…as experienced by Lukas Duyck.

Get a good night’s sleep they said, we’re leaving at 6:30. It turned out not to be that difficult, knowing that I’d be fully woken up in Andrew’s TI Super-R on the way to Castle Combe. Despite being England, it wasn’t even raining but a beautiful sunny day!

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

We arrived at the track good and early and had a healthy British breakfast – an egg and sausage bap. Looking back, that wasn’t the best decision I made, but more on that to come. When the trucks and race cars arrived, the team began setting up camp. In the meantime, many customers and enthusiasts continued to arrive. A short while later, when parking spaces became more and more scarce, I helped to send the drivers to the briefing room for all things health and safety.

Later that morning, Andrew invited me for a passenger ride in his awesome Ti Super-R. The two things I could think of were endless grip and my breakfast. Straight-line speed I was fine with, but the grip that the car had during corner entry was just on a different scale. Let’s just say that I had to concentrate on keeping my fine British breakfast in place. Braking wasn’t too shabby either – perhaps the closest thing to hitting a brick wall!

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

It wouldn’t have been a real British track day of course if there wasn’t at some point a bit of drizzle, so in good spirit of tradition the inevitable happened at the exact moment people where lining up for the lunchtime parade. Having hitched a ride in one of the modern Giulias, I managed to stay nice and dry. Fortunately it was only brief and the sunshine soon returned for the rest of the day.

During the afternoon, while drivers took to the track, we set up the Alfaholics GTA race car to scrub some tyres for the upcoming U2TC race at Donington. Together with all the Alfaholics cars on track, there was great spectacle throughout the day for the crowds to enjoy. In the afternoon, I had a passenger ride to the petrol station and back in the Alfaholics V6 powered Spider-R. Having seen it years ago on TV’s Fifth Gear, this was quite an unreal experience. Off the track is really where this build shows its strengths, the wind in your hair, a glorious noise and just so effortless torque. This all came together perfectly on the scenic B roads around Castle Combe.

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Having had conversations with passionate customers and other Alfisti, I had a wonderful experience. I even had the pleasure to meet some fellow Belgians during the day. The passenger rides in the more standard cars I was being offered were really great and it just goes to show that people in the Alfa Romeo world are more than happy to share their experience. It also showed how quick the Alfaholics cars really are compared to their standard counterparts.

The day went by perfectly as planned. Going back to the workshop after we had dinner, I was offered a passenger ride by Richard Banks, something I won’t easily forget. A beautiful sunset while being driven spiritedly in Richard’s 1600 GTA on empty country roads. The perfect end to a perfect day.

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics track day (2018) through the eyes of an intern…

Alfaholics 17th annual track day for classic Alfa Romeos will be held at Castle Combe circuit on Saturday 21st April 2018.

All 105 series owners welcome!

We would once again like to welcome owners of all 105 series Alfas to take part in our 2018 track day. Every year there is a fantastic international flavour to the weekend with customers travelling from Europe and far beyond to attend the event! The atmosphere and camaraderie is always fantastic so we are looking forward to another thoroughly enjoyable day. Additional drivers in any cars entered are also welcome. Those wishing to attend the day as spectators will be warmly welcomed and can take part in a 4 lap circuit parade over the lunch hour.

Alfaholics 17th Track Day at Castle Combe

Format

Signing on will take place at 8.00am sharp in the Howard Strawford Centre, followed by a compulsory drivers’ briefing. Familiarisation laps with instructors will begin at 9.00am when the circuit opens. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch from 12.30 to 1.30pm. The afternoon session concludes at 5.00pm when the circuit closes.

Castle Combe is well known for its technical and challenging layout, combining chicanes and fast corners that make for very exciting driving. With 12 cars permitted on the circuit at once, there will be virtually unlimited track time all day!

Alfaholics 17th Track Day at Castle Combe

Instruction

We will once again have our favourite instructor, Erling, to provide his expert circuit instruction. He is an official Castle Combe instructor and will be able to assist you with improving your racing lines, braking points, gear change points and provide lots more tips to help you improve your skills. Those who have benefitted from his instruction in previous years have said how much their enjoyment of the day had been enhanced as a result.

Noise limit

Castle Combe is particularly strict on noise emission, with an absolute limit of 99dB(A) at 4500rpm, measured on a static test of 0.5 metres from the end of the exhaust pipe at 45º. This means that cars should use a standard exhaust or a sensible sports system. The Alfaholics sports exhaust is fine. Add-on silencers are available from Merlin Motorsport in the Paddock on the day.

Alfaholics 17th Track Day at Castle Combe

Refreshments

The Tavern Restaurant situated in the paddock will be open all day serving food and drinks for the benefit of all.

In the evening

To round off a great day, everyone is welcome to join us afterwards for an early evening dinner and drinks at an excellent country pub just a mile from the circuit. This has become a popular tradition over the past few years so please let us know if you would like to attend.

Alfaholics 17th Track Day at Castle Combe

How to book

The cost for a car plus driver is £225 plus VAT with additional drivers at £60 plus VAT. One to one instruction is £20 plus VAT per session.

As usual, demand is sure to be considerable and numbers are strictly limited, so please contact Andrew at [email protected] as soon as possible in order to book your place and avoid disappointment! Alternatively, you can call us on +44 1275 349449.

Alfaholics 17th Track Day at Castle Combe

Open Day

We will once again be holding our popular open day at Alfaholics on the Friday before the track day (Friday 20th April). Everyone is very welcome to attend, look round our workshops and chat to fellow Alfisti. There will be a buffet lunch and refreshments are provided all day.

Alfaholics 17th Track Day at Castle Combe

Alfaholics 17th Track Day at Castle Combe

Alfaholics 16th annual track day for classic Alfa Romeos will be held at Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday 3rd June 2017.

All 105 series owners welcome!

We would once again like to welcome owners of all 105 series Alfas to take part in our 2017 track day. Over the last few years we have enjoyed a fantastic international flavour to our track day with customers travelling from as far away as the USA, Chile and even Antigua, as well as our regular attendees from Holland! The atmosphere and camaraderie is fantastic every year so we are looking forward to another thoroughly enjoyable day. Additional drivers in any cars entered are also welcome. Those wishing to attend the day as spectators will be warmly welcomed and can take part in a 4 lap circuit parade over the lunch hour.

Alfaholics 16th Track Day at Castle Combe

Format

Signing on will take place at 8.00am sharp in the Howard Strawford Centre, followed by a compulsory drivers’ briefing. Familiarisation laps with instructors will begin at 9.00am when the circuit opens. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch from 12.30 to 1.30pm. The afternoon session concludes at 5.00pm when the circuit closes.

Castle Combe is well known for its technical and challenging layout, combining chicanes and fast corners that make for very exciting driving. With 12 cars permitted on the circuit at once, there will be virtually unlimited track time all day! This promotes a relaxed and sociable atmosphere which is always a great feature of our Castle Combe day

Alfaholics 16th Track Day at Castle Combe

Instruction

We will once again have our favourite instructor, Erling, to provide his expert circuit instruction. He is an official Castle Combe instructor and will be able to assist you with improving your racing lines, braking points, gear change points and provide lots more tips to help you improve your skills. Those who have benefitted from his instruction in previous years have said how much their enjoyment of the day had been enhanced as a result.

Noise limit

Castle Combe is particularly strict on noise emission, with an absolute limit of 99dB(A) at 4500rpm, measured on a static test of 0.5 metres from the end of the exhaust pipe at 45º. This means that cars should use a standard exhaust or a sensible sports system. The Alfaholics sports exhaust is fine. Add-on silencers are available from Merlin Motorsport in the Paddock on the day.

