St Louis Alfa Romeo Owners Club Volume 19 Number 7 August 2007 INSIDE: Picnic!! If You’re Lucky, Sat August 25, 3 pm an Alfa Will Choose You . . . . 3 Walt & Marian Hatcher’s Classiﬁeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Washington MO 2007 AROC National Convention 6 Bring your car, your stories, and your pictures of what you did this Alfa Romeo’s BAT Cars . . . . . . . . 8 Alfa Junior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 summer to THE Picnic at Marian and Walt’s home on the Missouri Pebble Beach FAQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 River bluﬀ. Bring a dish of something good -- salad, dessert, or side Alﬁsti Cooks!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 dish to share and enjoy! Join us and have a good time. The club will provide main course, beer, and soft drinks. Note Bene The Hatchers’ house is at the top of the hill at 1000 W Main St in by Phil Dean, Pres Washington MO. RSVP to Walt and Marian (636) 239-2690 Mini World Test drove the new Mini at event in Autohaus of Clayton last Thursday, was a Hawaiian luau theme with drinks and food, if any alcohol con- Clarksville MO Drive -- Sat Sept 29 sumed before the test drive appoint- ment, one got an orange wrist band to Due to union negotiations this year’s trip to Quincy has been can- warn the salesfolks to veto your idea. I celed. Instead we will have a day trip to Clarksville MO. Lots of antique had diet Coke and drove Mini hardtop and other little shops, a great restaurant, and lovely drive await us. for ﬁrst time, a blue non-S version as line too long for S-turbocharged ver- sion. Was impressive handling stick shift (6-speed) with damn ﬁne air-con Chuck Workman on a high humidity day. Not much room for bikes even with seat folded. I It is with great sadness that we must report that fellow “Alﬁsti” and want one, but would want a FIAT 500 Alfa club director Chuck Workman passed away unexpectedly on (new version) even more, if Brit car Sunday, August 19th at his home. mags are to be believed... As most of you know, Chuck was on his third Alfa Spider, a ‘91 “TopGear” Aug ‘07 edition has model which he had completely reconditioned/restored. Chuck was cover article on FIAT car designed also an avid antique ﬁrearms collector, and attended many gunshows and built in 18 months under new and was frequently accompanied by his wife Sally, or son Lee. leadership in Italia. The car has 1368 There will be a “Celebration of Chuck’s Life” this coming cc engine with 99 hp, zero to sixty in Thursday, August. 23rd at the (old) Workman home in Hermann (124 10.5 secs (faster then my VW Cabrio in E. 2nd St.). It will be held from 3pm to 6pm. Please keep Sally and 1987)..top speed of 113 mph. Six speed all the other members of Chuck’s family (sons and daughter) in your manual tranny, MacPherson struts thoughts and prayers. up front, coil springs and torsion bars in rear. Front wheel drive with wide Condolences may be sent to: track. EVO (ed 108) magazine says Sally Workman “that is the warmth you feel from see- 3519 Hwy C ing and touching a car, the smile you Leslie MO 63056 continues on page 10 page 2 i Saluti Aug 2007 i Saluti is the oﬃcial publication of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of St Louis (AROCSL). Articles, photos, and classiﬁed ads should be sent to newsletter Editor. Classiﬁed Alfa-related ads are 2007 Calendar free to members. Please inquire for commercial rates. Permission is granted to other chapter newsletters to repro- Aug 25 Annual ALFA Picnic at Hatchers, duce original material, provided that full credit is given to the Washington MO, 636-239-2690 author and AROCSL. Subscription to this newslett er is included with membership Sep 29 Drive to Clarksville MO, Phil Dean, 636-456- to AROCSL. Annual subscription fee for nonmembers is $20. DEAN St Louis AROC website: www.catenary.com/isaluti Oct 7 Columbus Day 2007 (Candy Throwing) Italian Car Parade, Norma Urani