For the few local
members and any North American guests reading the board. If any guests do go, please register and tell us all about the event.
Ultimate Alfa Romeo Tech Session
May 7, 2005, 12 to 4 PM
All about purchasing, maintaining, restoring and owning an Alfa Romeo, from
If you have questions, our panel of experts will answer them. If you bring an
Alfa, they can look at it. Professional restorers and nationally known Alfa
experts in the areas of paint, metal fabrication, mechanical repair, race prep
and the sports car market will be on hand to instruct and speak with you, both in groups and as individuals.
The Ypsilanti Yacht Club, co-founded by Alfa enthusiast Peter Pleitner, has
approximately 80 cars in various stages of restoration. For starters, there is
a 1969 GTV with fresh engine installed and a new interior about to go in; a
Giulia TI race car project; a 1959 Giulietta Sprint with fresh paint, but
suspension out rejuvenation and refinishing; 1960 Giulietta Spider normale in
driving condition, 1974 GTV in excellent driving condition; 1958 Giulietta Spider with body restored and wire harness installed. Other restoration projects, such as Peter’s Maserati 3500 Vignale Spyder will also be in the room with us.
The shop has clean rest rooms, a kitchen, snack area, projector and large
screen, VCR, massive collection of auto magazine, race posters, plus a hoist,
storage and work areas.
TECH SESSION SCHEDULE
12:00 Noon-12:15 PM: Welcome and short tour of the facility; munchies, tea
12:15-12:30 PM: The sports car market, Alfa Romeo cars and prices
12:30-2:00 PM: The restoration process/choosing a car/spending money
2:00-2:20 PM: Question & Answer session
2:20-2:30: the WCC auto restoration program
2:30-3:45: Experts look at your Alfa Romeo and answer questions about your car
3:45-4:00: Closing remarks, covering cars, and maps to nearby WCC
4:15-4:30: A tour of the Washtenaw Community College auto restoration
Like restoration, the schedule is a work in progress subject to refinements and adjustments
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Come with a your Alfa and/or questions you would like answered.
The first 12 Alfa Romeos can park inside, other cars in the lot on the east side of the building.
PANEL OF ALFA EXPERTS
Joe Benson - is an automotive engineer, former National technical Advisor to
AROC and Alfa Owner, as well as author of the highly acclaimed Alfa Romeo
Buyers Guide. Joe has owned most post-war Alfa models, from a TZ race car to the blue 2600 Zagato.
Randy Cox - is currently working on Tom Rossi’s prize-winning Giulia Spider.
Randy owns Northland Collision, is a founder of Concorso d’Italia at Meadow
Brook, will chair Italian Happening this year, and has painted several cars that
have competed (and won) Concorso Italiano that is held on the Pebble Beach
weekend. The Ghibli coupe which Randy owned and personally repainted recently sold for a record $62,000.
Peter Pleitner - teaches auto restoration at Washtenaw Community College when he isn’t an engineering professor at U of M. He is restoring s a Giulietta
Sprint and a Spider Veloce. Peter is also a member of AROC.
Bill Jennings - is a professional Mercedes mechanic whose personal cars are
Alfa Romeos. Specializes in 1966-1979 Alfa Romeo mechanical repairs.
Claus Menzel - loves Italian cars despite his very German accent. He has much expertise regarding vintage parts, sources, restoring Giuliettas (with many national awards) and most Alfas 1959-1974. Has owned/restored many vintage Alfas, from his low-nose Sprint Speciale to a 2600 Zagato.
Dean Russell - is a factory authorized Alfa mechanic and repair facility
owner (Trail Auto), a long time Alfa enthusiast and major parts supplier.
Larry Smith - founder and president of Autometric Collision and he owns an
early low-nose Sprint Speciale.
Eric Storhok - is a noted Engine Development engineer, former Aston-Martin
engineering liaison, AROC national director, tech advisor to the Bonneville
World Land Speed Record Alfa, and owner/restorer of a GTV and a Giulietta Sprint.
Roman Tucker - owns and operates an Alfa Romeo restoration business, vintage races a GTA and race preps Alfas.
Special Guest: Jim Steck – auto engineer, Alfa nut as well as advisor/engine
builder/parts fabricator to the Bonneville world speed record ‘4SFED’ Alfas.
His high-tech, aircraft-style fabricated GTV is amazing, as are the high-end
racing components Jim designs and builds. He also does very clean (OEM
appearance, only more finished-looking) Twin Spark conversions for GTVs, Spiders and Alfettas plus custom turbocharger and supercharger installations. Check his web
site at www.autocomponenti.com
From the north: Take US-23 to Geddes Road (Exit 39). Go east on Geddes to
Leforge Rd (flashing amber light beside the new Hyundai Tech Center). Turn right onto Leforge to the railroad tracks. Turn left just before the tracks onto
Railroad Street. Drive to the first building past the new apartments. Look for
the 884 numbers on the tan building, park and come in through the door with an Alfa logo on the west side at 884 Railroad Street. If you are wondering about the Yacht Club name, the Huron River is in back of the building.
From the south: From I-94, take the Huron Street exit for Ypsilanti. Proceed
north on this one-way street through Ypsilanti and continue until you are
driving parallel to railroad tracks on your right. Then at the first traffic
signal turn right onto Leforge, cross the tracks and immediately turn right again onto Railroad Street. Look for the 884 number on the tan building, park and come in through the door with an Alfa logo on the west side at 884 Railroad Street. You can also take I-94 to US 23 North and then follow the ‘From the north’ instructions