Alfaholics 16th Track Day at Castle Combe

Refreshments

The Tavern Restaurant situated in the paddock will be open all day serving food and drinks for the benefit of all.

In the evening

To round off a perfect day, everyone is welcome to join us afterwards for an early evening dinner and drinks at an excellent country pub just a mile from the circuit. This has become a popular tradition over the past few years so please let us know if you would like to attend.

Alfaholics 16th Track Day at Castle Combe

How to book

The cost for a car plus driver is £195 plus VAT with additional drivers at £60 plus VAT. One to one instruction is £20 plus VAT per session.

As usual, demand is sure to be considerable and numbers are strictly limited, so please contact Andrew at [email protected] as soon as possible in order to book your place and avoid disappointment! Alternatively, you can call us on +44 1275 349449.

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Alfaholics 15th annual track day for classic Alfa Romeos will once again be held at Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday 9th April 2016.

All 105 and 750/101 series owners welcome!

We would once again like to welcome owners of all 105 and 750/101 series Alfas to take part in our 2016 track day at Castle Combe. Over the last few years we have enjoyed a fantastic international flavour to our track day with customers travelling from as far away as the USA, Chile and Australia, as well as our regular attendees from Holland!

The atmosphere and camaraderie is fantastic every year so we are looking forward to another thoroughly enjoyable day. Additional drivers in any cars entered are also welcome. Those wishing to attend the day as spectators will be warmly welcomed and can take part in a 4 lap circuit parade over the lunch hour.

Click here to read the report from last year’s track day..

Alfaholics 15th Spring Track Day at Castle Combe 9th April 2016

Format

Signing on will take place at 8.00am sharp in the Howard Strawford Centre, followed by a compulsory drivers’ briefing. Familiarisation laps with instructors will begin at 9.00am when the circuit opens. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch from 12.30 to 1.30pm. The afternoon session concludes at 5.00pm when the circuit closes.

Castle Combe is well known for its technical and challenging layout, combining chicanes and fast corners that make for very exciting driving. With 12 cars permitted on the circuit at once, there will be virtually unlimited track time all day! This promotes a relaxed and sociable atmosphere which is always a great feature of our Castle Combe day.

Alfaholics 15th Spring Track Day at Castle Combe 9th April 2016

Instruction

We will once again have our favourite instructor, Erling, to provide his expert circuit instruction. He is an official Castle Combe instructor and will be able to assist with improving your racing lines, braking points, gear change points and provide lots more tips to help you improve your skills. Those who have benefitted from his instruction in previous years have said how much their enjoyment of the day had been enhanced as a result.

Noise limit

Castle Combe is particularly strict on noise emission, with an absolute limit of 99dB(A) at 4500rpm, measured on a static test of 0.5 metres from the end of the exhaust pipe at 45º. This means that cars should use a standard exhaust or a sensible sports system. The Alfaholics sports exhaust is fine. Add-on silencers are available from Merlin Motorsport in the Paddock on the day.

Alfaholics 15th Spring Track Day at Castle Combe 9th April 2016

Refreshments

The Tavern Restaurant situated in the paddock will be open all day serving food and drinks for the benefit of all.

Open Day

We are once again holding an open day on the Friday before the track day.

Click here for further details…

Friday night accommodation and dinner

For those wishing to stay over the weekend, we have secured preferential rates at a superb hotel on the outskirts of Bristol, where we will have the use of a private function room and bar for our traditional pre track-day dinner on Friday night. This was a tremendous success last year so please contact us for further information and to book your place!

In the evening

To round off a perfect day, everyone is welcome to join us afterwards for an early evening dinner and drinks at an excellent country pub just a mile from the circuit. This has become a popular tradition over the past few years so please let us know if you would like to attend.

Alfaholics 15th Spring Track Day at Castle Combe 9th April 2016

How to book

The cost for a car plus driver is £195 plus VAT with additional drivers at £60 plus VAT. One to one instruction is £20 plus VAT per session.

As usual, demand is sure to be considerable and numbers are strictly limited, so please contact Rachael at [email protected] as soon as possible in order to book your place and avoid disappointment! Alternatively, you can call us on +44 1275 349449.

Once again the doors opened at Alfaholics on the Friday before the track day to allow visitors to see what we do here. This year, in addition to the warehouse and the workshop, we opened our storage facility resulting in a wonderful array of 25 Alfa Romeos on display with special focus on 7 GTAs (including 4 Autodelta cars) to mark our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the GTA! A fine selection of visitors’ cars was soon assembled in the Alfaholics (and neighbours’!) car parks with owners enjoying the sunshine, good company, tinkering time and in many cases a carwash!

The Saturday morning weather didn’t look promising at first, but by the time the drivers briefing was out of the way the sun was out again and had soon dried out the track. Along with the regulars who continue to support our event, it was nice to see plenty of newcomers on track confirming that the Alfa 105 scene is alive and well. A full complement of Alfaholics-built GTA-Rs  were on track plus the Spider V6, recent star of TV programme 5th Gear, showing that you can fit a big engine in a small car and make it handle! Andrew’s Giulia Ti Super-R was also on hand again for fast passenger rides although a fair amount of informal “seat-hopping” was seen taking place which shows that Alfa owners are a friendly bunch and always happy to share the experience.

In honour of this years’ 50th Anniversary of the GTA, the lunchtime parade laps were led by Max in the Team Slotemaker Autodelta 1600 GTA Corsa, resplendent in its (very Dutch!) orange and white livery flanked by the two GTA Stradales of Richard Banks and Adam Burstow, all three restored by Alfaholics of course!

A big thanks to everyone who came to the open day and track day, both as a participant and a spectator, making the two days so enjoyable!  As usual we had a healthy number of visitors from abroad, making this a truly international event.

We’ll leave you with this email from our inbox on Monday morning-

“Hello Chaps.  Monday has dawned and wish it hadn’t, feel tired and not sure about being in front of a desk again …  however I had a fantastic weekend.

 I wanted to thank you for the hospitality on Friday (buffet, welcome and even cleaned my car!), and a fabulous day on Saturday. Whilst I was apprehensive, it turned out to be great fun and I learned a bit as well, (probably what I learned was how much I didn’t really know and how slow I am, something  my wife didn’t believe) but that’s part of the process…   

 Also I thought all the people that work with you did a great job, Rachael with her clipboard and the young mechanic with a beard, who seemed really helpful, I saw him working all weekend happily helping out.  In fact everyone seemed glad to be there.

 Hope to see you again and thanks for a great experience

 Mark Bracey”

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Preparations are well underway for our annual open day, this Friday 10th April. We will be displaying a wonderful array of 25 Alfa Romeos with our special focus being a display of 7 GTAs (including 4 Autodelta cars) to mark our celebration of this year being the 50th anniversary of the GTA! Our open day starts at 11:00am and we will be closing at 4:00pm. Outside we will have a special reserved parking area for our customers to park their classic Alfa Romeos, there are 20 spaces available. Here are some photos of one of our units with cars starting to be moved into place for the display!

