Real Alfa
Jun08

Real Alfa

After a very unusual cold and damp spring for Italy that saw even the Villa d’Este soaked in rain, it was high time for the summer to finally make its glorious appearance. And it did just that, as we were travelling from Stuttgart  to Milan on the 1st of June, responding to the Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo’s invitation to attend the inaugural edition of their concours of restoration and conservation in Arese. No, it wasn’t us who...

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Retro Classics Bavaria
Dec10

Retro Classics Bavaria

  Say December and picture anything else but winter holidays, I dare you. Say Bavaria and think of anything else but BMW and Audi, I dare you again! Well… I may have just found an answer to this unlikely riddle: the classic car show Retro Classics in Nuremberg.  This exhibition is put together by the same company organising the more famous “Retro Classics” show in Stuttgart. While the “mother” fair held (each...

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Remembering Patrick Depailler
Jul18

Remembering Patrick Depailler

Remembering Patrick Depailler, the French F1 pilot who paid the ultimate sacrifice driving an Alfa Romeo on the old Hockeinheim race track in testing prior to the German Grand Prix of 1980. Patrick Depailler was born on August 1st of 1944 in Clermond-Ferrand, Central France in a relatively well-off family. His father, an architect, wanted to see young Patrick follow in his footsteps. But as it often happens, he had other plans for his...

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The Modenese Connection
Apr19

The Modenese Connection

With its unique concentration of manufacturers, racetracks, museums, clubs and private collections, the Italian region of Emilia Romagna has rightly gained the appellation “Motor Valley”. If this part of Italy famous worldwide for its supercars and its gastronomy ever needed a capital, I think that honour would go to Modena and not to the official administrative centre of the region that is Bologna. The rivalry born in...

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Alfa Romeo 2900B Lungo – A Car Fit For A King
Dec17

Alfa Romeo 2900B Lungo – A Car Fit For A King

It was somewhere in the early 1940s that the young King Michael I of Romania visited Italy with his mother, Princess Helen. He had just met Hitler in Berlin and continued his trip South in order to see Mussolini as well. Under the de facto military command of Marshal Antonescu, King Michael’s Romania had entered the war on the Axis side. But while he was in Italy with state affairs, young and passionate about automobiles as he...

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