The Alfa Romeo Owners' Club in the United States will be hosting its 2010 Annual Convention from June 23-27 around Washington D.C. and to honour the Italian marque's centennial, this year's convention will be named Alfa Century 2010.

The Alfa Romeo Owners' Club in the United States will be hosting its 2010 Annual Convention from June 23 through 27 in Frederick Maryland, with events in Washington, D.C. and throughout the Capital region. To honour the Italian marque's centennial, this year's convention is aptly named Alfa Century 2010; the official centennial date of June 24, 2010 will be marked at events in Milan, Italy, and around the world.

With an expected attendance of more than 1,000 Alfa Romeo enthusiasts' and their families and friends, numerous exciting events are planned. There will be a full day of track events, featuring laps by some of Alfa Romeo‟s most historic pre-war and post-war racing cars, to be held at nearby Summit Point Motor Sports Park in Summit Point, West Virginia, on June 24. Other events will include an autocross competition, a gimmick rally, a time-speed-distance (TSD) rally, several bus and driving tours to Washington, D.C., Civil War battlefields and other historic sites, and receptions, dinners, technical seminars and meetings.

A free “Concorso” car show - open to the public - will be held on Saturday morning, June 26 at the Stone Manor County Club in Middletown, Maryland. Significant multi-million dollar pre-war and early post-war historic Alfa Romeo sports and racing cars will be on display, along with newer models, many locally owned. Numerous Duettos will be on display; this iconic Alfa Romeo model achieved star status in the 1960‟s film “The Graduate.” Also to be seen and heard, will be the new 8C Competizione, the new ultra-high-performance two-seater imported in extremely limited numbers to North America. Hundreds of Alfa Romeo cars will be on display. This display comes at an exciting time for American Alfa enthusiasts; the marque, which left the U.S. market in 1995, is rumored to be planning a return following Chrysler‟s partnership with Alfa Romeo's parent company, Fiat.

“Alfa Romeo has a history of producing cars that set world standards for design and performance,” says Brewster Thackeray of Arlington, Va., President of the national Alfa Romeo Owners Club. “For all their exotic heritage, many 1970s to 1990s Alfa Romeo models remain very affordable on the market. Local enthusiasts who belong to AROC‟s Capital Chapter will vouch that there are few hobbyist cars that provide more driving excitement and Club camaraderie for the money.”

Harlan Hadley, President of the Capital Chapter of AROC and chairman of the Concorso, notes that “Historic Frederick was selected as the Convention location because the surrounding countryside offers some of the best driving roads anywhere, Frederick boasts great accommodations and restaurants, and the location provides easy access to Summit Point. With its proximity to Washington D.C. and Baltimore, and rich history, the area also offers so much to see and do for our vacationing members,” noted Hadley.

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