President Program Advisor Oct 26-28 Eureka Springs, AR event with KC ALFA Phil Dean Dan Murphy Club 409 E Main St 433 Clearview Dr Warrenton MO 63383 Belleville IL 62223 Nov 10 Planning Mtg for 2008. Ralph and Jane in (636) 795-5015 cell (618) 236-6322 Frontenac,MO (636) 456-DEAN firstname.lastname@example.org home: email@example.com Dec 15 Christmas Party, Mike and Sue Houser, 12736 W Watson, Sunset Hills MO 63127, Vice-President Tech Advisor RSVP (314) 842-4832 Graham Davis Bob Volpe 7146 Princeton Ave (314) 731-0914 oﬃce St Louis MO 63130 (314) 862-6645 GrahamLDavis@hotmail.com Secretary & Recipe Maven Director Sue Houser John Ryman 12736 W Watson 13536 Six Mile Rd St Louis MO 63127 Virginia IL 62691 (314) 842-4832 (217) 323-2046 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Treasurer Director Jane Rauth Walt Hatcher 27 Marsally 1000 W Main St St Louis MO 63131 Washington MO 63090 (314) 991-4890 (636) 239-2690 voice (636) 239-3006 fax Newsletter Director Rich and Janet Hirsch Chuck Workman 6089 S Lakeshore Dr 3519 Hwy. C Hillsboro MO 63050 Leslie MO 63056 (636) 285-0813 (573) 484-3995 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Disclaimer: One function of this newsletter is to pub- lish technical information. Views expressed are those of the authors and not those of the editor of this newsletter, the St Louis chapter, the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, Alfa Romeo Distribu- tors of North America, or the parent company. Any modiﬁca- tions attempted should be weighed against conventional, traditional, and generally accepted techniques and modiﬁcations. Modiﬁca- tions or procedures presented may violate state or federal laws and /or void warranties and they may not even work. This newsletter and its contributors will not assume any liability for consequences. Aug 2007 i Saluti page 3 from “Keith Martin on Collecting Alfa Romeo,” Motorbooks, 2006 lf You’re Lucky, an Alfa Will Choose You by Martin Swig Alfa Romeo cars have ﬁgured in my life more than I could ing something to the eﬀect of why did you waste all that have imagined in February 1958, my ﬁrst day as a salesman money on a car that will never win a race?” I loved that car at the Alfa Romeo dealership in San Francisco. so much that I didn’t even bother to answer. And although That was a time when the VW Beetle dominated the I never won, it was a rare 300SL or XK 120 (unless it was a less-than-10%-market-share imported car business, with lightweight) that could get by. the Renault Dauphine In 1982, my 1900 Zagato a red-hot second best got me into the ﬁrst ret- seller. I recall we used rospective Mille Miglia. to implore Fiat, which John Lamm (long-time we also sold, to make contributor to Road & their cars more like Re- Track) and had the time naults. And we always of our lives. It changed hoped next years Alfas my life; I’ve since par- would be as sturdy as ticipated in the Mille TR3s. Miglia 18 times, along A Giulietta spider with multiple visits to was about $3,500 and the Melbourne Mule in Veloce spiders a hard Australia, the Festa Fille upsell at round $4,000, Miglia in Japan, and the in a market where Mil Millas Sport de la MGAs and TR3s sold in Republica Argentina, the mid-two thousands. usually in an Alfa. And The Giuliettas were 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ by Zagato. now, our own California so much more sophisticated—DOHC, ﬁve-bearing crank. Mille has completed 15 years, providing this Alfa enthusi- all-synchro transmission, and those unbelievable ﬁnned ast still more magic in life. drum brakes. This was a time when the cheapest Plymouth Given all the richness that Alfa has brought to my life, still used a ﬂat-head six introduced in 1933. Studebaker- the $20,000 I “blew” on the 1900 Zagato now seems like a Packard, Nash and Hudson were disappearing, and the hot pretty good investment, even if only in terms of life experi- new brand for 1958 was called Edsel. ences. But