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Updated October 4th, 2018

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Monthly Calendar of Events

Event titles in italic font are hosted by other organizations.

"Driving Event" indicate a tour or rally.

NOTE: Club members are invited to participate in Northwest Alfa Romeo Club
driving events unless stated otherwise at that club's website: http://www.nwalfaclub.com/

Only basic info about that club's events will be posted here.

Please visit their website for the most up-to-date information on those events.



On-going at Griot's Garage:

Caffeine and Gasoline

First Saturday of every month at 8am.

Where? At Griot's Garage, 3333 South 38th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409.



2018 Monthly Calendar of Events

November

7th: Regular club meeting (north) at Spiro's Pizza & Pasta, 18411 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, (206) 546-2900. Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m., but come early for dinner.

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15th: Newsletter submittal deadline.

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18th: Driving Event NW Alfa Romeo Club Driver Skills and Car Control Course

This is an annual driving event open to all drivers with all types of vehicles, particularly those newly minted teen drivers and folks with newly purchased vehicles. The intent of the course is to provide skills exercises that reinforce "heads-up" driving, improved car control skills and techniques, understanding of balance and weight transfer, and understanding of car/systems capabilities and limits. We encourage those drivers who feel timid or nervous behind the wheel (perhaps due to involvement in a collision), those who have recently purchased a new vehicle (perhaps it's more powerful or larger than what you've owned before), newly licensed teen drivers and pre-licensed teens with Driver's Permits, and drivers who simply want to have some fun learning new skills or practicing the skills they've already learned from previously attending this course. There will also be an HPDE/Lapping event offered in the afternoon for more experienced drivers.

The course will be offered on Sunday, November 18 from 8:30am-11:30am at Pacific Raceways in Kent. Some of the exercises will be set up in the parking lot and some will be on the race track. There will be no driving or "lapping" on the race track during this course, it's strictly a skills-based course with fixed exercises stations around the facility. We will not use helmets or any additional safety equipment, as the speeds will be slow/moderate and maneuvers will be contained to the controlled exercise areas.

Exercises will include:
- Slalom - this promotes high eyesight, smooth controls, and understanding of lateral weight transfer
- Braking - focus is on the ABS system, braking limits, and eyesight
- Collision Avoidance - one of the most valuable skills that focuses on eyesight, reflexes, and smoothness of inputs
- Emergency Lane Change - another valuable skill focused on vision, reflexes, and car control
- Skid Pad and Figure8 - a fun exercise that allows drivers to feel "understeer" and "oversteer" in real-time, lateral balance, and (mild) g-forces

We will have a short classroom introduction and discussion prior to the driving exercises, and instructors will be helping drivers through the skills exercises from inside and outside the cars. Instructors are also available for dedicated one-on-one help if needed. The course will be taken in your daily driver vehicle, so please be sure to check the condition of you vehicle before attending. Please visit our sponsor PROVA Motorsports for a professional safety check of your vehicle and for any service that might be required (http://www.provamotorsports.com/#intro).

The afternoon HPDE/Lapping event will follow the driving clinic from Noon to 5pm. Both of these events will sell out quickly, so register right away to secure your spot: msreg.com/nwarcNov18CCC. Cost is $95 per driver for Car Control, and $175 for HPDE/Lapping.

Please don't hesitate to call or email me directly if you have any questions about this event.

Register: msreg.com/nwarcNov18CCC

Mirko Freguia

Chief Driving Instructor - NWARC

206.795.0861

mirko@copperfin.com

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December

5th: Regular club meeting (south) at Amante's Pizza & Pasta, 4201 Sunset Blvd NE, Renton. Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m., but come early for dinner.

NOTE: The usual December Holiday Party has been moved to January since most people are so busy between Thanksgiving and the several holiday activities and expenses of the December holiday period.

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15th: Newsletter submittal deadline.

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2019 Monthly Calendar of Events

January

2nd: Regular club meeting (north) at Spiro's Pizza & Pasta, 18411 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, (206) 546-2900. Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m., but come early for dinner.

NOTE: The usual December Holiday Party has been moved to January since most people are so busy between Thanksgiving and the several holiday activities and expenses of the December holiday period.

The date, times, location of the January Party will be determined and posted once determined. At this time it has not been determined if the Party will take the place of the regular January Meeting.

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15th: Newsletter submittal deadline.

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