The Alfesta Awards
Alfesta is a celebration of all things Alfa Romeo. Hence, in the best traditions of the marque, attendees “compete” for several coveted awards that are bestowed at the Alfesta Presentation Dinner.
The Bob Gardiner Memorial Trophy
This award is presented to the Alfesta Alfista who accrues the highest aggregate point score at Alfesta.
Bob Gardiner joined AROCA in Melbourne, in August 1970. He was member number 42 and became president during 1973-5. Bob believed that club competition was the backbone of the club. He was a committed and successful competitor; yet he always had time to assist with the organisation of an event, or to provide advice or assistance to a less experienced competitor. In the years of his presidency Bob also edited a series of technical supplements on Alfa Romeos, which are, to this day, prized possessions.
Bob’s personal and persistent lobbying of Alfa Romeo Australia gained official recognition of the club by Alfa Romeo – an accomplishment which brought AROCA "of age." Bob's standing within all Alfa clubs in all states was confirmed when he was chosen to represent the clubs on a factory sponsored tour of Alfa Romeo Italy in 1976. Bob also represented the club through membership of the Marque Sports Car Association (MSCA), as President and Competition Secretary, and through his membership of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports’ (CAMS) Board of Management.
On Sunday April 12th 1981, Bob met his untimely death whilst competing at Sandown. Bob left a big gap in AROCA after eleven year of devoted, professional, and willing involvement.
The Bob Gardiner Memorial Trophy was donated to the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Australia by Alfa Romeo in 1981, in recognition of Bob's contribution to the club. The trophy is one of the 1981 Alfa Romeo factory trophies, allocated to countries in which the company was represented and awarded for outstanding achievement in motor sport during the year.
The inaugural Bob Gardiner Memorial Trophy was awarded in 1982.
The Harry and Joan Lewis - Spirit of Alfesta Trophy
This award was named in recognition of Harry and Joan Lewis' contributions over many years to a united National Alfa Romeo Owners Club and to Alfesta as an event. The purpose of the award is to recognise and reward the person (or couple) who best exemplify the “Spirit of Alfesta”. It is awarded on the level of participation and involvement in Alfesta rather than performance or success in any of the traditional events.
The award is determined by vote of the members of National Council.
The inaugural Spirit of Alfesta Award was presented in 1991 at Marysville Victoria.
The Ray Sharp Memorial Trophy
Ths award is presented to the winner of the Alfesta Observation Run.
The Ray Sharp Memorial Trophy honours the memory of the late Ray Sharp. Ray loved life and the Club and the camaraderie it provided, developing friendships readily in all divisions. His generosity of time and interest and support to anyone seeking it was ever present - as was his ready smile and good humour. Ray joined AROCA in 1981 serving on the Victorian committee in many capacities including President 1985/6. He was awarded Life Membership of the Club in 1991, an honour he valued immensely. He was a strong supporter of the National body, serving as National Vice President in 1990. Ray was a committed advocate and attendee at Alfesta and his love of the Montreal is reflected in this perpetual trophy.
The Ray Sharp Memorial Trophy was first awarded in 1998.