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Part 4 – History of a Mildly Afflicted Alfista

During the 2012 Columbia River Concours Tour, we stopped by Pearson Field, in Vancouver, Washington for a photo opp.

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Gary’s ’67 GTV with Steve Smith’s ’89 Spider Graduate and ’59 Sprint Coupe. In the background is an Italian-American, a white Jeep Liberty with VM Motori turbo-diesel engine.

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How do you tow your Alfa 1,000 miles, from Callifornia to its new Pacific Northwest home? Behind a Jeep Liberty with an Italian motori. Drops the Jeep’s mileage to a palty 24 mpg from its usual 32-34 mpg on the interstate, but it does the job.
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Touring the northern California coast and Gold County back roads with friends and the Odd Couple of the auto world, our GTV and their Z06 Corvette. Having one of those snarky black machines in the rear view mirror for several hundred miles is like being tailed by a hungry shark. The parking lights glow like sinister yellow eyes. It’s nerve racking, I tell you. Nerve racking!

Touring Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with the Northwest Alfa Club, 2007.
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Enjoying a tour southeast of Salem, with the Oregon Alfa Club, 2009. Winding back roads, rolling hills, pretty farms, covered bridges … it’s a great place to enjoy an Alfa.
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Oregon Tour 2009

Part of the car’s history, the Alfa Romeo Association (ARA) of Northern California’s sticker, applied circa 1983 and still looking good.
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