Club History

The Founders

The following people were present for the founding meeting of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of New Zealand.  The meeting took place at the Suncourt Motor Inn Taupo, over the weekend of 27th - 28th September 1974

Founder Location
Tom and Sally Evison Wellington
Mary Green Palmerston North
Eddie Lowe Gisborne
Les and Linda Singh Wellington
Myles and Marilyn Stafford Auckland

Life Members

The following are life members appointed for ongoing support and enthusiasm.

Date Appointed Name
1978 Les and Linda Singh
Myles and Marilyn Stafford
Mary Green
Eddie Lowe
1982 Dave and Ngaire Clark
1986 Fred Lennard - also named club ambassador
1989 David Rhodes
Dot Louie
Robin Lock
1992 Ken and Robin Garlick
1993 Roger Johnston
1995 Garry and Meg Macdonald
1998 Murray Campbell
2000

Bruce & Bridget Stewart

2007 Don Bradley
2010

John and Ailsa Cornelius

2011 Wendy Galloway

The Early Years

Controversy before Success.

As the accompanying information shows, following a series of advertisements in New Zealand papers Mr T. G. Evison of Wellington wrote to interested Alfa enthusiasts in April of 1974 and invited them to a meeting in Taupo to discuss the formation of a New Zealand Alfa club.

The meeting took place at the Sun Court Motel on the 20th to the 22nd September 1974. Eight people attended.

In March of 1975 the inaugural Annual General Meeting was held in Bell Block New Plymouth. At this meeting the club was formally established as an incorporated society and Tom Evison became the first president.

Latter that year Mr & Mrs Evison toured Europe and were very hospitably treated by Alfa Romeo while in Italy.

On his return he resigned from the club and the presidency claiming loss of interest in Alfas.

His actions created some cynicism and resentment amongst the remaining founding members. Fortunately for us, Les Singh took up the challenge and working with Linda, Eddie Lowe and Miles Stafford ensured that the club continued and flourished. Les and Eddie’s influence cannot be underestimated as they made major contributions guiding the club through it’s first ten years.

Dave Clark

1919 – 1985 AROC Stalwart.

Dave & Ngaire Clark joined the club in July of 1975 and soon became involved in club affairs.

By 1977 Dave had assumed the role of Secretary / Treasurer, a position that also included editorship of the newsletter.

In 1982 he was Elected President and held that position until his death early in 1985.

In his role of Secretary / Treasurer Dave made contact with as many New Zealand based Alfa owners as possible, inviting them to join AROC. His efforts helped expand the club from its small beginnings to one of the countries largest car clubs.

He achieved this by placing advertisements in daily papers throughout the country and sending respondents a registration form to complete. These forms were recently discovered amongst items passed onto the club by Dave’s family. They make a fascinating record of some of the cars and personalities of the time.

Dave was an avid letter writer, corresponding with Alfisti from around the country and all over the globe. For their enormous contributions to the club both Dave and Ngaire were made life members in 1982.

Bella Tirante - Award

Year Recipient Year Recipient
1982

Dave Clarke (March)
Les Singh (November)

1983

Fred Lennard (March)
Dot Louie(November)

1984 Eddie Lowe 1985 Graham Cooper
1986 Alison & Graeme Wilcox 1987 Graeme Thompson
1988 Murray Campbell 1989 Ken Garlick
1990 Roger Johnston 1991 Bruce Stewart
1992 Justin & Jo Cox 1993 Peter Beck
1994 Graham May 1995 John Rhodes
1996 Ron & Maureen Stirk 1997 Dennis & Jill Marwood
1998 Adrian Gover 1999 Maurice & Jill McCarthy
2000 Rory McLelland 2001 Wendy Galloway
2002 Don Bradley 2003 Peter Wildbore & Michelle Andrews
2004 Mary Cornelius 2005 Graham & Joan Hilder
2006 Arthur Vowles 2007 Lane McPhail
2008 Glenn Watson 2009 Fiona Harrison
2010 Margaret Kelly 2011 Les Singh
2012 Fred Lennard 2013 John and Denise Anstice
2014 Greg & Karelan Doran 2015 Carol Nicoll

Leadership

Executive Committee from the 1st AGM in 1975

This is a list of AROC members elected to Executive Positions and the years in which they were elected. Number of members present represents the number at the formal AGM not the number of registrants for the weekend event.

