Friday, October 20, 2017

Vintage Car Races- Watkins Glen

In September I attended the SVRA U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, NY and this post is a photo gallery of the event. If any of you would like copies, email me at  I'll soon be offering the photos for sale on as well.  You can visit my Smugmug site by clicking the link to the right labeled Photo Gallery.

I hope these photos bring back some memories. You can see, there was a huge variety of cars racing in various classes all weekend.  Something for everyone!

             Beautiful Setting For A Race- Watkins Glen International- A Truly Historic Race Track

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Madness Autoworks Performance Exhaust For Giulia

I absolutely love my new Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti and now I love it even more with the new performance exhaust I installed with Franco from Franco's Imported Cars yesterday.   The video with sound is at the end of this post.

This system is offered by Madness Autoworks located in Austin Texas. ( And for those of you on the left coast, they have a California location)  The system is offered in two levels, a Monza version which is the more aggressive sound and then the Lusso version which is what I purchased. So here's my Giulia up on the lift at Franco's Imported Cars in Largo, FL showing the Y pipe at the rear.

Alfa Owners Club friend, Delmas Greene inspecting the work.
Note Y pipe and large chrome tips that fit the diffuser perfectly.

Another view of complete system and Y pipe design

There's also a few other shots as the project was being completed

Here's the system as shipped.

Getting ready to put it on the lift, note Alfa Romeo banner.

Stock system.

Huge muffler on stock system.

Franco making final adjustments. 

This system gives the car a new character and personality without screaming 'hey look at me'. It has a nice, sports car sound and under aggressive acceleration (especially in Dynamic mode) the car comes alive. When just cruising around city streets it has a nice balance of throaty tone yet is very subdued. In one day of driving it has also turned a few heads, for example, I took my Giulia down to the local Shell station to fill up and when I started it up to leave a guy getting in a big four wheel drive Chevy pick up stopped and watched me pull away- almost as if to say is that the new Quadrifoglio?  I got the impression of a silent thumbs up, only he didn't know what to make of the Giulia. Like wow, what is that!

So if you want a quality built great sounding exhaust, check out Madness Autoworks.  And they offer many other performance parts and pieces to customize your ride.They were super to work with and really know their Alfa's.

SO- How does it SOUND?   Here's the video:

Click Link To Hear System

Click This Link To Hear Stock System

And here's an added bonus video of the Quadrifoglio version of the Giulia. Turn up the volume!

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Sound Clip- The Ultimate Sound

Hope you liked the post and for you new Giulia owners, and thank you Madness Autoworks.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Funniest Car Review Ever- Alfa Romeo Giulia

I'm taking a break from race coverage for a funny and refreshing review I found on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.  I am always checking the web for new Alfa videos and here's one that takes the award for the funniest.

On a related topic, here's a couple of photos I took of my Giulia tonight as Millennium Park in Seminole, a great spot for a photo shoot.  While there taking pictures a young fellow named Zach came over and asked what kind of car it was.  I told him and he commented on how great the car looked.  This is another example of how the Giulia gets a lot attention wherever I go.

I am amped up about having ordered a performance exhaust from Madness Autoworks today for my Giulia and I can't wait to do a review on it for you.  Click below for a video on this system. Madneess Autoworks seems to have done their homework and come up with an excellent sounding exhaust for this car. I picked the Lusso version and it should make my Giulia sound the way a proper Italian sports car should sound.

First the pictures from today followed by the funniest car review you will ever see, followed by Madness Autoworks Performance exhaust system video.

Scroll down for the videos below.

A couple of pictures in changing light as the sun was going down.

The Funniest Car Review- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

AND:     Performance Exhaust by Madness Autoworks

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Gallery of Photos From Watkins Glen- Indycars and Indy Lights

Here's a few more from Watkins Glen, Labor Day Weekend:

First - this is how to negotiate turn #9 in the rain by Indy Lights driver, Ryan Norman.

Ease off at the crest of the hill,

Then get ready to feather the throttle

And finally apply the gas carefully at the exit!

You won't have to go over any ramps like these trucks.

Crowd pleasers- Robby Gordon Super Trucks

They put on a show in the rain soaked track.

And here's a gallery of Indycars:

                                   Graham Rahal- Rahal, Letterman, Lanigan Racing

                                           Charlie Kimball - Chip Ganassi Racing

Ryan Hunter-Reay  Andretti Autosport

Helio Castroneves    Team Penske

Simon Pagenaud   Team Penske

Newgarden leading the way.

Scott Dixon leading Marco Andretti down into the boot.

Will Power leading Pagenaud, Kanaan,Munoz and Bourdais

And the winner- Alex Rossi    Andretti- Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian

So long for now- next post will be the Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Gallery of Indycar Action at Watkins Glen

Here's a variety of shots taken during practice, qualifying and the race during Labor Day weekend at Watkins Glen International.  If you go next year its good to attend Friday's activities that include driver autographs. You can get to see the drivers up close and they are some of the coolest athletes in sports. They are regular guys as you will see in the pictures and I have to give them credit for 'enduring' all the fans they see up close and personal.

A side story- I usually take some of my favorite photos blown up to 8X10 from the previous year's race.  This time I didn't bring any with me so what can I have them autograph?  Hmmm-  I had my Alfa owner's magazine with me and on the back cover was an ad for the new Giulia Quadrifoglio. I know its cheesy to ask them to sign a picture of a car they don't drive but all 10 of the drivers I got to see were happy to sign it when I mentioned I just bought the Ti version - best of all when I asked Alex Rossi if he wouldn't mind signing he commented-"I love the sound of the Quadrifoglio- cool car".  Kind of nice to know HE knows what the new Alfa Romeo is and what it represents.  Best of all he was the pole sitter and race winner, so my hat is off to young Alex Rossi from California!

So here you go:

Will Power with a young fan

Josef Newgarden-  Championship Points Leader

Simon Pagenaud- Last Year's Champion

Takuma Sato- 2017 Indy 500 Winner

Alex Rossi, Pole Sitter, and Loves the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio

Sebastien Bourdais- Signing my Alfa Owners Magazine

Josef Newgarden, Championship points leader. Practice in the rain!

Mario Andretti driving the 2 seater for lucky fans!

Gentlemen Start Your Engines!

1st Corner, First Lap- Newgarden into the lead.

Conor Daly

James Hinchcliffe coming in hot to the 90

Ed Jones negotiates the 90

Ryan Hunter-Reay in the pits during practice

Whoa to #7 Jack Harvey

Will Power dives down into the boot.

Charlie Kimball around turn 9

Simon Pagenaud climbing the hill out of the boot

Graham Rahal chasing Josef Newgarden

'TK' Tony Kanaan

Helio Castroneves!     In the rain

That's just a sample for now -with more to come in a few days.

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