Italian Racing Green
Mar18

Italian Racing Green

When head office learned about the 147 shoot they only gave me one advice. Shoot it on a sunny day, the livery will look good in the sun. Well… we postponed the first shoot because a snow storm. Not that we would not shoot, but the track got closed. Great, next time it will be sunny. Next time it was Storm Freya. Not so sunny. Actually, it was pretty miserable. Was I upset? No. Not one bit. You see, I always felt that it takes such...

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The Mediterranean Dream
Jan01

The Mediterranean Dream

  Mention the Mediterranean dream and you would be forgiven for thinking about big Italian GTs, blasting down the Autostrada dei Fiori, on the way to a cosy den on the rock of Monte Carlo. True, very true. That is one of the best pleasures known to man. But this story is not about an 8C. It’s about the other Mediterranean dream. Yes, there is a second one. Not as well known. In fact, you can almost call it a secret.   Only a...

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Make sports cars beautiful again
Oct24

Make sports cars beautiful again

Yes, beautiful, that’s what I mean. Not aggressive, not expensive looking, not powerful. We have all that. We have performance. We have a lot of cars with more tech than we ever imagined. We have aero, fifty levels of traction control and tuned exhaust sound. But all it takes is a day in a Spider to realise what we are missing. Granted, the Cotswolds paradise really brings out the best in our little gem. Not far from where we were...

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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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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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