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Date is fine with me.
I vote the Lexington location, but I’ll drive anywhere
 

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Date is fine with me too. Westwood is closer but I know Burlington pretty well too. I can show you my favorite driving route in Westwood/Dover too. It's off the beaten path, twisty, narrow, rural, riverside, colonial, with a couple cool bridges on it, and a spillway. Basically around the tributaries of the Charles and through Dedham, crossing Route 1 and 95, where you can open it up. ;)
 

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Date is fine with me too. Westwood is closer but I know Burlington pretty well too. I can show you my favorite driving route in Westwood/Dover too. It's off the beaten path, twisty, narrow, rural, riverside, colonial, with a couple cool bridges on it, and a spillway. Basically around the tributaries of the Charles and through Dedham, crossing Route 1 and 95, where you can open it up. ;)
I like the idea of the Westwood/Dover back road drive. 4/28 around 11am works for me. Willing to do further north, too. Thanks.
 

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I just got back from that route. My day off ;) . Traffic is bad through Dedham and Readville on Friday evenings but should be better on a Sunday. It is really pretty back there and a couple horses were out grazing at the farms along the route. Several new houses too. Dover is also doing roadside clean up so there were several landscaping trucks every so often along the shoulder. Just be careful and look way ahead. Be aware of hill crests and bends. Observe the children playing signs. A dog ran out ahead of me around a FedEx truck that was parked along the shoulder too. Plenty of room. I honked and no sign of the owner. The dog stayed put so I rumbled on by. It's very wooded and no leaves out yet. The streamside views are really nice. And yes, I opened it up crossing 95 and on the long stretch near my house :D Just be careful and size up the space available. Drive within it.
 

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So, the 28th seems like a good date for most, sorry if not ideal for some. It won't be the last local meetup I hope!

1 University Ave Westwood seems decent.

And I like the idea of taking up @John_K_348 on his Westwood/Dover route afterwards.

I know some Mass members might not see these posts. Any suggestion on how we raise the response ratio?
 

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So, the 28th seems like a good date for most, sorry if not ideal for some. It won't be the last local meetup I hope!

1 University Ave Westwood seems decent.

And I like the idea of taking up @John_K_348 on his Westwood/Dover route afterwards.

I know some Mass members might not see these posts. Any suggestion on how we raise the response ratio?
Was the time selected?
 

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11a to 1pm
With some flexibilty to have people come when they can. Does that sound good?
 

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So Sunday April 28th is on for 11a to 1pm. And where will we meet? I just remembered there are some speed bumps in Westwood on the way back towards Boston. They're on a short street with houses, but an easier merge back on to 109. Just two, 25 mph wide ones and I have no trouble with them in my cars especially the Miata or Ferrari. So if any of you are lowered, more than a 4 inch ride height should be OK. My favorite part is wooded, twisty and hilly. The street has an American Indian name but I will keep it secret for now. ;) It's single yellow line and narrow but fun with the gears and cornering. Stay alert and watch at bends and hill crests. You never know when some crazy SUV will lumber around, encroaching the line.
 

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'You never know when some crazy SUV will lumber around, encroaching the line."

like the people who live in the area, and need something for winter that will get them out of their driveway and down the not plowed as often narrow roads? yes, they are out this time of the year too, picking up stuff for gardens, fences, etc
 

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So, the 28th seems like a good date for most, sorry if not ideal for some. It won't be the last local meetup I hope!

1 University Ave Westwood seems decent.

And I like the idea of taking up @John_K_348 on his Westwood/Dover route afterwards.

I know some Mass members might not see these posts. Any suggestion on how we raise the response ratio?
https://www.giuliaforums.com/forum/313-dealers-purchasing-ordering/44774-dealer-closed.html
try talking to members on this thread.
i've tagged other mass members that i remember seeing on the forum.
but i think best way to get anything organized is via groupme/discord/telegram type of chat.
 

