It is a bit weird . . . Then again someone did mention that a few Alfas are most likely lease/company fleet cars these days.
Having said that I've wanted an Alfa since I was a little lad, actually owning one has made me quite (very) obsessive
Although my 147 is nigh on flawless, I still spend hours feeding the leather, polishing the bodywork & wheels - I even cleaned my tyres today!!
I still find it quite interesting that you very rarely see a tatty Alfa; they always seem loved. I wonder if it follows that the company/non-alfisti owned cars will start to show their age over time? Which will be a shame, but then again it will further fuel the depreciation when they start to turn up on second hand forecourts.
Whatever way you slice it, Alfas are still largely forgotten or ignored by the general car buying public. Rabid depreciation and the (largely apocryphal) reliability myth seem to be the main factors - quite why Alfa don't plough millions into a slick advertising campaign both confuses and pleases me!
"If something is worth having, you don't need to advertise it"
Despite how reliable the modern Alfas actually are (relatively speaking), there is a feeling of being part of something much bigger. I personally never felt at all bothered about flashing other VWs, Toyotas, Renaults etc when I drove them - the thought never crossed my mind, why would it? However, before I even joined this forum, an Italian voice in my ear was urging me to wave a Alfas
So, keep on flashing - even if the drivers don't acknowledge you, I swear the Alfas themselves know they have been noticed. If you listen really careful you can often hear a sotto voce "ciao"