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