Your Friendly Neighborhood Classic Racing Alfa Romeo

Petrolicious does beautiful, soulful short films about classic cars, especially racing ones, and in their latest they look at a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale. I have a bit of a personal connection to this car, as my brother helped do the interior work on it, specifically the upholstery. (In fact, it was his first real project doing auto upholstery, and now he's got his own Alfa project to keep him busy for a few years.)

The owner of the Alfa in the video, Conrad Stevenson, has a small shop near me in Berkeley, and I've passed by him a number of times as he's been working on cars. Petrolicious says about the car:

The Giulia SS, which Stevenson describes as a “patchwork quilt” of his own metalwork, was never intended to be a concours queen. It is, as he points out, a purpose-built race car, built to go fast and hard, over speed bumps at eighty miles per hours and across 2,200 miles of Mexican countryside. Still, it is a beauty to behold.

“I’ve taken liberties with this style,” says Stevenson, who modeled his nose for his car after the earlier, lower SS noses that were known to provide better downforce. “I’m not presenting this car to Pebble Beach, it’s not an authentic ’65 car. But it is true, I believe, to what the designer, Bertone, intended.

Source: Petrolicious