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The website of the Giulietta Register, the worldwide organisation dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of Alfa Romeo's 750 and 101 series Giulietta and Giulia Cars.

Giulietta Register AGM 28 April 2019

The Giulietta Register AGM was held at the Beckford Inn near Tewkesbury on Sunday 28 April. The Chairman, Richard Wigley and the serving Committee members were all re-elected. Duncan Ferns was also elected to the Committee as UK Events Organiser. John Whitehead was presented with the Elsie Smith Trophy for his hugely informative and useful technical articles, and Guy Sweeten received the Chairman’s Award for his successful editing of the Giuliettaletta. Here are some pictures from our first 2019 meeting.

UK Auto Italia Day, Brooklands, May 2019

Fourteen Giuliettas were on show at the historic Brooklands venue on Saturday 4 May. A great range of models including two beautiful 750 Sprints brought by Kevin Rawson, Don Jordan’s recently restored 750 Spider, and Hugo Moss’s exquisite Giulia SS. REgister Stalwart Paul Gregory left his Sprint at home to bring his spectacular 8C 2300, doing demonstration runs on the Mercedes Benz test track alongside the Brooklands Museum, real vintage motor car looks and sound amongst all the circling moderns.

Spettacolo Sportivo Alfa Romeo Event - The Netherlands 21-27 August 2018

The Giulietta Register UK visited Brugge in Belgium and Bergen op Zoom in The Netherlands on the way to the exciting Spettacolo Sportivo Alfa Romeo event at the Zandvoort Circuit in The Netherlands. Thanks to the event organisers, SCARB, and to all our good friends in the Dutch Alfa Romeo Giulietta Club for such a warm welcome and true hospitality during our visit, especially the wonderful Louwmann Museum tour and our drive together through the beautiful Green Heart of Holland. It was great fun and we look forward to welcoming you all in the UK sometime soon.

Flywheel Festival Finds Favour

The event, held over two days is a wonderful combination of groups of aircraft and car enthusiasts, numbers are not overwhelming, and many dressed in period fashions or military uniforms complete with period picnic accoutrements. It is all quite relaxed with a refreshing lack of the hungry commercialism now to the fore in some other events.

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Summer Sortie to Aix les Bains 2017

Our trip to Aix les Bain in the foothills of the French Alps combined superb driving routes with a relaxed itinerary - both made even more enjoyable by warm sunny weather for almost the whole week.  We were 19 people, including two couples from the USA, driving in ten cars (including a late model MGF which managed to keep up most of the time).  We crossed from UK into France by train from Folkstone on 7 June, returning from Calais on 14 June. 

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April AGM Kicks off the 2017 Events Programme

The Annual General Meeting of the Giulietta Register was held on 2 April 2017 at The Barns Hotel in Bedford, UK. It was fine weather and top-down enjoyment for the many members attending in their spiders. Sprints were also more numerous than in past years, including an inaugural outing for Stuart Passey's painstakingly restored and drop-dead gorgeous early low nose lightweight Sprint prototype.

The Chairman, Richard Wigley, and all members of the Committee were unanimously re-elected for another term, to the relief of others present. However, in accepting their re-election, Don MacLean, Editor of the Giuliettaletta, and Tony Ives, UK Events Organiser, announced that they would be stepping down during the coming year after serving in their respective capacities for several years. 

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European Tour - France from top to bottom

In June 2016, the Register trip covered around 1800 miles on some of the best twisty and hilly small roads from Caen in France to Santander in Spain, via several beautiful national parks and the Pyrenees from east to west. We returned to UK on the ferry from Santander. Below are some pictures taken along the route.  

Summer at Sherborne Castle

The Sherborne Castle Classics and Supercars Event in Dorset, England, on Sunday, 17 July proved a great venue for the Giulietta Register’s Summer get together.  Vintage, veteran and classic cars filled the gently rolling lawns surrounding Sherborne Castle. A delightful array of classics, predominantly British, provoked warm nostalgia in so many of us wandering their polished ranks. Pre-WWI and ‘specials’ leviathan racers thrilled onlookers as their huge motors (some aircraft engines!) were each started and gently revved to an informative commentary. Modern Lamborghinis, McLarens and Ferraris competed for hearts not already lost to the older iron.   

The Register’s pitch was in a prime position and the line-up of Giuliettas and Giulias was a novel and popular display.  Register members enjoyed meeting each other again - some cars and their owners who had not been seen at Register events for some time and some new members with their beautiful cars, original and restored, new to the Register and to the UK. 

Having greeted each other, parked with precision, assembled and positioned the club banner, and optimistically applied sun block, we set about exploring Sherborne, seeking out the loos and coffee stalls on the way to the different car club stands, trade stands of model cars, useful and cheap tools, and auto jumble stuff. Possible vantage points were scouted should the promised later arrival of the squadrons of modern ‘supercars’ prove tempting.  It was all a pleasantly manageable size, well catered and with an atmosphere of calm enjoyment reflecting good event organisation. 

Sherborne Castle is often referred to as Sherborne New Castle to distinguish it from Sherborne Old Castle. The Old Castle is a ruin of a 12th C  castle built by the Normans at the time of William the Conqueror. By the time Elizabeth I reigned it was already a ruin. Sir Walter Raleigh, a favourite of the Queen, apparently loved the place (and it’s easy to see why) and Elizabeth leased the estate to him. Rather than rebuild the old castle, Sir Walter built a relatively modest four-storey ‘lodge’ in the grounds for his occasional visits.  After Walt lost his head, subsequent incumbents enlarged the buildings adding new wings, but it was severely damaged in 1645 in the Civil War. Rebuilt, it took on the Sherborne Castle moniker, though it really is more a large Jacobean house rather than a fortified castle, as we see today, but actually still pretty old.  

Soon enough we all found themselves back at our Giulietta line-up and set about drawing the folding chairs and travel rugs into an ever more elongated picnic circle.  The threatening sky delivered a heavy but short downpour prompting hasty erection of hoods, but soon cleared to blue with sunshine for the rest of the day. The picnic was a relaxed, disorganised and hugely enjoyable get together with old friends catching up and new friendships started.  Cars were discussed and minor modifications inspected. 

Register Chairman, Richard Wigley, continued the light-hearted tradition of announcing fun prizes, awarded only after rigorously superficial scrutiny and secret judging of the cars on show. Doug Whitaker took Best 750 Spider. Best 101 Sprint went to David Roberts, and Phil Gibson’s Spider was recognised as Best New Restoration (even though it was parked opposite with the Wessex Italian Car Club group). Tamara Earley was awarded the coveted Overall Best Car prize for her lovely and very original white Sprint which she recently acquired in Sweden. The car has a fascinating history which hopefully Tamara will be willing to recount in a future article for this magazine.  

The socialising continued long after the lunching ended and it was late afternoon before the first cars were packed and headed for home through the beautiful green and rolling hills of the Dorset countryside.  It had been another most successful Register event superbly organised by Tony and Jane Ives, whom we thank again, and well supported and thoroughly enjoyed by all those Register members participating.   

 

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