On display of special mention, we will be displaying:-

  • 7 GTAs, including our recently completed Team Slotemaker Autodelta 1600 GTA Corsa and our ex- Jochen Rindt Autodelta Team 1600 GTA – AR 613102
  • Project Autodelta GT Junior
  • 1750 GTAm
  • Giulia TZ1
  • Giulietta SZ
  • 3x Alfaholics GTA-R, including our new range topping GTA-R 290!
  • Alfaholics restored Group 4 Lancia Stratos

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Alfaholics 14th annual track day for classic Alfa Romeos will once again be held at Castle Combe on Saturday 11th April 2015.

This year, we are celebrating 50 years since the launch of Alfa’s legendary 1600 GTA.  In fact, our track day will mark almost exactly 50 years since a GTA first competed in a race – the Monza 1000kms in April 1965, in which an Autodelta entered car took its maiden victory in the 1600cc class.  We are therefore extending a special invitation to owners of GTAs so that we can put together a great collection of cars and make our track day a proper celebration of this iconic model!

Castle Combe, conveniently situated between J17 and J18 of the M4, is 1.85 miles long and combines chicanes and fast corners that make for very exciting and challenging driving.  With 12 cars permitted on the circuit at once, there will be virtually unlimited track time all day!  This makes for a relaxed and sociable atmosphere which is always a great feature of our Castle Combe day.  Additional drivers in any cars entered are also welcome.

Over the last few years, we have enjoyed a fantastic international flavour to our track day with customers making the journey from as far away as Australia, Chile, and North America!  We would once again like to welcome all our international customers who would like to attend.  For those wishing to stay over the weekend, we have secured preferential rates at a superb hotel on the outskirts of Bristol, where we will have the use of a private function room and bar for our traditional pre track-day dinner.  Please contact us for further information and to book your place!

Those wishing to attend the day as spectators will be warmly welcomed and can take part in a 4 lap circuit parade over the lunch hour.

The Tavern Restaurant in the paddock will be open all day serving food and drinks for the benefit of all.

Signing on will be held in the Media Centre followed by a circuit briefing by the Clerk of the Course, Andrew Banks, before familiarisation laps with instructors at 9.00am when the circuit opens.

We will once again have our favourite instructor, Erling, to provide his expert circuit instruction.  He is an official Castle Combe instructor and will be able to assist with improving your racing lines, braking points, gear change points and provide lots more tips to help you improve your skills.  Those who have benefitted from his instruction in previous years have said how much their enjoyment of the day had been enhanced as a result.

Castle Combe is particularly strict on noise emission, with an absolute limit of 99dB(A) at 4500rpm, measured on a static test of 0.5 metres from the end of the exhaust pipe at 45º.  This means that cars should use a standard exhaust or a sensible sports system.  The Alfaholics sports exhaust is fine.  Add-on silencers are available from Merlin Motorsport in the Paddock on the day.

To round off a perfect day, everyone is welcome to join us afterwards for an early evening dinner and drinks at an excellent country pub just a mile from the circuit.  This has become a popular tradition over the past few years so please let us know if you would like to attend.

 

The cost for a car plus driver is £195 plus VAT with additional drivers at £60 plus VAT.  One to one instruction is £20 plus VAT per session.

As usual, demand is sure to be considerable and numbers are strictly limited, so please contact [email protected] as soon as possible in order to book your place and avoid disappointment!  Alternatively, you can call us on +44 1275 349449.

 

Alfaholics Open Day!

Following the great success of our pre-track day gathering last year, we will once again be organising an open day at Alfaholics on Friday 10th April – the day before the track day.  Owners of 105 series Alfas are very welcome to attend and enjoy a sociable day.  We will be providing lunch for everyone and drinks (including espressos!) will be available all day.

It will be a great opportunity to view the huge range of standard and performance parts we offer and also to see the various car build and race preparation projects we are undertaking in our workshops.  In addition, all the Alfaholics road, track day and race cars will be available to view.

We will also have one of our ramps available throughout the day for anyone wishing to have a free pre track-day check-up!  The full Alfaholics team will be on hand to offer advice and assistance.

Alfaholics 14Th Spring Track Day - Castle Combe 11Th April 2015

Alfaholics 14Th Spring Track Day - Castle Combe 11Th April 2015

Alfaholics 14Th Spring Track Day - Castle Combe 11Th April 2015

Alfaholics 14Th Spring Track Day - Castle Combe 11Th April 2015

Alfaholics 14Th Spring Track Day - Castle Combe 11Th April 2015

Alfaholics 14Th Spring Track Day - Castle Combe 11Th April 2015

 

When at the 2014 Laguna Seca Historics, we bumped into Mark Greene who runs the superb American automotive Podcast – “Cars Yeah”. After chatting about the Stahlberg GTA Corsa, he invited me to do a Podcast interview via phone, which we just completed. Check out the link below to listen to the 35 minute interview which gives an in depth insight into the background and workings of Alfaholics!

http://carsyeah.com/ourportfolio/max-banks/

The November edition of Classic Cars magazine, currently on the shelves in Newsagents, features a 7 page ‘Epic Restorations’ article on our recently completed Stahlberg Racing Medley Bourbon GTA!

The October issue of Classic Cars Magazine – currently on the shelves in newsagents – features a 13 page shoot-out of road going versions of the 1960s saloon racers built to homologate cars for racing. We supplied a gorgeous 1600 GTA Stradale that we restored in 2012 for the test, ensuring the Alfa Romeo brand was well represented! Find a copy at your local newsagent now!

As an array of 105 series Alfas began arriving on Friday morning, it was set to be another cracking track day weekend.  Once again, customers had travelled from far and wide to check out the latest products on offer, tour the workshops and generally chat all things Alfa.  Of particular interest in the workshops was a lovely white Sprint GTV which had just undergone a full Alfaholics restoration and was now fitted with a range of subtle upgrades including a 165bhp 2 litre engine and upgraded suspension.  The owner had flown across from Chile with his son to drive the car at the track day before we ship it home for him!

As the day drew to a close, we made our way to the hotel.  A convoy of 105s was quite a sight travelling up the M5!  This year, we had arranged to stay in a superb new hotel conveniently located on the outskirts of Bristol.  After plenty of banter in the bar, we had a full 3 course dinner in a private dining room.  All in all, a great day and a perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and welcome some new faces too.

Friday Openday photos

On Saturday, it was the usual fabulous selection of 105s on track – ranging from standard specification road cars to super-quick modified twin spark track day cars and race cars, all well presented and well prepared.  Once again, driving standards were excellent and the semi open-pitlane format meant that there was plenty of track time on offer.

With the usual buzz in the paddock, it was a great opportunity to showcase the Lancia Stratos which has just been fully restored by Alfaholics to Gp 4 specification.  Although too noisy to take to the track in anger, it led the popular lunchtime parade and took some lucky passengers on demonstration runs on the local roads!

Once again, there were lots of enthusiasts who had come along to admire the machinery and see the cars being driven hard on track, many of whom brought along some rare and interesting cars themselves.

Thanks to everyone who attended for helping make the day such a success and see you again next year!

Alfaholics 13th annual track day for classic Alfa Romeos will once again be held at Castle Combe on Saturday 5th April 2014.

Owners of 105 series Alfas who would like the opportunity to drive their cars at speed in a non-competitive environment are very welcome.

Castle Combe, conveniently situated between J17 and J18 of the M4, is 1.85 miles long and combines chicanes and fast corners that make for extremely exciting and challenging driving.  Once again, instructors will be on hand to offer advice and demonstrate cornering technique, while all corners will be ‘coned’ to show braking, turn-in and apex points.

With no fixed session times and 12 cars on the circuit at once, there will be virtually unlimited track time all day!  This makes for a relaxed and sociable atmosphere which is always a great feature of our Castle Combe day.  Additional drivers in any cars entered are welcome.

