Concorso Ferrari and Friends - West Hartford CT


In June the Ferrari and Friends group hosted their annual fund raiser for the Children’s Hospital. There were many brands of cars and Alfa Romeo was well represented. Frank LaSala organized a series of parking spaces for the club. We filled those and we were forced to fill other spots along the boulevard.  Alfa owners are a proud group and the turn out proved it.

However to me there were two moments that stood out. The first was that Rick Pocock arrived in his Montreal along with Jeff Greenfield who also brought a Montreal. Jeff has been bringing his to several events, but Rick’s has not been seen for many years. Thanks to Jeff and Dave for working with Rick to get it going again. As the pictures show Rick was not done trying to get his money’s worth out of Dave. That is Rick directing Dave to improve the appearance of the Montreal.

The other standout moment was when a new member of the CT group Martin Pazzini took best original car with his 1985 GTV6. Martin is the original owner of the car. As you would expect from the award, he takes great pride in maintaining the Alfa in top shape.

One of the goals for the club is to post an article or photos every month to the web site. If you are interested in participating, just send me an email. You can find my email address on the website.


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Greenwich Concours d’Elegance 2019

The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance | May 31st – June 2nd, 2019. 2019
Recognized as one of the premier concours in the country and the largest in the Northeast, Greenwich is unique in that it is two concours back to back.

Sunday - European car day started off damp and foggy but eventually they sun broke through and illuminated a stunning collection of classic cars including the fabulous featured marque of Italian coach builder Zagato who is celebrating their 100th anniversary during the 2019 year.

NYAROC members were in attendance; Mike Bange, Rob and Joyce Rizzo, Vic Cerami, George and Barbara Linton, Gary Pezzella, Bert Wong, Tom Carren, Doug Perrone, Robert Wilder, Lawrence Auriana and John Catera who was displaying his beautiful and just restored 2600 Zagato.  Many other fine Zagato automobiles where in on display as well all overseen by third generation boss, Andrea Zagato who generously surprised Zagato owners with a custom canvas bag containing a beautiful new Zagato hard-cover book. 

2017 Simsbury Fly-In and Car Show

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 Robert D. Cess Concorso d’Eleganza XII

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.

Robert Cess Concorso d'Eleganza VII

A pleasant trip across Long Island Sound with CT Club members Roger and Karen Carlson, Bob Cess, and myself. Michael and Kathy Davias took the ferry from New London the previous night]. The trip was a repeat event from all of us but this time was special. We arrived to celebrate the renaming of the Stony Brook University annual Concorso d'Eleganza to- Center for Italian Studies Robert D. Cess Concorso d'Eleganza VII. Bob received First Prize by popular ballot.