Friday, January 22, 2010

Ciao Bella Finds a New Home

Ciao Bella Finds a New Home


Crazy as this may sound, I had mixed feeling about selling my custom restored/modified "dream car", especially since the Alfa Romeo marque is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. The car affectionaly named "Ciao Bella" has a lot of sentimental value (far exceeding its dollar value in this current market)... and I had over the past months half-heartily placed it on Craig's List and eBay a number of times. I even placed ads in Alfa Owners and Vintage Race Car magazines.

But last week I decided to place it on eBay for Auction with a low reserve. It was the week before Myr Leake (Al's widow) visited.... felt sort of weird about it. But I figured I just did my "thing" with the car... was a project I saw through to completion, took her to a few car shows and won some awards and trophies with her... did not plan on racing the car (for which she was designed) so I felt it was time to pass her along to another who would driver her the way she was intended. Plus Sharon and I could use the coin to start work on our "next project" the restoration of a historic home in Conway, SC.



Myr's visit was nice. We stayed in and we cooked dinner, had a bottle of California boutique wine and talked about old times with Al. She was on a trip from Mass to FLA to visit family and friends and stopped by to spend the night with us. This was also the 2-year anniversary of Al's passing (end of Jan.) so this whole thing came full circle.

Anyway, the
eBay Auction ended without anyone [16-bidders, with some 71 folks "watching" the item and over 3000 views (hits) to the site] meeting my reserve. Non-the-less I had two folks contact me post-auction to see if Ciao Bella was still available. Dr. Humberto Machado a cardiologist in Miami, FL won out with the highest offer and purchased the car on 1/20/2010. She has a new home with a true Alfisti who will protect and use her as she was meant. So that being said, all my "Italian Women" are out of the house.... (picture above was how my garage was filled in 2008 when I had two Italian exotics)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance 2009



Entered my Alfa Romeo GTAm into the 2009 Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival. It was one of 150 cars selected for this years event.


Here is my car in the GT Touring Class (actually it is between classes as it could also have been entered in the Mixed Racers class). While the mix of cars entered this year was not as great as I have seen in past years. According to officiators the public turnout was the greatest ever in the 8 year history of this annual event. My Alfa was well received by both Alfisti, enthusiasts and the general public alike. Apparently some of the judges didn't "get it".

Friday, October 30, 2009

2009 EURO Auto Fest (Redux)

Event Posters
2008 Awards
2007 winners
2006 Winners

2009 Awards

Corporate Awards

Corporate Award Marque Model Winner
Best Fit & Finish Award-Ed Seagrave's Award TRIUMPH 1959 TR3A Doug Carlisle
Best Old Timer's Award MG 1980 MG4 Russ Lafevre
Best Sports Car Award MORGAN 1962 PLUS 4 SUPERSPORTS RICHARD FOHL
Collectors' Choice Award FERRARI 1976 BB512 KEVIN FIELDEN
Founders' Award

MAUREEN HALLMAN
Enthusiast Award
Bill Phillips Memorial DANNY RICHARDSON
Keynote Award MORGAN 1938 4/4 CARLTON SHRIVER
Open Road Award ASTON MARTIN 2005 DB9 TREVOR THOMPSON
People's Choice MORGAN 1933 SUPER SPORT RAY MORGAN
Host City Award MORRIS 1953 MINOR THOMAS GREENE


