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