it didn’t stop with the 1900. During the ‘78 Mon- I had been in Italy in 1955—my ﬁrst exposure to that terey Histories, a 1928 6C 1500 Alfa Romeo Zagato spider country, and to Fiats, Alfas and Lancias, all of which I love caught my eye. Today, I’m lucky enough to own that 6C, to this day. What a country—perfect cars, lovely roads and and it is teaching me all about what Alfa was and meant as competent drivers who were always up for a little go. an enthusiast-driven car company in that era. And you can So I was really ready for the Alfa in 1958, although see where Ferrari got their shift gate. I could only aﬀord a Fiat 600 as an everyday driver. But Commercially, by 1969. I had started my own dealer- selling the Alfas gave me the chance to learn about all their ship and in ‘71 I got the Alfa franchise, which I kept until endearing qualities, and to demonstrate them vigorously Alfa withdrew from the U.S. in 1995. It was never much ﬁ- to prospective customers. Giuliettas morphed into Giulias, nancially. But I had “good” franchises like Toyota, Nissan, then into GTVs and Duettos. It’s hard to believe that a com- Mazda and others, which fed my wallet while Alfa took pany that was so good then is an also-ran today. care of my heart, along with providing the chance to have Think of all the talk today of diﬀerentiating same-plat- one of every new Alfa as a daily driver. form cars. Then imagine the Giulietta Berlina. Spider and After the emission-control strangling of the 2000-cc Sprint Coupe of the 1950s. Three totally diﬀerent cars using models, we got the GTV6 in ’81, the Milano in ’87, and the the same brilliant mechanicaIs. Alfa had earlier experiment- 164 in ‘91—great and memorable cars all. And at this writ- ed with their ﬁrst volume product. The 1900, introduced ing, any of those are available at four-digit prices. One of in 1950. The “family car that wins races” was actually the the great mysteries—why are they so cheap? Recall that Gi- world’s ﬁrst sports sedan, a category that BMW “discov- uliettas used to he cheap, too. Now they’re scarce and good ered” more than ten years later and exploited so eﬀectively. ones have crept up signiﬁcantly in price—into the low ﬁve- The 1900 platform was supplied to every coach builder you ﬁgure range. Many Alfa 1900 coupes are now six-ﬁgure ever heard of. and many of those cars are all time greats. ears. I’m not saying that a GTV-6 will be $100,000 in twenty In 1975 I bought a 1900 Zagato for $3,500. Twenty years, but they certainly have a better chance to appreciate thousand dollars later I was on the starting grid at the 1978 than cars with boring mechanicals, tepid styling and a total Monterey Historic Auto Races. I remember people say- continues on page 11 page 4 i Saluti Aug 2007 Denim Alfa Romeo Shirts 100% Cotton Denim Shirt $22 Bill Hanak has done major work on Ralph Cold- ewe’s ‘59 Giulietta, Sue Houser’s ‘69 GTV, and Embroidered with the Alfa Romeo logo in Rich Hirsch’s ‘67 Giulia Sprint GTV. antique gold. Denim shades may vary. size M, L, XL: $22 size 2XL, 3XL: $27 Call for info about other items: duf e bags, totes, towels, tablecloth, napkins Sue Houser View color pictures and order 12736 W Watson on-line at the website: St Louis MO 63127 www.catenary.com/store tel: (314) 842-4832 visa•mc•amx•cod email: firstname.lastname@example.org Custom and Sport Exhaust Systems are our Specialty! Shouldn’t your car sound as good as it looks? Meineke Discount Mufflers & Brakes 15% Discount for Club Members Owner: Bob Volpe, St Louis AROC • Exhaust • CV Joints • Brakes • Front End • Shocks/Struts • Converters Distributor of ANSA and Supersprint O.E. and Performance exhaust systems 521-0660 298-0887 388-1181 Three locations to serve you: 402 S Florissant 11831 St Charles Rock Road 10617 New Halls Ferry Ferguson MO 63135 Bridgeton MO 63044 St Louis MO 63136 (1 mile north of Hwy 70) (Across from Grandpa’s) (1/2 mile south of I-270) Aug 2007 i Saluti page 5 great shape and one has a moderate scrape. Mi- For Sale chelins are mounted at the corners with good tread although they are approximately 10-12 years old. • ‘87 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. I am the second I asking $6,500 and would like to see the car go to owner of the car and bought it sight unseen in 2003 a good home. I am more than willing to answer all from the ﬁrst owner in PA via EBay. The car has questions. Will send detailed pictures upon request. 