Class Award Winners

Marque Model Winner Place
Austin Healey 1954 100‐4 JOHN BURTON 1st
Austin Healey 1962 3000 MK II WILBUR WRIGHT 1st
Austin Healey 1960 3000 MKI JERRY PRICE 2nd
Austin Healey 1967 3000 MK III BOB & DOLORES BARTON 1st
Austin Healey 1967 BJ8 3000 MK III CHUCK REEVES 2nd
Austin Healey 1967 3000 MKIII BJ8 ALAN TEAGUE 3rd
ALFA ROMEO 1971 GTAM / GTV J. P. SALEEBY, MD 1st
AUDI 2006 A3 SARAH STALEY 1st
AUDI 1982 COUPE BILL GERWIG 2nd
BENTLEY 2007 CONTINENTAL GTC GARY & MAGGIE HIBLER 1st
BENTLEY 1963 S3 FRITTS L BIESECKER 2nd
BMW 1972 3.0CS AMY LESTER 1st
BMW 1971 2800CS JOHN ANDERSON 2nd
BMW 1974 2002 BOB COX 3rd
ALPINA 1984 B9 3.5 MICHAEL GRAY 1st
BMW 1994 325is DARYL GOERCKE 2nd
BMW 1988 325IC TURBO MICHAEL HODNETT 3rd
BMW 1988 M6 JAMES ASWELL 1st
BMW 1987 M6 ANITA PATTON 2nd
BMW 2000 M COUPE SCOTT HANF 3rd
BMW 1991 Z1 JEFFREY S JENNINGS 1st
BMW 2002 Z8 DOUG DOLAN 2nd
BMW 1994 840 BRUCE & JEANNE BRUTSCHY 1st
BMW 1996 840CI BRAD MITCHELL & JONNA CLARK 2nd
BMW 1995 840CI RICHARD DAVIS 3rd
BMW 1994 850 Csi ROGER & MARCIA WRAY 1st
BMW 194 850 CSI RANDY MUECKE 2nd
BMW 1991 DINAN 850TT GREG HABEL 3rd
CHRYSLER 2007 CROSSFIRE ALLEN WEBSTER 1st
CHRYSLER 2005 CROSSFIRE SRT‐6 JIM ROBERTSON 2nd
CHRYSLER 2008 CROSSFIRE JOANNA WEBSTER 3rd
FERRARI 1972 246 GT DINO DEAN STRIBLING 1st
FERRARI 1988 TESTAROSSA DICK PRESTON 2nd
LAMBORGHINI 2001 DIABLO‐2001 RALPH GRESENS 1st
MASERATI 1968 MISTRAL SPYDER IVAN & MYRNA RUIZ 2nd
FIAT 1979 2000 SPIDER DAVID & YVONNE BRAUGHT 3rd
JAGUAR 1956 XK 140 OTS GERALD & NAOMA ELLISON 1st
JAGUAR 1969 E‐TYPE SERIES II OTS DAVID KIRKMAN 1st
JAGUAR 1972 E‐TYPE BRUCE ROBILLARD 2nd
JAGUAR 1963 XKE ROADSTER BOB DALY 3rd
JAGUAR 1972 XJ6 SERIES 1 BRIAN & LINDA HERNAN 1st
JAGUAR 1986 SOVEREIGN KENDALL GRIFFIN 2nd
JAGUAR 1995 XJS PHILIP J SPINELLA 1st
JAGUAR 1997 XK8 PEGGY KOEPNICK 2nd
JAGUAR 1997 XK8 EVAN AMAYA 3rd
LOTUS 1958 SEVEN SERIES 1 DEAN & CLAUDIA GIACOPASSI 1st
LOTUS 2005 ELISE BOB HARRIS 2nd
LOTUS 1991 ELAN M100 TOM HACKNEY 3rd
MERCEDES BENZ 1957 300SL ROADSTER MARK RICHEY 1st
MERCEDES BENZ 1966 230 SL JOHN O SALAZAR 2nd
MERCEDES BENZ 1984 280 SL EBERHARD MERKER 3rd
MERCEDES BENZ 1962 220 SE CABRIOLET BRUCE DICKEY 1st
MERCEDES BENZ 1982 240D SEDAN MARK RICHEY 1st
MG 1954 TF 1500 JACK PORTER 1st
MG 1952 TD BELTON O'NEALL 2nd
MG 1959 A STEPHEN COSS 1st
MG 1958 A COUPE EDDIE SAUNDERS 2nd
MG 1970 B JOCELYN L DAVIS 1st
MG 1969 C ROADSTER BRAD WIK 2nd
MG 1977 B JOHN WILLIAMSON 1st
MG 1974 B NORM DAVIES 2nd
MINI 1965 AUSTIN COOPER S ANDREW KRUEGER 1st
MINI 1963 850 SDL DIRK HARDTMANN 2nd