1975 New Plymouth

12 AROC members present
President Tom Evison / Les Singh
Secretary / Treasurer Miles and Marilyn Stafford
Notes:
Inaugural Annual General Meeting. AGM itself lasts 15 minutes
   

1976 Taupo

29 AROC members present
   
President Les Singh
Secretary / Treasurer Miles and Marilyn Stafford
   

1977 Wanganui

17 AROC members present
   
President Les Singh
Secretary Reg Gregory
Treasurer Geoff Dohig
Notes:
Also mentions Dave Clark as secretary
   

1978 Tauranga

18 AROC members present
   
President Eddie Lowe
Secretary / Treasurer Dave Clark
Notes:
   

1979 Cambridge

35 AROC members present
   
President Eddie Lowe
Secretary / Treasurer Dave Clark
Notes:
Any resemblance between the programme outlined above and what actually happens will be a coincidence.
Prior to 1979 fees were $2.00. Raised to $7.00 in 1979
   

1980 Palmerston North

84 AROC members present
   
President Eddie Lowe
Secretary / Treasurer Dave Clark
Notes:
Regional areas started to hold regular meetings.   Total AROC membership - 396
   

1981 Christchurch

70 AROC members present
   
President Eddie Lowe
Secretary / Treasurer Dave Clark
Technical Editor Les Singh and Bruce Robson
Notes:
New editor Les Singh pens the name "ALFA NEWS", for the club magazine.  Total AROC membership - 606
   

1982 Palmerston North

119 AROC members present
   
President Dave Clark
Secretary Geoff Samson
Treasurer Grace Chan, Kevin Louie
Membership Secretary Bryan and Marilyn Johnston
Technical Editor Les Singh
Notes:

Fees raised from$7.00 to $10.00
Biella Tirante awarded to Dave Clarke (March) and Les Singh (November)

   

1983 Taupo

77 AROC members present
   
President Dave Clark
Secretary Geoff Samson
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Graeme and Alison Wilcox
Editor Les Singh
Notes:
Fees raised to $15.00. Taupo race track used for club meeting for first time.
   

1984 Wellington

70 AROC members present
   
President Dave Clark
Secretary Geoff Samson
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Graeme and Alison Wilcox
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop Murray Campbell
Notes:
"ALFA DIECI" - 10th Anniversary.  Meetings vote to affiliate to MANZ. Fees increase to $20.00 due to affiliation
   

1985 Nelson

46 AROC members present
   
President Fred Lennard
Secretary Heidi Swinbourn
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Graeme and Alison Wilcox
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Peter Healy
Notes:
Members mourn the sudden and un-expected death of ex-President and life member Dave Clark.
   

1986 Masterton

43 AROC members present
   
President Bill Ritchie
Secretary Dot Louie
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Ken Garlick
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Peter Healy
Notes:
Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch all had MANZ Reps
   

1987 New Plymouth

33 AROC members present
   
President Bill Ritchie
Secretary Dot Louie
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Ken Garlick
Editor -
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Peter Healy
Notes:
First National race meeting at Pukekohe at Easter.   No editor was appointed.
Yvonne and Peter Gentry, Bob Louie and Roger Lacey all had a turn.
   

1988 Timaru

36 AROC members present
   
President Garry Macdonald
Secretary Dot Louie
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Ken Garlick
Editor Roger Johnston
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Tony Roberts
Notes:
Annual track meeting at Manfield is re-named 'Manfield May Madness'.  Subs raised from $25 to $30
   

1989 Auckland

54 AROC members present
   
President Garry Macdonald
Secretary Janet Anderson
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Ken Garlick
Editor Roger Johnston
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Tony Roberts
Notes:
"ALFA QUIN DICI" - 15th Anniversary
   

1990 Lower Hutt

51 AROC members present
   
President Garry Macdonald
Secretary Janet Anderson
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Ken Garlick
Editor Roger Johnston
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Tony Roberts
Notes:
-
   

1991 Picton

51 AROC members present
   
President Garry Macdonald
Secretary Glenn Watson
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Ken Garlick
Editor Roger Johnston
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Peter Beck
Notes:
First 'BP - ALFA' race meeting held at Ruapuna.   Total AROC membership - 759
   

1992 Taupo

66 AROC members present
   
President Garry Macdonald
Secretary Glenn Watson
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Christine Wilson
Editor Roger Johnston
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Peter Beck
Notes:
-
   

1993 Napier

58 AROC members present
   
President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Glenn Watson
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Christine Wilson
Editor Justin Cox
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Peter Beck
Notes:
Total AROC membership - 676
   

1994 Queenstown

59 AROC members present
   
President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Adrian Gover
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Christine Wilson
Editor Justin Cox
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Peter Beck
Notes:
"IL VENTISMO" - 20th Anniversary.  AGM votes to adopt the new AROC logo.  Total AROC membership - 681
   