27,000 - 28,000 miles. The speedo was replaced in Frans von Kaenel, email@example.com. April of 2003 with 25,573 miles and I have driven the car 1,400 miles since October of 2003. • ‘87 Alfa Romeo Milano Gold. I just recently acquired a lovely C5 red convertible Corvette. Now with eight cars and two motorcycles something just has to go. I decided to offer my 1987 Milano Gold for sale to a good home. 1987 Milano Gold, 5 speed, black with grey cloth interior. All in excellent condition. Everything works. A/C recently converted to the new R132. NO RUST. Former rust around rear wheels repaired with new steel panels, so even better than new. Ex- Andrew Besic, brother of Mike Besic. I bought the car about 2 years ago with 87k miles and it has just As per the previous owner, the car has never seen snow and was always stored in a heated garage. I have also garaged the car and it is completely rust free. There are several small dings and dents but nothing major. The paint is glossy and the top and seats are also in good shape. Three wheels are in turned 90k. Very well maintained by Mike Besic and Orlando Pastore (Alfa factory-trained.) Runs and drives very well. Smooth, well balanced and quiet. Motor, transmission, drive train, brakes, suspension, etc. all in very good condition. Great road car as well as around town. Economical to run and insure. Runs on regular gas and uses virtually no oil. I upgraded sound system (you know me, I demand good sound) to Pioneer 200 w stereo / CD with removable face plate and wireless remote along with Pioneer front speakers and Alpine rear speakers. Original radio included if you want it. Fresh battery and tires. Asking $4,750. Jerome P. Dublan, Lombard IL 630-971-1200, Cell: 630-247- 7172, firstname.lastname@example.org. • ‘91 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, I will take $9K for it.It has about 65,000 miles on it. Red/tan with tan top. We just had our 3rd kiddo and we have not been able to drive it as much as we would like. We will surely miss it, but wrong time in our life for this car. It has performance tires and a cool sounding exhaust we put on it. Bart Bouchein, bbouchein@ savoyproperties.com page 6 i Saluti Aug 2007 2007 AROC National Convention in Detroit Photos by R & J Hirsch 1951 6C 2500 SS by Pinnin Farina. Photo by Phyllis Tilden Ralph, Sherri, and Steve Coldewe with their Certiﬁcates D’oro. Awarded to cars scoring >95 points in 2006 Nat’l Concours. St Louis AROC member Dan Murphy with his Giulia Sprint in Concours. 1938 8C 2900B by Touring. 1932 8C 2300 Spider by Touring. Aug 2007 i Saluti page 7 St Louis cars in Concours: Dan Murphy’s Giulia Sprint, Steve Coldewe Giulietta SS, Carl Davis’ Giulietta SS (in ﬁrst public appearance). Photo by Phyllis Tilden Sue Houser’s quilt in the art show. Sold Sherri Coldewe selling shirts, chairs, and other Alfa stuﬀ at the St to a Cincinnati Alﬁsta. Louis club booth. Not shown: Sue Houser and Jane Rauth. 