Spider Veloce
1987 Spider Veloce
1995 164LS Anthracite Blue
1974 Spider Veloce
1994 Commemorative Edition Spider Veloce
1995 164Q
1991 Spider Veloce
Lucky 1975 British Racing Green Spider
1987 Spider Quadrifoglio
1972 GTV 2000
1972 Giulia 1.6 Super
2017 Giulia


Kurt Delimon

Membership Director
 
 
I became the owner of a 69 1750 GTV in late 2013. I've always been a car guy, growing up I lived off Road and Track and Autoweek (back when it was in newspaper format).  My first car was a signal orange Porsche 914 which set me on the path of many German cars including a Jetta GLI followed by BMWs including a 535is, an M3.  My first vintage car is a 72 3.0cs which I've owned since '91 and restored after I moved to California in 2000. 
  
I've always loved Italian cars and I had been looking for a stepnose for a quite sometime when a very nice 69 GTV came my way and I jumped on it.  I've spent the last year or so bringing it back to the way it was originally doing a fair amount of the work myself but also taking advantage of the fantastic Alfa mechanics in the bay area. When I'm not wrenching on cars I work in the tech industry.

Alfas Owned:
1969 GTV 1750 (only one so far)
 
Other Interests/Hobbies
Old cars cars of any type
Watches new and vintage