Sunday 1st July – National Alfa Day, Weston Park, Shropshire. Details at the Events Diary section of www.aroc-uk.com . Advance bookings recommended.
This year we are touring into The Netherlands and joining the Stichting Club Alfa Romeo Bezitters (SCARB) at their 40th anniversary Spettacolo Sportiva Alfa Romeo weekend meeting at the Zandvoort Circuit on the coast east of Amsterdam on 25 – 26 August. This event comes highly recommended and is attended by Alfisti from all over Europe including a regular contingent from UK. More information can be found at www.alfaclub.nl.
Our group will depart from Folkstone on Le Shuttle early afternoon of Tuesday 21 August heading for Bruges in Belgium. We overnight in a splendid old 4-star hotel in the centre of Bruges. Next day we wend our way to Bergen op Zoom in the western part of the province of Brabant in The Netherlands to stay in what claims to be the oldest hotel in the country, again in the very heart of the town.
On Thursday, 23 August, our route takes us through the most beautiful and picturesque parts of the Netherlands. SCARB has kindly provided us with this route taken from their 2016 Coppa Spettacolo Sportivo Tour. It passes through the old fishing village of Yerseke and the historic cities of Middelburg and Veere to the hugely impressive Delta Works coastal flood protection system in the southwestern part of The Netherlands. We cross the main entrance to Rotterdam harbour by ferry then past Delft to the city of Leiden. Our ultra-modern hotel on the outskirts of Leiden will be our base for the next four nights. A visit to the Louwman Motor Museum is planned for Friday morning and on Saturday and /or Sunday we will drive 35 km north to the Zandvoort Circuit for the Spettacolo Sportivo Event.
We will be meeting up with our Dutch friends in the Giulietta Register along the way and planning alternative sightseeing activities for some of our time in Leiden, including a possible afternoon drive taking in the “Green Heart of Holland”. The final day, Monday 27 August, will be a straight, mostly motorway, run to Calais for the late afternoon train to Folkstone.
Total cost is estimated to be £970 per car assuming two people per car. We still have to agree single occupancy rates with the hotels which should make it marginally cheaper. The estimated cost includes Le Shuttle, double or twin rooms including breakfasts for six nights, two group dinners, and car parking. Entrance to the Zandvoort Circuit for the whole two days will be €18 per person and is not included in this total cost estimate.
As usual we will be asking for a deposit of £485 (50%) per car from all participants in the next month or so to pay hotel deposits and reserve the trains. Again, as usual a reconciliation of all costs will made on our return. We have provisionally reserved 15 rooms at each hotel. Six of these are already allocated to Members who have registered their interest.
So, if you have not already done so, please email Peter Bradnock (email@example.com) as soon as possible to register your interest in joining this exciting and different European Tour to The Netherlands.
Autumn Tour – Derbyshire – Early October
Peter Bradnock is coordinating the 2018 Autumn Tour to be based this year in Derbyshire. Dates are now fixed and more details will be posted here shortly. As usual it will combine great driving, good company and good food with interesting places to visit.
2019 - Giulietta Register Event - European Tour - Dalmation Coast and Italy (dates and event to be confirmed)
The more exotic destinations of the longer tour proposed for 2019 (see Winter issue 2016) have certainly raised a lot of interest but also some nervousness about the amount of driving involved. We are therefore looking to cut the route by two days by taking a more northerly crossing of the Adriatic from Split to Ancona and shorten the Italian leg of the tour by 350 miles.
As before we would transport cars to Munich before travelling through Austria, Slovenia and down the Adriatic Coast to stay in Dubrovnik for 2nights/2 days. After taking the overnight ferry to Ancona we would cross the Apennines into Umbria and travel via Tuscany and the La Spezia coast up into Northern Italy and across the Alps into France and home with two rest days along the way. This would shorten the route to around 2000miles to be driven in 11 days plus 4 rest days, 15 days in total.