MINI

1960 MORRIS LORRI PAYNE 3rd
MINI 1996 ROVER CLASSIC COOPER WILLIAM KING 1st
MINI 1974 AUSTIN COOPER PHIL PROFILI 2nd
MINI 1989 30TH ANNIVERSARY BARBARA KENNEY 3rd
MINI 1972 MORRIS GEORGE ROSSELLE 1st
MINI 1976 LEYLAND MOKE MIKE & SHEILA MCMILLAN 2nd
MINI 2005 COOPER S LUTHER A SHIELDS 1st
MINI 2006 COOPER S ART PAYNE 2nd
MINI 2006 COOPER S KENNETH KNOUFF 3rd
MINI 2009 CLUBMAN JOHN C TAGGART, JR 1st
MORGAN 1933 SUPER SPORT RAY MORGAN 1st
MORGAN 1934 F4 GRAEME ADDIE 2nd
MORGAN 1953 PLUS 4 GENE SPAINHOUR 1st
MORGAN 1967 PLUS 4 JOE TOPINKA 2nd
MORGAN 1952 PLUS 4 SUSAN HAYNES 3rd
MORGAN 1965 4/4 ANDY LEO 1st
MORGAN 1999 4/4 ELEANOR NABNEY 2nd
MORGAN 1938 4/4 CARLTON SHRIVER 3rd
MORGAN 1970 PLUS 8 MORGAN BONDON 1st
MORGAN 1977 PLUS 8 DAVID CHILES 2nd
MORGAN 1991 PLUS 8 JOHN TULEIBITZ 3rd
MORGAN 2005 ROADSTER JUDY & PAT BUCKLEY 1st
MORGAN 2005 V6 ROADSTER CYRIL BROWN 2nd
MORGAN 2005 ROADSTER GORDON KING 3rd
MORRIS 1955 MINOR TRAVELLER ZACHARY A MERRILL 1st
OPEL 1973 GT ROY BELL 1st
PORSCHE 1958 COUPE BRUCE MCINTYRE 1st
PORSCHE 1970 914‐6 FRANK GREGG 2nd
PORSCHE 1963 356B SUPER 90 BOB KUCHENBECKER 3rd
PORSCHE 1972 911E JOSEPH R ESPOSITO 1st
PORSCHE 1973 911 T TERRY KEISLER 2nd
PORSCHE 1988 930 (911 TURBO) PAUL DENGLER 1st
PORSCHE 1989 911 CARRERA MIKE JONES 2nd
PORSCHE 1984 930S SANDY SHIRLEY 3rd
PORSCHE 2003 996 CARRERA 2 PAUL D LUESKOW 1st
PORSCHE 2006 CAYMAN S TIM ZIEGENFUS 2nd
PORSCHE 1998 911 (993 C2S) JOHN BABINSKI 3rd
PORSCHE 1989 928 GT ED TROTTIER 1st
PORSCHE 1995 928 GTS ALBERT PAIEWONSKY 2nd
ROLLS ROYCE 1984 CORNICHE THOMAS LEMPICKE 1st
ROLLS ROYCE 1976 CAMARGUE COUPE MARK MEACHEM 2nd
ROLLS ROYCE 1957 PHANTOM V JOHN HAULBROOK 3rd
SAAB 1999 VIGGEN ED SMITH 1st
SAAB 1999 9‐3 CYNDI JONES 2nd
CITROEN 1980 CX JOHN & BARBARA RIGBY 1st
CITROEN 1970 AK400 HOLLY BOROS 2nd
DELOREAN 1981 DMC‐12 STEVE MILLER 1st
MERKUR 1988 XR4Ti CARL TROST 2nd
DELOREAN 1981 DMC 12 DARREN DECKER 3rd
SUNBEAM 1965 TIGER JERRY & FRAN TOLBERT 1st
LAND ROVER 1951 SERIES I MIKE BROSS 1st
LAND ROVER 1991 DEFENDER EVAN AMAYA 2nd
TRIUMPH 1959 TR3A WYNDELL & OLIVIA BURDEN 1st
TRIUMPH 1968 TR250 NORMAND SAVARIA 2nd
TRIUMPH 1959 TR3A DOUG CARLISLE 3rd
TRIUMPH 1972 TR6 JOSEPH GRANT 1st
TRIUMPH 1971 TR6 MORRIS GREENE 2nd
TRIUMPH 1974 TR6 GARY PEELER 1st
TRIUMPH 1980 TR8 JACK & CAROLINE MCGAHEY 1st
TRIUMPH 1973 STAG MARILYNN & OBIN HAMRICK 2nd
TRIUMPH 1963 SPITFIRE LONI CROSTIC 1st
VOLVO 1968 P1800 S CHARLES WILBERGER 1st
VOLVO 1967 122 S JERRY & DARLENE SIRA 2nd
VOLVO 1967 P1800 S CHARLES WILBERGER 3rd
VOLVO 2004 V70R ZEKE MASSIE 1st
VOLKSWAGEN 1964 BEETLE CHRISTOPHER YEAGER 1st
VOLKSWAGEN 1960 BEETLE THOM KELLEY 2nd
VOLKSWAGEN 1972 BEETLE HAROLD BILICH 3rd
VOLKSWAGEN 2002 GTI MICHAEL HOUCK 1st
VOLKSWAGEN 1992 16V GTI SCOTT CAUFIELD 2nd
VOLKSWAGEN 1999 GTI ADAM STALEY 3rd


