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I see the latest Mille Miglia was held in May and Alfa continued to triumph, as it has over the past 90 years, by taking every place on the podium.

The Mille Miglia 2018 was won by the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GS Fixed Head, operated by the Tonconogy-Ruffini crew.

In second place was the outstanding 628 1500 Super Sport made in 1928, with bodywork by Stabilimenti Farina, while the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS Zagato, led by the Vesco-Guerini group, took third spot.


A total of 371 crews, comprised of 900 participants from 34 countries, travelled 1,083 miles to make it across the finish line.

On board some of the winning Alfa Romeos were many famous competitors, including Derek Hill, the bass player with Coldplay, Guy Berryman, Litfiba’s vocalist Piero Pelù, and Instagram automotive lifestyle experts Mr JWW and Sam 'STG'.

Mille Miglia President, Aldo Bonomi, has described the race as ‘popular but highbrow, technical but accessible to all’. Once again this was proved to be true with cheering crowds welcoming the drivers at every stage, celebrating the style and mechanical mastery of Alfa Romeo, a legend that continues to excite motor enthusiasts, just as much as it has in the past.

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I have recently seen the latest newsletter from the Cotswold section of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club. Included are a number of dates that local Alfa owners might be interested in attending:

• 5th May – Auto Italia Italian Car Day at Brooklands
• 15th May – Cotswold Section meeting at The Fox, Broadwell
• 20th May – South West Alfa Day at Haynes Museum Yeovil
• 26th May – La Vita Rossa Prescott Hill Climb
• 10th June – Churchill Vintage and Classic Car Show
• 19th June - Cotswold Section meeting at The Fox, Broadwell
• 23rd June – Cotswold Alfa Day at Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford
• 24th June – Princethorpe Motoring Festival
• 23rd & 24th June – Bicester Flywheel Festival

As usual for further details of these events, as well as other items of interest to Alfa owners, take a look at the Cotswold Alfa newsletter available here:
http://www.aroc-uk.com/cotswolds/images/newsletters/nwsltr_apr_2018.pdf

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Upcoming Cotswold Alfa Events!
Upcoming Cotswold Alfa Events!
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If you ever get talking to a hard-core Alfa Romeo fan then you’ll soon learn that the company do not produce cars at all; they produce works of art!



Here are some interesting and fun facts about the car and the company.

1. The famous Alfa Romeo logo was designed in 1909 and quickly came to represent the brand around the globe. The design incorporates the symbols of the city of Milan where Alfa moved to that same year. These are a green snake devouring a man with a red cross on a white background.

2. The company is held to be one of the most successful in auto sport history. They began racing in 1911 and went on to tremendous success in the most prestigious events in motorsport, including Formula One Grand Prix races, Indy Racing series, touring circuit car racing and rallying.

3. The outbreak of the First World War presented problems for the company as car production fell away. However, they switched to the production of aircraft engines and military orientated products and survived until 1919 when it revived its car production.

4. 1950 was a great year for motorsport, the year of the first Formula One World Championship. Alfa Romeo enjoyed the year especially as they were crowned the first ever winners!

5. Over the years Alfa Romeo has changed marketing slogans to suit the changing times and trends. Examples include: ‘the family car that wins races.’ ‘The car you drive to work is a champion.’ ‘Mediocrity is a sin.’ ‘Driven by passion.’ ‘Without heart we would be just machines.’

Like I said, works of art!

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Alfa Romeo – 5 Fascinating Facts!
Alfa Romeo – 5 Fascinating Facts!
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If you are an Alfa Romeo fan then I expect you will remember some of their most memorable appearances on the big screen. Here is a recap on a few.

Surely the most famous is the delightful red Spider driven by Dustin Hoffman’s character in The Graduate. It notably featured some of the car’s foibles, such as the non-functioning fuel gauge. The car’s popularity following its film appearance led to Alfa actually producing an Alfa Graduate model in the States in the 1980s.

The scenes are spoofed in Mike Myer’s movie Wayne’s World. In this film the Spider’s radio cuts out when passing under a bridge, ironically whilst playing Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson. It also has a faulty fuel gauge and the car eventually grinds to halt, fortunately at the church where it is meant to be.

Not surprisingly, Alfas have also been featured in the James Bond franchise. In Octopussy Roger Moore’s Bind steals a graphite GTV6 and is pursued by a couple of Bavarian BMW 5-series police cars.

The opening scenes of A Quantum of Solace show a pair of black Alfa 159 Ti cars chasing Bond’s Aston Martin DBS V12 around Lake Garda in Italy.

In The Day of the Jackal, Edward Fox’s eponymous villain drives a white Giulietta Spider. He later paints it blue in a forest to confuse pursuers but eventually crashes it.

When Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, is exiled to Sicily in The Godfather he drives a black Alfa Romeo 6C. This is the car that is booby trapped by his enemies and blows up, killing his Sicilian wife, Apollonia.

Finally Alfas have been featured heavily in the Fast & Furious series of movies. In fact they even produced a Giulietta FF6 edition when Fast & Furious 6 was released, limited to just six models, each of which proudly proclaimed a dashboard autographed by Vin Diesel himself, no less.