This year we are going to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway Classic Car Day based at the Toddington Station of the GWSR – postcode GL54 5DT The day is free to enter for Register members in their suitable cars if you advise us in advance that you are attending and will also include a 2 for 1 voucher for purchasing tickets to ride on the Steam Train as well. Details about the railway can be found at their website www.gwsr.com and you can reserve a place by contacting Andrew Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking at plans for a second event over the Summer for the Register to support, more details in the next ‘Letta.
Classic Alfa track day at the historic Goodwood circuit. Always some Giuliettas present and hopefully in action on the track. Date subject to change. Watch www.classicalfa.com for more details.
For the 2018 Meeting and AGM, the Register is heading to Downton Abbey! More correctly, we will be assembling at The Carnarvon Arms, Winchester Rd, Whitway, Newbury, RG20 9LE. This is located only a short distance from Highclere Castle (the seat of Lord Carnarvon), where Downton Abbey was filmed. Period dress is not required, but as the date coincides with the annual FBHVC ‘Drive-it Day’ for classic cars, we encourage you to bring out your Giulietta if at all possible!
Arrive by 11am for tea and coffee before we settle down to the business of the meeting at 12 noon, followed by the more important business of lunch! Also local boy Paul Gregory has agreed to arrange a "fun run” for early birds and the overnighters to take in some local sights and great driving roads, starting from the Carnarvon Arms at 9.30am. Full details in the next issue.
Important – lunch bookings! If you want to have lunch after the meeting it’s VITAL to make sure you book in advance and provide your menu choices. Menu and final booking details will be available on the website in January and booking and payment by cheque or Paypal will ensure you are booked in and - more importantly – get the food you desire! Cost will be
AGM Overnight Stay – Saturday 21st April 2018
We have reserved a number of rooms on a first come, first served basis at The Carnarvon Arms at a rate of £98 for a double room, £90 for a single, on a bed and breakfast basis. If you would like to reserve a room, contact the Carnarvon Arms direct on 01635 278 222 quoting the date and the Giulietta Register to reserve your room at the special rate.
Details at www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk
The Autumn Tour will be over a long weekend in early October. Dates will be confirmed in the AGM. We will be based in Norfolk for some great new driving roads and fascinating historical and scenic places to enjoy.
If you are interested in any of the above events and would like to receive further information as and when then please email Tony Ives: email@example.com
Join us for the our Summer event at the Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage. Now in its third third year, the festival features a unique mix of live action and static displays with hundreds of vehicles and vintage planes doing demonstration runs on the track and in the air.
Advance ticket prices are significantly cheaper so buy yours now:
• one-day adult ticket: £17 (£28 on the gate)
• one-day family ticket for two adults and up to three children aged 5-15: £38 (£52 on the gate)
• one-day child aged 5-15: £5 (£8 on the gate)
All adult tickets include a copy of the Flywheel souvenir programme (RRP £5).
To attend please send a Paypal payment to: firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Flywheel as reference or send a cheque made payable to “The Giulietta Register” to Tony Ives (address in the front of the Letta)
The 2017 European trip will be based around three nights over the weekend of 10-11 June in either Annecy or Aix-les-Bains, France. You will be free to explore the town or local area, or join Giulietta driving tours a little further afield if you wish.
We will meet on Wednesday, 7 June, at lunchtime prior to a mid-afternoon Channel crossing to give us time to get 150 miles or so to Laon for our first overnight stop. Then two days and 400 miles through scenic eastern France to either Aix or Annecy, to arrive late Friday afternoon.
After three nights in the hotel we will start our return jurney7, taking three days to cover 500 miles back to Dover by the the late afternoon of Wednesday 14 June. Our return route takes us into new pastures via the western part of the Burgundy wine region and the hills of the Morvan, before picking up the motorway for the final run up to Calais.
We hope that this tour will provide a good blend of leisurely driving, a chance to relax and to indulge in a variety of excursions on the weekend in Aix or Annecy.
