Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo (RIAR)
Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo International Club (RIAR) is a non-profit association founded in Rome in 1962 by Francesco Santovetti, a pioneer of historical motor-racing in Italy who also served as the Club’s first President, and Baron Giorgio Franchetti.A passionate collector and great expert not only on cars but above all on art, in particular futurism and avant-gardes. He was the patron of Schifano, Tano Festa, Pino Pascali, Cy Twombly, Franco Angeli, and others.
He promoted and launched Fontana, Castellani, Manzoni, and Bonalumi (together with the Alfa Romeo Style Center in Arese the latter designed the Alfa Romeo monument funded by the RIAR for the brand's 100th anniversary). His grandfather was the owner of the Cà d'Oro in Venice.
Acknowledging the merit and brand image potential of the association, in 1968 Alfa Romeo relocated RIAR to Milan in its then headquarters of Via Gattamelata, in the Portello district.
With a new office in Arese (Milan, Italy) within Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, today RIAR boasts over 2000 Members around the world, including respected museums showcasing rare discontinued Alfa Romeo models. From vintage cars dating back to the 1910s and 20s to the most recent Formula 1 race cars that saw the light of day in the 1980s, RIAR Members take great pride in the preservation of the originality and excellence of their outstanding vehicles. These are the cars that wrote Alfa’s history and turned it into legend, cars made to stir passion and strong emotions anywhere, anytime.
RIAR is a travelling museum offering every year rallies and events that bring together countless members and Alfa enthusiasts both in Italy and abroad. From the classy luxurious saloon cars of the 1920s to the fiery sports cars of the 1930s that shared the triumphs of unforgettable drivers like Nuvolari and Varzi, from the majesty and speed of the vehicles produced in the 1940s and 50s to the svelte Giulietta design, every event retraces almost 100 years of Italian life and customs and almost 100 years of stylistic and technological innovation by one of the most captivating car-makers on the planet.