3rd Memorial Fratelli Benetello by Club Alfisti Veneto
Jul17

3rd Memorial Fratelli Benetello by Club Alfisti Veneto

⁷The “Memorial Fratelli Benetello”, reaching its third edition during the weekend of 22-23 June 2019, was born to honour the passion that bound the brothers Nereo and Tiziano Benetello to the Alfa Romeo brand. Nereo was a mechanic at the Fiat-Alfa Romeo service, while Tiziano worked at the Weber/Magneti Marelli and Dell’Orto service. This passion was then handed down to their respective sons Massimo and Andrea, who...

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Chantilly Alfa & Elegance
Jul16

Chantilly Alfa & Elegance

It’s one day before National Alfa Day and, at 4AM on a Saturday morning, I leave London going in the opposite direction. Have I gone mad? Maybe. There is a chance I have just  been intoxicated by the lure of a techno monster. And the anticipation of encountering it on the banks of a pedicured Le Notre pond.     In the tranquil surroundings of a splendid French castle, the elusive Carabo made a rare appearance. We just...

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Alfa Fest 2019
Jun18

Alfa Fest 2019

Feels like Christmas in plain summer! AlfaFest is the short name for the “Alfa Romeo Festival” taking place every year in Romania. I know, it’s not the most original of names  as other countries are calling their alfisti meetings “Alfa Fest” too… but trust me on this one, our meeting is something unique and original!  It all started about 13 years ago, as a humble initiative to reunite the...

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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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Surrounded by Bugatti
May28

Surrounded by Bugatti

If you are looking for a version of Bugatti’s recent habitat, you are in for a big surprise. Far from the Dubai casinos, with their silicon implants and botox injections, there is place where Bugatti keeps its most precious asset. Its soul. The place is teaming with racers, eager to throw their beloved cars up the hill, hugging the bends on the tiny strip of asphalt separating the steep banks from the ravine. Tight turns, big...

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Winning the Mille Miglia.
May13

Winning the Mille Miglia.

How is it like to win the Mille Miglia? I asked Maurizio De Marco, winner (together with the late Luciano Viaro) of the 2005 edition of Mille Miglia, how does it feel… I met Maurizio about 2 years ago when I visited his dealership in Trieste, drooling over the classsic cars he had for sale. One day, while flickering through his website, I found a section named “Competizioni” in which there were only two photos and a...

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