Italy came to the US and brought us fabulous visual creations from Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini and an occasional very special Fiat. Art born in metal. Creating automobiles as works of art is what the Italians do and I have a few pictures taken today to illustrate what I mean. Hang on and I'll explain more.
There's a group of us car guys (and gals are invited too) that meet every two weeks for lunch known as 'Tampa Bay Café Racers'. It is a loose knit gang of Alfistis, Porsche-a-philes, BMW lovers, Ferrari pilotas and an array of folks that love their cars as much as their kids. We even have some honest to goodness race car drivers in our ranks. We are in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and our current restaurant of choice for lunch is Cafe' Pont in Pinellas County. Anyway, today we sat outside enjoying a casual lunch surrounded by our prized collection of cars that gives the patrons entering the restaurant the sense there's a car show going on. But then the regular patrons realize- it's those car guys again!
To get back to the point of the story, our group leader, Frank mentions near the end of lunch there's a car shop in the area we need to visit. Our group is welcome to stop by thanks to Frank paving the way. It is a special place with special cars - so of course we are all in to check it out. I'll leave the shop unnamed for this post and I am careful not to draw attention to a business like this one out of respect for the business and their clients, who own some really nice toys. Serious toys.
So here's a thumbnail view of today, crowned by a photo I took in front of Seminole city hall by the annual 'Field of Honor' that reminds us to honor our veterans as we approach Veterans Day on November 11th. We live in a free society and have the luxury of enjoying cars from Italy today because of our veterans.
I've also included a video of the new Cassino production plant to give one example of how Alfa Romeo Italian art is made.
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Cassino Plant Italy- Where The Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Are Made
Café Racers Gather For Lunch:
They Bring Their ' Children'
Here's One Of Our Favorites
With Owner Delmas Greene, Liaison AROC/FCA
(Alfa Romeo Owners Club/ Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)
And here's one of the big kids:
Now That's An Engine
Time For Lunch
AFTER LUNCH - THE SHOP TOUR
Nice Cars Waiting For Service
Ferrari -Famous For 12 Cylinder Magic
Look Again- This is a Fiat
A Fiat With a Ferrari Bloodline.
A Fiat Dino
A Testarossa Getting Service
The Seat Cover Says It All
Instructions For Menchanics
That will give you a taste for the work being done at this particular shop. Here in Pinellas County, FL there are other automotive specialty shops attracted here by a good supply of affluent clients.
And to end this post, here is my Alfa Romeo Giulia pictured next to the field of honor in front of
Seminole City Hall
Remember Our Veterans!
Next Up- I'll be at Sebring this month for Sebring Historics and the Classic 12 Hour races.
Paul Ziegler, Publisher Carcamerastory.com