AUGUST 2016: ALFAS INVADE SOMERVILLE CRUISE NIGHT

The Alfas proudly line up for their show
The Alfas proudly line up for their show

 

The Friday tradition known as the Somerville NJ cruise night took place as expected on August 26, 2016. However, the usual swarm of domestic muscle cars and old-school hot rods was invaded by members from the NJ Region of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (AROC). In total, there were 9 Alfa Romeos present, which was an excellent showing for this sweltering late summer evening.

The club had reached out to the cruise night organizers to request a group parking spot. As has been done in the past for other clubs, the spaces in front of the Somerset County Courthouse were reserved for us. The first Alfa was in place before 5pm, with the majority of cars claiming their spots by 6pm. Based on the steady flow of foot traffic parading past our cars, we can presume that the audience enjoyed the rather unexpected gathering of Italian machinery.

There was great model diversity, with Alfetta GTs, Spiders, a 164, two 4Cs, and your scribe’s GT 1300 Junior. The Junior was the sole vehicle from the 1960s, but we had great representation from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The 4Cs were the surprise of the evening, with one privately-owned car in attendance, as well as a brand new one from the local dealer, Fullerton Fiat-Alfa (thanks, Dave!).

Old friends got reacquainted, new friends were made, and with darkness arriving by 8pm, most of us were back on the road by then. It was an enjoyable way to spend an evening with like-minded people, and we hold out hope that our local Alfa club can find its way to organize one more gathering before the cars are stored for the winter.

Spider in obligatory red
Spider in obligatory red

 

1993 Spider
1993 Spider looking sharp in black

 

 

Earliest Alfettas put tach in front of driver; speedo pushed to center
Earliest Alfettas put tach in front of driver, with speedo pushed to center

 

 

My 1967 GT 1300 Junior
My 1967 GT 1300 Junior

 

A V6-equipped '80s GT Coupe
A V6-equipped ’80s GT Coupe

 

Sixty years later, Alfa still using manual release in door jamb to open trunk
Sixty years later, Alfa still using manual release in 4C’s door jamb to open trunk

 

arrivederci
Arrivederci

 

All photographs copyright © 2016 Richard A. Reina. Photos may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission.

 

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