For this trip we will budget as usual on around £1,100 per car (two people) to cover the Channel crossing, seven nights accommodation, and three or four set group dinners.
Please let Richard Hampton know if you are interested in joining this Tour or want more information, via email: email@example.com.
Register your interest now and be kept up to date with the plans. Deposits will be required probably in January 2017.
Our first get together of 2017 is the Spring Meeting and Annual General Meeting on Sunday 2 April at the Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford MK44 35A (telephone 01234 270044). This is a stunning riverside location with a characterful 13th centruy tithe barn. Arrive for coffee at 11.00 am. Lunch is a three course fixed price with choice of dishes in each course. The lunch order form will be available on this website shortly.
For those wishing to enjoy dinner and overnight stay at the Barns Hotel on 1 April before the Spring Meeting and AGM, ten rooms have been reserved at the very reason price of £125 for dinner, bed and breakfast per couple or £87.50 for single occupancy. To book one of these rooms please telephone the Barns Hotel on 01234 270044 quoting reference "Giulietta Register 2383". Please let Tony Ives know if you book a room on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Always looking for great Giulietta driving opportunities, this year we are heading for North Wales. With excellent roads and little traffic, rugged scenery, and some interesting visitor attractions, Snowdonia beckons.
We will be based for the Friday and Saturday nights at Bryn Howell Hotel overlooking the Llangollen Canal close to Telford's magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. We have reserved rooms at the hotel at a room rate of £130 (double occupancy) and £75 for single per night for dinner bed and breakfast. Telephone 01978 860331 to reserve your room, quoting the Giulietta Register. A £25 deposit is required on booking. Post code of the hotel is LL20 7UW.
On Friday 14 October we will meet at the Wellington Inn, just off the A49, (postcode HR4 8AT) for a lunch rendezvous at noon. The scenic route starts from there to Snowdonia and on to the Hotel.
On Saturday we have a tour planned with different options incuding gardens, castles, and a power station but you wont be able to do it all! We plan a guided tour of the Dinorwig Power Station hidden inside a mountain near Llanberis. Although this is a short tour it is not to be missed. We have a block reservation for 12 noon on Saturday but we do need to confirm number which may be limited, so first come first served. Sunday morning sees us on a tour for a final lunch near Ludlow before heading for home.
Please tell Tony Ives when you book your rooms.
In summer we have decided to visit Sherbourne Castle for one of their main summer events Classics at the Castle. The 'new' Castle is a fantastic 16th century Tudor mansion set in some stunning grounds, including the romantic ruins of the 12th century 'old' Sherbourne Castle. Go to: www.classicsatthecastle.co.uk for more information. As you will see, the event has very good feedback with glowing comments on the quality of classic and supercar displays.
The Register has provisionally booked a display pitch in the Italian area for 15 to 20 cars. The price is only £10 per car including all occupants (pre booked) However Tony Ives will need definite numbers by mid May as the event organisers need time to plan pitch sizes.
Many members have attended this event before and highly recommend it. To book you will need to either pay via Paypal sending the payment to: email@example.com quoting Summer event 2016 or send a cheque made payable to: “The Giulietta Register” to to Tony Ives (address in the front of the Letta) Payments by the end of May.
AROC National Alfa Day at Chatworth House , Derbyshire.
USA Giulietta Register member, Bo Richardson writes to invite Register members to join him and fellow Tennessee member Lew Rosenberger to the USA AROC Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, in June. Details and registration forms are available at www.Alfa2016.com.
(PLEASE BOOK NOW FOR THIS TRIP!)
This has been receiving rave reviews since it has been re-introduced in 2010. A number of Register members have enjoyed competing in their Giuliettas in recent years as highlighted in the Giuliettaletta. So why not go and see for yourselves and support our fellow members? More information on the this organiser's website: www.motorsportatthepalace.co.uk.
This is not an official Giulietta Register event.