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS by Ghia-Aigle. St Louis Alfa Club Trophy Winners Art, Textiles - Jane Rauth, quilt, “Worn and Warm” Concours, 101 series, 2nd place - Carl Davis, ‘65 Sprint Speciale Concours, 750 class, 1st place - Ralph Coldewe, Jane Rauth’s quilt in the art show. Awarded ﬁrst place in the ‘59 Giulietta ﬁber category. page 8 i Saluti Aug 2007 from Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance Program, August 2007 Alfa Romeo’s B.A.T. Cars windshield, tailﬁns and split-rear window would inﬂuence Science Produced Art when Alfa Romeo Built sports car design for decades. B.A.T. 5’s impressive coef- the B.A.T. Cars ﬁcient of drag was 0.21 and tests showed the sleek little car AIfa Romeo’s B.A.T. cars to be 15 percent faster than began as scientiﬁc studies, the production saloon with but are today regarded the same powertrain. as design masterpieces. B.A.T. 7, from 1954, came B.A.T. stands for “Berlina next. Its gracefully inward- Aerodinamica Technica” — curving rear wings made it loosely translated, “small the most memorable B.A.T. 2-door sedan aerodynamic Then came the 1955 B.A.T. 9d, studies.” It’s true, these with a traditional Alfa grille beautifully sculpted cars upfront and unskirted rear were scientiﬁc explora- wheelhouses. It would inﬂu- tions... only in the Italy of ence future Alfa Romeos, such the 1950s could this occur! as the Giulia SS, also designed The groundbreaking by the wonderfully talented wind-tunnel research that Scaglione at Bertone. resulted in the B.A.T. series By the late 1950s, all three sought to utilize airﬂow to B.A.T.s were in America, in generate down- force and promote stability at high speeds. the hands of private owners. B.A.T. 5 was later found hang- Alfa Romeo’s ﬁrst post-WWII chief engineer, Orazio Satta, ing, “bat-like,” upside down from the rafters of a garage. brought a background The curving wings of B.A.T. 7 in aerodynamics to his were clipped oﬀ after an ac- position. His 1900 saloon cident, but by the early 1960s of 1950, Alfa Romeo’s ﬁrst a caring collector had saved it. mass produced vehicle, Somehow, B.A.T. 9d found its was a smoothly modern way to a small-town Dodge but not radical design. The dealer’s used car lot in Green- next year, however, Alfa ville, Michigan. A 16-year old unveiled the stunning Dis- named Gary Kaberle spotted co Volante (“Flying Disc”) it there and soon convinced concept car, a breathtaking the dealer to sell it to him. exercise in aerodynamic It would not change hands form — and a tremendous again for three decades. B.A.T. 5 promotional vehicle for The Blackhawk Collection Alfa. The Disco Volante set the stage for the B.A.T. cars, of Danville, California eventually acquired all three B.A.T. also based on the 1900 architecture. cars and makes their display possible at the Concours to- Alfa collaborated with Bertone designer Franco Sca- day. Additional historical information about the B.A.T. cars glione to develop the B.A.T. series. The ﬁrst to be built can be found at www.blackhawk collection.com. was B.A.T. 5, which appeared in 1953. Its wrap-around B.A.T. 9d B.A.T. 7 Aug 2007 i Saluti page 9 from http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/209855/alfa_junior.html Alfa Junior: Juniors jump Alfa supercar queue Children jump Alfa 8C supercar queue with miniaturised version There’s a waiting list for the Alfa Romeo 8C Com- shrunken supercar to 3mph, and it’s brought to a halt by petizione -- but your children can get behind the wheel electronic brakes. Thankfully, the Alfa’s £120,000 price has right now. This replica, designed by Alfa engineers, is been reduced, too -- £249 secures immediate delivery built by British ﬁrm Totcars. An electric motor powers the Left: Miniature replicar. Right: the real thing. from http://blogs.motortrend.com/ Q: Aren’t the cars “overrestored”? A: This was a legit criticism, but is changing. There are Pebble Beach FAQ several classes for restricted to “preserved” entries. In the other classes, judges are now empowered to deduct points for overrestoration. And a car must drive to the presenta- Q: I never make it out to the West Coast, and I’m a tion ramp to accept a winner’s trophy; if it can’t, the award musclecar guy. Why should I give a rip about the Pebble is forfeited. Pebble will always value beautifully presented Beach Concours d’Elegance? cars, but there’s now tandem recognition of originality and A: Simple: It’s the most signiﬁcant