Friday, December 11, 2020

Old Car Restoration - Then and Now

      My 1972 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 At Realistic Auto Restorations in St. Petersburg, FL

 This post is a little off the beaten path for this site.  Most of my posts talk about the latest race, a road test report or some car show pics.  This time I have a fantastic video to share that I saw yesterday that will bring tears to your eyes if you are a true auto enthusiast.  If you are young or old it won't matter; if you have automobiles in your heart you will relate to the video 'Hirohata Merc Custom Legend'.

This video says more about the meaning of automobiles in our culture than I could ever convey through multiple posts about the subject. At 33 minutes it is worth your time to watch. Great viewing on a cold evening as it will warm your heart.

It is also a good time to put this out as I happen to be in the process of a restoration of my own.  Above is a picture of my 1972 Alfa Romeo GTV as it looked this week.  (More pictures below)  My little gem has been in the process of getting a complete refresh since September.  You can see several pictures of it in posts earlier this year.  When it is done, it will be stunning.

But back to the video-  this is a testament to American ingenuity, creativity and passion all rolled nto one. When you see the car, the Hirohata Merc, you can't help but be moved by its beauty.  It is the Mona Lisa of car creations!

So here you go- feast your eyes on it!

The Hirohata Merc

And after seeing the video, here's more pictures of my 'Mona Lisa'.

And here's a video of what it will be when finished- although the color will be 'Biancospino' as opposed to Alfa's Rosso or red.  A bit more subdued but just as fast!

Click on the link below to:

Let Her Fly

Watch for the finshed car coming soon.   Brought to you by Paul Ziegler,

Publisher of and author of "Echoes From The Glen", Reflections of Race Fans After Forty Years.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Newgarden Wins But Scott Dixon Crowned Champion in St Pete


Scott Dixon,  2020 Champion   Placed 3rd in the race.

It was an action packed race with lots of drama. In fact Josef Newgarden won the race but Dixon finished third, so Newgarden's heroic effort was not enough to overcome his points deficit. It was close; he finished just 16 points behind Dixon. 

With the temperature near 90 and track temps near 125 degrees, the capacity crowd of 20,000 did get a show if not a hot mess at times.  Will Power was out in the early going and several favorites had their problems. But relative newcomer Pato O'Ward finished a strong second and St. Petersburg resident and favorite, Sebastien Bourdais finished fourth.

It won't be long for the Indycars to return as they are scheduled to run the first race of 2021 on March 7th.  

This post will be a short one as I am headed to New York tomorrow and will add more photos when I return, including shots from the Porsche GT3 Cup and the Indy Pro 2000 and USF 2000 series.  But first here's some highlight shots:

                                                    Race Winner, Josef Newgarden

                                       Sebastien Bourdais- St. Petersburg resident came 4th

                                                    A rising star- Pato O'Ward came 2nd.

Hope you enjoyed the pics and look for more in the future.   Brought to you by Paul Ziegler, Publisher

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Indycar Championship To Be Decided In St. Petersburg


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!

Championship Determined in St. Petersburg

Action from the Mazda MX-5 Series and the Porsche GT3 Cup:

    And while you are in town, check out Ft. DeSoto Park, minutes from downtown.  Here's my car         with the Sunshine Skyway bridge in the background.   A great place for a vacation!

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Brought to you by Paul Ziegler, Publisher of and author of the book "Echoes From The Glen", Reflections of Race Fans After Forty Years.


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.)

Brought to you by Paul Ziegler, Publisher and on Instagram @wownowpics.

Author of "Echoes From The Glen"

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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"Echoes From The Glen"
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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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"Echoes From The Glen"

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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.

 Brought to you by Paul Ziegler, Publisher and author of the book "Echoes From the Glen" about the fan experience attending races at Watkins Glen International 40+ years ago.