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Part 2 – History of a Mildly Afflicted Alfista

 

1966 to Present

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Remember this? The photo is from Laguna Seca, 1985, at the Monterey Historics, California.  Alfas were the featured marque and very nearly circled the entire track two rows wide. My GTV is second from right.This picture was used in Overheard Cams, the monthly publication of the Alfa Romeo Association of Callifornia. It was during one of our snail’s pace laps that I put son Ted in my lap and let him steer. Below is a a grainy enlargement showing him at age 9, waving from the driver’s seat.ted driving Laguna Seca 1985 cropped

Six years later Alfa was again the featured marque at Laguna Seca and Juan Fangio the featured driver. Here, in a gorgeous 1953 6C 3000CM are, from left, Juan Fangio II, Juan Fangio, and Alfa factory engine whiz Guido Moroni. Notice the look I’m getting from Fangio. Apparently, he didn’t like anyone in front of him, in a car or on foot.Juan Fangio at Laguna Seca 1991

Below, Fangio wheels the Alfa Museum’s Tipo 159 around Laguna Seca in 1991 at age 80, sans helmet and traveling fast enough to get into the dirt and nearly spin it at one point. I regret having no recorder that day. The sound of that magnificent race engine and the smell of Castrol R and methanol was intoxicating.  The closest I can get is this recording made at the Palo Alto, California, concours several years ago: Alfa 8C-35 .

Fangio at Laguna Seca 1991 in the Tipo 159 72dpi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Part 2 – History of a Mildly Afflicted Alfista

  1. jim January 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    Gary,

    When I went to Alfa tech class in late 1991. Alfa had Fangio’s run around the track in the 159 on video. It was professional shot footage. So its out there somewhere.

    • Gary January 8, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

      Hi Jim. That fine day at Laguna Seca is seared into my memory. Still, it would be fun to see the video.

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