November 2004

Giuliettas, GTs and Gullwings

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Imagine a car collection to be like a well-stocked wine cellar, with each flight contributing its own particular palate, body and boquet. During the past few months, I've had the opportunity to drink deeply from three quite different appellations, that of the Ford GT, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.
I was just 17 when I got my first Alfa, a 1963 Giulia Spider Normale. During the last three decades, I don't think there has been more than a cumulative total of two weeks when I have been without an Alfa of some sort, ranging from a 1946 Freccia D'Oro, to a 1951 Matta 4WD, to a 1958 Spider Veloce vintage racer, to a 1987 Silver Edition Milano.
I've had the chance to race a Ti Super, GT Junior and GTA in Europe too-you might say that the cross and the snake are in my blood.