Monday, September 10, 2012

AROSC 40th Anniversary of Competition @ Willow Springs

Spent the last weekend at Willow Springs International Raceway "The Fastest Road in the West"!  Hot time.  Weather was incredibly hot and the cars at the track matched the temperature.
AROSC Pictures from Willow Springs


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cars and Coffee Irvine - 8-25-12

A fun day at Cars and Coffee, Irvine.  Week after Monterey Week.  Great collection of Aston Martin Vantage and Vanquish.






Sunday, August 05, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

How I Celebrated "Drive Your Alfa Day"

It is the 104th anniversary of the founding of A.L.F.A. and "Drive Your Alfa Day".
I took Margherita out with some of her cousins from Maranello on one of my favorite drives here in San Diego County. The driving group was composed of about 7 Ferraris (including a pristine F40), a couple of Corvettes and a couple of Infinitis. 
The route was eastbound on SR76 to Palomar mountain, then a 5000' ascent on the South Grade road where my little Alfa kept pace with the 308 QV ahead of me all the way to the top. We went down the East Grade back to 76 and then a stop at Lake Henshaw for a breather. We then headed for more twisty bits on the Mesa Grande. 
Came back down through Ramona and down the hill on the famous Highland Valley Rd. for lunch and debrief at BJ's. The sun was out all day, the roads were relatively clear of slow traffic and it was just the most fun I have ever had in my GTV6. When we pulled into the parking lot of BJ's I called my wrench, Erik, and thanked him for all his good work, since he was mainly responsible for getting Margherita into condition so that I could make that run.




Friday, May 11, 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

It was another early start on Sunday, after getting  up early for Cars and Coffee, but I had to be there at 5:30AM to be ready to help direct car owners on to the show field at the La Jolla Cove park.  It rained the night before and it looked like all the hard work of chalking out the numbers for the show field was for naught, but it worked out.  Over 160-170 cars and motorcycles on the green!  Some very nice vehicles, including some that don't see the light of day except for these shows.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Cars and Coffee 3-31

I needed to put some miles on Margherita's new engine, courtesy of Erik at Rathmann Auto Works in Poway.  It's almost time to take it in for the followup to the rebuild.  So I got up by myself and headed out to Irvine and got there early enough to park right next to Craig McIntosh's nice Spider Veloce.  There was a nice mix of cars with the typical number of Mustangs, Corvettes and Porsches.  There were also a mix of "special" cars in the show area.  There were TWO Iso Grifo parked in there.  The yellow one has a 7L Corvette engine, (that's 427 cubic inch), very rare.  Italian coachwork and design and American muscle.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Margherita Is On The Road, Again

Margherita has got a new heart!  Erik Rathmann completed the semi-overhaul of the engine and it's running very smoothly, although I haven't had a real chance to run it very hard or for very long.  I'm hoping to make a speed run up to Cars and Coffee in Irvine this Saturday morning.  Need to put some miles on the engine for break-in.
Hope to see some friends on the road!!!!  Ciao!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Alfa Parts Offered


Former Alfa club member Ed Zdvorak has some parts from a 1984 Spider Veloce that he would like to donate to the club or an Alfa owner in need.
1. Alfa air conditioning compressor and system, probable good condition.
2. Alfa 6”X14” steel wheel, excellent
3. Alfa modified exhaust center section with straight through muffler, excellent.
4. Alfa gas tank, no dents or leaks, needs interior coating
5. Bucket seats, excellent light color fabric, fits spider or ?, from 1989 Honda.
If you are interested, let me know and I will put you in contact with Ed.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Nuovo Disco Volante Images

Ahead of its "official" unveiling at the Geneva Auto Show, images of the rumored new Disco Volante appeared on the autoblog.com website.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Margherita Status

The current state of affairs with Margherita.  Heart bypass surgery in progress.  Should be off life support very soon.

Monday, February 13, 2012