VeloceToday for June 30, 2015

by pete on June 30, 2015

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This week, Jonathan Sharp focuses on the Vernasca Hillclimb in the Province of Piacenza, and we present all three parts in the same issue. And please help identify the mysterious As Found Classic Number 10!

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Ah, Vernasca, Saturday in the Paddock

by pete on June 30, 2015


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Story and Photos by Jonathan Sharp

The Silver Flag Hillclimb is a relatively new classic racing venue, held in the small and charming town of Vernasca, in the Province of Piacenza in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna. The affair sounded like our kind of event, so on the weekend of June 19-21, we flew from London to Milan, rented a car from Malpensa, a Skoda Yeti which of course quickly got the nickname “Spaghetti Yeti.” [click to continue…]

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Vernasca, Abarth to Ferrari

by pete on June 30, 2015

Rappi designed Fiat 8V. Rappi-designed Fiat 8V running the hill at the Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb.

Story and Photos by Jonathan Sharp

Sunday morning we went back to the hill to view a different corner. Sunday lunch was a Pannini stuffed with freshly sliced prosciutto and a birra alla spina in the village square of Vernasca, surrounded by the competitor’s cars. While we ate, we contemplated the near perfectly circle front wheel arches on the Pininfarina-penned P4/5 in front of us. [click to continue…]

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Vernasca: Lancia through Serenissima

by pete on June 30, 2015

Kai Desinger's 1960 Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato Kai Desinger’s 1960 Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato.

Story and Photos by Jonathan Sharp

A little about the history of this fascinating event: The Vernasca Hillclimb was originally sanctioned by the Automobile Club Piacenza between 1953 and 1972. The 1953 event attracted 40 entries, and was won by Alfa factory driver Consalvo Sanesi with a 3000CM. The race continued to grow, with 90 cars entered by 1955, when Massimo Leto de Priolo took first overall. [click to continue…]

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VeloceToday for June 23, 2015

by pete on June 23, 2015

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New Alpine Prototype Seen at Le Mans

by pete on June 23, 2015

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By Gijsbert-Paul Berk

Shedding light on the Alpine rebirth

Just two hours before the start of this year’s 24 Hour of Le Mans, spectators got a surprise glimpse of a speeding blue sports coupé. It was the first public appearance of the new Alpine Celebration AS 1 (for Alpine Sport).

This appearance of the new Alpine was also a birthday party to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the company that made the name Alpine famous by producing small Renault-based and rally winning sports cars. [click to continue…]

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Alfa and Ferrari: All the Cars

by pete on June 23, 2015


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Alfa Romeo All the Cars
Author: Lorenzo Ardizio
Illustrator: Michele Leonello
Hardcover, 594 pages, 6.3 x 8.3 in.
Item Number: 214567
EAN (ISBN-13): 978-8879115902
Publisher: Giorgio Nada Editore
http://www.giorgionadaeditore.it/ for Italian edition
Price: $44.95 USD €25
Distributor:http://www.motorbooks.com/books/Alfa-Romeo-All-the-Cars/9788879115902/4192 for English edition

Review by Wallace Wyss

We in the U.S. only see a small sliver of what the Italian automakers make. Thus, if you want to be an expert on an Italian marque, it behooves you to buy a book that covers all the models made by your favorite marque. Fortunately there is an Italian book publisher, Giorgio Nada, a well-respected Italian automobile publisher, who now has a series of one-marque guides, this being one of them. [click to continue…]

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Racing Matras in America

by pete on June 23, 2015

matra racing Above: the late Gary Neuer driving the Matra Djet to a win at Santa Barbara.

1966 Matra/Bonnet Djet V S: On the Ground Floor with the French in America

By Al Axelrod

I was working away at my Beverly Hills foreign car/special interest shop in 1967 (where they had previously built the Reventlow Scarabs) when a neat little car came in the door and the owner said, “Hey, let’s go racing.” He went on to explain that he obtained the car from a Matra executive and that the company might come to the USA with their vehicles and, if so, I would be “their guy.”

You could say I was crazy to believe him. But, I was young at the time and remember thinking: “If I am a good race driver/mechanic/engineer/shop owner, they will call me up and put me on the factory team.”
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VeloceToday for June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015
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Experiencing Zagato’s Alfas

June 16, 2015

By Pete Vack * As early as the late 1960s, the Alfa enthusiast instinctively knew that of all the post war Alfas semi production cars, the Zagatos were the most desirable. Alfa Zagatos exemplified the era of the relatively inexpensive, coachbuilt GT car, as did the special bodied Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lancias.

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Decision at Zandvoort

June 16, 2015

The Dutch Grand Prix was scheduled for one week after the disastrous 1955 Le Mans event. Should it have been cancelled? What would you have done? In this exclusive story, VeloceToday correspondent Gijsbert-Paul Berk, who was an assistant to the Royal Netherlands Automobile Club at the time, describes the ensuing crisis and decision. Story by […]

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Williamsburg Welcomes the Automobile

June 16, 2015

Story and Photos by Pete Vack The last drag race down historic Williamsburg’s 18th century Duke of Gloucester Street occurred sometime in the mid-1960s; in fact it was also the last time any automobile was allowed to amble down the ancient boulevard, though the exact date seems to be lost to posterity. Despite this ban […]

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