car show in the enjoyment. In the words of chairman emeritus Jules Hue- world. Pebble deﬁnes the modern concours, their judging mann, “Grease in a zirc ﬁtting or the ﬁnish on an exhaust standards, and it’s an annual, living record of automotive manifold turning blue are signs that a car is being driven, history. You’ll see no ﬁner ﬁeld of rare, historically mean- enjoyed, and maintained.” ingful cars in one place on one day, anywhere else. Q: Is it true that winning big at Pebble adds value to Q: Aren’t they the same cars every year? the car? A: Not even. The ﬁeld is refreshed annually. The class- A: Probably. But it’s also true that dozens, perhaps es are revised, and each year’s show is fashioned around hundreds, of classic cars have been rescued from decay so diﬀerent honored marques and special displays. A few cars they can be restored and shown at Pebble Beach and sub- are invited back now and again when they ﬁt in a special sequently at other shows. And I’m for anything that saves category; an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 that won Best of Show in a signiﬁcant machine from the scrapyard or tinworm and the 1980s paid a return visit last year, due to 2005’s honor- allows it to be seen by other enthusiasts. ing of Alfa Romeo, for example. Otherwise, if you’ve been there, you’ve done that, at least for a while. Q: Isn’t the judging at Pebble Beach more a popularity contest? Q: Isn’t Pebble for trailer queens? A: No. I’m honored to participate as a chief class judge, A: That was true for many years. Pebble Beach is, ﬁrst and have been on the judging team for a decade now. Chief and foremost, an automotive beauty contest. So lavishly judge Ed Gilbertson has developed a strict code of ethics restored and cars are a part of the deal. But in 1999, the and conduct for the judges, which covers this and other organizers launched the Tour d’Elegance, a 70-or-so mile issues. Ed also chairs the judges’ meeting the morning of tour around the Monterey Peninsula that takes place on the the show and reminds us every year: “We judge cars, not Thursday prior to the concours. Participation is encouraged owners. Period.” It’s true some collectors -- Arturo Keller, but not required. The Tour, literally and ﬁguratively, takes the show on the road, and anyone can see the cars free of continues on page 11 charge. page 10 i Saluti Aug 2007 ALFISTI COOKS! by Sue Houser Nancy Wilson’s Savory Baked Beans The AROC National Convention in Detroit was great! 1 16- to 18-ounce can pork and beans Mike and I caravaned with Ralph and Jane, and Dan and 2 tablespoons brown sugar Marilyn. We timed our departure so we could overnight in 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard Auburn Indiana. Rats!, that meant we were right there with 1/4 cup catsup ACD (Auburn, Cord and Duseneburg) Museum. If you 1 onion, chopped haven’t been there, you need to go. The cars were spec- 2 slices thick bacon, cut into matchbook size tacular, and so was the Art Deco interior. Other museums located at Auburn, just oﬀ the highway were a WWII, Combine all ingredients except bacon in an ovenproof casserole James Dean and some nifty car museums. It was well worth dish. Top with bacon. Cover casserole dish and bake at 350 de- leaving a day earlier and spending quality time in these grees for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 20 more minutes. Serves museums. four. I’m not going to ﬁll a recipe column with tales of the convention, but just suﬃce it to say, there was, as always, Note: For the Day at the Lake, Nancy used three cans of beans, great camaraderie, great stories and inevitably, car tales of but did not increase the bacon and increased the bake time to woe. one hour. However, since this is a recipe column, we need to share a wonderful recipe from Nancy Wilson. She brought I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the Hatch- these wonderful baked beans to the Day at the Lake in