1997 - The First Weekend Run
The committee for 1997 consisted of the following members:
- Gerhard Stoltz - Chairman
- Lydia Stoltz - Secretary
- René Thiart - PRO
- Chris Swanepoel - Treasurer
- Johan Alberts - Events Organiser
- Dolf vd Walt - Editor
For the first time it was decided to co-opt members to the committee to assist with events. Tienie Hay assisted with events and Carl van Blerk assisted with regalia. The first weekend run was to Stokkiesdraai Resort near Naboomspruit and the catering was provided by Johan and Marie Alberts was something to write home about. Definitely another memorable weekend. Other events included a go-kart challenge, gymkhana, treasure hunt organized by MJM and other regular events. The golf-day organized by our PRO was another first and funds were aised for the beach run later in the year.
This was certainly the highlight of 1997, judging by the comments from members who made the trip down to St Lucia. The setting and accommodation could not be better and the mode of transport legendary. This year also saw the paid-up membership top the fifty mark for the first time. The club had by now been clearly accepted as part of the PMC family and a special corner was established in the club house complete with notice board and Allfa Romeo Club of Pretoria banner.. It has also become clear that the poor barperson of PMC has reconciled to the fact that Alfisti will lock up long after he has left on noggin nights because you have to drag them out after midnight and send them on their way. The club also obtained a unique emblem thanks to the efforts of hans swart . This emblem is now incorporated into the membership card , banner, letterheads, newsletter and club regalia such as t-shirts and caps. A quarterly newsletter with colour cover also saw the light of day and aptly christened "Forza Alfisti" and the normal newsletter "Veloce". Martin Truter won the member of the year trophy.