Sunday, July 26, 2020

Giulia GTV Compared To The Giulia Quadrifoglio- Who Wins? Must See Video

This is a long overdue review of two of Alfa Romeo's favorite cars.  It is likely to be a hotly debated subject as there are hundreds of fans for each and it is a difficult choice.

Who would you chose? The classic white beauty or the macho grey beast?

                                                                   PRESENT AND PAST

                 NEW LOOK - 2019 NRING

                                                                                                                                                                  OLD LOOK  -  1972 Giulia GTV

Now that you have had a look at the two contenders,  I have an excellent video for you that goes into
detail about each.  Watch the video and then decide- which would you chose?

I am extremely lucky to have one of each and I honestly can't pick a favorite.  It would like picking your favorite child if you had two kids.  There's things I like about each that the other can't do, or match.  Is it classic charm and ambiance you want?  Is it sheer brute force and speed?  Is it uniqueness and artistic beauty.  Is it the sound and aural sensation the car gives you? 

I say it is a little bit of all of that and that is why is is impossible to pick a winner.  So my advice is get one of each and you will always be satisfied, no matter which one you are driving.

Here's the video I promised-  20 minutes of pure joy.  I know you will like it!

Giulia GTV VS Giulia Quadrifoglio

Send me a comment on your favorite.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Alfa GTV In The Park on Memorial Day

It's Memorial Day and as I sit here at my desk, I am reflecting on the good fortune we have to be blessed with dedicated men and women today and in the past that served their country to allow us to be free. Despite the Corona Virus, we are still a nation of free citizens that can overcome any challenge including this virus.  I remember my first boss in banking, a former Marine that would say " The difficult we will do right away,  the impossible will take us a little longer."

That can-do spirit is alive and well here and I hope it is with you. We never give up.   It's the same in racing and with car projects. It takes a lot of effort but in the end it is worth it.

I thought of doing something today with my GTV that is my current project car.  The weather was a little overcast, which for a photographer is a good thing.  Perfect conditions for a photo shoot!  With rain in the forecast, I thought I'd better get on it so at 10 AM I fired up the GTV (Started on the first crank) and headed to the park near home.  It's a spot I'm familiar with to get some nice backgrounds and away I went.

The pictures will speak for themselves- but the other part of the story needs telling.  In the 20 minutes or so for this photo shoot, I ended up taking an hour.  Everyone, I mean every person or couple that walked or biked by stopped and asked about the car.  They loved seeing it and I enjoyed talking with other human beings.  It was great.  I even had a guy stop that was a former GTV-6 Alfa owner, which is as rare as hens teeth.  He and I chatted a bit and he even took my business card to be able to visit this site to see my work. 

So I hope you have a good Memorial Day as we honor our Veterans.

So Long for now,   I hope to be back taking pictures of a race very soon.   ( Go back into older posts to see some of my racing photos.)

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Back In Business With A GTV

Looking Back in Time To 1972

Alfa Romeo means many things to many people, but here's a new twist.  If it wasn't for a 1972 GTV I recently acquired, I think I would be going crazy with this 'Safer At Home" order issued to combat the spread of the Corona Virus.

Like the last car over the bridge before it closed, my GTV made it to Florida from Upstate New York on March 25th on an enclosed transporter..  Since that day I've been working on her hour upon hour.  Everything from buffing and waxing to degreasing the engine compartment to buffing screws and fasteners.

As every day passes I find more to do with her. Getting deeper and deeper into the restoration/ refurbishing aspect of the car. And that's only the beginning.  As soon as things get opened up again, I will have her in the shop to replace most of the suspension components and the body shop to get her rocker panels replaced.  Overall though she's a pretty sight as is.  Best of all she runs really well. I think better than my 1989 Spider.

For a 48 year old car with only 62,000 miles, I have a real gem here.  I will put up a few pictures to document her progress, including new wheels and Michelin tires all kept to stock specs.

Sit in the drivers seat, touch the wood steering wheel, look at the analog gages and toggle switches and turn on the radio with 8 Track tape player and all your worries evaporate. You are transformed back to 1972, the Beatles and Rolling Stones, or maybe the Who or Cream.  Whatever you dream, you are THERE.  This Alfa takes you away on a Magic Carpet Ride!    Corona Virus?  What's THAT?

Enjoy the pics:

                                                    The New Girl Arrives

Safer At Home

Good Care, Good Food , Good Looks
The Work Begins

New Tires And
Fresh Paint For The Wheels


Check Back For More Progress

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Seminole, Florida

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Amelia Island Ramblings

                       How about a GTV, a 4C or an Autodelta Montreal!