er’s lovely home. Mike will be in Minnesota working a Pro July. Rich and Janet always do a wonderful job hosting Road Rallye, so I’m going to have to fend for myself. See such a diverse event, lake bobbing/swimming, cooking, bar you all on the beautiful veranda overlooking the Missouri tending, boating and tour guiding. That’s far beyond my River. Thanks again, Nancy for the bringing such a deli- talents. cious dish and also for sharing it with us. Woofs and Meows, Sue Note Bene, continued from page 1 get from familiarity reinterpreted, the appreciation of the (I test drove a 06 version, was maybe better than sex) and love that has gone into a special car’s creation”...”That‘s Audi TT. The design points went to the Spider. “Gorgeous the Fiat 500 thrill: see it in the metal and the little chemi- looks and stylish interior” are described. Spider they tested cal frisson ﬁres through your blood.” Whew, sounds like a had 3195 cc V-6 with 24 valves. Zero to 62 mph in 7.0 secs. Summer romance or something in my teens. MPG is 24.6 for you Gore voters. Price? $62K American “TopGear” says “cornering is a laugh, a process where USDs (roughly). “Spider stops traﬃc”, but Crummy chas- you feel involved, not just a steer and go exercise” Brakes sis, they say. Top comes down in 25 secs (kinda slower then are sraight and true. The new 500 is based on Fiat Panda my 1991, takes about 3 secs). Alfa has moving map to keep platform, but with less overhang. I can just picture me Phil from getting lost? Sat Nav is described as “Impenetra- driving one in Verona Italy, after a Summer evening gelato, ble and Infuriating.” dark eyed/Aquiline nosed babe in the seat, rocketing thru “Classic and Sports Car” edition April ‘07 has 25th an- the old Romeo and Juliet town, with 16-valved noise echo- niversary issue with the top 25 classics of all time...some Al- ing oﬀ the old Roman era coliseum...maybe someday? fas made the list. Lambo Gallardo (about $175K?) made the I know, what fun is 99 hp in Italian mini? Well, Abarth list of future classics, along with Porsche Cayman (what.. to the rescue as EVO mag reports. Abarth came in 1949 by about $50K?) and Smart Roadster available in USA at Carlo Abarth in 1949 with the wreckage of Cisitalia racing Penske dealer for $17K next year, they say)... A grey market operation, and since 1971, Abarth was the FIAT racing divi- Smart car is at used BMW dealer on South Kingshighway, sion. 3400 block, for about $32K t-o-d-a-y! Will follow with 2-seat version of Fiat 500 with two Anyway..Volpes’ old Lambo Espada V12 engined car versions, one with 153 hp and another with 178 hp. Abarth (he had when he was a rich musician), made the list, 365 will be more independent from Fiat, says CEO Luca De hp and in every gear. Rpms max at 8 grand, they say..right Meo. Fiat is now in proﬁt as past 3 yrs of Sergio Marchione Bob? leadership brought fruit. Picture of above steed on page 34 Alfa Montreal always makes these lists...Pluses are of mag or try evo.co.uk :”exotic engine, exciting shape, glamour, rarity”. The “TopGear” mag of Aug also has comparo drive with minuses are : “Bit wallowy (Carter said a Ward and Deane New Alfa Spider (in red) with 2nd generation MBZ SLK, continues on page 11 Aug 2007 i Saluti page 11 Note Bene, continued from page 10 Pebble Beach, continued from page 9 Suspension ﬁx these cars), potential bills (Carter again?) , Sam Mann, Jon Mozart, and the Nethercutt Collection -- parts problems “(ask Graham to be your garage supervi- have won big year after year. But it’s because they bring the sor) greatest hardware to the party. Alfa 8C-2300 (supercharged twin cam engine with 180 Q: Speaking of party, I’ve heard Pebble Beach is more hp) and zero to sixty in 9.4 secs...for the gazillionaires...four of a party than a car show -- true? LeMans wins, the great pre-WW2 sports car..in all the great A: There’s a huge social aspect, yes. The Monterey collections..last one sold for over $3 