Section Meeting May 15

8 February 2018

Section meeting report

The Bay Horse at Green Hammerton was once again the place to be for Yorkshire-based Alfisti. In a packed and very noisy function room, we welcomed new member Fraser from Northallerton, owner of a 916 GTV, and it was also nice to see long-time member Graham Brotherton back in attendance once again.

The Bay Horse is well-known for having a great menu and the majority of our members choose to eat there before the start of the meeting proper. Very popular on the night though was the Scampi and Jon’s home-made ‘burgers with just about all of our diners choosing this option. This combination of gastronomic delights is obviously the unwritten staple for couples in Yorkshire! Special mention should go to locals Stuart and Gwenneth who started the day of our meeting aboard a cruise ship travelling back from Norway. They were actually enjoying a night-time stroll on deck at 1:20am yet still made it to our meeting in good time following breakfast back in the UK after disembarking earlier that morning in Newcastle. There’s dedication for you!

We looked back on what was a very successful Spring Alfa Day and looked forward to our group’s next outing to support Clive Baker and Co at South West Alfa Day at The Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford. Discussion about our Section’s main event of the season, ITCAM 3 at Newby Hall on June 3, ultimately resulted in all the attendees present ‘volunteering’ their services to set up the events field prior to the big day.

Coming up, we have AROC member and proprietor Alan Bates’ Open Day at Woodcock Motors in Willerby on June 10, which looks as though it’s going to be a well-attended event, while local AROC member Brian Gilliard had asked us to mention the Hull Minster Car Show that he’s organising as part of the Lord Mayors’ Gala on June 16. This resulted in a lot of interest and so we’ll try and make Brian’s aim of having close to two-hundred cars of various marques, but with Alfa Romeos in the ascendency, on display there a reality. So, we’ll have a lot to look back on and to talk about at our next Section meeting in June.

Interest then turned to events further on into the year, not forgetting the BTCC at Croft Circuit on June 24 and then of course our Club’s big National event National Alfa Day at Weston Park on July 1, for which we have an overnight stop arranged at a hotel in the area. We then discussed the possibilities of arranging a visit to Saltburn for Fish and Chips on the first weekend in September the day before our attendance at Sewerby Hall for The Bridlington Weekend of Motoring, a Weekend Away-style event which we may throw open to other AROC Sections should there be sufficient interest. Watch this space!

So, a lot to look back on and even more to look forward to for our Section! Pictures of some of our members’ cars at our meeting by Nicholas Williamson.

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