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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A farewell letter from an alfista to his Alfa Romeo
Oct18

A farewell letter from an alfista to his Alfa Romeo

“I don’t know whether I should be smiling or crying. I’m smiling for all those fine moments we shared together but I’m sighing for what we will have no more. Breakups usually come in the most delicate situations and are often far from elegant. I hope that if you could have your say, dear Phoenix, you will  hold no grudge against me. For I, surely will not. In the past three years, we’ve run together in 21 races out of 24 and won...

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