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Alfa Stars at the Movies!
Alfa Stars at the Movies!
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I told you about these wonderful people back in January and intend letting you know what they are up to every few months.

They have recently published their newsletter for June and it is a tremendous read. Much of it is taken up with the detailed arrangements for their Cotswold Alfa Day due to be held on Sunday 25th June at Upton House, near Banbury in Oxford.

By the time you read this, that meet may well have come and gone. However, there is plenty of other good content and some stunning photographs of fantastic cars at various events.

The highlight for me is the report by Mark Grimshaw of his adventures at the 2017 Mille Miglia. This year was the 90th anniversary of the classic Italian open-road endurance race. Initially it took place twenty-four times between 1927 and 1957 and was then revived in 1977. Today it is a regularity race for classic and vintage cars manufactured no later than 1957.

The route is a round trip from Brescia to Rome and roughly follows that of the original race, starting and finishing in the Viale Venezia in Brescia.

Mark’s article fleshes out the history of the race and has some wonderfully evocative photographs.

There are also details of other more local events and an invite to a special meeting of the club at their regular haunt, The Fox Inn at Broadwell near Stow on the Wold on Tuesday 18th July. They promise prizes will be awarded in various categories including Cleanest Engine Bay, Best Prepared Modern Alfa and Most Bug Splats!

Take a look at their website here:

http://www.aroc-uk.com/cotswolds/

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Cotswold Alfa Romeo Owners Club Update!
Cotswold Alfa Romeo Owners Club Update!
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Andrew English, motoring correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, has written a review of the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, rating it four stars out of five overall.

He describes the Stelvio as a crossover SUV, praising its “cracking shape, attractive on the drive-by-shop-window reflection test and a deal more handsome than the common herd of crossovers”.

English feels its target market will be “well-heeled urban families, America’s snow states and … a high proportion of women”.

Its closest rival, English believes, is the Porsche Macan. Compared to the Macan English thinks the Stelvio to be “a cheaper but less-sporting alternative”. He comments that “the brakes are the main innovation” and that this new system is “largely a triumph”.

He adds that the “four-wheel drive system features an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch which directs drive to the front when slip is detected or anticipated”.

The Stelvio is due to arrive in Britain in October. English is quite prepared to give it four stars out of five, adding that “until we drive it on British roads, we can’t give it a fifth”. So that’s a definite maybe then!


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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review!
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Review!
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I was asked recently how best to go about taking a car for a test drive. In my opinion you should look specifically at four areas.


1. Is it spacious enough? No doubt you will have already carried out some internet searches, including whether you can fit in everything you need. Now is the time to check that it will all actually fit. Take a child seat with you and try and fit it. Also try getting the baby buggy into the boot. Alternatively, can you get your golf clubs in?

2. What about the tech? One of the most significant recent innovations has been the replacement of the stereo with a touch screen. Don’t be afraid to try it out. Tune the radio to a station or two. Tap a location into the satnav and see how readily it comes up. Use Bluetooth to pair your mobile phone and dial a contact. If you experience problems with any of these tasks think hard about how frustrating that might be on a daily basis.

3. Is it a comfortable drive? This is a real test. Make sure the seat and steering wheel adjustment suits you and any other person likely to drive it regularly. Take a look over your shoulder and have a look at the parking sensors or reversing camera. Pay attention to any possible blind spots. Ideally, you want to take an hour or so to drive around roads you know well, including a stretch of motorway if practical. Think about how easy it is to drive, the response of the controls and how the suspension deals with bumps and potholes.

4. Are you absolutely sure? Even if you have had an excellent experience you should test drive at least one other vehicle. Go through the same procedures and checks. Buying a car is no small investment and the choice you make you will probably have to live with over a period of years so you owe it to yourself to be certain the one you choose is right for you.

I am an Italian classic car specialist in Gloucester trading as Cloverleaf Car Services and I offer some of the best servicing deals around. Call me now on 01452 410970 or explore the website at cloverleafcarservices.co.uk

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Getting Ready for a Test Drive!
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I saw an amazing video recently showing the new Alfa Giulia creating a new lap record at Silverstone … with all the windows blacked out!

Hitting speeds of over 100mph were expert professional Alfa drivers Ed Morris and David Brise.

Ed described the experience as “the hardest thing I’ve ever done”. He added that “the car is really direct and responsive” and was particularly pleased that “when you’re braking and you can’t see you’ve got the confidence that the car is dead straight”. Obviously impressed, he said “it stops just like that”, as he clicked his fingers.

David said that he “found the forward collision warning system was really beneficial. It activated and slowed me down and I didn’t realise how close to the back (…of the car in front …) I was”.

You can see the whole video here at Alfa’s official site:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PipycKpfWHU

I am an Italian classic car specialist in Gloucester trading as Cloverleaf Car Services and I offer some of the best servicing deals around. Call me now on 01452 410970 or explore the website at cloverleafcarservices.co.uk

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Driving in the Dark - Literally!
Driving in the Dark - Literally!
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