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Founder of AO
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: United Kingdom
UPDATE: Message from Alfa Romeo UK
Thank you for all your positive feedback. We’re delighted to see so many of you joining the Cloverleaf Club and have a lot of activity planned to help you make the most of your Alfa Romeo ownership.
We’d like to address a few of the queries we’ve noticed in this thread since the announcement was posted, and again it’s important we hear ‘honest’ feedback and we appreciate this may not always be good. We do want to assure you that every single issue raised is being seriously looked at and addressed wherever we can. Equally, as the relationship develops we are keen to hear your suggestions too.
So, in no particular order…
Hunter pointed out that his Cloverleaf Club Track Day was cancelled and was clearly disappointed. In order to investigate this fully we asked Ian at Alfaowner to ask Hunter’ for his details but Hunter declined (this is no problem and we completely understand). However, we can confirm that we did have to cancel one track day in October 2008 but obviously cannot confirm whether Hunter (due to lack of real name) was booked on this or not. If this could have been confirmed we would have been happy to have reserved Hunter a place on a track day that we have booked in the summer. So, this one is closed off until his/her real name can be sought (Other than to apologise again to Hunter)
We are also looking into the issue raised by alfaholic1001 regarding a registration number not being recognised by the Cloverleaf Club website. This is proving a little tricky as we have not encountered this before and it may be a DVLA matter. We are working with Ian to source the registration number from alfaholic1001 and we will hopefully learn more then. The key thing is that we are working on it and we will keep the member updated and ultimately resolve his/her issue.
Marko Le Rosso and TomfromTelford raised an interesting point about why their real names appear on the Cloverleaf forum and it actually put off Marko leaving a post. We made the decision that the objective of Cloverleaf was all about bringing Alfa customers closer to the Manufacturer and Alfa HQ in the UK, so we wanted to use real names so when we meet (and I hope we do) members at events like Goodwood etc we can get to know them by their real name. Also, with the advent of Twitter where you’ve even got major celebrities (Steven Fry, Demi Moore etc) who are happy to put their name to posts it kind of backed up our logic.
However, there is no right or wrong answer, and at the end of the day the Cloverleaf Club exists for Alfa Romeo owners so if enough people feel strongly about it we’ll look at potentially changing it. In the meantime, if you have something to say on the Cloverleaf Forum please do so –we really want to hear from you and I hope that you would be happy to put your name to your thoughts/comments.
Just one final thing, I am pleased that we were able to grant a Cloverleaf wish to Squadrone Rosso – from what I hear from my colleagues in Geneva, we were able to offer him a day to remember (hopefully he will agree…). I know a few AO members have talked about this ‘wish list’ facility on the Cloverleaf site but those who don’t know it’s a section ‘I would like Alfa to…’ where we get lots of requests for free cars and drives in the 8C which are hard to fulfil (as you can imagine) but we have washed and valeted a member’s car for a year and lent someone a vintage Alfa Spider for the weekend and VIP hospitality tickets to name just a few – the good news is that we plan to make many more come true in 2010!
So, thanks again to all who has posted and especially Ian for all his hard work, because without him this would not have been possible, please keep giving us the feedback – hopefully you can see from this post we are taking it very seriously.
Brand Communications Manager, Alfa Romeo UK