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GTA Challenge Spa Francorchamps – September 2002

The penultimate race of the GTA challenge series was held at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit over the weekend of 13-15 September 2002 as part of the Spa six hours meeting. As at Chimay, earlier in the year, all Top Hat Competitors ended up in a single, one hour two driver endurance race i.e. GTA Challenge, 50’s Tour...

Alfaholics Victorious again in GTA Challenge! Chimay Belgium – July 2002

The second round of the Top Hat GTA Challenge was held on the 4.5km road circuit at Chimay in Belgium over the weekend of 6th/7th July 2002. All Top Hat competitors comprising, Pre 65 Historic Touring Cars, 1950's Touring cars & GTA Challenge were put together in one 50 minute race for one or two drivers with an...

ALFAHOLICS RACING YEAR 2003

After a very successful year in 2002 when Andrew Banks contested the GTA Challenge in our 2 litre 75 Twin/Spark powered GTA Replica, this year's objective was to contest enough English Club races to enable younger son Maxim to obtain his 'A' licence in time for the 'Banks Brothers' to contest the one hour, two driver T...

GTA Challenge & Top Hat Race Report – April 2004

First race meeting of the 2004 Top Hat Series was held at Castle Combe over Easter Bank Holiday Monday. The familiar Alfaholics Giulia Sprint GT, now with 2 litre engine, was entered in the GTA Challenge for Maxim Banks to drive, whilst the similar car of Simon Arber to be co-driven by Andrew Banks was entered in th...

Top Hat Chimay 2004

We went to Chimay full of expectations for the 2 driver Top Hat Historic Saloon Car race; the so called ‘Dream Team’ was united for the first time, Andrew and Max Banks would share the Alfaholics GTA Replica for the first time, greatly improving our chances of success. We also fitted our newly aquired double adjust...

Victory for the Alfaholics GTA Replica at Spa 2004

Spa 6 hours 2004 was a huge meeting, with over 600 cars entered to race it seemed an organisational impossibility. Nevertheless we sat on the ferry with a degree of faith in the Belgian authorities; after all they had won back their place on the F1 calendar! The Top Hat entry list of over 80 cars made for extreme...

Alfaholics Victorious @ Mallory Park

Top Hat End of Season Finals was set for the ultimate showdown at Mallory Park on 10th of October. All the Big Guns were entered to claim the final race win of the year, the Miles Townsend Memorial Trophy. It would be our first meeting since Castle Combe in April with Leo Voyazides’ infamous Mustang, with whom we bat...

Chimay Historicar – July 2005

Our annual, not to be missed, trip to the fabulous Chimay road circuit on the Belgian/French border, south of Charleroi, had previously been undertaken as part of Top Hat’s Pre ’66 Touring Car Race, combined with GTA Challenge. However, this year we thought it would be more fun to run our car on serious slicks, ...

Classic 6 Hours Of Spa Francorchamps

The Classic Six Hours of Spa Francorchamps race meeting, held this year over 4 days from September 22nd has exploded in popularity in recent years. We had participated in the one hour Top Hat Race for the past 3 years, but due to a shortened race in 2004 and with much of it under the Safety Car, we decided only to retu...

Zolder May 2006: Dutch Alfa Challenge

I have taken an interest in the Dutch Alfa Challenge for a number of years now and was finally able to join in the fun at their excellent race programme of 2x 30 minute races at Zolder recently. This gave me the opportunity I had been looking for to race against the fastest Alfas, both modern and 105 series, in Eur...

Alfaholics 2.0 Sprint GT on the podium at Dijon 21-24 June 2007!

Some weeks ago we were invited to race our 2.0 Sprint GT in the French Championship for Modified 60’s & 70’s Saloon Cars at Dijon. The great news was that the race formed part of the famous Grand Prix de L’Age D’Or meeting. The biggest in the historic racing calendar for the French, it is the equivalent of ...

Nurburgring F1 Circuit – 5-7 October 2007

This year has seen a reshuffle in the organisation of the Dutch Alfa Challenge that we raced in at Zolder in May 2006. This year, it has strengthened its ranks by teaming up with the German Kumho Alfa Series. Not only has this added more cars to the grid, some very impressive, such as a fully modified Montreal, but it ...

Snetterton April 2010

For our first race of the year, we took our 2.0 Sprint GT racer to Snetterton in order to compete in the Masters “Touring 70s” series. This series runs as a 45 minute race with a single pit stop for a driver change and has been set up to give the homologation specials of the 70’s a home to race in Europe. Gri...

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

After being lent a 156 GTA by Alfa Romeo UK for use at our last Castle Combe track day, we were naturally delighted to be able to reciprocate by lending our 1600 Giulia Sprint GTA to display on their stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This fabulous 3 day event was blessed with wonderful weather and prov...

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Alfaholics Trackday 2004

ALFAHOLICS 3RD TRACK DAY CASTLE COMBE 17TH APRIL FOR CLASSIC ALFA ROMEO CARS Following heavy overnight rain which made the track slippery for the first hour of the morning, Alfaholics was blessed with another wonderful dry day for their increasingly popular classic Alfa Romeo track day. The event was fully ...

Alfaholics Trackday 2004

Richard Banks visits South Africa

During a recent trip to South Africa, I was able to spend a great evening with Rodney Sachs, his delightful wife Zandie and some friends, at their home in Johannesburg. Having supplied parts to Rodney for the 2000GTV he built and drove so successfully on the first classic East African Safari Rally, I was keen ...

Extra Trackday Photos

Dobson Jr. drives Dobson Snr. in their track & hillclimb GTV The Merrell brothers lead John Symes in Richard\'s 2 litre GTA Replica... nice clipping point! Adam Pleeth driving his father Ian\'s 2 litre GTA Replica Max Banks took many people out for hot laps in his Alfaholics GTA Replica. Here leading Ric...

Extra Trackday Photos

Alfaholics 4th Annual Trackday – 2005

They say that the sun always shines on the righteous! So, for the fourth year running Alfaholics were blessed with sunshine and fine weather for their annual spring track day at Castle Combe. Bookings had started coming in before Christmas and the 54 places were filled two weeks before the event, which was being run...

Alfaholics 4th Annual Trackday – 2005

CLASSIC ITALY

On a recent trip to Rome and Naples to view cars and buy parts, Diana and I were advised to have diner at Il Ristorante Caruso, just off the main square in Sorrento. We were perfectly prepared for the excellent cuisine, but certainly not for what turned out to be a fascinating museum dedicated to the great tenor, E...

Alfas @ Goodwood Festival of Speed 2005

I had a fabulous day at Goodwood and managed to see many clients, including several who were preparing or driving cars that had been invited to take part in the hillclimb. Here are photos of the Alfas in the paddocks at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Saturday 25th June 2005. ...

The Alfaholics GTA Replica goes to the Nurburgring Nordschleife

I was recently invited to join a group on a European tour to the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit deep in the Eiffel mountains. The chosen weekend of the 8th – 10th July was one of only a handful of weekends during the year when the circuit was open to the public all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. My choic...

The Alfaholics GTA Replica goes to the Nurburgring Nordschleife

Modern GTV and Spider Sports Exhausts (1996-2006)

Alfaholics is proud to present the first in a range of stainless steel sports exhausts for modern Alfa Romeos, starting with the 2.0 Twin Spark, 2.0 JTS, 3.0 V6 and 3.2 V6 GTV and Spider 1996 – 2006. The system is available in direct replacement sections, fully interchangeable with OE, or as a full system with a f...

Modern GTV and Spider Sports Exhausts (1996-2006)