C’était un rendez-vous
Mar23

C’était un rendez-vous

An exotic car races through Paris at incredible speed on a journey to the top of Montmartre. And it’s all just not to be late for a date. This classic Claude Lelouch film inspired countless generations of car guys. Some were taken by the idea of a real life Need for Speed, avant la lettre. Others fell for the impossibly cool tune of the Ferrari. As for me, it defines just about the perfect way to start your day. Amidst all the...

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An even more extraordinary Giulia
Aug20

An even more extraordinary Giulia

How can you make a perfectly composed car as the Giulia even more extraordinary than she already is? We know for a fact, Alfa Romeo simply mastered the creation of perfectly matching coluors for their vehicles. This can be seen in all the great cars that are gracing the roads of our world. Whether it’s the Azzurro Celeste of the 1950s, my breathtaking Rosso Competizione Giulia Veloce or even a majestic Giulia Quadrifoglio in...

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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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