million? weekend takes place on some of the world’s most beauti- Back to Earth..”Practical and docile for daily use”..the ful real estate. People come from all around the world 1963 Alfa GTV on the list...as all rounders, 105 coupes are to participate. The sun is shining, and fabulous cars and hard to beat...they ask “why can’t ALFA build a car this likeminded enthusiasts surround you. Think of it as an au- rewarding to drive in 2007? tomotive Woodstock. But if that’s not your thing and you Engine they list is 1779 cc with 122 hp and zero to sixty choose to focus strictly on the machinery, you’ll see mind- in 9.5 secs(?)...well, our St Louis club models be MUCH blowing cars, even if you never talk to a soul. faster then that! Car wash trivia..TOPGEAR mag Feb 07 issue: Q: I have no interest in brass-era stuﬀ, Rolls-Royces, or Germany, largest one does 13 million cars a year. Delages -- anything there for me? CHINA: recycled water only is used..from sewers, A: Over the years, Pebble has featured hot rods, mucky rivers, military sewage microcars, Ferraris, small-block Chevy-powered concept Russia: 1,000 ruble ﬁnes to excessively muddy-dirty cars, postwar customs, skiﬀ-bodied cars, bare chassis, Ford cars entering Moscow GT40s, you name it. I doubt you’ll ever see Chevy Vegas Canada..just like USA have bikini washers for charity, there, but if you don’t ﬁnd at least something you like, your but one stuck up ol’ dude sued for her making scratches on eyes are closed. This year, the hot-rod classes, which are his MBZ with her body piercing jewelry! always popular, make a return. Brit Columbia...One fast talking Psych doc ...suicide prevented as reason for loving? “Mazda dealer had free car Hmmm -- it’s a lot diﬀerent from what I thought. But washes for life ‘, so patient decided NOT to jump... I’m still not impressed. Florida: ﬁrm has dog washing stand next to car wash- It’s the greatest car show on earth. If that ain’t enough, ing operation.. I can’t help ya. England: one guy, Paul Dolton charges BritL £5,000 The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance takes place for a CAR wash, degreasing spray, pH neutral shampoo, Sunday, August 19, 2007, at The Lodge in Pebble Beach. microﬁber towelling, clay rub, wheel gelling.etc..said to be “best hand job” in town? Aussie land..some gay-eco guy said “keep car dirty , save 200 liters of H2O per month!” France: motorcyclist in full leather has to be washed oﬀ of Brit bourne “hoof and mouth disease”, in a Pas de Calais “car” wash, sitting on his bike..was hilarious photo on the Alfa Chooses You, continued from page 3 net. NEXT? See ya at the Hatchers’ picnic...Washington bridge is OPEN! lack of excitement when you are behind the wheel—things Hear all the Detroit NATIONALS- Alfa stories..bring the GTV-6 will never be accused of. some FOOD, y’all.. -- Ciao, PHIL DEAN Finally, the best part of Alfa ownership is the friends you’ll make. One especially good result has been my crossing paths with Keith Martin. I ﬁrst met him when he slapped a muﬄer and windshield onto his 1958 Giulietta Spider Veloce and drove it in one of the California Milles. Just like me, he’s got Alfa in his blood, and I’ve been pleased to watch his career develop over the years. In the end, I believe that the cars choose the people. Some makes choose gold-chainers, others like the Peter- perfect types. But if you’re an all-round great motorhead, and want a car that provides some of the best-balanced driving experiences in the world. sooner or later an Alfa will choose you as an owner. Then, drive your Alfa to any gathering of Alfa fanatics, and be prepared for a whole new dimension in your life. August 2007 St Louis AROC SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 August 25 Picnic 3 pm Walt and Marian Hatcher’s Washington MO i Saluti Alfa Romeo Owners of St Louis 6089 S Lakeshore Dr Hillsboro MO 63050 Concours lineup of modern spiders at Detroit National AROC Convention.