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The Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club of Australia (AROCA)
was formed in the late 1960s and is one of the largest single marque clubs in Australia – over 4000 members (Alfisti) are registered nationally.
AROCA Divisions exist in every State except Tasmania. The Divisions are incorporated individually and are managed independently by State based committees. Regionally based “Chapters” occur in ACT (Canberra), NSW (New England, Hunter, Central West & South Coast) and Victoria (North East Victoria & Goldfields) catering for Alfisti that are geographically separated from their Capital City colleagues.
At the national level, activities are coordinated by the AROCA National Council, comprising an elected National Coordinator and the Presidents of each of the Divisions.
The Divisions and Chapters provide a wide range of events and activities from competition to social - many orientated for family participation.
The most popular events (for members, Alfa Romeo aficionados and the general public) are the “Show & Shine” exhibitions. These are typically known by their more colourful local names; Alfas in Clover (SA), Auto Italia Canberra (ACT), Concorso d’ Eleganza (NSW), Concours d'Elegance (Qld), Italian Car Day (WA) and Spettacolo (Vic); and all involve a static public display of many generally rare and outstanding vehicles.
Another feature on most calendars is the occasional weekend drive followed by lunch at a café or restaurant. Most Divisions also have active technical groups that hold additional focus meetings with guest speakers and/or site visits to workshops, museums etc.
Each Division produces a Magazine for its members, proudly reporting on their local, and occasionally combined, activities. The magazines usually also include articles on current developments with the marque as well as reports of technical, design, cultural, historic and general interest.
AROCA is also one of the most active clubs in motor sport, not only competing but also running a series of events for classic and historic vehicle classes including the Tour d' Course Classic Rally jointly with the Classic Rally Club, sprint events, motorkhanas and the nationally popular Six & Ten Hour Regularity Trials in Victoria and the East Coast Challenge in Queensland.
Participation by members in these events is encouraged as a means to practice and improve driving and vehicle handling skills. As an investment in the safety and competence of drivers of the future, most Divisions also run driver education and training sessions for the younger members of the Alfisti families.