A few months ago, we shared with you an article about an interesting Franco-Italian hybrid.
Well, last evening the Ottawa Citroën Club, the Italian Car Club of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Alfa Romeo club got together to try a similar mix, but on a personal level, not a mechanical one.
The Italian Car Club of Ottawa originally had contacted our member Jim McC, who extended the invitation to all our local members. Under very threatening skies, six of our members brought their cars to the Broadway Bar and Grill in Barrhaven, a suburb of Ottawa. We managed to bring at least “one of each”, as Werner S arrived in his Citroën SM (another Franco-Italian hybrid), Michel L brought his DS-21, and Bruce G, Jim McC, and Bob McL rolled in with 2CVs. In addition, recent member Paul L brought a rare four-cylinder air-cooled Citroën, which bore a striking resemblance to a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. In fact, Paul’s 2CV was at home waiting for a couple of parts, but Paul did not want to miss this gathering. And of course Ghia is one of the great Italian styling houses, so his car was a natural fit.
We rolled to the parking lot to find a delightful selection of some of Italy’s finest. Alfas (or is it Alfae?) included: GTV, GTV6, Alfasud, and Spider. Fiat was represented by 124 spiders and a Multipla. I probably have forgotten at least one interesting car, but you can have a look at the photos and see if you spot anything else.
After exchanging the stories of our various cars in the parking lot, we proceeded inside for dinner, drinks, and discussion. We learned that the Alfa club is slightly larger than ours. They organize “theme drives”, sometimes with quizzes or treasure hunts. They were impressed with the number of outings our club holds each year, given our small size.
An excellent evening was had by all the members, and we hope to maintain contact with ICCO, Alfa, and any other European car clubs in the Ottawa area.
(Links will be added to this story shortly, once we solve a minor glitch)
Enjoy this gallery of photos, grabbed under less than ideal conditions: