Alfas are fun, sunny, great sports cars, coupes and sedans with lots of Italian style that are fun to drive with lots of style and smiles per mile. Plus of course they have great design and motorsport history to enjoy too.
I’m embarrassed to have to admit to you that this wonderful little club concours took place last fall, and I just kept overlooking the photos in my “To Post” file. So for that, I apologize.
But no matter, I thought you’d still want to see the photos of these great cars. And great photos of great cars, thanks to my shooter man Kirk Gerbracht.
Our mutual friend Jeff is the car show chairman for the local Alfa Club region, and he does a great job wearing this hat. They do several shows per year, some are standalone events, others are “shows within shows” but this particular day was a solo flight, held in the parking lot at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum. The museum, at the time, was also home to an interesting Route 66 heritage exhibit, which visually depicted the history of the “Mother Road” and the motorized movement west.
I won’t bore you with a class by class recalling of all the cars and what awards they won, and who took home the hardware. Because it’s my guess you just want to see the goods. So…here goes, and again my apology to Jeff, to this club and to these enthusiastic car owners for this slothful delay.
I might as well start at the top, for me personally anyway. Without question my favorite car at this show was this elegant and flawless black over red Touring bodied 2000 Spider. This owner often doesn’t like to participate in judging, which is good for the other contestants, because this car is so authentically and crisply restored and presented, it would sweep up major trophy hardware at any show, anywhere. An expensive car these days, and worth every lire.
I mentioned pal Jeff, and this is his ’74 Spider, a joy to drive and also detailed to show winning quality and originality. Love this car a bunch, as does its legitimately proud owner.
The other yellow Alfa Spider at this show was this eye popping machine. Although its oversized aftermarket wheels and tires aren’t my personal taste, this car is eyecatching, immaculate, and no doubt a blast to pedal.
I never tire of these fabulous Giulia and Giuletta spiders; elegant, perfectly proportioned, and great fun to drive. The definition of La Dolce Vita. Wish I had a little of this sweet life in my garage.
One of the cool things about this event is that Jeff makes room for a “run what ya brung” class so anything goes. This handsome Jaguar belongs photographer Gerbracht, the Silver Benz roadster just to its right is my own SL500 and you can also see Jeff’s aforementioned Yellow Spider just over the Jag’s hood.
A great trio of run what you brung, Italian style. This being a Maserati Quattroporte, a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and a Fiat 500. More Dolce Vita la-la-la-la-la-la!
Something for every Alfa fan here and what’s not to like…
Another favorite on my personal “if I ever buy an Alfa” is the seiminal GTV. Another Giugiaro-while-at-Bertone masterpiece, the GTV is ideally proportioned, comfy, and a blast to drive. With a heavy duty racing resume.Yum. This one is a ’67 single headlight model with the “stepped” hood, a very desirable combo. More Yum.
You may be recalling that classic era GTVs run four cylinder power of varying sizes, and they do, but this one no longer does. This Alfa V-6 looks like it grew there, can’t be much heavier than the stock four, and certainly spruces up the GTV’s weight to power ratio. Not for everyone, but cool, and well done.
I’ll apologize only once and just a little for showing you another photo of the Touring 2000 Spider. This car really sings to me, and looks perfect on steel wheels with hubcaps; who needs them fancy alloy mags anyway? Its a little larger than the tidy Giulia and Giulietta models, and a little heavier, so perhaps not as nippy to drive, but still a true sporting gran turismo that I wish was mine.