CTAROC and the New England chapter of AROC (AONE) joined up for a fantastic lunch at Jim DeWale’s residence in Woodstock, CT. Each chapter drove a separate route, with AONE choosing to incorporate a gimmick rally into their drive. Fortualty we had a break in the previous two weeks of rain. A big THANKS! To Jim for hosting this fantastic event.
After our second Sunday breakfast we drove over to Hartford for a production tour and tasting event of Wild Moon Liqueurs at the Hartford Flavor Company.
The Fiat Club of the Northeast conducted the tour which was co sponsored by Valenti Motors in Hartford, CT. Tour participants from AROC-CT were Roger Carlson, Frey Frey, Beverly Fisher and Nico, Jim Trowbridge. Paul Begemann and Frank LaSala came for see the group off and some coffee and donuts.
In attendance were Roger Carlson, Frank La Sala, Mary Demers and the Trowbridge bothers. Vintage cars and some cool WWII trucks were on display. I never seen so many early Corvettes. Fiats Healy’s and MG were well represented. The Austin-Healy group were all together and they had their monthly meeting at the airport. We should try that some time. Special event was a B-17 fly over and some great model plane acrobatics. Early morning fog delayed the schedule and some of the special planes from coming but the cars were more than enough entertainment. Great event as always.
The event was well attended with over 70 Italian sedans and sport car models. Frank La Sala represented CT-AROC. He relayed a greeting from Bob and pointed out that Bob who is recognized as a world authority in climate change and the atmospheric sciences, would have exclaimed that “God must be Italian” to have such a fine day. Dino Pappous also said a few word noted that the NY club has been gaining new members monthly due to the sale of the new Giulia. A fine Giulietta Berlina 1900 won second place and a hmmm- Countach got 1st place.
Another Wallingford start at 10:30 AM with a fifty plus mile route to Essex’s historic Griswold Tavern. Some of the same routes from Apples and Oyster were used but in different sequences. The autumnal foliage presented well though the weather was a bit chilly. The route was designed to have cars coming from opposite directions, and leaving intersections by different routes. At one point participants followed the rallymaster off course. Cars failed to keep the one minute interval urged by the rallymaster in the route instructions and tended to convoy, defeating the design. One memorable road was Weise Albert Road that seemed to wander all over Middlesex County. Participants falsely boasted of their exploits as well as reliably predicting the election results at a thumping good lunch at the Gris. Rallymaster: Jim Trowbridge, route checkers Dee and Mark Palmieri who were our breakfast hosts. Special thanks to Dee Palmieri for coordinating the email traffic.
A beautiful day greeted our group of 11 cars for the second annual tour. The “Last Green Valley’ is a National Heritage Corridor area incorporating 35 towns in Connecticut and Massachusetts, with 1,100 square miles of irreplaceable historic and natural resources. Seventy-five percent of the area is in forest and farm lands. A group of us met for breakfast at Charlene’s Diner in Jewett City while others awaited us at the starting point at the Green Onion Pizza parking lot. After a brief drivers meeting the group headed North on Route 169 through the towns of Canterbury and Brooklyn, crossing Routes 6 and 44. Beautiful farm land and several private schools bordered the route. In Woodstock the group attended the Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Craft Festival. This craft fair is one of the best of the fall season, offering 175 artisans and their wares: jewelry, woodworking, pottery, etc. were on display. Tours of Roseland Cottage, a 1840s Gothic Revival cottage were offered. The group then headed off to the Traveler Restaurant in Union, Connecticut. A long table was set up for us and the group had a leisurely lunch talking about our cars and other common interests. After lunch several of the cars left for home while the rest of the group continued the drive back South along Routes 89 and 97 to end up in Occum, CT. All in all, a spectacular fall drive. Thanks to Roger for helping to make the Second Tour of the Last Green Valley a great success. Submitted by Frank La Sala