Sunday, October 25, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
The excitement is building here in St. Petersburg, FL on a sunny Saturday morning as we wait for qualifying this afternoon. In this most unusual year where everything has been turned upside down due to the Corona Virus, there is an advantage to the fans coming to the St. Pete Grand Prix in October instead of March. They will witness the crowning of a champion for the season. Who will it be?
Normally the first race of the season that is overflowing with excitement following a long winter where fans can't wait to hear the roar of engines in many months, this 2020 version of the the St. Pete Grand Prix overflows with excitement because we will know if the champion will be Scott Dixon or Josef Newgarden.
I will have an updated post following tomorrow's race but here's a detailed article you will enjoy, followed by some photos from other racing activity from the Mazda MX-5 series and the Porsche GT3 Cup. Buckle up and let's see what happens!
Action from the Mazda MX-5 Series and the Porsche GT3 Cup:
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Who would you chose? The classic white beauty or the macho grey beast?
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
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.)
Brought to you by Paul Ziegler, Publisher Carcamerastory.com and on Instagram @wownowpics.
Author of "Echoes From The Glen"
Monday, April 20, 2020
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
Sunday, March 8, 2020
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!|
Sunday, January 26, 2020
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
Colin Braun and Harrison Newey
John Edwards, Augusto Farfus, Chaz Mostert and Jesse Krohn
Madison Snow, Bryan Sellers, Corey Lewis and Andrea Caldarelli
And here's a few shots from the exhibition parade laps with some crowd favorites:
Brought to you by Paul Ziegler, Publisher carcamerastory.com and author of the book "Echoes From the Glen" about the fan experience attending races at Watkins Glen International 40+ years ago.