Latest news

1965 Alfa Romeo TZ1 Zagato

This particular Tubolare Zagato was supplied new to Ian Walker and Alan Day of London for use in their joint Walker-Day Racing operation through 1965. Ian Walker himself was a veteran former Lotus owner-driver, then entrant, whose Formula Junior and sports-racing Lotuses and particularly his GT racing “Gold Bug” Elans […]

Bonneville, Bugattis and Gruel

As you read this, I will be hurtling across the Bonneville Salt Flats in a highly modified 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider, in an attempt to set a few class Land Speed Records. Mike Besic and Craig Beilat will share the driving as we take turns flinging ourselves at a variety […]

1972 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Jr Autodelta Coupe

For nearly 40 years, many of the world’s outstanding classic sports car designs have flowed from the drawing board of Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design. One of the most fluent, indeed a true post-war classic, was the Alfa Romeo GTV (Gran Turismo Veloce) Coupe of 1967, which he designed during […]

Car Collecting in the 21st Century

Isn’t it time to give the Monterey weekend an official name? Let’s get the folks from Pebble Beach, Concorso Italiano, the auctions and Laguna Seca together and keep them sequestered until the white smoke from the chimney indicates they’ve chosen something that encompasses the myriad activities that go on. It […]

1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Normale (1999)

In the postwar period, it became apparent to Alfa Romeo that to survive the company needed a mass-produced car. But it was essential for that car to maintain the traditional values and characteristics that had made the company great. That car was the Giulietta Sprint. Nuccio Bertone was commissioned to […]

An L.A. Weekend

It has long seemed strange that Los Angeles, the first metropolis in the U.S. shaped by the motorcar, and the birthplace of nearly every automotive trend from hot rods to low riders, should have a paucity of high-end automotive activities. Auction companies have tried and failed to establish a regular […]

1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300

This amazingly rare and elegant Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 was owned by the late Mr. Brian Eckersley, Surrey chimney sweep, for some 42 years, from the time he purchased it from a dealer in Warren Street, London, in 1956 to his untimely death last November. With supercharged 2.3-litre straight-8 engine, […]

A Focus Group 300SL?

We’ve spent the last five days behind the wheel of an Oldsmobile mini-van, chasing vintage cars. As the host of a television show Martin Swig is producing about the California Mille for Speedvision, my task was to cheerily interview participants first thing in the morning, then criss-cross the route looking […]

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint

Introduced in 1951, the 1900 was Alfa Romeo’s first post-war design and the first model intended for series-production. It was also the world’s first such car available with both a twin-cam engine and a five-speed gearbox – and there was synchromesh on every ratio. Given Alfa Romeo’s history, it was […]

No Longer The King

It’s painful to watch once high-performing veteran athletes in the last years of their careers, as they try desperately to hold on to their departing glory. We see less of their past brilliance than of their current diminished capabilities. I thought about this while piloting my ’64 Ferrari 330 America […]