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I'd be up for a drive out this Sunday...but I don't know the roads around East Sussex well enough to plan a route.
Depending on who is going would be a factor in where we actually A to B from, why not think of somewhere you are familiar with as a plan B just in case.
 

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I may go early just myself and have a mooch around East Sussex early this Sunday.

I won't be able to lead a run this weekend because I don't know the roads down there...

If I can work out a decent route this Sunday, then I can lead a run on 24th June...
 

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Out with the other half this weekend.

I will be at the Alfa Day at Hever next Saturday if the weather gods smile upon us.

Up for an E Sussex drive, I have a few roads and routes in mind, T Wells up through Ashdown Forest wind our way down to the coast, Birling Gap and on towards Pevensey...Bexhill, Hastings, Fairlight, Winchelsea, Rye to Camber, Dungeness?:thumbu p: if we all have access to comms and early morning should be do-able.
 

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Out with the other half this weekend.

I will be at the Alfa Day at Hever next Saturday if the weather gods smile upon us.

Up for an E Sussex drive, I have a few roads and routes in mind, T Wells up through Ashdown Forest wind our way down to the coast, Birling Gap and on towards Pevensey...Bexhill, Hastings, Fairlight, Winchelsea, Rye to Camber, Dungeness?:thumbu p: if we all have access to comms and early morning should be do-able.
I'd be up for that if the date suits.

This morning I rose early...left Canterbury at 0445. Got petrol at Ashford and zipped off to Ditchling Beacon via Rye, Battle and Heathfield.
Had a walk around the south downs for half an hour, admired the stamina of the Larks...then back to Jo's cafe at Brenzett for 0800 breakfast.

The roads were fantastic at 0500-0700. After that, there are a few people about...going to bootfairs I guess?, and dragging horseboxes mainly..plus Bikers of course....

A271 via Herstmonceaux is boring - avoid - it's all 30 and 40 limits.

B2096 Battle to Heathfield was great at 0600hrs

the nav took me on some lovely winding 'B' and 'C' roads zig-zagging across via Plumpton to Ditchling, which were cool, but doubt if I could find the route again..

From Brenzett and then across Ivychurch to Bilsington all good and quiet still at 0900.
 

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If I can work out a decent route this Sunday, then I can lead a run on 24th June...
Up for an E Sussex drive, I have a few roads and routes in mind, T Wells up through Ashdown Forest wind our way down to the coast, Birling Gap and on towards Pevensey...Bexhill, Hastings, Fairlight, Winchelsea, Rye to Camber, Dungeness?:thumbu p: if we all have access to comms and early morning should be do-able.
Is anything being planned for Sunday?
 

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Is anything being planned for Sunday?
Dave,
I think that David Flanners will lead the next outing but haven't heard any dates yet from him......

I must confess that I have signed up for a Pistonheads dawn run this Sunday. Hopefully the 156 will represent well among the Caymans and Audi R8s etc! !

I don't really feel able to lead a run outside of East Kent, as I just don't know the roads well enough.

See you soon hopefully.
 

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Thats fine, I have an alternative "family thing" that I will have to attend now. Do try and play nice with the others on Sunday. See you on the next Alfa one.
 

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2019 meets or runs

I will try to attend some meets and runs out at weekends next year.
Is there a diary yet for 2019 Alfa activities or is it mainly ad-hock?
 

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I hope to organise at least one run out in East Kent/east Sussex in the spring. Meet point near Canterbury. Either meet early on a Sunday morning 7am...or later in the afternoon after all the horseboxes/cyclists have gone home.

I have joined a "light rear wheel drive club" which is based on Pistonheads. They drive out once a month. I take the series 2 spider...fwd cars are a no-no...
Anyway, the last time I led a drive with the AO guys I didn't do that well...we got split up and lost Dave Flanners...anyway, if I bring the 1970's Spider it will stop me from blasting off quite so fast...and also I will put in a couple of rendezvous points in case we get split up.
 

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2019 Events in the Southeast

Just in case anyone wants to get involved with AROC events below are a couple of their meets for 2019.

They have a drive day in April. A few of the Brands Hatch events are always good days out, however up for a few good drives out next year.

I have also added some other events going on so that any drives could be combined or planned around not to clash. If you have not done one of the Departure alounge breakfasts really recomend it, however have not worked out a scenic nice non motorway drive across yet from Kent however as a half day out still great.

Saturday April 6th 10.00am All Italian Car Meet - The Departure Lounge Cafe GU34 4BH

Sunday 7th April –AROC Display at Brands Hatch BTCC

Sunday 14th April AROC Spring Alfa Day. National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZN,

Horsham’s 13th Easter Italian Festival will be on Good Friday 19th and Easter Monday 22nd April 2019

Sunday 28th April – AROC Drive it Day Alfa Run, Doug Hodson Memorial.

