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The Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon – AROO – is one of the oldest, largest, and most active chapters of the national Alfa Romeo Owners Club.

In the late 1950s, two Giulietta Spider Veloces came to Portland. They were featured on a local TV show to promote a sports car race, participating in a race which they dominated, winning converts in the growing sports car scene. As interest and knowledge of Alfas grew, Alfa fans – known as “Alfisti” – began to gather at Rambo Motors, the new Alfa dealer in Portland, which trained mechanics and supported a racing team. In the early 1960s, Bob Rinde, Rambo’s sales manager, joined the national Alfa Romeo Owners Club and others followed. By October 1968 there was enough local interest for Bob McGill to apply to start a chapter, making AROO the sixth AROC-US chapter.

Today AROO has around 180 members. Although most live in the Portland metro area, the roster includes members in several western states and British Columbia. AROO’s business is conducted at monthly meetings by a 10-person Board of Directors.

AROO holds a monthly membership meeting (replaced by a summer evening tour in June and August, and by the Holiday Party in December) and driving events nearly every month.  We typically kick off the “touring season” with a Valentine’s Day Tour in February followed by the Old Spider Tour in April. Members lead other tours throughout the year, taking advantage of Oregon’s many scenic back roads from the Pacific Coast to the mountains and deserts in the east side of the state. The touring season closes with the President’s Tour in September and the Old Super Tour in October.

The rally season begins in March with the AROO Rally School, followed by the “AROO Cup” Rally series of monthly half-day TSD rallies through the spring. July/August brings AROO’s premier annual event, the Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rally, the oldest classic TSD rally in America.

AROO keeps its members informed through the monthly newsletter, the ALFA BITS, which is downloadable from this website.

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