Another event that looks worth a visit is the annual La Vie en Bleu celebration of everything French at Prescott Hill Climb which is home of the Bugatti Owners Club. For 2016 it is incorporating La Vita Rosso to add an Italian flavour. This will take place 28th / 29th May 2016. To whet your appetite visit their website: www.prescott-hillclimb.com
Note: This is not an official Giulietta Register calendar event.
Due to the very positive feed back received from last year's AGM, it has been decided to return to this excellent venue. Wroxall Abbey is a wonderful Victorian mansion nestled in 27 acres of beautiful gardens. It was also the country seat of Sir Christopher Wren. For more information go to:
To join us for lunch you will need to book beforehand via the Register website: www.giuliettaregister.com. Menus choices and prices will be on the website in January and bookings need to be made by the end of March.
This will be the same venue as last year we have reserved 15 rooms for the Saturday night at Wroxall Abbey.This is a great opportunity for a get together along with a superb 3 course meal included in the room rate. If you would like to reserve a room please call Wroxall Abbey: 01926 486740 and quote “Giulietta Register”
Prices are as follows: Dinner/bed/breakfast (DBB) for double occupancy £139; DBB for single occupancy £119.
These are the same prices as 2015, which everybody thought was very good value. Please note these rooms need to be reserved by mid March after which time they will go back on general sale.
The Autumn Tour will be to the stunningly picturesque North York Moors. We will meet for a pub lunch on Friday, 2 October, followed by a scenic drive, with added attractions, to our hotel. Saturday will offer a choice of cultural or driving options or a bit of both. Sunday will provide another great drive taking in various attractions before a pub lunch and then going our own ways for home.
Put these dates into your diary and don't forget the woolly jumper. Further details will be in the Spring Giuliettaletta and on this website.
UK Register members may be interested in Southern Alfa Day on Saturday, 26 September at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, hosted by AROC Central Sussex Section. Details on http://www.aroc-uk.com/central-sussex/southern-alfa-day-2015
The Tank Museum at Bovington is a fantastic venue for the Giulietta Register Summer event. Exhibitions tell the fascinating story of armoured warfare from World War I to the present day. This unique collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded as the best in the world and includes the world's first ever tank - Little Willie, the feared German Tiger tank, and the modern Challenger 2 tank.
Location: Linsay Road, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG
10.00 am - Arrive at Bovington
11.00 am - Guided tour around exhibition halls
1.00 pm - Register picnic lunch (bring your own food and drink)
2.00 pm - Private tour of the workshops (up to 1 hour 30 minutes)
Admission prices: £11.00 per person, OAPs and children £5.00.
For this event admission is ONLY by advance payment to the Giulietta Register. Please send your payment via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting Summer Event 2015. Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to The Giulietta Register to Tony Ives, Orchard Bungalow, Staplestreet Road, Faversham ME13 9TJ.
Please book before mid July. If you are paying by PayPal, please let Tony Ives know at email email@example.com, so he can monitor numbers joining the event.
Planning is well underway for our trip to the German classic car, boat and plane show Klassikwelt Bodensee in Friedrichshafen, on the shores of Lake Constance (www.klassikwelt-bodensee.com). With the lake and the nearby Dornier aircraft factory, the event is a festival of not only classic cars, but also of boats and aircraft. The town is home to the Zeppelin Museum which charts the history of the airship manufacturing industry in the area in the early 1900s. The diversity of activities means this is an ideal event around which to base our 2015 trip and the journey there and back will be some great driving roads taking us through beautiful countryside in France, Germany and Switzerland.
We will meet for lunch Wednesday 11 June then cross the Channel and overnight around 60 miles into France. From there its a leisurely two day trip arriving late Friday afternoon in Fredrichshafen where we will aim to stay in lakeside accommodation for three nights. The morning of Monday 16 June we will please Lake Constance for a return to the UK in the afternoon of Wednesday 18 June.
Estimated cost of the trip is around £1,100 for a car and two people including the Channel crossings, seven nights accommodation, and dinners on most nights. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Form to register your interest in joining this exciting trip. We look forward to seeing you and your cars.
