An important day in alfaowner.com history.
July the 8th should be remembered as the “Continued AO Independence day”
As some of you are more than aware, our ability (Geoff and I) to be actively involved in AO over the last weeks and months has been tougher and tougher, and this is mainly due to our busy careers and in Geoff’s case, his ability to create babies. Anyway this has made server/software enhancements take longer than they should and sometimes not happen as often as they should or at all. Speaking for us both here, we have often spent many an hour sat at a PC or laptop until the sun came up, but we still had to go to work that day. We did this to keep us ahead of the competition or to fix an error we had caused or promised to fix.
However, in an effort to make sure that this Club stays running smoothly, we have taken the decision to transfer ownership to a company called TyreForums who have already taken over the management of the site (basically taken over what Geoff and I have been doing for the last 11 years). Tyreforums is going to keep the site on their server bank which will help with uptime and performance as they have a dedicated team of people to do this. The site will continue to be run as it is.
When we started the journey to look for someone that could run alfaowner, we didn’t think we would find anyone. We thought about approaching Alfa Romeo but that would mean the site would lose its best quality which is its independence. However, we found Tyreforums and were very impressed with their professionalism, their network and their collection of sister sites they support is simply impressive. We whole heartily believe that this injection of resource will yield positive results which are much needed at AO as Geoff and I believe we have taken the site as far as we can, well certainly in a part time capacity. Just so that you can relax, we have it on good authority that AO as you see it today is how TyreForums like it and how it is likely to stay.
Geoff and I are sorry we could not tell anyone about the change sooner, this was simply because we didn’t want mixed messages out there. If you do have any concerns, and I guess some members will have questions (Geoff and I had loads), simply post those in this thread and the new community manager (Steve) will be along soon to put your minds at rest.
I hope you will continue to enjoy alfaowner for what we designed it to be, Geoff and I would like to personally thank you all (Well most of you
) for being fantastic members and to let you know that we really will miss running AO, no one will ever understand how hard this process has been on us both, we would like to take the time again to thank the members and staff for their support and dedication over the last decade and we hope you will wish us all the best in our new futures... which primarily will be a well earned rest
We are still alfaowners so we propose to be here for a little while yet.
Absolute Alfisti regards,
Ian & Geoff