By Brandon Adrian as told to the Editor
How could we have missed this…not once, but twice…?
Somewhere along the way during Monterey Car Week, we overlooked an unusual display of Alfa Romeos gathered at the Quail. In November, the organizer of this small but potent affair, Brandon Adrian, reminded us of our oversight. We were going to include a short report in last week’s special Autodelta edition of VeloceToday but in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and deadlines, we forgot…again! By this time poor Brandon was about to run us over with a spare GTA.
We promised to make amends so here it is…Autodelta at the Quail.
As a young boy, Brandon Adrian, it seems, dreamed of what it would have been like to have been a racing car driver during the ‘Golden Age’ of motorsports. Learning how to drive with the same Alfa Romeo GT that his father Robert bought new was the beginning of a long and passionate battle with ‘Alfa’holicism, on track and off.
Young Brandon followed the activities of Alfa’s Autodelta team as they dominated the world’s best tracks during the 60s and 70s with Alfa Romeo TZs, GTAs, and the Tipo 33. Led by the brilliant Ing. Carlo Chiti, the team boasted legendary drivers such as Andrea De Adamich, Ignazio Giunti, Teodoro Zeccoli, ‘Nanni’ Galli, Nino Vaccarella, Enrico Pinto, Toine Hezemans, Vic Elford, Derek Bell, Jochen Mass, Arturo Merzario, Henri Pescarolo, Helmut Marko, Lucien Bianchi, Carlo Facetti, Rolf Stommelen, Herbert Schultze, Michael Webber, and Mario Andretti. Movies such as Le Mans and The Speed Merchants held a deep place in Brandon’s heart.
In late 2012, Brandon’s friend Marco Fazio at Alfa Romeo’s Automobilismo Storico, told him of the 50th Anniversary Autodelta Celebration which was to take place at the famous Monza track in Italy. As a result, Brandon wanted to give Alfa Romeo, Autodelta and Ing. Carlo Chiti the praise and recognition it deserved in the US as well. Calling upon his close Autodelta friends in the U.S. (Anthony Rimicci, Manuel Minnassian, Bill Lyons and Fred Della Noce), he organized a small gathering of ex-works Autodelta cars including a TZ2, GTA Prototipo 1600 Corsa, GTA 1600 (RHD), 1750 GTAm, and 1300 GTA Junior at the Quail Motorsports show in August of 2013.
It will be hard to out-do the 2013 Autodelta showing, but Brandon and his Adrian Squadra Corse team have an even more surprising Alfa Romeo/Autodelta showing planned for 2014, so stay tuned.
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