Dr. Gary Kaberle bought B.A.T. 9d for a whopping $2,600 in 1963 when he was 17 years old. He thought it was cool, looked like a space ship and didn’t know much else. Today, the Traverse City, Michigan dentist is THE B.A.T. MAN, working to revive the B.A.T car line by designing a brand new one: B.A.T. 11dk. He’s corresponded with Nuccio Bertone himself, showed B.A.T.9d at many prestigious shows, worked with the likes of Bertone and Alfa Romeo to try to build his B.A.T. 11dk design and knows all the B.A.T. cars inside and out. In a Tech Session all about the B.A.T.s, Dr. Kaberle will address all the B.A.T. cars, as well as lots of information on Bertone and many personal tales.

SUNDAY - MONDAY  - June 12 & 13
          Pre-Convention Tour: 8 AM - 4 PM

TUESDAY - June 14
          Pre-Convention Tour: 8 AM - 4 PM

        Registration: 3 PM - 7 PM 
        Independent evening activities

Board of Directors Meeting: 9 AM -1 PM
         Registration: 8 AM - 12 Noon / 3 PM - 7 PM
        "Bellissima" Tour at Frist Center: 2 PM - 4 PM
         Welcome Reception at Lane Museum : 5 PM - 9 PM

THURSDAY - June 16
           Registration: 8 AM - 12 Noon / 3 PM - 7 PM
         Rally: 8 AM - 2 PM

            Vendors Rooms: 1 PM - 6 PM
         Tech Session 1: 2 PM - 3 PM

             • Buying and Selling Alfa Romeos

         Tech Session 2: 3 PM - 4 PM

             • The B.A.T. Cars

         Concours Judges Meeting: 4 PM

         4C Owners and Prospective Owners Meet and Greet:

              4:30 PM - 6 PM / Hosted by Centerline International
         Tech / Safety Inspection: 3 PM - 9 PM
         Honky-tonkin’ Downtown 5 PM - 10 PM


Gary is also bringing his exciting B.A.T. 11dk to Nashville.

It has no internals of any kind – no engine, transmission, running gear, nothing.  But it’s the embodiment of a wild ride and a beautiful story.  Kaberle sold B.A.T. 9d in 1991 to help pay for breast cancer treatments for his wife, Debbie (“dk”) He lost Debbie in 1993.

When you come to Nashville for Citta della Musica, it’s wise to plan your activities in advance. We’ve set up a pretty full slate and there’s lots more to do on your own. Like we’ve said before: Come early. Stay late. You can have some serious fun in Music City and take in a terrific Alfa Convention. Does it get any better than that?

Here’s a little heads-up on what’s in store Day 1 - June 15 of the Convention proper. It’s all about the cars - from the gorgeous and sublime to the quirky and just plain weird. 

If you’re on the Pre-Convention Tour, you’ll arrive at the Marriott on Tuesday afternoon. Registration will be open early so you can get your Convention materials and get settled in. If you’re flying or driving in on your own, we highly recommend that you also arrive on Tuesday afternoon so you won’t miss a minute of what we have planned on Wednesday. (We really hope you’ll drive your Alfa, since Nashville is so easy to reach by road for so many folks.) Our reserved section of the hotel parking lot will be available by then and you can pick a primo spot for your beautiful Alfa.

The Board of Directors Meeting - Wednesday morning from about 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
If you want to see the inner workings of our club, plan to attend and observe.

Frist Center Italian Cars Exhibit
Wednesday afternoon we’ll visit the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, which is hosting "Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975". This outstanding exhibit celebrates the visual dynamism and spirit of innovation characterizing Italian coachbuilt cars, concept cars and motorcycles produced during the post–World War II economic revival. Featured

are 18 vehicles and 3 motorcycles from private collections and museums; including vehicles by Alfa Romeo, Bizzarrini, Ducati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lancia and Maserati. With the ultra-rare Alfa Romeo B.A.T. models 5, 7 and 9 from the 1950s and a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, this all-star assembly offers surprises for even the most knowledgeable car aficionados. Bellissima! illustrates five distinct themes: Berlinettas, Aerodynamics, Advanced Mid-engine Cars, Wedge-Shaped Automobiles and Custom Coachwork Designs for Italian and American Automakers. These powerful and extraordinary cars exemplify the sexy and streamlined Italian design language that propelled Italy to the forefront of automotive design internationally.

Welcome Reception
When you visit Nashville, there are a few attractions you just don’t want to miss. The Ryman Auditorium, the Parthenon,

the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Lower Broadway come to mind. Since 2004, there’s a new destination that makes the short list: The Lane Motor Museum. The creation of avid car collector Jeff Lane, the Lane houses Jeff’s private collection.

And what an eclectic mix it is! From Alfa to Zundapp, the Lane showcases some of the rarest and most unusual automobiles and other vehicles of all time. You’re guaranteed to see at least one car you’ve not only never seen, but you’ve probably never even heard of!

The Museum boasts the largest collection of Tatra cars in North America. There are also more propeller-driven autos than

in any other collection anywhere. Anywhere. There’s a replica of Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion from 1933, a 1948 Davis Divan, the Von Dutch belly tank racer, a Peel Trident, the 1967 Gyro-X, a 1932 Helicron, BMWs, Alfas, Citroens, Fiats, a LARC (80-ton, four-engined Light Amphibious Resupply Craft), Sam Posey’s Caldwell D7 – well, you get the picture. If you love motorized contrivances, this place belongs on your bucket list.

We’ve been invited to enjoy this great setting for our Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening. The reception will feature a selection of Nashville’s signature foods served among the cars of the collection. Guests will be able to peruse the cars on display and even see the hundreds more stored in the basement.

Our evening’s entertainment will be provided by some outstanding Nashville musicians. I won’t say what style. This is Music City but that’s not just country music. We also plan a few surprises involving some very old and very new Alfas – but I can’t tell you about those either. You’ll just have to come see for yourself.

All in all, the whole day Wednesday promises a wonderful start to the Convention surrounded by great cars, great food, and all of your Alfisti friends. Don’t miss it!


By Bob & Judy McKeown, ALFA Inc. of Tennessee

FRIDAY - June 17
          Registration: 8 AM - 12 Noon / 3 PM - 7PM
         Free Car Wash (Hotel parking lot) All Day

         Vendors Rooms: 9 AM - 6 PM
         Time Trials: 8 AM - 5 PM

         Parade Laps: 12 Noon - 1 PM
         Autocross: 10:30 AM - 5 PM
         Autocross Novice Runs: 12 Noon - 1 PM
         Model Car Concours: 9 AM - 6 PM
         Jerry Quinlisk Memorial Art Show: 9 AM - 6 PM
         Alfas Under The Stars with Wes Ingram: 6 -10 PM

SATURDAY - June 18
          Registration: 8 AM - 12 Noon
         Concours: 8 AM - 1 PM

            Vendors Rooms: 9 AM - 6 PM
         Lunch at Concours: 11 AM - 1 PM

         Anniversary Party at the Mansion for the Duetto,

              the 164 and the S4 Spider : 12:30 PM - 1 PM

         Town Hall Meeting: 2 PM - 4 PM
         Model Car Concours: 9 AM - 6 PM
         Jerry Quinlisk Memorial Art Show: 9 AM - 6PM

         Alfa Bulletin Board Meet and Greet: 4 PM-5PM
         Swap Meet: 4 PM - 6 PM

         Happy Hour: 6 PM - 7 PM

         Banquet: 7 PM -9 PM

SUNDAY - June 19
          Awards Brunch: 9 AM - 11AM

        Convention Closes: 11AM