This week Jonathan Sharp shows us more cars from the National Museum, an update on the Fiat and Abarth Rally scene, a hilarious excerpt from Toly Arutunoff’s latest book, and from the archives, Arutunoff and the Appia Zagatos.
Archives for January 2017
An Excerpt from Steering with your Knees by Anatoly Arutunoff published with permission of the author.
By Toly Arutunoff
It’s difficult to know what to say about the Historic Mille Miglia … it’s been covered by all the enthusiast press in articles of varying lengths, and since I subscribe to most of them I’m mildly saturated … I guess I just don’t want to simply rehash, from my personal point of view, all the things you might’ve read elsewhere. Now that that’s outta the way, let me say that the event taken as a whole is inspiring and enthusiastically stimulating to an American; more so I think than it is to a European.
Story and photos by Jonathan Sharp
This is the third part of Jonathan Sharp’s visit to the National Museum at Beaulieu and there will be one more segment devoted to Land Speed Record Cars. There is just so much at the Museum to see; we have just scratched the surface and there is much more waiting for the museum visitor. [Read more…] about The National Museum at Beaulieu, Cars M-Z
Story by Toly Arutunoff
In 1964 it seemed like I needed a companion in the garage for my Lancia Flaminia Zagato. The previous year, after our good finishes in the Targa Florio, Nurburgring 1000km, and Spa 500km, the factory offered me a straight swap for my car and one of the GTS Appia Zagatos, guaranteed for 117 mph. I turned the offer down, but later I saw an ad for an Appia Zagato in Rhode Island for $900. I heard it call my name and before I knew it we were on our way east from our lair in Oklahoma.
Story by Roberto Motta
Photo by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
On the tarmac, ice and snow of the French Alps, the new Abarth 124 Rally, driven by three private crews, demonstrated its competitiveness and excellent performance. Last weekend the Abarth 124 rally enjoyed a promising debut in the Monte Carlo Rally, the first event of the World Rally Championship. In South America, the Fiat Panda finished well in the Dakar rally. [Read more…] about Fiat Abarth Hope for Successful Rally Season
Story and Montage by Peter Darnall
Additional photos from the collection of Dale LaFollette
Alfa Romeo Tipo C #50013 . . . The Hans Ruesch Era
The 1936 racing season brought victories for the Tipo C Alfa Romeos against the German Silver Arrows at Penya Rhin, Milan, and Budapest. The new monoposto showed it could compete with the Teutonic rivals—at least on tight winding courses when pushed to the absolute limit by Tazio Nuvolari. Italian hopes were high as the cars lined up for the start of the Coppa Ciano on August 2, 1936. No one could have known at that time, but Nuvolari was about to put on a virtuoso performance which would rank as one of the greatest drives of all time. [Read more…] about Hans Ruesch and the Alfa Tipo 8C35
By Thomas Bromehead
Thanks to Pierre Abeillon for his help
First published in 2014 VeloceToday
Born in 1903, Pierre Duval was an engineer and as such, one the few privateers who built their own cars who could claim to have an engineer background. He started his career with Citroën and participated in the “Croisière Noire” of 1924, which was actually a cunning marketing exercise by André Citroën (who always had excellent advertising ideas to make his brand stand out) in which caterpillar tracks Citroën machinery crossed the Sahara on their way to the central colonies.
Story and photos by Jonathan Sharp
Last week we mentioned that we would discuss the founder of the National Motor Museum, Lord Montagu. Here then, Jonathan Sharp does so as a prefix to Part 2 of the National Museum articles which will cover cars from A-L. Part 3 will show cars from L-Z and motorcycles. Part 4 will deal with the Land Speed Record Cars at the Museum. Ed.
Let’s get the elephant in the corner out of the room. In 1953 Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, together with two other gentlemen, was convicted of the then crime of a homosexual act with two other consenting adults, who turned Queen’s evidence. Lord Montagu served 8 months in prison. Such was the public’s disquiet as what was perceived to be the unfair victimization of a public figure and the criminality of sexual acts between consenting adults, that a public inquiry was finally set up which ultimately led to the law on homosexuality being reformed. Ok that’s out of the way. [Read more…] about The National Museum at Beaulieu: Cars A-L
Story by Pete Vack
All photos by Wico Mulder
A few days before Christmas, the citizens of Haarlem and Amsterdam witnessed one of the most unusual rallies ever conceived, the 100 Miles of Amsterdam, open only to prewar classics. It was another brainstorm of rally wizard Bart Kleyn, a full time rally organizer who had previously studied Molecular Sciences at the Agricultural University of Wageningen and then obtained a PhD in Oncology/Hematology at the University of Virginia. [Read more…] about The 100 Miles of Amsterdam
The Editor Tracks the three 8C35 Alfas
Montage above by Peter Darnall
One might wonder why we are so interested in the Alfa 8C35 cars. An old saying goes that history is written by the survivors; and indeed, this is the case for the 8C35. But in addition to being survivors, the various and sundry 8C35s running today are examples of the only Grand Prix car to give the combined Silver Arrows a real run for the money. Given the might of the Mercedes and Auto-Union teams, the Alfa Romeo 8C35 had a brief but reasonably successful two seasons in Europe. Designed to be fitted with either a V12 engine, or an 8 cylinder, the 8C35 used a longer version of the famous Alfa 8C 2.3 engine, running almost concurrently with the initially unreliable V12 (12C36) while it was being developed. In 1936 Tazio Nuvolari drove the 8C35 to great victories at Coppa Ciano and the Hungarian GP. In our humble opinion, although Vittorio Jano’s V12 (actually designed by Bruno Trevisan) may have led to his downfall in October of 1937, the 8C and 12 C are underrated and much more successful contenders than results might render. And speaking of results, at the bottom of this article we’ve reproduced the Alfa racing results from the years 1935 to 1937 for your perusal.
As VeloceToday is currently publishing a series of short articles that often include these cars, (read A Most Unusual Meeting) we thought this an opportune time to provide a brief history of the 8C35 chassis known today.
Of the six 8C35s listed by Fusi, three can be determined to still exist in some form: [Read more…] about Alfa Romeo 8C35 Grand Prix Cars