Saturday 4th Auto Italia Italian Car Day Brooklands Museum, Weybridge KT13 0QN, UK

Sunday 12th May – AROC Leeds Castle ‘Motors by the Moat’

Sunday 26th May – AROC display Brands Hatch Historic Festival TBC

Saturday 1st June, 10am. All Italian Car Meet - The Departure Lounge Cafe GU34 4BH

Saturday 15th June – AROC Alfa Romeo Show at Hever Castle

Sunday 30th. AROC National Alfa Day- Bicester Heritage, A4421, Launton, Bicester OX26 5HA, UK

Saturday 3rd August 10am All Italian Car Meet - The Departure Lounge Cafe GU34 4BH

Festival Italia returns to Brands Hatch with an all-Italian family day out on 18 August 2019. Again AROC display.

Saturday 5th October 10am All Italian Car Meet - The Departure Lounge Cafe GU34 4BH

Sunday 13th October – AROC display Brands Hatch BTCC
 

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7th April central London Drive day?

As a celebration of the mad ULEZ that will come into effect on Monday 8th April in central London, I thought an Alfa drive into central London very early on Sunday morning the 7th could be appropriate. If early enough would be no traffic and could fill London with a nice Alfa noise.

Could be a bit of fun to have particularly special with V6 Alfa’s and diesel Alfa’s have a mass parade through the Mall, driving through Royal parks Perhaps crossing all the bridges in central London etc. From West to East with final run through the City and back out through Blackwall Tunnel.

It is the same day as BTCC at Brands Hatch so could be before that for those attending.

Will be the last time you can take your car into a London without it costing you £12 at the weekend and eve more any other day. Thus have to get some iconic photo snaps of Alfa’s in London.

Any takers? I suspect a few other car clubs may have thought of this so could be a laugh!

Alterntive perhaps a drive in on the Sunday evening parade from Brands Hatch after British Touring Cars!!!!!
 

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I just posted a new thread with route details for a spring drive.
Once we have a definite group and date then I can PM everyone my mobile number so we don't get last years debacle.
Also I plan to bring the 1977 Spider...which doesn't go as fast off as the GTA, so that should help things.

And lastly, I have put in some rendezvous points where we will swing in..so gives options to join at those points as well as to regroup.

Please reply on the new thread if you can!
 

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Hello Gentlemen

I've just found this post and wonder if there are any local-fish 916 Spider and GTV owners that meet/would be interested in a meet?

I'm just in East Sussex south of Tunbridge Wells, so a Kent & East Sussex Borders 916 meeting would work :thumbu p:
 

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Hello Gentlemen

I've just found this post and wonder if there are any local-fish 916 Spider and GTV owners that meet/would be interested in a meet?

I'm just in East Sussex south of Tunbridge Wells, so a Kent & East Sussex Borders 916 meeting would work :thumbu p:
Hi Simon,
I am organising a meet on Sunday 28th April. It is for any Alfa (lancias, etc too), but it is always mainly 916 cars that turn up to these.

We have an early meet up at Maidstone and enjoy an early morning drive to a breakfast point.

The thread is here: https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/south-east/1175573-spring-sunday-early-morning-drive.html

The route is posted on the thread.

The meets are only organised ad-hoc, but one or two from the group do "owe" us a drive on East Sussex roads later in the year.
 

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Hi Simon,
I am organising a meet on Sunday 28th April. It is for any Alfa (lancias, etc too), but it is always mainly 916 cars that turn up to these.

We have an early meet up at Maidstone and enjoy an early morning drive to a breakfast point.

The thread is here: https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/south-east/1175573-spring-sunday-early-morning-drive.html

The route is posted on the thread.

The meets are only organised ad-hoc, but one or two from the group do "owe" us a drive on East Sussex roads later in the year.

Hello Goremohekan

Thank you and route looks good!

It maybe be better for me to meet you nearer towards the end of the route as I am in Sussex so I will look out for the rendezvous vous points.

As it's open to all Italian marques I may come along in Maserati will see, hope that's ok. Also possible I could drag a Ferrari F355 and a couple of Lamborghini Huracan Performante along with me too that I was out with this morning. :cheeky:
 

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I hope thats not your expectation, you could be disappointed. Do come along though, these runs are usually a good day out.
...ah no not at all in fact the opposite - will be good to see lady Alfa owners! :cheeky:

You have impeccable taste we have the same colour Proteo Red Spiders! :cheeky:
 

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Hello Goremohekan

Thank you and route looks good!

It maybe be better for me to meet you nearer towards the end of the route as I am in Sussex so I will look out for the rendezvous vous points.

As it's open to all Italian marques I may come along in Maserati will see, hope that's ok. Also possible I could drag a Ferrari F355 and a couple of Lamborghini Huracan Performante along with me too that I was out with this morning. :cheeky:
We could add another rendezvous point at Tenterden quite easily by swinging in to the High Street opposite the White Lion? Though it would be a shortish run from there.
I will pm you my contact number.

Maserati? Yeah if it takes your fancy on the day. I enjoyed a track day with the Sport Maserati forum at Llandow last autumn.

Ferrari/Lambo Supercars? er....I'll pm you Simon!
 
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