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The Scribe Muses about the Meaning of Life...Part 3


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#1 Don Capps

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Posted 03 October 2000 - 20:06

Here is an excellent example as to why -- besides the Type 35/39, the 51, and 59 -- I love to look at cars like the Bugatti:

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This is a Type 57 S Atlantic Coupe (chassis 57374) similar to the one Robert Benoist is supposed to have used to escape from the midst of a German motorized column in 1940...

And here is a Type 35...

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...and a recent picture of a Type 59...

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...and there is always room for an Alfa or so, like this Disco Volante...

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...or this TZ2...

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#2 Mike Argetsinger

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Posted 03 October 2000 - 21:29

Bugatti and Alfa Romeo - great choices Don - both guaranteed to get the blood racing just looking at them - the visual thrill only exceeded by the joy in driving them fast. My father raced a Type 35 Bugatti in the 1949 Watkins Glen Grand Prix (the car was owned by his friend Bill Milliken who had raced the same car in 1948 in the first race at Watkins Glen). I rode many miles alongside my father in that particular "Bug". My father's last race was the Sebring 12 Hours in 1960 in which he raced his Alfa Romeo Veloce - his co-driver: Bill Milliken. So Alfas and Bugattis work just fine for me!

#3 MattFoster

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Posted 03 October 2000 - 21:30

To me Alfa Romeo IS life, full of joy and frustration.


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#4 Ray Bell

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Posted 03 October 2000 - 22:35

Anyone got a P3 to lend to Matt for a few seasons.. he needs to know the real meaning of frustration!

#5 MattFoster

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Posted 03 October 2000 - 22:42

YES PLEASE!!!!!! call me a masochist but I relish the thought. I loved my little Sud and the idea of living with another Alfa greatly appeals.

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#6 rolando

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Posted 03 October 2000 - 22:54

Wow, excelent pics...
Have you ever seen a Ferrari 250 bodied by Zagato? I guess it is one of the most beautiful of all.
And what about the 410 Berlinetta, the best "road" Ferrari of the Fifties.

#7 Ray Bell

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Posted 03 October 2000 - 23:04

Suggest you ask some of those who had to deal with the bent valves, Matt...

#8 Barry Lake

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Posted 03 October 2000 - 23:17

Is that slight figure in the Bugatti Madame Junek?

#9 Hans Etzrodt

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Posted 04 October 2000 - 06:54

I don't think so.

#10 Barry Lake

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Posted 04 October 2000 - 13:44

Someone on one hell of a diet then.

#11 Don Capps

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Posted 04 October 2000 - 14:38

I don't have the identity of the young lady, but it is probably not Madame Junek. Here is a picture of Madame Junek...

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#12 Don Capps

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Posted 05 October 2000 - 03:22

I tried to find a good picture of Madame Junek at the 1928 Targa Florio, but was unsuccessful at finding anything. She was pretty awesome when she raced there for some reason. I really wish I could bring my scanner up here to my quarters, but not sure that is a smart move since I am operating off a notebook and I have run out of places to attach, ah, attachments. Drat, I don't have a USB port which is what I would really prefer. Oh, well.....

#13 Darren

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Posted 05 October 2000 - 03:34

Cruel jibes, Mr Bell, cruel jibes. I believe I've already stated the case for the general friendliness of the Monza. I also recall touring the New Zealander Bill Clarke around when he came over with his P3. He seemed to find it a reasonable car to own and drive. Much trickier are Don's beloved 250Fs.

#14 Barry Lake

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Posted 05 October 2000 - 06:47

Don
The reason Junek went so well in the Targa Florio was that she went there weeks before the event and drove many, many laps.
She even walked the entire course, section by section (I assume she was driven to the relevant spot for each day's walk).
In the end she knew the road so well, she was able to take many of the corners faster than drivers who normally would be beating her but who had to lift off in places where she didn't (because they didn't know for sure what came next).
Full marks to her. She was rewarded for her hard work.
As Gene Kelly once said, "If you look like you're working hard, you ain't been working hard enough".
Of course she also must have been a more than competent driver.

#15 Ray Bell

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Posted 05 October 2000 - 18:15

...and she didn't need to diet with all that walking exercise...
As for bent valves on the P3, that was the reason the Saywell car became the infamous 'Nomotore Alfa' and it happened to Lex Davison once or twice.