1950 Cisitalia 202 SC
1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic
1955 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
1946 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S
1952 Lancia B52 Aurelia PF200 Spider
1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5
1954 Alfa Romeo BAT 7
1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9
1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica
CUSTOM COACHWORK DESIGNS FOR ITALIAN AND AMERICAN AUTOMAKERS:
1952 Cunningam C3 Continental
1955 Lincoln Indianapolis
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car
ADVANCED MID-ENGINE CARS:
1963 ATS 2500 GT
1966 Ferrari 365 P Tre Posti
1968 Bizzarrini 5300 Strada
1970 Lamborghini Miura S
WEDGE SHAPED AUTOMOBILES:
1955 Chrysler Ghia Gilda
1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero
1957 Moto Guzzi V-8
1973 MV Agusta 750 Sport
1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport
We’ll finish off the afternoon meandering through a few additional interesting towns (like Bell Buckle and Beech Grove) on the last leg of the tour, with possibly more opportunities to explore. We’ll complete our tour Tuesday evening at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Nashville, headquarters for Alfa-centric fun for the whole rest of the week.
Photo: John Greason
Monday, June 13: Holiday Inn Express and Suites
2030 N. Jackson St. Tullahoma, TN / 931-222-1414
Group rate is $153.00 + tax. Use code Alfa 2016
We will be making several stops at Tennessee attractions. Most of these are at a cost of $10.00 or less. There will be about 5 of these.
If you have any questions please contact us,
John & Laura Greason:
Laura cell: 901-356-9950 / John cell: 901-356-2477
TOURING TENNESSEE, Pre-Convention style
This long and winding road will only leave you wanting more!
By Laura Greason
Do you like curvy roads? You know what I mean -
the kind embellished with those squiggly black
arrows on yellow signs about every quarter mile.
What about rivers, lakes and mountains? Tennessee
has it all: Truly gorgeous scenery and some truly wonderful roads. Even Road and Track has tapped Tennessee as among tops in the country for roads that make a driver grin. And a passenger squeal.
On Sunday, June 12, our Pre-Convention tour will begin in Cleveland, TN and we’ll travel the Ocoee Loop portion of Cherokee National Forest. You might remember glimpsing part of this road on TV in 1996 when Atlanta hosted the summer Olympic Games. The Ocoee River was site of the fast and furious canoe/kayak slalom competition. In fact, our first stop will be at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. The road itself can be
a bit like a giant slalom course.
Along the loop, we’ll make some other interesting stops. Did you think you’d ever get to tour the Ducktown Basin Museum? On the National Register of Historic Places, it’s all about the area’s heritage of copper mining. And you get to see how the land has been reclaimed. We ‘ll have lunch along the way with plenty of time to “smell the roses.” Once we’ve completed the loop, we will drive over White Oak Mountain to Chattanooga where we hope to visit to the world famous Chattanooga Aquarium before settling in for the evening.
Before we get under way Monday on the second leg of our trip, we’ll tour the Coker Tire Museum in downtown Chattanooga. They have vintage autos, tires, wheels and a lot of “car stuff”
you won’t see elsewhere. We can even shop, if you have room in your car. Lunch will be at the top of scenic Lookout Mountain. One of the local restaurants is opening for lunch just for us, with a limited menu. Of course, we have already eaten there and it's very good. There may be a surprise for all good Alfa vehicles while we are up on the mountain.
During the afternoon portion of the tour, we will experience mountain scenery at its best. And - just a fair warning - when you see those squiggly arrows, take them seriously. They mean it! We will tour the Children's Holocaust Memorial in Whitwell, TN, a unique symbol of affirmation and vigilance. You will never view the Holocaust in quite the same way again.
Our final day, Tuesday, dawns on a tour of the Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma, TN. Aircraft displays include over 30 quintessential models from the early years through the modern era. It’s actually a fascinating place to see. Afterwards, we’ll travel from Tullahoma to Lynchburg, TN. Yep, you remembered correctly. That’s the home of Jack Daniels
Distillery and we’re going to tour it!
You’ll be regaled with the history of the whiskey and a few tidbits about Mr. Jack himself.
Sign up early, you will not want to miss this drive!
HOTEL INFORMATION FOR PRE-CONVENTION TOUR
We suggest that you make hotel reservations as soon as possible.
Saturday June 11: Hampton Inn
4355 Frontage Road, Cleveland, TN / 423-458-1222
Reservations must be received by 5/13/2016.
Group rate is $139.00 + tax. Use code ALFA2016
Sunday, June 12: Fairfield Inn and Suites
40 Starview Lane, Chattanooga, TN / 423-664-4222
Request Alfa Romeo Owners Club group rate of $134.00 + tax
1953 Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 5, 1954 B.A.T. 7
and 1955 B.A.T. 9 at the Bellissima! Exhibit at The Frist
1946 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet at the Bellissima! Exhibit at the Frist. Collection of Christopher Ohrstrom.
Photos: © 2015 Joe Wiecha
BELLISSIMA! TOUR: Wednesday, June 15
We’ll take you on an afternoon tour of the Frist Center of
the Visual Arts for Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945-1975. You won’t want to miss this one!
Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975
May 27–October 9, 2016 / Ingram Gallery
Bellissima! celebrates the visual dynamism and spirit of innovation characterizing Italian coach built cars, concept
cars and motorcycles produced during the post–World War II economic revival.
Returning to the Frist Center after the 2013 presentation of Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles, automotive authority
and guest curator Ken Gross has chosen 18 vehicles and 3 motorcycles from private collections and museums that are among the finest examples of Italian automotive design, 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. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalogue published by Rizzoli.
Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975 was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts with guest curator Ken Gross.
Photo: Phyllis Tilden
Photo: Phyllis Tilden