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Website Overview and Purpose

..This website is produced for the benefit and enjoyment of owners and admirers of Alfa Romeo automobiles of the 1900 Series built in Milan from 1950 to 1959.
The purpose is to promote the restoration, preservation and use of these fine classic cars through the cultivation of an accurate register of survivors, provision of a forum for the exchange of knowledge and information, facilitating  access to updated technical data and the archival of  historical material. Fundamentally this website is a private one serving the interests of owners.

Members, readers, cognisanti, car-guys, viewers,  visitors, site-surfers, sightseers,  gawkers, the curious and any others are invited to make their views known. Participation makes us what we are to be. We want to be better but that is hard without your help.

W E L C O M E

We have outworn the welcome as we enter our third month The welcome heading is simply a welcome to visitors to  this  website that  focuses on serving a) the interests of the owners of cars in the 1951-1959 Alfa Romeo 1900 model range and b) an expanded worldwide group.
It is hoped we did it right. Time and your comments will tell.We hope you will enjoy this site and visit it often. Tell us how are doing. Thanks

 

Director Notes

New Members

Fabio Beretta, Milan Resimic, Mario Montanaro, Mike Nicholas, Nick Pane, Eric Dejalras, and  Gavin Stephens have recently become members

1308 Engine

A complete rebuilt series 2 engine already blueprinted ready for assembly is for sale. Registered owners can find out more by signing in

Touring the Touring badges on AR 1900C cars

Just about when your website savants thought they thought they might know everything about 1900 Alfas, someone asked a simple question. The simple answer may drive owners of certain Touring bodied C cars rushing to check their 200mm Touring badge on the trunk deck lid of  their cars. Registered owners can find out more by signing in

What the Mille Miglia meant to me

By David Martin   01585

The Mille was spectacular and beyond expectation and an incredible amount of fun. Can you imagine driving as fast as you can, running all red lights, driving on the sidewalks and racing the police, all to the encouragement of about every Italian in the country.

 Oh and the parties. I first got interested in the Mille when in 2015 I visited Brescia the day of the start of the race. There were about 80,000 people drinking beer on a hot afternoon in a medieval city then 400 classic race cars wove thru the town with zero crowd control. I knew then I had to enter. I contacted fellow Checkered Flag member David Sydorick who advised and got me in contact with Londoner, Alfa expert Peter Marshall. On my way home thru London I purchased my Alfa from JD Classics and started the preparation for this years race.

 

The car is an Alfa Romeo 1900 Carrozzeria Touring Sprint Superleggera.      This type of car was raced in the Mille Miglia first by Juan Manuel Fangio and then other racing luminaries up until 1957.  In its class it was quite competitive. My specific car was originally delivered to a resident in Terni, went to Rome, Germany and finally England. It completed the Mille in 2015, and now of course 2016. Something you all would be interested in- the cars must remain stock but modifications to the cooling system are allowed . The 400 or so entrants often get bunched up in the numerous small Italian Hill towns and overheating is a real problem. My car has an alternator ,aluminum radiator and electric fan. Everything else is standard 1953.

This year’s 1000 mile race was from May 19th thru May 22nd and traveled thru Brescia, Ravenna ,Rimini, Rome, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Parma and then back to Brescia. I always wondered why they call it a race rather than a rally - after completing it, it walks and talks like a race. My navigator, niece Stephanie Martin and I were in the car for about 12 hours a day for four days. Our strategy was to win so we were focused on navigation and driving for 4 intense days. Stopped little, ate little just staying on the course. As beginners we made a few mistakes on the first day and were trying to catch up the rest of the event. We finished in the top half and were in the top ten of the American group and what fun.

We brought along quite an entourage of family and friends. We had a chase vehicle full of photographers, writers and friends. We adopted Carl Magnussen and his fabulous Abarth into “Martin Racing” and met several other terrific entrants along the way.

There are several sections of the event that are very hectic with heavy traffic, police escorts etc.that bog you down while you are trying to maintain specific average speeds. however the most memorable aspects are two.

Flying thru the back roads of Tuscany in a string of classic thoroughbred cars sliding away on their skinny tires, struggling with bad brakes all while making wonderful roaring noises and, processing into the many many piazza's driving up the stand in front of the cathedral and the mayor screams into the microphone Welcome David Martin and Stephanie Martin.      Alfa Romeo Carrozzeria Touring Superleggeria. and the crowd yells “Bellissimo, Bellissimo"

 

I’ve done my share of off road racing, I am a cresta rider (luge), I’ve sailed many oceans,      raced a lot of motorcycles.

This just might be the best yet.

 David Martin