They got me at Espresso & Biscottis. That was enough to have me drive to Montreal from Val-des-Monts in my old Spider early morning after a snow fall. I know, I need to work on my priorities….
What I certainly did not expect were the champagne mimosas, pannetonnes and other pastries to sweeten the deal. This past Saturday Des Sources Alfa Romeo hosted a tech session at their dealership on Des Sources boulevard in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. One of the very first opportunities for many to take their Alfas out of hibernation. One brave member of the Club Alfa Romeo de Montreal even showed up top down, wearing a tuque!
This very well attended event started off by admiring Alfa’s new offerings such as the Stelvio, Giulia and 4Cs. This was made even more enjoyable by catching up with other Alfisti which we had not seen since the last driving season.
After sipping on mimosas and espressos we all proceeded in the spotless workshop where head mechanic Aldo Mansueto had a Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde and a Stelvio up on the lifts. He went over every detail and answered every question we had on these beautiful pieces of automobile engineering.
From there, we proceeded back to the showroom where representatives from Pirelli explained the technology behind the run flat tires that come standard with all new Alfa Romeos. A very informative presentation indeed.
After enjoying another espresso and chocolate croissant, we went back to the workshop for Patrick Secco’s session on what to look for when buying a classic Alfa. Our 1980 Spider Veloce “Issy M” was hoisted on the lift and served as guinea pig. From back to front, Patrick went over all the little details to look out for when purchasing a classic Alfa. Much of his information also applied to other classic Alfas. Despite the numerous oil leaks, Issy did pretty good.
We then went back to the showroom for a bit of lunch (yes, sandwiches were waiting) and door prizes. Claude and Nicole from the Alfa Romeo Club of Ottawa came back with a nice bottle of Chianti!
All in all, another fabulous event where it was great to catch up with friends old and new while getting closer acquainted with the new generation of Alfa Romeo cars.