Where can you find rare and exotic Alfas just parked here and there?  Try Fernandina Beach on the Friday before the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance at Amelia Island.  Here's a sample of some of the cars parked at the Women's Club for the Friday Reception and dinner for the Alfa Romeo Owners Club members who were attending the weekend festivities, including a Cars and Coffee gathering Saturday morning that featured 25 Alfa Romeos.  In fact two of the 9 TZ3's in existence were there on Saturday parked 'on the grass' where the Concours would be held on Sunday.  I was there with my NRING Quadrifoglio and it was a thrill to participate.

Here's some random shots of what I saw on Friday and Saturday.  I did not stay for the main show on Sunday, as I had to say "I'll pass" on working my way through traffic as I was driving my NRING Quadrifoglio and I didn't want to take a chance on anything happening to it. And I'd seen plenty of amazing cars already.

Here you go:
A TZ3- Most have never seen one!

Another TZ3!    OMG two parked only yards apart.

How about a V8, or make that a V10!

There were hundreds of other fine cars at Cars & Coffee- this has been a sample of the Alfa Romeos. 
If you have not been you should try it next year. It is quite an experience.

So long for now- next up is the St. Pete Grand Prix that I'll be photographing this weekend.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Daytona Rolex 24 Pictures

I'm sitting here in my office watching a live stream of the finish of the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona.  By the time I finish typing, the winners will be identified.  I can say I was there for much of the weekend, but after arriving in Daytona at 7:00AM on Thursday I was ready on Saturday afternoon to fold my tent and head home to do my post work on my pictures.

It was by far the best weather we have had in the five years that I've been going, so fans have to be happy with that.  The crowd was huge and the parties were happening around the campfires late into the night.  In other words, a perfect race experience!

There was a lot of other action on the track all weekend, including the Michelin Pilot Challenge and the Ferrari Challenge that was, for the first time in North America run under the lights. And one of the favorite activities included the Heritage Exhibition Laps.  I'll include a few of those pictures here and reserve coverage of the Michelin Pilot Challenge and the Ferrari Challenge for my next post.

So here we go with the pictures and in 90 seconds I can officially post the winners- and congratulations to the winners.  White flag, checkered flag, congratulations everyone!

In Daytona Prototype International-  #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac
Renger van der Zande, Tyan Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Kamui Kobayashi

                  In LMP2 -#81 Dragonspeed USA - Ben Hanley, Henrik Hedman
                                        Colin Braun and Harrison Newey

                         In GT LeMans - #24 BMW Team RLL  in the BMW M8 GTE
                         John Edwards, Augusto Farfus, Chaz Mostert and Jesse Krohn

                         For GT Daytona       #48 Paul Miller Racing - Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo
                         Madison Snow, Bryan Sellers, Corey Lewis and Andrea Caldarelli

          And here's a few shots from the exhibition parade laps with some crowd favorites:

# 56 is Alex Job

#65 is Don Ondrejcak

Alex Job

       I will be posting many more pictures from the weekend soon, so come back and check.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

NRING Has New Shoes

NO- These are not my tires- wish they were.  They go to an LMP1 Peugeot 908!

New Michelin Super Sport Tires

Tecnico Wheels

                                                   Before Powder Coating Gloss Black

Here's the latest modification for my Giulia NRING Quadrifoglio.  I purchased a set of used factory, Tecnico wheels and a new set of Michelin Super Sport tires that are a nice way to improve the wet traction and increase the 'wearability' of the car's tires.

In the process I also had the wheels powder coated gloss black at AB Powder Coating in St. Petersburg, FL  and an alignment check by our local dealer, Maserati- Alfa Romeo of St. Petersburg.
I am fortunate to have good places like AB Powder Coating and Maserati-Alfa Romeo of St. Petersburg to work on my car, as I am very particular about who does anything with the car.

I can say I'm extremely pleased with both for this project and the car is even more phenomenal with this mod.  The forged Tecnico's are about 5 pounds per wheel lighter than the Alfa signature five whole wheels and I just love the look.

Here's some pictures of the beautiful shop at the dealership and some pictures of the final product.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Peugeot 908 Wins Sebring

Congratulations to David Porter - his Peugeot 908 won the 12 Hour Classic at Sebring last weekend, adding to his recent win at Daytona in November!

Many readers of this blog may not remember this work of art and amazing piece of engineering. Here again for your viewing is a video about it:

Peugeot 908 Returns To Britain

So here's a few more images of this masterpiece that I was lucky to see in my viewfinder, along with a video clip done by my friend Roland Westerdal.  See more of his work at

Listen To That Diesel!

Hope you enjoyed seeing this - and my next post will feature Don Ondrejcak with his Porsche GT3 and Alex Job Racing.

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