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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 chapter in the United States.

Today AROO has 200 memberships and over 300 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 Old Super Tour in September and the Giro di Coupe 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. Late July brings AROO’s premier annual event, the Northwest Classic Rally, the longest running classic TSD rally in America, now preparing for its 33rd running in 2022! And the rally season is closed out with the running of the Dirty Rat rally in October.

AROO keeps its members informed through the monthly newsletter, the ALFA BITS, whose current edition is downloadable from this website, along with all issues since mid-2012 available in the archives. We are working on digitizing all issues from 1979 to mid-2012, and some issues from the mid-1970s.

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