Over the last few years, we have enjoyed a fantastic international flavour to our track day with customers making the journey from as far away as Chile, Holland, America and Australia!  We would once again like to welcome all our international customers who would like to attend.  For those who wish to stay over the weekend, we shall be organising accommodation nearby in Bristol.  Please contact us for preferential rates.  We will once again be organising a dinner for those people staying on Friday night.

Those wishing to attend the day as spectators will be warmly welcomed and can take part in a 4 lap circuit parade over the lunch hour.

The Tavern Restaurant in the paddock will be open all day serving food and drinks for the benefit of all.

Signing on will be held in the Media Centre followed by a circuit briefing by the Clerk of the Course, Andrew Banks, before familiarisation laps with instructors at 9.00am when the circuit opens.

We will once again have Erling there on the day to provide his expert circuit instruction.  He is an official Castle Combe instructor and will be able to assist with improving your racing lines, braking points, gear change points and provide lots more tips to help you improve your skills.  Those who have benefitted from his instruction in previous years have said how much their enjoyment of the day had been enhanced as a result.

Castle Combe is particularly strict on noise emission, with an absolute limit of 99dB(A) at 4500rpm, measured on a static test of 0.5 metres from the end of the exhaust pipe at 45º.  This means that cars should use a standard exhaust or a sensible sports system.  The Alfaholics sports exhaust is fine.  Add-on silencers are available from Merlin Motorsport in the Paddock on the day.

To round off a perfect day, everyone is welcome to join us afterwards for an early evening dinner and drinks at an excellent country pub just a mile from the circuit.  This has become a popular tradition over the past few years so please let us know if you would like to attend.

The cost for a car plus driver is £195 plus VAT with additional drivers at £60 plus VAT.  One to one instruction is £20 plus VAT per session.

As usual, demand is sure to be considerable (indeed we have already taken a number of bookings!) and numbers are strictly limited, so please contact [email protected] as soon as possible in order to book your place and avoid disappointment!  Alternatively, you can call us on +44 1275 349449.

Alfaholics Open Day!

Following the great success of our pre-track day gathering last year, we will once again be organising an open day at Alfaholics on Friday 4th April, the day before the track day.  Owners of 105 series Alfas are very welcome to attend and enjoy a sociable day.

It will be a great opportunity to view the huge range of standard and performance parts we offer and also to see the various car build and race preparation projects we are undertaking in our workshops.  In addition, all of the Alfaholics road, track day and race cars will be available to view.

We will also have one of our ramps available throughout the day for anyone wishing to have a free pre-track day check-up!  The full Alfaholics team will be on hand to offer advice and assistance.

We will be providing lunch for everyone and drinks (including espressos!) will be available all day.  For those wishing to stay close by on Friday night, we have organised hotel accommodation with secure parking – please contact us for preferential rates.  Feel free to join us for dinner too!

On board Andrew’s 216BHP TI Super-R battling a Gen II Porsche 997 GT3 at the infamous Nurburgring Norsdschleife!

Wonderful on-board footage of a top specification Alfaholics TI Super-R at Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit. Driven by Andrew Banks at the recent Octane Magazine Trackday. Beautiful balance and poise exhibited by both the car and driver!

An invitation to take part in an open pitlane track day at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in June gave us the perfect opportunity to take the Alfaholics R-type cars to the infamous 14 mile circuit deep in the Eifel mountains. A quick phone call to track day enthusiast and customer Richard Cotton confirmed that he was keen to bring his Alfaholics Spider-R (no.7) and thus, with both Max Banks taking his GTA-R and Andrew Banks taking his TI Super-R, a full house of R-types models would face the ultimate track test. In line with the ethos of our R-type builds being fast yet refined road cars rather than just stripped out racers, we all drove our cars the 1500 mile round trip with wives and luggage on board. No trailers or support vehicles in sight, just a thoroughly enjoyable long weekend with a night out in Brussels on our way.

The cars behaved impeccably throughout the trip, all lapping under 8m30secs BTG at the Nordschleife and running at least 25 laps (over 3 race hours) before heading back home. The fastest lap time was set by Max’s GTA-R – achieving a remarkable 8m15secs while chasing a modified Porsche 996 GT3RS. A clear lap would have trimmed a few more seconds off that time, which brings the tantalising prospect of building a road going Alfaholics GTA-R which is capable of a sub 8m lap –watch this space!

With a capacity field of 50 cars booked for Saturday’s main event, the 12th Alfaholics Spring Track Day once again kicked off with an open day at Alfaholics HQ on the Friday.  We were delighted to welcome customers and friends from far and wide who were able to check out our latest products and car builds with other like-minded Alfisti.  Special mentions go to Victor Matthei and his family who made the long journey from Chile to drive his freshly Alfaholics upgraded GT Junior, to Kerry Reynolds who joined us from Australia, Greg Modelle over from USA, Mark Nally; an American based on the East German/Polish border, along with the usual complement of Dutch Alfisti. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all with many tales of previous Alfa based jollies and racing experiences; indeed it was interesting to hear how track times were improving throughout the day, although I’m not sure one Alfa driver’s account of a sub 5 minute lap around the Nurburgring was strictly true…!

After a wet start to the open day, the sun came out in time to make our way into Bristol for the evening’s entertainment.  Having assembling in the bar for pre-dinner drinks, we made our way round to the familiar Italian restaurant with over 45 people packed in, which created a fantastic atmosphere for generations of new and old Alfa fans!  A fantastic evening came to a close at a fairly respectable time ahead of the following day’s main event.

Standing room only at dinner!

With rain expected it was a pleasant surprise to arrive at a dry track even though the cloud cover looked threatening.  With the circuit briefing and registration completed, the first batch of eager 105s were unleashed onto the track.  The car park was awash with a fantastic array of cars old and slightly older for the many spectators to enjoy throughout the day.

Jean-Christophe Berta in his GTA Replica equipped with an Alfaholics twin plug 1600 GTA engine

Adam Burstow in his freshly Alfaholics restored 1600 GTA Stradale leads Andrew Lawley in his Alfaholics maintained 1600 GTA Corsa

Tim Farr in his 1300 GT Junior

The lunchtime parade was well attended by those wishing to test the water (literally) on the Castle Combe track with their less than race prepared road cars, which added to the fun.

The rain began to set in during the afternoon session, adding to the challenge for the hardy few who continued to rack up track time.  Andrew Banks kept the spectators entertained; demonstrating the capabilities of both himself and his Ti-R in the wet, keeping a crowd on the banking in such adverse weather was testament to the spectacle he put on!

Andrew Banks drifting his Alfaholics TI Super-R around in infamous Quarry Corner!

Andrew chases Richard Cotton in his Alfaholics Spider-R

The full Alfaholics team was on hand all day to offer help, advice and passenger rides as a way of demonstrating the full range of upgrades available for the variety of Alfas that we run between us. As ever, the high driving standards and great camaraderie meant the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Roz Shaw’s GTAm Replica with Erwin Arentsen’s GTA-R in pursuit!

Paul Featherstone ran extremely well all day in his Alfaholics Twin Spark’d GTA Replica

Christian Brewer in his lovely 1750 GTV with Richard Cotton’s Alfaholics  Spider-R following behind.

James Gibbons in his 2000 GTV leading Peter Mullineux

The Flying Dutchman Erwin Arentsen on one of his many laps!

