by Larry Benson
Expect something just a little different for the Concours at Citta Della Musica. Saturday, June 18, 2016 will find you at Two Rivers Mansion for your choice of fun judging or serious judging of your Alfa(s).
A magnificent Italiante building, the Two Rivers Mansion was built by David McGavock in 1859 (See below).
We have rented the 14 acre site for the entire day.
In addition to the display of our favorite cars, attendees will be able to tour the mansion either with or
without a docent.
Placement of cars will begin starting at 7 AM, judging will begin at 9 AM. Judging will be finished by 11 AM and you can relax after that, tour the mansion, commiserate with friends and meet others. You will be able to dine on-site and box lunches and beverages will be for sale. For those bringing an Alfa on a trailer, there is adequate parking at the rear of the mansion.
We plan on having 4 groups:
The Duettos of 1966 to 1967
A Preservation Class
Cars other than the Duetto
A Shine and Show Group
The first three groups will be judged according to AROC or other recognized judging guidelines and the fourth
will face less stringent, light judging.
Concours judging guidelines are available at
Preservation Class judging information sheets can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
The Preservation Class judging guidelines are the standard judging sheets used to judge ALL marques at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and many other prestigious events.
PRESERVATION CLASS JUDGING SHEETS 1-3
Let's have an outstanding gathering of Duettos to celebrate their 50th Anniversary! You likely will see some very special Alfas at this event!
1977 Alfa Romeo Alfetta at the Lane Motor Museum
1954 Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 7 at the Bellissima! Exhibit at The Frist
Two Rivers Mansion
by Laura Greason
Two Rivers Mansion is one of the earliest and best preserved of the early Italianate homes in Middle Tennessee. Both the mansion and
a small brick houseon the grounds are located on an original 1100 acre plantation and are listed on the National Register of
The land is located at the junction of the Stones and Cumberland Rivers, hence the name of the mansion. The small home was built
in 1802 and the mansion was built in 1859. The mansion remained
a family home for three generations until 1965.
In the 1880s the estate was a working farm with a dairy operation and raising Morgan horses. During the Panic of 1893 there was a financial depression and the farm was near bankruptcy.
The McGavock family retained ownership of the farm until the death of Mary Louise McGavock in 1965.
After her death, the Metropolitan government of Nashville and Davidson County bought the mansion and 475 acres. In addition to the historic mansion site, the city also built McGavock High School, Two Rivers Golf Course and public park, Wave Country Water Park,
the Skate Park and the Greenway.
The mansion will be the backdrop for the Concours at the Alfa Romeo Owners Club Annual Convention in June 2016. You will not want to miss this gorgeous background for our great Italian cars!
Picture a field of glistening Alfas against the backdrop of a magnificent Italiante mansion at the Citta della Musica Concours. You’ll be able to wander around the cars,
then around and through the Two Rivers Mansion.
Plenty of trailer parking if needed.
Photo: Bo Richardson
Photo: Bo Richardson
PRE-CONVENTION TOURS: June 12 - 14
Beginning Sunday, June 12 we’ll offer a choice of Pre-Convention Tours. For the hard-core among you, we’ll have a round-robin tour, hitting a number of great sites in Tennessee and neighboring states and arriving back in Nashville on Wednesday. For those who want a simpler itinerary, we’ll also have a series of day tours leaving from the Convention headquarters, Marriott Airport Hotel, and coming back each night. (See TOURS Page)
BELLISSIMA! TOUR: Wednesday, June 15
We’ll take you on an afternoon tour at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts for "Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945-1975". You won’t want to miss this one! (See TOURS Page)
Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975
May 27–October 9, 2016 / Ingram Gallery
WELCOME PARTY: Wednesday, June 15
Our Welcome Reception will be held at the Lane Motor Museum. This little gem of a museum is one of the nation’s premiere specialty auto collections and boasts the largest collection of propeller-driven cars in the world. You’ll find cars from A (yes, Alfa) to Z (Zundapp) and you’re guaranteed to see a few dozen cars you’ve never seen in the sheet metal. We’ll have the run of the place on Wednesday evening, with some very special Alfas on display and some excellent Tennessee foods to eat.
RALLY TIME: Thursday, June 16
Rallymaster Bob Simonds (some of you in Deep South and the former Vermont chapter may remember a few of his rally productions!) has promised a fun, challenging event. You’ll get out and about on some of Middle Tennessee’s prettiest roads, and you’ll encounter more than a few of Bob’s trademark twists.
HONKY TONK: Thursday, June 16
Thursday night will take us Honky Tonkin’ in Downtown Nashville. The city’s famous Second Avenue and Broadway live music venues beckon, and there are souvenir shops galore. If you can’t have fun in downtown Nashville on a Thursday night, you ain’t country! We’ll have transportation available for those who don’t want to drive themselves.
SPEED DAY: Friday, June 17
Friday is devoted to Alfas at speed. The Convention focus will
move an hour north to Bowling Green, Kentucky, home of the new National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park. For the time trials we’ve reserved the East Course, a challenging, technical 1.1 mile circuit with extensive elevation changes that seems custom-made for Alfa Romeos. The autocross will be on the NCM autocross pad, boasting 22 acres of pristine asphalt.
(See TRACK Page)
Besides Alfas moving quickly, Bowling Green offers lots of other attractions as well. The National Corvette Museum (complete with newly-added sinkhole!) is just across the street and tours of the GM Corvette Plant are available too. There will be food on site. For family fun, Mammoth Cave is just up the road.
In the evening, we’ll adjourn to the hotel parking lot to enjoy Alfas Under the Stars, a Nashville innovation, featuring Wes Ingram and a bevy of fabulous SPICA cars, as well as more live music.
SHOWTIME: Saturday, June 18 (See Concours Sidebar on right)
Saturday will find us at Two Rivers Mansion for the Concours d’Elegance. This lovely Italianate mansion was the site of our 2001 Concours - once again in 2016 some of the most beautiful Alfas around will grace its stately lawn. Plus, the house museum will be open for guided tours during the event. We’ll have the box lunches you ordered available onsite. You can come, admire the beautiful cars and “set a spell”, as we like to say. Rumor has it that we’ll have some live music there too. We'll finish our time at Two Rivers with a birthday party! Fifty years for the Duetto, and 25th anniversary of the 164's and the Series 4 Spiders. Owners of these special cars will certainly want to attend that party.
While we do not publically advertise this event, it is open to the public and there is no charge to come out and view the cars.
BANQUET: Saturday, June 18
We have a pair of very special speakers to both entertain and inform you. You’ll find great food and great Alfa content. We think we have solved some of the issues with past banquets. We intend to eat, laugh, learn, enjoy... and get out on time!
AWARDS BREAKFAST: Sunday, June 19
Sunday morning we’ll have the Awards Brunch before wishing everyone a safe trip back home.
In between major events, we’ll have tours to many Nashville sites: The Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and much, much more. We hope to have some very special Alfas, both very old and very new, on display throughout too. Art shows, swap meets, seminars, you name it – you’ll find it here.