Archives for March 2016
Story by Roberto Motta
Joe Nastasi on the 33TT Stradale Giro d’Italia
As we have previously recounted,
Bugatti Type 40
By Barrie Price & Jean-Louis Arbey
207mm wide by 250mm tall • 128 pages • 150 Pictures
Out of Print, find on Amazon or Alibris
Veloce Publishing, 2000
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Review by Pete Vack
This is the last of the four Barrie Price Bugatti books we have reviewed. It is also the shortest, with the fewest photos, yet in some ways one of the best. The Bugatti T40 is a single model book, and treats the subject with a bit more depth that is given to the others. Unlike the other three it is not available as a reprint yet; we found a copy from our usual source for rare car books, TE Warth and it cost a reasonable $70 in like-new condition. [Read more…] about Bugatti Type 40 Book Review
By Pete Vack, Gijsbert-Paul Berk, and Sandy Leith
It was Burt Bacharach/Hal David who wrote the popular song I’ll Never Fall in Love Again. After the last Ferrari I too vowed never to fall in love again, being too old for such nonsense anyway.
But I kept catching the Bugatti virus. It re-occurs every few years and like the plague, eventually it just dissipates, primarily because any Bugatti has been out of our price range for the past 50 years or so. I’d been through a torrid but platonic love affair with the T35, the T55, the T57 and even the Brescia Bugattis, and so it was recently when the charms of the lowly T40 attracted my attention. We then found three interesting T40s with three great stories all in some way related to the cast of characters at VeloceToday. We begin with the Correspondent’s Bugatti….
Our most senior correspondent, Gijsbert-Paul Berk, once owned and restored a delightful Type 40 Grand Sport and wrote to tell me all about it and sent photos:
Thanks for your photos of that attractive Bugatti Type 40 cabriolet. (see below) They brought tears in my eyes. So here are a few photos of my Type 40. It had a body identical to the one in the 1928 Bugatti advertisement. Someone told me that the man next to the car is Louis Chiron. Who the woman was is not known. [Read more…] about An Ode to Three Bugattis
Story by Gijsbert-Paul Berk
Crossing in 1929 the Sahara with Bugatti Type 40: 11,500 kilometers of unpaved roads and desert
In 1927, Lieutenant Frédéric Loiseau, served with the 4th French Army Corps in North Africa. One day an acquaintance, who was the manager of a bank in Tunis, let him drive his supercharged Bugatti. This gave Loiseau the idea for a super-fast automobile link between French-administered territories. These powerful and light Bugattis were potentially much better for such a task than the heavy Citroën autochenille (half-tracks), which had crossed the desert in 1924. [Read more…] about With a Bugatti T40 Across the Sahara
Text by Roberto Motta
Photos by Roberto Motta, Actualfoto, Archivio Gambi, Archivio Nastasi e Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo, Centro Documentazione (Arese, Milano)
Businessman, importer, mechanic and vintage car collector Joe Nastasi has owned many great cars, but perhaps the most interesting and certainly the rarest, is a T33TT V8 Stradale, a car that is not what it seems and was destined to compete in only one event. Roberto Motta brings us this story about the Alfa T33 “Mostro”, based on an article he wrote in 2007.
Only one example of the Type 33TT Stradale was constructed and is one of the most beautiful cars produced by Alfa Romeo. Little known to the public, this car holds a fascination for two main reasons: it is an Alfa Romeo and participated in a single race, the Tour of Italy Automotive in 1975. Its proper name, according to Joe Nastasi who still owns it, is the “Alfa Romeo Berlinetta Stradale Giro d’Italia”, whatever we might call it below. [Read more…] about Alfa Romeo Berlinetta Stradale Giro d’Italia: “Il Mostro” Part 1
In Part I, a young Joe Nastasi grows up in Sicily, addicted to cars and speed. After a two year stint in the Italian Navy, he is ready to move on. Ironically, he finds his true calling not in Italy, but in the United States. (Read Part I)
Fresh off the boat
The newly-married but seasick couple arrived in New York, on the Queen Ann Maria on Friday May 8th, 1971. (It’s one of those dates one just does not forget). By that Monday Joe hit the pavement looking for a job. Amazingly, two blocks down the street, he saw a Fiat agency, walked in and was hired immediately–the owner was from Calabria, Italy.
Story and photos by Alessandro Gerelli
Milano Autoclassica, held between March 18 and 20, is a rather recent event for Milano but it has grown every year.This year the show attracted more than 50,000 visitors.
It is held in Milano Rho Fiera complex, and easily reached also by underground or train.
Inside there is a huge space for car exhibition, dealers and spare parts and also a small outdoor circuit for test drives.
As usual many Italian old cars exhibited by dealers and clubs, and an auction by Pananti with a few interesting cars and automobilia. Below, only a few of the many cars and items that were on display this year.[Read more…] about Milano Autoclassica 2016
Story and photos by Hugues Vanhoolandt
If the French city of Reims is known worldwide for hosting many of the largest champagne-producing houses, the City of Kings is also famous among the motorsport enthusiasts for being the setting for fourteen French Grand Prix.
The 12 hours of Reims was also an important event of the endurance calendar and being held usually one month after the Le Mans 24 hours, it was often considered as an antidote to the Le Mans classic.
Although the old pits buildings have been recently restored, this is a bygone era as the fast Reims circuit ceased its activities in 1969.
Nevertheless, Reims is still attracting automotive enthusiasts from France and the neighboring countries. Every March the “Salon Champenois du Véhicule de Collection” is held. It is a big gathering of brand clubs and sellers of everything relevant of the vintage car passion. With hundreds of stands and stalls, you can be sure to find the parts you need to start your restoration project, to complete your miniature car collection or to find the old book you have been searching for.
[Read more…] about 29th Reims Vintage Car Show
By Pete Vack
A need for speed took an impoverished kid from Sicily from bicycles to Lamborghinis.
In the annals of American literature are a series of short novels written by Horatio Alger (1832-1898). Alger’s books usually told a tale of a poor and disadvantaged young man who, by his own strong will, intelligence and enterprise, overcomes great obstacles to eventually win riches and respect, and “builds his own American Dream against the odds.” Thus, in America, when someone who starts with nothing and ends up rich and/or famous, their success is still often referred to as a “Horatio Alger story”. [Read more…] about Joe Nastasi: From Sicily to Success Part 1