Alex Bijlard pushing on in his 2000 GTV, leading Jan van der Linden

Walter van Vollenhoven

Welshman Gino Berni in his GTAm Replica

Nick Winiata leads Alex Bijlard

Simon Lane in his Alfaholics GTA-R

From the German/Polish border, to Castle Combe and back, American Mark Nally enjoying the day in his trusty Berlina!

Peter Collins giving a debut to his recently prepared 1962 Giulietta Ti

Arnoud van Leeuwen leading Alfaholics sales manager Jim Spackman’s 75

“now as you go round, look for that bloody exit, we can’t go round here all day…..”!  Andrew Mitchell and Alex Bijlard enjoying the wet conditions.

Thanks to everyone who attended for helping make the day such a success and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

We have just received some interesting new information about our Autodelta GTA – 613102. Martin Übelher and Patrick Dasse (the authors of the wonderful new version of Alleggerita) have discovered a photograph in a collection which reveals something not previously known!  In addition to the already remarkable history of the car, this photo shows that the car was raced by Bussinello/”Geki” in the 6 hour race at the Nürburgring on 3rd July 1966. Sadly, it lasted only 25 minutes (2 laps of the infamous Nordschleife) until the engine gave up.  As a result, there was very little opportunity to photograph the car in action, but Martin and Patrick have stumbled upon the vital photo!

For the past few years, we have been working closely with Martin & Patrick as part of their research for publishing the updated Alleggerita; we thoroughly recommend any GTA owner keen to learn some more history of their car to get in touch with Martin and Patrick to see what information is known. They are already working on a new book as a supplement to Alleggerita, which will be called “Alleggerita – Additions to the Register” and will probably be published sometime in 2014.  Who knows what else they will find!

You can contact Martin at:

[email protected]

and Patrick at:

[email protected]

And in case you haven’t bought “Alleggerita” until now, you can order it directly at:

www.dingwort-verlag.de

With life so hectic at Alfaholics at the moment, there’s not even room for a little one in the workshop!  If you look carefully you’ll see  a fantastic Giulietta SZ hiding away.

August 2012 edition now on sale with full 105 Series review to celebrate its 50th anniversary!

Roz Shaw’s extensively Alfaholics equipped 1750 GTAm


 
Video onboard Maxim’s Alfaholics GTA-R at the Alfaholics Castle Combe Trackday 2012

The track day weekend kicked off with our annual Open Day on the Friday.  This was a great success once again as customers travelled from far and wide to check out the latest products on offer as well as tour the workshops and see all the cars in differing stages of build.  The atmosphere was fantastic as the car park filled up with 105s of various colours and nationalities. Once again, we had plenty of visitors from abroad – most notably a Belgian and Dutch contingent making the journey across the Channel.  Everyone took advantage of a lovely afternoon in the sun; the weather forecast for Saturday at the track looking far less promising! All too soon it was time for everyone to head into Bristol and check into the hotel. We then assembled in the bar and headed out to our familiar Italian restaurant where we took over the entire upstairs restaurant area. After a fabulous dinner and not too much wine (!), the evening drew to a close in preparation for the following day.

Line up of cars at the Alfaholics Open Day

Dinner in Bristol Italian restaurant Friday night

Saturday dawned a little chilly and the overnight rain had left the track wet. After another light drizzle, it actually turned into quite a pleasant and bright day and the track dried out completely.

Added excitement this year was the presence of the team from Classic & Sports Car magazine.  Attracted by the tremendous array of cars, they were acquiring content for a forthcoming 105 series article to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary. Look out for this in the August 2012 issue on sale very soon! As usual, there was a fabulous selection of 105s on track – ranging from standard specification road cars to super-quick modified twin spark track day cars and race cars, all well presented and well prepared. It is often mentioned how high the standard of the cars is of the cars that take part in the annual Alfaholics track day and this year was undoubtedly the best yet. The semi open-pitlane format meant that there was plenty of track time on offer.

As well as the participants, plenty of visitors came along to watch the fun and many brought rare and interesting cars with them. The chance to join the lunchtime parade will have been an added incentive no doubt!

The full Alfaholics team was on hand to offer help, advice and passenger rides as a way of demonstrating the various upgrades available for the variety of Alfas that we run between us. As ever, the high driving standards and great camaraderie meant the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Thanks to everyone who attended for helping make the day such a success and see you again next year!

The opening of the Alfaholics Workshop last year meant that there would be a new twist to the annual Castle Combe track day for 2011. This year we had built a pair of cars for customers who would be arriving at the Open Day with the promise of a track-ready car polished and waiting! As the deadline approached, the workshop team were flat-out to make sure all the cars would be ready for the big event. With the cars in the workshop lined up, the food and drink spread out in the office, we were ready to go.

By mid-morning, the snarl of Alfa outside announced the arrival of the first visitors and as lunchtime approached, the car park filled up with 105s of various colours and nationalities. Once again we had many visitors from abroad – a large Belgian and Dutch contingent joined others from Germany, Ireland and the UK but most impressive was the journey made by Faisal Huda, who flew in from Canada to pick up his freshly upgraded yellow ochre GT Junior. Also collecting their car on the day were the Cottons, father and son who had commissioned us to build a bespoke high specification track day Spider. Among the assembled cars, an additional touch of glamour was provided by the gorgeous pre-war supercharged 1750 of Mike Hurst. Our neighbours on the estate are quite used to sporty looking stuff being around but this was something else entirely! Everyone enjoyed an afternoon in the sun, chatting about the cars but all too soon it was time for everyone to head into Bristol and check into the hotel.  We all then assembled in the bar and headed out to our familiar Italian restaurant where we took over the entire upstairs restaurant area!  After a fabulous dinner and not too much wine (!), the evening drew to a close in preparation for the following day.

Cars all lined up in the Alfaholics workshop ready for the open day

Faisal Huda arrives from Canada to take delivery of his Alfaholics upgraded GT Junior

Mike Hurst’s supercharged 1750

Bill Cotton takes the first drive of his Alfaholics custom built Spider

Saturday dawned bright and fresh with the promise of a clear, sunny day. A restorative bacon roll and cup of tea soon banished any lingering after-effects of a late night and with everyone eager to get out on the track, both signing-on and the briefing were dispensed with efficiently. As usual, there was a fabulous array of 105s on track – ranging from standard specification road cars to super-quick modified twin spark track day cars and race cars, all well presented and well prepared.  It is often mentioned how high the standard is of the cars that take part in the annual Alfaholics track day and this year was undoubtedly the best yet.  The semi open-pitlane format meant that there was plenty of track time on offer while contributing to the relaxed atmosphere of the day with no worries that you’ll miss your turn!

As well as the participants, plenty of visitors came along to watch the fun and many brought rare and interesting cars with them. The chance to join the lunchtime parade will have been an added incentive no doubt!

The full Alfaholics team was on hand to offer help, advice and passenger rides as a way of demonstrating the various upgrades available for the variety of Alfas that we run between us. By mid morning, everyone seemed to have got to grips with their car (and the circuit!), some choosing to learn the circuit themselves, others taking advantage of the always excellent instruction laps on offer. As ever, the high driving standards and great camaraderie meant the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  The smell of hot brakes, rubber and oil filled the air in the paddock as the sound of howling twin cams drifted over from the track and the action continued late into the afternoon. As the sun sank lower we all started to pack up, some to make the long trip home, others to join in the evening meal at the local pub to enjoy the last few hours of a fantastic day in great company.