Our summer event will visit the Shuttleworth Collection near Biggleswade for their Wings and Wheels special event. A great day out for lovers of old aircraft and vehicles with a fabulous flying display. FREE PICNIC IF YOU REGISTER IN TIME
The two week long Register trip to Italy, culminating in the Venasca Silver Flag hill climb event on the weekend of 21- 22 June, was a huge success. Thirteen Giuliettas and Giulias, an early 1750 Sprint GT, a 105 GTO, and a more recent SZ ES-30 joined the Percorso di Vernasca from 16-28 June, 2014.
Bruce and Bridget Stewart shipped their beautiful 1959 Sprint and themselves from New Zealand for an emotional return to the car’s spiritual homeland in Italy and the chance to drive on the right side of the road for the first time. Don and Lynda Sanders from North Carolina, USA, drove a UK-based T.I., and Alan Bradnock, also from NZ, joined the group again, this time with his wife Janine Hannan, to drive a UK-based Sprint recently acquired and restored for the trip. Scots Will and Lindsey Grimes took time off work in Dubai to manhandle their highly tuned and hairy 105 GTO round most of the route.
And what a great and demanding route it was. Almost 3,000 miles through France and Switzerland into northern Italy, circling wide round Milan via Parma to Turin, then into the south of France before heading north towards the Channel. It took in more high passes and narrow gorges than either of the 2004 and 2010 Italy trips. Some famous and well travelled, including the Stelvio, packed with motorbikes, trikes, cars fast and slow, suicidal cyclists and bizarrely, even a German parade of vintage tractors coming up on our run down from the summit. It was a circus of near misses. Other passes, narrow, steep and deserted even by mountain goats, were assailed and conquered by our intrepid and foolhardy band.
Vernasca Silver Flag was all we expected and more. Beautiful villages, Castell ‘Arquarto at the start, a 90 degree left halfway at Lugagnano, then winding on upwards to end after 8.5 km and 290 metres higher at Vernasca. The Programme listed some 220 magnificent cars, several rarely seen on the road and hugely valuable, and most driven with considerable brio to the happy appreciation of assembled petrol heads from many countries. We gave a special cheer to the Register’s own John Bennett driving his 1965 TZ1. A very friendly crowd without a common language happily communicated their love of beautifully designed and well-tuned machines, expertly driven. This year was celebrating Lancia, from the 1925 Lambda to the modern LC2, with 56 great examples to delight us all.
Another highlight was the Museo Nazionale dell’ Automobile in Turin, including a display of the Giulietta Sprint launched sixty years ago, including the original wooden buck for the body shape.
In Provence we met for lunch with Jerome Barogola and several members of the French Giulietta club 'Scuderia Museo Vivo Provence'. Tokens of mutual esteem and respect were exchanged by our respective presidents, Richard Wigley and Jerome, and the entente was most cordial all round. Later we drove safely over Mont Ventoux together in heavy mist with only a few metres visibility.
Sadly the trip was not without mishap. An unfortunate accident put the SZ out of action in the first week but Kelly LaVelle and Andrew Stevens made a marathon drive back from UK in Andrew’s 105 to rejoin the trip for the second week. Frank and Marian van der Vecht suffered a bad shunt in their Sprint at the end a few miles from their home in The Netherlands. Happily no one was hurt. We hope both cars can be restored to their former beautiful condition soon.
Another well-planned, exciting, exhausting and thoroughly enjoyable trip with old friends and new ones from around the world. All our cars were driven with customary gusto and, apart from some minor fettling en route, performed wonderfully in this, the 60th anniversary year of the Giulietta. That’s why we love them.
At: "The Merry Miller" Cothill, Oxfordshire OX13 6JW
From: 11am for Midday Prompt Start
We look forward to seeing you (and your car!) at the AGM! It's not only a great day out, and a chance to talk Giuliettas (and a chance to meet friends), but also your chance to have a say in how YOUR club is run!