1995 Auckland

32 AROC members present
   
President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Adrian Gover
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Christine Wilson
Editor Justin Cox
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Peter Beck
Notes:
200th Edition of the 'ALFA News' is published in July. Fees raised to $40
   

1996 Lower Hutt

39 AROC members present
   
President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Adrian Gover
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Stephen Wilson
Editor Rory McClelland
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Jason Butterfield
Notes:
-
   

1997 Blenheim

44 AROC members present
   
President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Adrian Gover
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Stephen Wilson
Editor Rory McClelland
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Jason Butterfield
Notes:
Total AROC membership - 548
   

1998 Rotorua

36 AROC members present
   
President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Michelle Andrews
Editor Rory McClelland
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Jason Butterfield
Notes:
AROC NZ web site opens and then lies dormant until 2001. Total AROC membership - 546.  Fees raised to $45.
   

1999 Bulls
25th AGM

84 AROC members present
   
President Don Bradley - elected
Past President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Michelle Andrews
Editor Rory McClelland
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Jason Butterfield
Notes:
New amendment passed to allow drivers and enthusiasts of Alfa Romeo vehicles to qualify for membership of AROC. Persons who joined and had Alfas can still retain membership.
AROC award to John Burrell.
Burnt Piston award to Chris Townsend.
Biella Tirante award to Jill & Maurice McCarthy.
   
2000 Akaroa on Banks Peninsula, Christchurch
26th AGM
52 members signed the register
   
President Don Bradley
Past President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Michelle Andrews
Editor Rory McClelland
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Jason Butterfield
Notes:
Bruce & Bridget Stewart awarded life membership.
   
2001 Napier
27th AGM
75 members signed the register
   
President Don Bradley
Past President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Michelle Andrews
Editor Sue Coatham and Rory McClelland
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Jason Butterfield
Notes:

Membership stands at 650 members.
AROC award to John Anstice
Burnt Piston award to Clive Conland and his daughter.
Biella Tirante Merit award to Wendy Galloway.


 
2002 Mt Maunganui
28th AGM
74 members signed the register
   
President Don Bradley
Past President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Mary Cornelius
Editor Graham and Joan Hilder
Club Shop Murray Campbell
MANZ Rep Jason Butterfield
Notes:

Membership stands at 595 members.
AROC award to John Cornelius.
Burnt Piston award to Clive Conland.
Biella Tirante Merit award to Don Bradley.


 
2003 Dunedin
29th AGM
63 members signed the register
   
President Don Bradley
Past President Bruce Stewart
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Mary Cornelius
Editor Graham and Joan Hilder
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Jason Butterfield
Notes:

Vote of thanks to Murray Campbell for 22 years as Club Shop Manager.
AROC award to John & Mary McTavish.
Burnt Piston award to Leyton Tremain.
Biella Tirante merit award to Peter Wildbore & Michelle Andrews.


 
2004 Masterton
30th AGM
76 members signed the register
   
President John Cornelius - Elected
Past President Don Bradley
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Mary Cornelius
Editor Graham and Joan Hilder
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 575 members.
AROC award presented to George Louie.
Burnt Piston award to Stephen Martin.
Biella Tirante merit award to Mary Cornelius.


 
2005 Wairakei Resort
31st AGM
65 members signed the register
   
President John Cornelius
Vice President John McTavish - elected
Past President Don Bradley
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer David Rhodes
Membership Secretary Mary Cornelius
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 581 members.
AROC award presented to Bob & Margaret Hurring.
Burnt Piston award to Robin Simpson.
Biella Tirante merit award to Graham & Joan Hilder.


 
2006 Blenheim
32nd AGM
58 members signed the register
   
President John Cornelius
Vice President John McTavish
Past President Don Bradley
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer Glenn Watson
Membership Secretary Mary Cornelius
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 565 members.
David Rhodes thanked for being Treasurer since 1983.
AROC award presented to Ross & Christine Bulling.
Burnt Piston award to Ken Garlick.
Biella Tirante merit award to Arthur Vowles.

   
2007 Rotorua
33rd AGM
71 members signed the register
   
President John Cornelius
Vice President John McTavish
Past President Don Bradley
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer Glenn Watson
Membership Secretary Mary Cornelius
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 560 members.
Don Bradley given life membership.
AROC award presented to Bruce & Bridget Stewart.
Burnt Piston award to Tony Morgan & Sharyn Martin.
Biella Tirante merit award to Lane McPhail.