Thanks to everyone who attended for helping make the day such a success and see you again next year!

Cars line up for first session of the day

Paul Chase Gardner tests his newly aquired ex-Dieter Anton FIA App.K 1600 GTA

Andrew demonstrates his Alfaholics upgraded 3.0 24v GTV with new Alfaholics 6-Pot brakes & handling kit

Richard Cotton drifts his newly custom built Alfaholics Spider through Camp!

Andrew demonstrates the Alfaholics S4 Spider

The lunchtime parade proved as popular as ever

Brian Healey came over from Cork, Ireland with his highly upgraded GTV

James Wheeler’s Giulia Super was as smartly turned out as ever this year!

Jouke Jelgerhuis’ Dutch trackday GTV

Alfaholics stores manager Jim Spackman demonstrates his Alfaholics upgraded 75 Twin Spark

Max demonstrates his Alfaholics GTA-R

Our pilgrimage to the Ring this year was once again a sell-out event as customers joined us from all over Europe for a fantastic weekend of driving and socialising.  Rain showers could do little to dampen the excitement but certainly spiced up the circuit driving!  The hotel was reserved exclusively for Alfaholics customers and the hospitality was first-class as always.  All too quickly, our 4 day trip came to an end and everyone headed home, vowing to return again in 2011!

Following the tremendous success of our two previous weekends, we are now organising a 3rd Alfaholics trip to the infamous Nurburgring this summer!

As those who have joined us in the past will testify, lapping the Nordschleife is quite simply the ultimate driving experience. 13 miles and 73 bends add up to what is undoubtedly the most demanding circuit in the world. It’s hard to describe just how good it is until you’ve been there!

We have once again exclusively reserved a hotel near the circuit, which will be our base for the weekend. We shall be leaving the UK on Thursday morning for a relaxed drive across in order to arrive at the hotel late-afternoon. There will be a dinner organised at the hotel in the evening.

We will head to the circuit at lunchtime on Friday for the afternoon session on track and then make our way to the famous Pistenklause restaurant in the evening to sample the German beers on offer and the superb steaks on a hot skillet.

The circuit will be open all day on Saturday and once again we have organised a top quality barbeque in the evening at the hotel, exclusively for Alfaholics guests. This was a tremendous success last year and satisfied even the greatest of appetites (for food and beer)!

The circuit is also open all day on Sunday which we will follow with a leisurely evening in preparation for the trip home on Monday. We shall aim to catch a late afternoon Eurotunnel train from Calais to Folkestone on Monday.

This trip is open to all our customers worldwide but accommodation at the hotel is limited, so please ensure you book with Alfaholics early to avoid missing out. The atmosphere and camaraderie last year was superb, so this year’s trip will once again undoubtedly prove to be great fun!

Contact Andrew at Alfaholics for more details and to place your booking.

[email protected]
Tel: 0044 (0)1275 349449
Fax: 0044 (0)1275 349455

So we’ve done it, the first Alfaholics Nurburgring Nordschleife trip with our customers! This event will become fixed in the annual Alfaholics social events calendar and looks set to become THE European get together for customers and 105 enthusiasts alike!

Well, what a trip! Not only did we have a riot on track, but the social side was also absolutely fantastic, everyone getting on fabulously and there was much banter, lubricated with generous helpings of Warsteiner! It was very encouraging to see a good proportion of ladies and children on the trip, proving that as much of a boys weekend that it might be, it was also very much a weekend the whole family can enjoy.

We all met at Dover ferry port where a fabulous group of cars was collecting – all Bertone GTs. A mix of step and non-step front, including a handful of GTA Replicas, a couple of Twin Sparks and two HSCC 70s Road Sports cars made a wonderful sight at 6am. We certainly got some surprised looks as we barked our way through the ferry port, gobbling induction roar reverberating off the surrounding walls – maybe a little too much interest as security pulled over a handful of our cars including the Alfaholics service van, loaded with emergency jerry cans of fuel. We were forced to empty the jerry cans, a nice free pit stop for those unfortunate enough to be pulled over!

Safely over the English Channel and into France, we enjoyed a completely hassle free run through France, Belgium (including amazingly the dreaded Brussels ring road!) and through Germany past Cologne, deep into the heart of the Eiffel mountains where the Nurburgring is situated. So smooth was our run, that we had made it to the circuit with 15 minutes of the Thursday session still remaining. A mad rush to the bun fight at the ticket office to buy a 6 lap card on a Visa (no time to stop for cash!) and scrambling back to the cars; a few of us got out on track for a sighting lap, a little taster for what the weekend had to offer and enough to fuel some anxious chat over dinner.

Photos from the journey out to the Nurburgring for the UK members of our group

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

We were booked into the excellent Hotel am Tiergarten. Well known for its superb location, just 2 km from the circuit entrance and with clear views of the circuit, but, primarily as it is run by the Schmitz family, one of whom goes by the name of Sabine, queen of the Nordschleife and a BMW Ring Taxi pilot! Also, very conveniently, under the Hotel lies the equally famous Pistenklause restaurant, a shrine of signed photos and parts from damaged cars from years of Nurburgring racing. You really could spend hours studying all the artefacts on the walls, that is if weren’t for the incredible food, the specialty being prime Argentinean steak served on a hot stone for you to finish cooking to your perfection. Oh yes and the beer…! The circuit was not due to open until 5pm on Friday so there was no mad rush to get up too early with only a booking for the museum organised for late morning. We were joined on Thursday evening by some of our European customers, firstly Paul Grundy with his freshly 2-litred Sprint GTV and secondly Rodolphe Tonglet with his son Arnoud in their 2000 GTV.

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

The museum was interesting, if a little random in its collection of cars but featured some great Ring trivia, its history and many of its victorious drivers. After lunch a few minor works were completed, a bit of brake bleeding for Ian Williams with his ex-Michael Beattie Northern Irish Hillclimb championship winning Sprint GT and most people adding some PSI to their tyres for the impending track work. The benefits of bringing our race van as a service vehicle were clear to see as many people were able to off load their excess gear and tools somewhere safe for the duration of the trip.

The weather was excellent on Friday so the evening session was superb fun, even if a little low on grip due to the race earlier that day.

The evening’s session saw the arrival of a few more of our European crew. Patrick Franken & Hannie from Holland with their wonderful 2.0 Giulia Ti that had been at our trackday at Castle Combe earlier this year, and Erwin Arentsen with his awesome 3.5 V6 75, having been unable to get his GT Junior ready in time. Back to the Pistenklause for dinner and a few beers before bed, as we had our date with professional photographer Jochen the following day so an early start was required by all.

Some of the Alfaholics group with their cars

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Paul Grundy heads through the Mini Karussell

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Ian Williams (top) and James Wheeler (bottom) through Eiskurve

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Saturday started early with the rain lashing against the windows of the Tiergarten hotel. Jochen teamed up with us in the paddock and took notes on which cars were in the group. He chucked me a walkie-talkie long distance radio to coordinate laps and jumped in his 156 and headed off to the first photography point. With Jochen ready with his digital SLR, we organised our cars into a complete group and headed out for a sighter lap in the wet, to obtain some nice convoy shots. Boy was it slippery as Paul Grundy fishtailed wildly through the first complex hanging on bravely as his 175 section tyres struggled to handle his new 2.0 engine and over zealous right foot! It must have been exciting inside the car, as it looked pretty spectacular in the rear view mirror! 10/10 for hanging on to that one!