Crowd Pleasers

Marque Model Winner
AUSTIN HEALEY 1967 3000 MK III BOB & DOLORES BARTON
ALFA ROMEO 1971 GTAM / GTV J. P. SALEEBY
AUDI 2001 TT QUATTRO ROADSTER JOSEPH CITENO
BENTLEY 1950 MK VI JEFF TREPEL
BMW 1960 DECARLO 600 BOB COX
CHRYSLER 2007 CROSSFIRE ALLEN WEBSTER
Ferrari 1972 246 GT DINO DEAN STRIBLING
LAMBORGHINI 2001 DIABLO‐2001 RALPH GRESENS
Jaguar 1958 XK150 DHC LLOYD GILLESPIE
LOTUS 1958 SEVEN SERIES 1 DEAN & CLAUDIA GIACOPASSI
MERCEDES BENZ 1957 300SL ROADSTER MARK RICHEY
MG 1954 TF 1500 JACK PORTER
MINI 1965 AUSTIN COOPER S ANDREW KRUEGER
MORGAN 1933 SUPER SPORT RAY MORGAN
MORRIS 1955 MINOR TRAVELLER ZACHARY A MERRILL
OPEL 1973 GT ROY BELL
PORSCHE 1955 SPEEDSTER L. JULIAN HARDY
ROLLS ROYCE 1951 SILVER DAWN ROBERT PRYOR
SAAB 1977 99 EMS SCOTT KRANING
CITROEN 1970 AK400 HOLLY BOROS
ASTON MARTIN 2005 DB9 TREVOR THOMPSON
SUNBEAM 1965 TIGER JERRY & FRAN TOLBERT
LAND ROVER 1951 SERIES I MIKE BROSS
TRIUMPH 1959 TR3A DOUG CARLISLE
VOLVO 1961 P210 DUETT KENNY & KATHY SEELEY
VOLKSWAGEN 1966 21 WINDOW MICROBUS CLIFF & DENISE STYLES




http://www.euroautofestival.com/awards_2009.html

Sunday, October 18, 2009

EuroAutoFest2009



At this year's wet and wild Euro Auto Fest in Greer, SC (home to the USA BMW plant) this annual festival of European marque cars featured the Morgan as the honored marque.

