SNO (Scuderia Non Originale)

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There’s SNO cars like our cars for track and street

The crew of Bonnie, the world's fastest Alfa, gathers on the lawn at Concorso Italiano in 2005.  This car has run just a hair under 233 mph at Bonneville.

The crew of Bonnie, the world’s fastest Alfa, gathers on the lawn at Concorso Italiano in 2005. This car has run just a hair under 233 mph at Bonneville.

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Tom Lesko ponders the beauty of his well prepped motor with its cool headers from the comfort of his 1965 Spider Veloce. Thanks, Tom, for sending one of my favorite photos.

 

A newly restored Sprint Speciale joins a growing collection of Italian beauties in Richard’s garage

Richard's freshly painted SS enjoys a sunny day in Oregon, before being towed to California.

Richard Lane’s freshly painted SS enjoys a sunny day in Oregon, before being towed to California.

 

From hot rods to fine restorations, we’ve got them all

Even Colby's 1970 Jr. Z has mods.  This one has a 2L engine, among other things.

Bruce Colby’s 1970 Jr. Z has a 2L engine, among other mods.

 

Race cars, creative engine swaps, and more

It's a Lotus.  It's an Alfa!  No, it's Wil Caron's highly original, thoroughly non-originale use of 1978 Alfetta bits and pieces.

It’s a Lotus. It’s an Alfa! No, it’s Wil Caron’s highly original, thoroughly non-originale use of 1978 Alfetta bits and pieces.

See nearly 20 pages of Alfas and other Italian cars and bikes. Use the links found under “Categories” in the right column of this page.

The artist who races, restorations, Alfa postcards,
more race cars and a 145

Anna-Louise Felstead, one of our featured artists, is also a vintage race participant. That’s her on the left.  On the right is a self-portrait depicting her and a friend in a rally car they actually raced.  The art is © 2009 by Anna-Louise Felstead and used with permission.

 

More fine Spiders and hard tops
for your viewing pleasure

This 1967 Duetto just looks right, doesn't it?  It belongs to Rod McNae, who lives on the scenic Whidbey Island, Washington.  Having enjoyed the island several times in my GTV, I can't imagine a finer place for top down cruising.

This 1967 Duetto just looks right, doesn’t it? It belongs to Rod McNae, who lives on the scenic Whidbey Island, Washington. Having enjoyed the island several times in my GTV, I can’t imagine a finer place for top down cruising.

From the ridiculous to the sublime …
trust me on this one!

Concorso 2008 Ecurie Ecrappe Alfa 002

Here’s the ridiculous. (Note the driver’s helmet.) Check out the gallery for the sublime. Photo by Ted Williams.  Click here and here for more. (The second link tells the story of “The Speed Demon of the Pampas.”)

 

An AUSCA Spider and a whole lot more

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Gordon Raymond’s 1965 AUSCA Spider goes nose to nose with his Ferrari 275 GTB (See more about the 275 GTB on the Ferrari page).

See nearly 20 pages of Alfas and other Italian cars and bikes. Look in the right column, under “Categories.”

TZ or not TZ that is the question … from TZ to shining TZ …Lame jokes aside, see more great art & photos here

quinlisk tz at targa florio web

Copyright 2009 Jerry Quinlisk. Used with permission.

 

Tom Sahines’ historic racer and a whole lot more

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Tom Sahines in his historic race car. See the pictures below for more information.


“It would be a drab world without meaningless social aggregations. There would be a lot fewer smiles.” —  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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Art copyright 2009 Anna-Louise Felstead. Used with permission. You can see more of her wonderful work by clicking here.

http://www.alfelstead.com

SNO News Is Good News!

Scuderia Non Originale Headquarters, Washougal, Washington, January 1, 2020: Scuderia Non Originale (SNO), still the world’s fastest growing club for Italian motoring enthusiasts, announces that its 2020 calendar of events will be the same as that of every other year … completely blank!   The group’s founding directors promise to maintain their original commitment to hold no meetings, publish no newsletters, and collect no dues or fees of any type. Thus, the calendar is completely free so you can enjoy your car(s) for yet another year in absolute peace.

Despite the lack of club activities – or perhaps because of that — SNO expects to continue adding members from around the world. SNO offers what other groups do not, a friendly acceptance of all Italian car and motorcycle enthusiasts, especially those who modify their vehicles. And, did we mention, no dues?

If you’ve been hassled by the Non Originale Police because your Italian car or motorcycle isn’t exactly as it left the factory, we’re the group for you. And just to prove our classic car hearts are in the right place, you’re also welcome if your vehicle is absolutely, perfectly, Q-tip clean and box stock. Heck, some of our members regularly win awards at concours de elegance competitions … and we still like them!

“Who are these guys?”

That’s the question frequently heard at car shows and rallies, as uniformed “originale police” spot our non originale cars, many of which display our not quite correct club logos.  The answer is that Scuderia Non Originale (SNO) was founded by a group of Alfisti in October of 2004, at the annual Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California.  The charter members are from the San Francisco Bay Area, mostly in the region south of San Francisco widely known as Silicon Valley.  They include three engineers (Tom Sahines, Richard Lane and Ben Lamprecht), an auto parts manager and former Alfa mechanic (Steve Smith), a former Yahoo web wizard who now works for the government (Ted Williams), and retired business owner (Gary Williams).Ferrari-Pantera logos

Cars include a wide variety of Italian fun machines, from Alfas to Maseratis. The list includes a Ferrari 275 GTB, a Ghibli, an assortment of Giuliettas, Giulias, Junior Zagatos, Milanos, Alfettas, 164s, and an ever-growing list of other Italian sports cars and motorcycles. We’ve even got the one and only Stovebolt HWM racer, not an Alfa, but very much connected to Alfa’s racing history.  For photos of member cars please look under the “Category” heading in the left menu.  You’ll find several pages filled with pictures and stories.

You might say that we’re restomoders with a sense of humor and a bit of attitude.  A motto for the group was proposed years ago:  Andiamo Lesti Fumando Assai (We go fast, making much smoke!).  Some would like to see us adopt a less deprecatory motto.  Others think Andiamo Lentamente Fumando Assai is more appropriate (We go slowly, spewing smoke). This entry shows the high intellectual level of the group and has promise: Veni Vidi Veloce (I came, I saw, I went fast).  Thanks to Greg Gordon for that one.  We’ll keep you posted regarding any late-breaking decisions from the rules committee, once we appoint one, but since we don’t like NO rules and we don’t hold NO meetings, it may take a few more years to make a decision.

On the other hand, if enough of us congregate at Concorso Italiano one fine August, and those who can’t attend weigh in via e-mail, we might just  eventually select a motto.

Sincerely,
Gary Williams
Founding Director of Scuderia Non Originale

To contact us:  SNO at gwandrw dot com

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