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'You never know when some crazy SUV will lumber around, encroaching the line."

like the people who live in the area, and need something for winter that will get them out of their driveway and down the not plowed as often narrow roads? yes, they are out this time of the year too, picking up stuff for gardens, fences, etc
Sorry lost,

It appears I distracted from the point of my comment by trying to soften it. My point was, if you drive a large SUV, don't be "crazy" and don't text and drive, distracting yourself from an otherwise enjoyable road, _crossing_ the center line, and causing other alert and responsible drivers to fear for their lives. If not, those who do are welcome to buy me another upgrade, provided I survive the crash. ;)
 

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the point? a large suv?

sorry, those attributes are just as likely in 2 and 4 door car drivers. how many threads are on this board about the radio, carplay, number of presets, etc? oh, and some craziness gets brought up on occasion too.

realistically, those who fancy themselves as 'sporting" drivers in sporting cars are more likely to be trying to use more/all of the road than the more "mundane" drivers. heck, plenty of them can't even get out of cars and coffee without issues.

as far as large goes, a giulia or 360 is as wide as a stelvio/macan etc, and the 12 cylinder exotics are as wide/wider than a Explorer etc. the "soccer moms" in suvs seem to manage the area roads when they are narrower and slippery in winter; maybe the forward visibility and definition of vehicle corners is better in the suv? or the women driving them are better and/or more attentive.
I rather expect the area residents "fear for their lives" when the fair weather sports car people start joyriding in their neighborhood.
 

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I see your point. I also see all the "drive like your kids live here" signs and oblige them. I totally respect the neighborhoods I drive through and I'm sure many of the residents drive both SUV and smaller cars. It has just been my experience lately that more of the vehicles I see driving poorly and distracted are of the larger variety. My impression is that these days, many people purchase S/CUVs for the size factor and apparent "safety" factor (read crash.) Not all, just many. And this many also tend to get complacent, or "entitled" when it comes to road rules and safety. Once again, many, not all.

A couple summers ago, I was on the same route as we are considering here and a minivan came barreling around a bend, in a wooded section with single yellow line and crossed over into my lane. I veered off and slammed on the breaks. I was in the Miata at the time and slid about 3 feet in pine needles stopping short of a tree off the shoulder by less than than 3 feet. I had not repaired the front frame rail rot at this point either. If it had hit me I may have lost my legs or been killed. There was a witness, a home owner, working in their yard at the time and I yelled out, "Did you see that?! He almost killed me!" The owner just stared at me in shock. The van had swerved back and I may have cleared him by less than 3 feet. My Miata has never been a fair weather sports cars and that's why it had frame rot. It has wintered every year since new and performs excellently on a full set of winters. The rails were replaced 2 years ago with top notch work.

I often see people cheating over the double yellow line on bends regardless of vehicle size. That's just poor driving and inconsiderate. At fault and a citation in a collision. That free additional upgrade I talk about ;)

If you took offense or found fault with my singling out SUVs then I can agree to drop that from my statement. Poor driving is just that, regardless of vehicle. Let me then rather give a warning for all drivers...don't get complacent with safety features, driving aids, size or crash rating, and don't drive distracted!
 

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"Poor driving is just that, regardless of vehicle."
yup, I've had idiots on motorcycles half way in my lane - and it's good I was on one too so could avoid them.
and I've been hit by an idiot in a vw rabbit, who enjoyed how quickly it could hop into a different lane.
other than often being aggravatingly slow, I haven't had "memorable" issues with larger vehicles.
 

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Thanks, xc1097

So, I will post this there later today:

Alfa Romeo Mass Meet-Up
Sunday April 28th, 2019
11A-1PM
1 University Ave
Westwood, MA
Coffee, Conversation, & Cruise

Sound good?

And, yes @BostonDMD, any Alfa is welcome!
 

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None. ;) Make way for Alfas! Thanks DMD. :D
 
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