   
2008 Wanganui
34th AGM
48 members signed the register
   
President John McTavish - elected
Vice President John Anstice - elected
Past President John Cornelius
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer Glenn Watson
Membership Secretary Margaret Kelly - elected
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 571 members.
AROC award presented to John Anstice.
Burnt Piston award to Kevin & Anne Leabourn.
Biella Tirante merit award to Glenn Watson.


 
2009 Greymouth
35th AGM
55 members signed the register
   
President John McTavish
Vice President John Anstice
Past President John Cornelius
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer Glenn Watson
Membership Secretary Margaret Kelly
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 520 members.
Biella Tirante merit award to Fiona Harrison.
AROC award presented to Keith and Jeanette Howie.
Burnt Piston award to David and Lyn Rhodes.


 
2010 Hampton Downs
36th AGM
79 members signed the register
   
President John Anstice
Vice President Keith Howie
Past President John McTavish
Secretary Wendy Galloway
Treasurer Glenn Watson
Membership Secretary Margaret Kelly
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 536 members.
Biella Tirante merit award to Margaret Kelly.
AROC award presented to Keith Elliott.
Burnt Piston award to John Mallard.
Centennial Cup awarded to Graeme Thompson.


 
2011 Napier
37th AGM
51 members signed the register
   
President John Anstice
Vice President Keith Howie
Past President John McTavish
Secretary Carol Nicoll
Treasurer Glenn Watson
Membership Secretary Margaret Kelly
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 512 members.
Biella Tirante merit award to Les Singh.
AROC award presented to Robin Lock.
Burnt Piston award to Paul Miller.
Centennial Cup awarded to Bridget and Bruce Stewart.
Special award to Wendy Galloway.


 
2012 Queenstown
38th AGM
77 members signed the register
   
President Keith Howie
Vice President Rick Wilson
Past President John Anstice
Secretary Carol Nicoll
Treasurer Glenn Watson
Membership Secretary Margaret Kelly
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 508 members.
Biella Tirante merit award to Fred Lennard.
AROC award presented to Murray McCartney and Neil Miller.
Burnt Piston award to Mary Cornelius and Stu Brown.
Centennial Cup awarded to Keith Elliot.


 
2013 Wellington
39th AGM
65 members signed the register
   
President Keith Howie
Vice President Rick Wilson
Past President John Anstice
Secretary Carol Nicoll
Treasurer Glenn Watson
Membership Secretary Mark Rogers
Editor Les Singh
Club Shop George Louie
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 494 members.
Biella Tirante merit award to John and Denise Anstice.
AROC award presented to Mike Apthorp.
Burnt Piston award to Tony and Angela Herbert.
Centennial Cup stays with Keith Elliot.


 
2014 Taupo
40th AGM
78 members signed the register
   
President Rick Wilson
Vice President Tom Bruynel
Past President Keith Howie
Secretary Carol Nicoll
Treasurer Glenn Watson
Membership Secretary Mark Rogers
Editor Les Singh
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 461 members.

Biella Tirante merit awarded to Arthur Vowles; Arthur also received this award 2006.

AROC Trophy awarded to Greg & Karelan Doran of Wakatipu for their efforts in getting to the AGM.

Burnt Piston awarded to David Frow and Shelly Major. They started out in their 1974 GT Junior, and arrived in a Mercedes (very late).

Centennial Concours Cup awarded to Peter Wildbore and Michelle Andrews for their beautifully restored 1969 1750 GTV named Doris (when you see it you will understand the name).


 
2015 Mt Cook 41th AGM
79 members signed the register
   
President Rick Wilson
Vice President Tom Bruynel
Past President Keith Howie
Secretary Carol Nicoll
Treasurer Glenn Watson
Membership Secretary Mark Rogers
Editor Les Singh
MANZ Rep Arthur Vowles
Web Site Manager Fiona Harrison
Notes:

Membership stands at 467 members.

Biella Tirante Merit Trophy - to recognise a special person in the AROC club awarded to
Carol Nicoll for all the works behind the scenes for all the AROC members.

AROC Trophy awarded to recognise the efforts taken to get to the AGM awarded to: John & Angela Mallard of Bay of Plenty for their efforts in arranging all the North Island convoy to get t the Hermitage together.

Burnt Piston awarded for the misfortunes that can happen owning an Alfa getting to or at the AGM awarded to:  Glenn & Judith Watson, for having to leave their car at Cheviot and hitching a ride to the AGM.

Centennial Concours Cup awarded for the restoration over the last year and presented at the AGM. This was awarded to Peter Wildbore and Michelle Andrews in 2014 for their beautifully restored 1969 1750 GTV named Doris and as there was no entrant this year they keep it for another year.