The Alfa Romeo Owners of Southern California and San Diego rolled their Giulia Spiders, 64 Spiders, GTV’s, Duettos and Alfettas onto Transpac Pier and the boardwalk surrounding Gladstone’s in Long Beach for the first Alfapalozza event. At the end of the pier, and the backdrop for their gathering, was Neville Crichton’s super maxi yacht, Alfa Romeo.
Crichton, the Alfa Romeo distributor for Australia and New Zealand, hosted club members aboard his 100-foot long racing machine that is scheduled to leave Long Beach on July 5th. Crichton and his Alfa Romeo will attempt to break the Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpacific Yacht Race record of 6 days, 16 hours, 4 minutes and 11 seconds.
Norm Silverman, President of the Alfa Romeo Owners of Southern California club was elated with the turnout and the opportunity to meet Crichton. Said Silverman,
“Our wives like beauty. Men like the technical aspects of the Alfa Romeo. Life is short and there are lots of wonders that you miss.” Surveying the banners, the Alfa Romeo-lined boardwalk and promenade out to Crichton’s boat and the size of the gathering, he continued. “This is a wonder, and meeting the one who can put this together is a wonder.”
While club members gathered under the clamshell tent at Club Transpac, Crichton accepted a proclamation from Silverman and a club patch for each of the members of the Alfa Romeo crew. Crichton also versed the admiring crowd on the Transpac Race and the technical aspects of his super maxi yacht and the most successful big boat team in the world. Said Crichton of his yacht, “It’s a Ferrari on the water. It has been a success for us and for Alfa Romeo.” He continued, “We are confident that we can break the record quite easily if we get the right weather.”
Said Mary Blankenship, a past president of the 300-member club, whose owner’s collectively possess in the neighborhood of 2,000 Alfa Romeo’s,
“This is one of the nicest Alfa Romeo events that we have been to in a long time.” The club is making plans for a larger Alfapalooza to coincide with the 2011 Transpacific Yacht Race.