VeloceToday for July 19, 2016

by pete on July 19, 2016

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This week, two totally excellent views of the spectacular Silver Flag Hillclimb in Vernasca, Italy as seen and photographed by our own Jonathan Sharp.

You may have missed Graham Gauld’s profile of Griff Borgeson. “In his prime, Borgeson was one of the truly great auto historians…” said ex-Automobile Quarterly editor Jonathan A. Stein. Borgeson had a great influence on Graham Gauld as well, so catch this exclusive VeloceToday article below.

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Pierre Macchi in his 1961 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale leads Giorgio Ambriogione in his 1960 Giulietta SZ. Pierre Macchi in his 1961 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale leads Giorgio Ambriogione in his 1960 Giulietta SZ.

Photos and captions by Jonathan Sharp

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Our man from the U.K. is a real trooper. Jonathan Sharp liked Vernasca so much last year that despite getting ill while in Italy, he wanted to go again this year, and did. And again was caught out by a some sort of bug. Yet he stayed the course (literally) and came back home with hundreds of great images, so many that we had to separete them into three stories. We owe a huge debt to Sharp for his over-the-top accomplishment. Below, thirty Alfas at Vernasca; Part 2, also in this edition, features Abarth and others.

Vernascas’s Silver Flag event was held on June 17-19. It is becoming very popular and the entry list consists of over two hundred cars, many of which are rarely seen at other events.

So exciting is the event that of course Sharp wants to return again next year. We hope he does. Ed.

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Raimondo Roseto's 1991 Alfa Romeo SZ Trofeo. Raimondo Roseto’s 1991 Alfa Romeo SZ Trofeo.

From the Scuderia Del Portello Luigi Somaschini's 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce. From the Scuderia Del Portello Luigi Somaschini’s 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce. [click to continue…]

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Philip Van Looy's amazingly loud 1966 Abarth 1600 OT Periscopio. Philip Van Looy’s amazingly loud 1966 Abarth 1600 OT Periscopio.

Photos and captions by Jonathan Sharp

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In addition to the dozens of Alfas, our man Sharp also photographed other makes, and here we present Abarth, Fiat, Ferrari, Iso, Lancia, Porsche Serenissima and Veritas and more. Ed.

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From Team Abarth France Christophe Pont's 1970 3000 V8 SE 020 From Team Abarth France Christophe Pont’s 1970 Abarth 3000 V8 SE 020.

Looking exactly as you would expect an Abarth to look like, engine cover propped up on struts Fausto Galli's 1965 Fiat Abarth 850TC. Looking exactly as you would expect an Abarth to look like, engine cover propped up on struts and all. Fausto Galli’s 1965 Fiat Abarth 850TC. [click to continue…]

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VeloceToday for July 12, 2016

by pete on July 12, 2016

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sdfsdf A scale drawing of the production Mangusta.

Story and Photos by Dick Ruzzin

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Be sure to watch this extremely interesting interview with Dick Ruzzin on Sean McElroy’s Autoline After Hours. The segment with Dick begins at about the 49 minute mark, right after the commercial. If you don’t know Dick’s background as a GM designer, you will be impressed.

Vehicle Architecture

The mid-engine architecture is very exciting to design around as it provides unique proportions that can be interpreted in profile with almost a single curving line. The Mangusta design is enhanced greatly by the architecture, the short overhangs, wide front and rear tread, the low front suspension, and the large wheels and tires encourage the design of a shape that is very idealistic. The architecture delivers proportions that are very dramatic and the idea that there is an inherent special high performance functionality included in the vehicle concept only enhances the simple, sporty and elegant design solution that was conceived and executed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. [click to continue…]

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Dave Wolin: The Kindness of Strangers

by pete on July 12, 2016

sadfsff Dave Wolin goes back a long way; he got a bank loan to buy a used Porsche 550 Spyder for $2000 (that was a long time ago!) Today he is recording and preserving racing history and helping retired race drivers.

By Brandes Elitch
All photos courtesy Dave Wolin

You will not be surprised to learn that there is no pension plan for retired race car drivers like there is in the movie industry; they often depend on the kindness of strangers During the Monterey Historics this year, there will be a new and very special event, called “Tribute to the CanAm – 50th Anniversary.” Proceeds benefit the Racing History Project, (www.racinghistoryproject.com) and specifically two drivers: Charlie Hayes and Tony Adamowicz. [click to continue…]

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sdafsdf Without doubt my favorite car of the event (and my wife’s favorite as well) was this this 1932 Alfa Romeo 1750 Supercharged Grand Sport with bodywork by Figoni of Paris, hence the Alfa Romeo Paris badge. The car was known in Paris prior to WWII before moving to the French Riviera during the conflict. It resided in Florida before being returned to the UK about 15 years ago. This was the first time the car had been publicly displayed in the UK.

Story and photos by Jonathan Sharp

Heveningham Hall is a 5000 acre estate deep in the heart of rural Suffolk. The house or hall as it is described was mostly designed by Sir Robert Taylor in 1778 for Sir Gerrard Vanneck, a wealthy Dutch merchant. [click to continue…]

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By Roberto Motta
Photos by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles press archive and GGRM archive

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Characterized by taut lines, and equipped with the engine and various mechanical components taken from the 128 sedan, the Fiat X1/9 was, and remains, a dream car.

The “X1/9” was part of a design series designation that began with the Fiat 128, which was the “X1/1”. The X1/9 was the first ‘Targa’ car produced by FIAT and Bertone.

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VeloceToday for July 5, 2016

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Goodwood Festival of Speed Part One

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Drivers at Goodwood, June 24-26 by Jonathan Sharp Having managed to miss last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed due to illness, I was very keen not to miss this year’s event no matter what the weather. The prediction of rain proved to be very accurate especially on Thursday when during the afternoon the heavens opened […]

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Goodwood Festival of Speed Part Two

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Drivers at Goodwood II, June 24-26 by Jonathan Sharp

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Goodwood Festival of Speed Part Three

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