In 2018, after 35 years of owning my beloved GTV, I sold it to a collector who lives on the east coast. It was not an easy decision, but the time had come. Why, you ask? When I bought it I was in my 30’s and loved nothing more than to take fast drives on winding mountain roads. I was good at car control. A favorite thing was to enter a curve at speed and, just for the sheer fun of it, kick the tail out, drift the car through the apex, feel the tires bite and then shoot forward out of it. As the years went by, I put a lot of time and money into modifications that improved the Alfa’s power and its ability to stick to the road. Yes, it was restomoded. Except for being a little lower to the ground and having fatter tires, it looked stock, though it was far from it. The mods enabled me to drive the Alfa even faster than before. Rev matched heel and toe downshifts came so naturally, I didn’t realize I was doing it, including when driving around town. As a result, even my Sunday-best right shoes had odd wear marks on the side.
As the car aged, the originality and rust free nature of its body made it more rare and more valuable, and I became uncomfortable leaving the Alfa parked on city streets or in parking lots, especially when traveling. And then there was the “me” factor. When I got into the Alfa I could not make myself drive it like the old guy I’ve become; it always brought out the hooligan in me. So, after finally deciding it was time to let the car move on to its next caretaker, I made sure to give all the grandkids rides, which we recorded on video. After one last wash, it went on a transporter and headed across the country.
It’s not all sad, though. I still need a manual tranny car, just to maintain some semblance of my lost youth, so the Alfa was replaced with a 2008 Porsche Cayman S. I then switched out the Porsche’s cheap plastic gear shift tower for an all aluminum custom unit from Numeric Racing. The sloppy Porsche shift is cured now, but I’m still learning to heel and toe the Cayman.
Seriously Folks, let’s all try to keep the rubber side down!
While this trio of Alfas was out for a drive, the owner of the red ’67 GTV hit a bad stretch of pavement and rolled the car. Driver and passenger walked away, shaken but not broken. Still, this photo gives me serious heartburn. Take a look at the license plate on what is now an expensive parts car; it reads “GTV 67.” My garage holds an unsmashed red 1967 stepnose, like the one in the photo, my California license plate used to read: “A67GTV.”
The 1958 Giulietta Spider of Dan Rhodes. Dan is guarded about the motor, but says he has a 1300 Veloce engine with 1400 kit on a shelf in the garage.
Dan also has a lovely 1959 Giulietta Spider Veloce, with 1500 kit and 5-speed.
Dan’s Milano Verde, which he refers to as his “Prince of Wales (POW) Alfa. I’ll let you British car fans figure that one out.
Dan’s Jr. Zagato is stock, but he thinks the Zagato body is more than enough to earn SNO creds. So do we. But we like it.
On the left is the 1971 GTV of Dan Rhodes. It has a 2L motor.
Simon Johnson’s GTA replica started out as a 1750 GTV, as noted on SNO Alfa Photo Page 16.
Love the tough looking stance of Simon’s GTA rep.
Fun on the track.
Simon’s GTA replica.
Simon at a Goodwood Classic Alfa track day.
GTA parts are good. Driving skills help. But nothing lowers lap times faster than a genuine SNO sticker or two.
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor SNO can keep Sid Smith from enjoying his ’74 Spider
Kev Rowles, from Derby in the UK, owns this vibrant yellow 1973 GT Jr.
Lurking under the hood of Kev’s GTV is a 2L twin spark motor.
Hey, isn’t that logo on the back of Kev’s GT missing something?
Alex Jordan and son Quinn, with his 1974 GTV.
Alex’s GTV ready to attack an autocross course.
The youngest Jordan Alfista, scoping out the autocross track.
Nothing like a red Alfa, green trees and a winding road.
Alex Jordan’s GTV was still in pieces when his son was born. While pondering how to get the car ready for diaper runs, he had an idea for a rally … The Diaper Run 400. He pictures sleep deprived parents in half-finished cars and grocery getters as the competitors. I’m still trying to get the phrase “diaper run” out of my mind.
Alex’s 1974 Berlina sits next to his ’74 GTV. Do I detect a theme or two?
The 1987 Quad Spider of Dave Severance.
Erik Egbertson, from Boston, Massachusetts, is about to put his 1968 GTV 1750 through its paces.
There’s no question that Chris Berry’s Milano ICSCC race car is SNO qualified. Chris is the owner of Prova Motorsports, in Seattle, Washington.