In 1965, Glen Drew of Rockville, Maryland,Â received a 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider as a gift from hisÂ grandfather. He drove it for five years, and then parked it, intending to revive it “soon.”
But other priorities intervened, especially those that come with raising a family. Finally coming to the realization that he would not be able to do the restoration himself, Glen recently turned the work over to Al Prueitt and Sons, a restoration shop in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. He got the finished car back just in time for Alfa Canadese, this year’s international convention of the American and Canadian Alfa Romeo clubs held from June 17-24 in Toronto.
If you think that Glen swathed hisÂ Giulietta in bubble wrap before rolling it into an enclosed trailer for the 500-mile tripÂ north, think again.Â Glen drove his car to visit in-laws in Vermont. Then he joined the Maple Leaf Mille, a 1,000-kilometer loop through eastern and northern Ontario leading up to the convention. By the time he got back to Maryland, he had 2,200 miles on his previously zeroed-out odometer. He alsoÂ had threeÂ awardsÂ fromÂ the Concorso d’Eleganza judges: Best 750/101 Series car, the Ed Mackey MemorialÂ Award for Giuliettas, and Best in Show.
“Earning top place in class and the entire show is awesome, let alone after a four-day marathon,” said Richard Diver, the Concorso chair. “Needless to say, a well rounded win for the owner who clearly loves driving his 53-year-old car – and keeps it outstanding condition.”
Of all the awards, Glen said he’s most touched by the Ed Mackey Award, given in memory of a former Alfa Romeo Club of America president and open only toÂ Giuliettas that have been driven from home and have been entered for judging in the Concorso. “I was surprised to get the best in class, because there was a beautiful Giulietta SZ Coda Tronca in the same class, and I’m overwhelmed by the Best in Show,” he said.
“I certainly knew it was well done,” Glen said. “My goal was to get it back to the way it was when I got it from the original owner, not the way it was when it left the factory.”Â That explains theÂ driving lamps andÂ fender-mounted mirrors, as well as a couple of other modifications you can’t see in the photo, its electric cooling fan and electric fuel pump.
Though Glen has been a member of AROC for 27 years, the Giulietta is the only Alfa Romeo he’s ever owned. “We call it ‘The Alfa’ – that’s its only name,” he said.