I walked away with the 1st place (best in class/Alfa Romeo) plaque and a Crowd Pleaser plaque. Not a bad take for the weekend.

These awards are to honor the memory of Al.

A few additions were made to the car last month by Giuseppe of Alfa Imports in Charlotte, NC. They included a boss red oil pan protector and a few minor adjustments to get her in tip top shape for this show and the Concours d'Elegance in Hilton Head Isl., SC end of this month.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ciao Bella




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For more pictures and info scroll down.

VIN:
AR 1532263*
Engine block number:
AR 06224*048772*
Autodelta, Alfa Romeo's competition arm, prepared the GTAm from stock GTVs for the European Touring Car Championships. In 1970, the GTAms won six of nine races, and the Dutch driver Toine Hezemans secured the European Driver's Championship. These cars were raced successfully in the early 1970's.

There is controversy regarding the "Am" in GTAm. Some state that "America" is an interpretation; the other reading is "Alleggerita maggiorata" [meaning lightweight modified (made bigger) in Italian], the later probably being correct. The GTAms were lighter than their sister GTVs as the bonnet and trunk lids were fiberglass as well as the doors and fenders.
Only some 44 original GTAms are known to have been produced by Auto Delta.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

2008 Euro Auto Fest in Greer, SC


The "clan" in front of a row of BMW 8-series

While I advanced registered my Alfa for this years event (missed getting it in last years because she was still in California). I decided NOT to drive her through the horrible rain storms we were having on the eastern side of the state. Did not want to subject my baby to 3.5 hrs of yucky rainy driving. There is always next year. However, did show up to check out the cars. Not as big a turnout as last years event. This year the honored marques of Sweden. Of the Alfa's there I would have had NO problem coming away with Best in Class/Marque.

One happy and LUCKY kid!

Darren Frank's most beautiful 1969 Iso Grifo was once again present at the show and Michael was offered the chance by the owner to sit inside. Lets just say he didn't hesitate. Was very proud when he thanked Darren (without prompting mind you) for the honor. Nice to see a fellow who shares the love of cars with kids (even a pristine collectible valued at over $365,000).

There were Jags...

There was even a 300SL Benz...

....and even a handsome row of early model Volvo sports cars.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

"Best in Class" at The Grand Concours d'Elegance



My Alfa GTAm won 1st in Class in European Sports car class.



Cars on the Field at the Grand Concours. Hotel in the backdrop.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Ciao Bella appears in Alfa Owner Magazine

The September 2008 issue of Alfa Owner Magazine featured an article written by me on the history of my Alfa (AR 1532263*) in the "Our Alfas" column. It commemorates the work done by Al Leake of PMA / Alfa Romero Restorations & the shop in Raleigh, NC (Apex Vintage Racing) on completing the 3 year restoration-modification of this GTV.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

1st car show = 1st in Class trophy

August 16th.... Its a Gas Car Show in Lexington, NC. My Alfa won 1st in Class in the Euro/Mini Division. Michael was on hand to collect the trophy. We drove the car from Durham, NC for the show. She ain't no trailer queen.
My Alfa alongside some competition... a Triump and a Corvair

Seems a little out of place, this classic Italian Bertone designed racer next to a modified American Hot-Rod. Muscle Car guys continued to flock around this Italian beauty.

Michael next to a 1994 example of a souped-up Mazda RX-7, reminiscent of the one I had and loved so much.

Some classic Americans rounded out the show. Got Black?

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Whats in my garage?

My Garage


1971 GTAm


2002 Maserati GT and the 1971 Alfa GTAm


Beautiful Italian pair



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Updated with a new pic. Since I totaled the Maser (long story don't ask... but if you must know visit www.MaseratiGT.blogspot.com) the replacement was a bit more on the practical side... a 4-seater, convertible European Sports car with a bit lower maintenance cost.. a 2006 Audi A4 Quattro (AWD) Convertible [is really the wife's car, but I get to chauffeur her around in it]