It took a bit of time to write about this second meet up we had on the 27th September.
The atmosphere of this semi lock down is slowing down thoughts, behaviours, and hopefully also a bit this fuc…COVID19.
I’d have liked adding some in motion pictures & video of my Veloce but the road to the supermarket or school is not a very attractive landscape.
Thus, I just recollect some of the lovely moments of end of Sept in the meeting of other “Alfisti aficionados” with a big (social distancing ☹) Dart parking as scenario.
Another instance for me to meet Alfa & classic cars lovers.
OMG: so many beautiful cars that is hard to select pictures. And so many competent people that I felt somehow like a 18yrs old driving for the first time 😊
Special thanks to Adam Macklin and his brother Matthew that shared amazing drone – taken images!
My Veloce is a relatively new car and the same apply to the Giulia QV and (the just few years older) Giuletta / 159 I admired there. Certainly, I deeply love my car and alike those recent Alfa but, in these meetings, I often feel a certain sense of reverence, kind of “noblesse oblige” for these amateurs and theirs classic automobiles that cruised dozens of years (up to 30/40!) and are still so beautiful, so modern, so stylish and is such good conditions.
Hats off my friends!
It is a mixt of respect, envy, joy to watch those “aunties” with my car, that I hope will become another classic Alfa after few years down the roads of Ireland and Europe!
With these thoughts in mind I wanted specially to share some images of two gorgeous classic examples of Italian design.
Ok is not an Alfa but this car (that substituted nevertheless than the Stratos!) is astonishing and I think it was the first for me to see in flesh and muscles one of the less than 8,000 Montecarlo that reached the roads.
This car (sold as Scorpion in the States) was sold during the years 1975 – 1981 with a 2 litres engine developing a torque of 165Nm and 120BHP (originally the project foreseen a 3L stopped by the 1973 Oil crisis). I guess is a joy to drive since also very lean (around 970kg).
The one I’ve seen in our meeting I believe was of the second series (indicated initially as Lancia Beta Montecarlo, then losing the Beta indication) of 1979/1981. In almost mint conditions and with a very nice roar 😊
Alfa Romeo Montreal
This was probably one of the most chatted car of the meeting together with a striking Giulia Quadrifoglio and the two Giulias from the ’70.
The car in view was a splendid 1974 model. The current owner bought the red beauty in 1981 in UK (for a ridiculous small amount of money: I can hardly imagine how much can be worth and certainly not less than 60,000€).
The Montreal was produced roughly in the same period of the above Montecarlo (1970 -1977); the name is due to an initial project Alfa brought in Canada for a festival celebrating the 100 years of the Confederation (1967).
I bet in the seventies 7.1 sec to reach 100km/h (60miles per hour) was a very good result and the same we can say of the 230BHP developed by the Montreal and the (declared) top speed of 240km/h.
Despite a nice design and again due to the Oil crisis, only 3,925 Montreal were produced. What a pity!