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one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 11, 2017 08:42AM
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale



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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 11, 2017 09:15AM
How 'bout a gleaming red Barchetta ?
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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 11, 2017 09:19AM
....I've....red.....about it....



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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 11, 2017 09:23AM
"How 'bout a gleaming red Barchetta ? "

never a red Ferrari. feh!



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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 11, 2017 09:46AM
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cbelt3
How 'bout a gleaming red Barchetta ?

My uncle has a country place, that no-one knows about
He says it used to be a farm, before the Motor Law
Sundays I elude the ‘Eyes’, and hop the Turbine Freight
To far outside the Wire, where my white-haired uncle waits

Jump to the ground
As the Turbo slows to cross the borderline
Run like the wind
As excitement shivers up and down my spine
Down in his barn
My uncle preserved for me an old machine –
For fifty-odd years
To keep it as new has been his dearest dream

I strip away the old debris, that hides a shining car
A brilliant red Barchetta, from a better, vanished time
Fire up the willing engine, responding with a roar!
Tires spitting gravel, I commit my weekly crime…

Wind in my hair –
Shifting and drifting –
Mechanical music
Adrenalin surge –

Well-weathered leather
Hot metal and oil
The scented country air
Sunlight on chrome
The blur of the landscape
Every nerve aware

Suddenly ahead of me, across the mountainside
A gleaming alloy air-car shoots towards me, two lanes wide
I spin around with shrieking tires, to run the deadly race
Go screaming through the valley as another joins the chase

Drive like the wind
Straining the limits of machine and man
Laughing out loud
With fear and hope, I’ve got a desperate plan
At the one-lane bridge
I leave the giants stranded
At the riverside
Race back to the farm
To dream with my uncle
At the fireside…



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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: September 11, 2017 10:00AM
Red cars are bad luck. Proof? Quotes from an obscure, funny movie:

Jim the Mechanic: Maroon car, my ass. This @#$%&'s red.

Jeff: Rudy, what the @#$%& is this? Rudy, this is a red car. Holy @#$%&! A red chariot to take my ass straight to hell!



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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: GeneL
Date: September 11, 2017 10:05AM
My first car, when I came to California in 1962, was a red 1959 Alfa Romeo Veloce Spyder. I absolutely loved that car!

After I drove it for a short time, I found out that it had an oil leak. This called for engine work, so I decided to have it "sleeved, " a procedure that I had read about in my passion to know all about my car. This was a method used by racing enthusiasts to increase the displacement of the Alfa engines.

When I got the car back, the mechanic told me that I shouldn't go over 50 mph for the first 300 miles in order to break it in. Every night after work, I would drive back and forth from Hollywood to San Diego, until I had my 300 miles. Of course, at the time, the 405 freeway had not been completed all the way to San Diego. I remember that the traffic was very light at the time I went, so the break-in period went really fast.

Finally, I had my 300 miles and when I opened her up, I was ecstatic! Not just for the acceleration, but the lovely sound of the exhaust made me happy beyond words.

The beauty of driving the high revving Alfa was that in town I hardly ever used my brakes. First and second gear were all I needed! The engine took care of braking. Oh! the sound!

Driving around town, and I suddenly found myself spouting a few Italian phrases. "Ciao!" "Come Vai!" and of course, "Cornuto!" something to shout at someone who cut me off.

When I finally sold it, at a profit, the man that bought used it for racing, and which brings me back to the topic. When I looked for a replacement, I saw an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale for sale and came close to buying it. Such a beautiful car! But, as fate would have it (and my love of convertibles) I found a Mercedes 190 SL that stole my heart. Not near as quick acceleration as my Alfa, but I hit 140 mph on the way to Palm Springs and it felt like I was going 55. It was so solid!

Anyway, I have always had a thing for Alfa and now, I when I see the commercials for the new Alfa in red, I feel my blood heat up and I start dreaming about it. My present finances couldn't handle the expense, but I but, perhaps a "go fund me!" Ha ha!

Thanks Fritz, for posting that beautiful picture and reminding me of my time with the Veloce Spyder.



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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: September 11, 2017 10:34AM
Several years ago I was reading an article about Alfas where the writer was saying that the best colour for them was red, if not red then black and failing that blue. I didn't necessarily agree with him but it made me smile looking out of my study window at my three Alfas, one red, one black and one blue. Admittedly the red was the only everyday usable car, the black was a runner that needed tidying and the blue was for spares.

Paul



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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: September 11, 2017 10:41AM
That's definitely one of the Alfa's that I would own if I needed one for the 20th car in my imaginary collection.

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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: steve...
Date: September 11, 2017 10:54AM
This car passed through my little town a few weeks ago. It was one of a group of classic cars driving from Washington State to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. They must have had an accident on the trip.





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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 11, 2017 11:14AM

love the classics
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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 11, 2017 12:40PM
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Steve G.

love the classics
Duuuuuude !!!
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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 11, 2017 12:55PM
.....that's the color for my Yugo....



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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: September 11, 2017 01:50PM
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Fritz
one of the very few cars I'd consider in red

Oh, I don't know. I'm quite partial to this:



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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: lost in space
Date: September 11, 2017 03:49PM
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cbelt3

Didn't Mr. Magoo drive one of those?



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Re: one of the very few cars I'd consider in red
Posted by: Buzz
Date: September 12, 2017 01:47AM
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Date: September 12, 2017 01:50AM
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