Parade lap photos through Wehrseifen

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

With the parade lap over there was a steady flow of 105s out on the track all day, building in frequency as the circuit dried out. By 2:30pm it was fully dry. This gave 5 hours of dry flat out track time, everyone’s confidence growing as they either learned or reacquainted themselves with the 73 corner monster that features an altitude variation of a massive 1000ft – the gradient is simply breathtaking!

Chris Clarke pushes on through Wehrseifen in the greasy morning conditions. Wehrseifen translates as ‘Defence valley’ as it originally marked the border between the towns of Adenau and Breidscheid

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Max Banks (top) and Max Haycocks (bottom) through the Mini Karussell

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Erwin Arentsen drove flat out all weekend, seen here coming through the spectating bowl of Brunnchen and exiting Eiskurve

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

My Toyos, freshly fitted on the first set of our production 15″ GTA rims just one day before departure were not as good as I had hoped they would be. The circuit felt really grippy and mid corner grip was excellent. It was just so squirmy changing direction, later explained by the obviously soft sidewalls. So its back to Bridgestones after the trip then!

Several Alfaholics’ customers from northern Europe arrived on Saturday to meet the group, see all the cars and naturally chat 105s, including Thomas Mohr from Germany with his Grigio Giulia Super, Martin Faas with his red 2000 GTV & Martin Schrankel with his 2.0 GTJ and many more. Throughout the day we had over 20 105s at the track, a superb sight for all and much interest and admiration from the many other Ringers with their more standard modern machinery. The ladies in the group thoroughly enjoyed the day, as well as the whole weekend, soaking up the sun in the afternoon and getting out on track as well, to see what all the fuss and excitement was about!

Jochen worked his way round his favourite photography points, including the Karussel, Brunnchen, Eiskurve and the mini-Karussel amongst others. By 7:30 when the circuit shut we had all done a large number of laps and had most certainly worked up a big appetite for more steak and beer!

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Max Banks (top) & Arnoud Van Leeuwen (bottom) through Brunnchen

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Ian Williams flying through Eiskurve, named this for its propensity to remain the last area on the circuit to dry out and first to ice up!

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Breathtaking view on the way out of the famous (Caracciola)Karussell. It was Rudolf who was the first person to use the inside ditch, as it was then, to improve his corner speed!

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Paul Grundy whizzes through Brunnchen

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Arnoud pilots Hans Ten Hagen through the Mini Karussell

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Max being chased hard through Schwalbenschwanz!

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

With the circuit not open until 11am on Sunday and with our needing to leave by 1pm, Saturday night was a bit of a closing party for the weekend and was set to be a lot of fun. Jochen came to see us in the restaurant with his laptop computer and worked his way round the group showing everyone his photos from the day. They looked superb and Jochen left to start editing his collection later that night. As the evening went on into the night, the banter really started to open up. It soon became apparent that Erwin was possibly one of the funniest men in the world. As the beer continued to flow, we all ended up rolling around in our chairs laughing hard. Poor Patrick laughed so hard he cried and couldn’t breathe! O.E.W! Eventually we managed to get to bed, and Sunday left just enough time to sort ourselves out before the impending journey home, away from Wonderland and back to reality!

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

LAP OF THE NORDSCHLEIFE ON BOARD MAX’S GTA REPLICA

So for those of you who could not make it this year, I hope this has whet your appetite! Keep an eye out on the website at the beginning of next year when we will release the dates of our next trip!

Alfaholics 7th annual track day for classic Alfa Romeos will once again be held at Castle Combe on Saturday 12th April 2008.

Owners of 105 series Alfas who would like the opportunity to drive their cars at speed in a non-competitive environment are very welcome.

ALFAHOLICS 7TH SPRING TRACKDAY 2008

Castle Combe, situated between J17 and J18 of the M4, is 1.85 miles long and combines chicanes and fast corners that make for extremely exciting and challenging driving. Once again, instructors will be on hand to offer advice and demonstrate cornering technique, while all corners will be ‘coned’ to show braking, turn-in and apex points. With only 12 cars on the circuit at any one time, there will be virtually unlimited track time. Additional drivers in any cars entered are welcome.

Following the tremendous success of the past couple of years when many of our Dutch and Norwegian customers (and Richard Merrell!) made the lengthy journey, we would once again like to welcome all our international customers who would like to attend. For those who wish to stay over the weekend, we shall be organising accommodation nearby in Bristol. Please contact us for rates and availability.

Norwegian Carburetti trip to Exmoor 2006

ALFAHOLICS 7TH SPRING TRACKDAY 2008

Robert Petersson road tests for Auto, Motor & Sport Sweden 2007

ALFAHOLICS 7TH SPRING TRACKDAY 2008

Those wishing to attend as spectators will be warmly welcomed and can take part in a 3 lap circuit parade over the lunch hour.

The Tavern Restaurant in the paddock will be open all day serving food and drinks for the benefit of all.

Signing on will be held in the Howard Strawford Centre followed by a circuit briefing by the Clerk of the Course, Andrew Banks, before familiarisation laps with instructors at 9am when the circuit opens.

Castle Combe is particularly strict on noise emission, with an absolute limit of 99dB(A) at 4500rpm, measured on a static test of 0.5 metres from the end of the exhaust pipe at 45º. This means that cars should use a standard exhaust or a sensible sports system. The Alfaholics sports exhaust is fine. Add-on silencers are available from Merlin Motorsport in the Paddock on the day.

The cost for a car plus driver is £160 plus VAT with additional drivers at £65 plus VAT. One to one instruction is £20 plus VAT per 15 minute session. We highly recommend you pay the small charge for this, as the pleasure obtained from the day is greatly enhanced.

As usual, demand is sure to be considerable and numbers are strictly limited, so please use the advance registration form below to avoid disappointment! Please print and send to the address above or fax to +44 1398 351163.

ALFAHOLICS 7TH SPRING TRACKDAY 2008

Classic Cars Magazine article about Max’s GTA Replica

ALFAHOLICS 7TH SPRING TRACKDAY 2008

Max demonstates Alfaholics 2.0 Sprint GT racer to Bob Deeming from New Zealand

ALFAHOLICS 7TH SPRING TRACKDAY 2008

Classic Cars Magazine Article: December 2007

In the shops now, until the end of November. www.classiccarsmagazine.co.uk

After last year’s hugely successful customer trip to the Nurburgring, we have decided to organise another trip to the infamous old GP circuit for this summer! The feedback from last year’s “Ringers” has been tremendous and, unsurprisingly, we have been inundated with requests for more of the same in 2008.

As those who came last year will testify, lapping the Nordschleife is quite simply the ultimate driving experience. 13 miles and 73 bends add up to what is undoubtedly the most demanding circuit in the world. It’s hard to describe just how good it is until you’ve been there!

Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 1-4 August 2008 Sign Up

Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 1-4 August 2008 Sign Up

This time, we have managed to reserve exclusively a hotel near the circuit, which will be our base for the weekend. We shall be leaving the UK on Friday morning for a relaxed drive across in order to arrive at the hotel mid-afternoon. The circuit is open in the evening for those eager to get some early laps in. We shall then head to the famous Pistenklause restaurant to sample the German beer on offer and the superb steaks on a hot skillet. Those who came last year will remember them well!

The circuit will be open all day on Saturday and we have organised a top quality barbeque in the evening at the hotel, exclusively for Alfaholics guests.

The circuit is also open all day on Sunday which we will follow with a leisurely evening in preparation for the trip home on Monday. We shall aim to catch a late afternoon Eurotunnel train from Calais to Folkestone on Monday.

Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 1-4 August 2008 Sign Up

Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 1-4 August 2008 Sign Up

The Nordschleife is a truly incredible circuit, one that all trackday enthusiasts absolutely must visit. The atmosphere at the circuit is electric and will be enhanced by the sight of a flock of 105 series Alfas in the paddock together – what a sight that will be!

This trip is open to all our customers worldwide but accommodation at the hotel is limited, so please ensure you book with Alfaholics early to avoid missing out. The atmosphere and camaraderie last year was superb, so this year’s trip will once again undoubtedly prove to be great fun!

Contact either Andrew or Max at Alfaholics for more details, prices and to place your booking.

[email protected]
[email protected]

Tel: 0044 (0)1398 351360
Fax: 0044 (0)1398 351163

Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 1-4 August 2008 Sign Up

Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 1-4 August 2008 Sign Up

Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 1-4 August 2008 Sign Up

Rain forecast for the Alfaholics trackday? Had our lucky streak finally come to an end? Was it really going to be wet? The forecast must be wrong, surely it couldn’t be wet? Rumor was rife in the days leading up the 7th Spring Alfaholics Trackday @ Castle Combe. Dinner on the evening before the trackday was held at Marco’s Italian Restaurant in central Bristol. Dominic Gulotti, looked a little concerned sipping away at his pint, he had a good right to be; a trackday virgin, driven all the way from Switzerland in his newly acquired Giulia Super. “A Giulia Super?” I hear you say …a 3.0 V6 Giulia Super on semi slicks to be more precise, that could be exciting! The pre-trackday dinner had a great turn out, 7 cars in total made the trip from Holland, including Patrick Franken for the second year running. Having whetted his appetite last year in his road 2.0 Giulia Ti, he returned this year with his freshly prepared ex-Squadra Bianca Giulia Super race car. Richard Merrell also made it down from Inverness, Scotland, a longer trip than all bar the Swiss! Locals Ian Williams and Peter Lovegrove joined in, along with Arnoud van Leeuwen and Nick Lyon from London for the full ‘Trackday Weekend’ experience with added linguini and Parmesan!

Dutch group waiting for the ferry prior to the lively dinner at Marco’s in Bristol

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In the Novotel car park at 7:30am it certainly didn’t look great for the day, heavy clouds and wet roads. With intermittent rain on arrival at the circuit, even I nearly conceded defeat this year! Ye of little faith, this is the Alfaholics trackday after all! With 3 greasy damp sessions and several pirouettes completed (Gold medal to Michael Cotton), the sun burst through and the track dried in no time at all, by the end of the day there was even evidence of some sun tans! Business as usual then!

Giulias plentiful this year! Dominic Gulotti looks a little nervous in the passenger seat of his 3.0 V6 Giulia in the wet!(Top) Patrick Franken deep in conversation with Ian Williams waiting for the track to dry!(bottom)

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We had a fabulous mix of cars again this year, a sprinking of Spiders amongst a sea of burbling GTVs, GTA Replicas, GTAm Replicas and a healthy number of Giulias. Special treat this year was John Bennett’s beautiful, original Ti Super race car, with many admiring onlookers, it ticked the majority of boxes of ‘most wanted’ car present at the trackday! The recent energy and excitement in the market for our 4-door friend was clear to see, although I think the Dutch, always 4 door fans, thought we were all a little slow on the uptake!

It was great to see so many regulars returning for another enjoyable thrash round our one of our favourite circuits Castle Combe, as well as a pleasing number of fresh faces, many with newly built, Alfaholics equipped touring/trackday cars, Mark Haddon Jones and Peter Lovegrove to name but a few. Arnoud van Leeuwen, the English Dutchman, returned once again with his even more tweeked and sorted GT Junior Allergerita, this year sporting amongst other things our new 15″ Superleggera rims, front geometry package and Rally fuel tank conversion.

John Bennett’s lovely Ti Super race car

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Arnoud van Leeuwen leads Kevin Stripp and the Alfaholics 2.0 Sprint GT Racer through Tower corner

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Another group of cars head out on track for another session

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Nick Lyon leads Richard Merrell, Christian Brewer, Peter Lovegrove & James Wheeler from Hammerdown to Tower corner

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Paul Featherstone returned again with a fleet of cars including his newly Alfaholics Twin Spark’d Sprint GTV, here he enters Quarry ahead of his brother!

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As usual, there was as much paddock banter and checking each others cars out as there was driving and before we knew it, it was lunchtime! The lunchtime parade allowed the large number of people who had come to spectate in Alfas of all ages to have a go round the track, whilst the trackdayers refueled their stomachs in the Tavern Restaurant, the catering as superb as ever.

Jim Gaisford snapped away behind his lens all day, providing excellent photos for people to take away capturing their moments on track, as well as many of the excellent photos you see here in this report. Special mention also to Robin Schmitz who didn’t miss the opportunity on his trip over from Holland to take some superb shots for his photography business and again sampled in this report.

Andrew Banks leads the parade laps in Richard’s 1600 GTA

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It fits, just!

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Max demonstrates his GTA Replica

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A good mix of race, trackday and completely standard cars were on track, Adam Burstow shakes down his newly aquired FIA Sprint GT, leading David Upshall in his standard 2000 GTV

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The afternoon session forged on with many passenger rides given in both ‘Works Cars’; the Alfaholics 2.0 Sprint GT Racer and Max’s GTA Replica. Sadly the afternoon disappeared just as quickly as the morning had and before we knew it, it was 5pm and the last track session got the chequered flag. With everyone packed up and having had a thoroughly enjoyable day, around 20 met up for dinner, as usual, at the excellent Salutation Inn near the circuit. Superb food to help digest the day’s activities, lubricated with local ales seemed like the perfect way to close a fabulous day. After dinner everyone went their separate ways, the hotel group returning to the Novotel for some ‘apres track’ in the bar until the early hours. The 3am closing of the hotel bar was not late enough for some, so a trip into central Bristol ensued to round the night/early morning off! The Dutch were all up early on Sunday to go home via Spring Alfaday, conveniently on the way home at Chatham Dockyard in Kent. Another superb Alfaholics trackday had come to a close for another year!

There was much talk all weekend about the Alfaholics trip to the Nurburgring this summer, this will be announced on the website in the coming weeks, but places will be limited so be sure to sign up early!

Andrew Banks turns into Tower in the Alfaholics Racer ahead of Max in his GTA Replica

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“Are we supposed to be going this fast?” Arnoud takes his girlfriend out for her first track experience

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Max tests Adam Burstow’s race car (top), Patrick Franken presses on through Tower (bottom)

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Ian Williams leads Andrew Banks testing Terry Kenyon’s 70’s Road Sports 1600 GT Junior

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Kevin Stripp (top), Max Haycocks leads Keith Waite and Mark Haddon-Jones out of Bobbies chicane (bottom)

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After 9 years operating from Devon, we have now moved to a modern 5,000 sq.ft warehouse on the outskirts of Bristol, in order to accommodate our rapidly expanding business. A bespoke state of the art racking system has been installed which currently provides in excess of 3,000 sq.ft of shelf space and has the ability to incorporate an integrated mezzanine level, thereby enabling us to carry even more stock lines with increased efficiency. You may already have noticed several new products appearing on our website recently – watch this space as we have many more Alfaholics productions in the pipeline!

Our despatch department, with purpose built packing tables and strapping equipment, will ensure all orders placed with Alfaholics will be despatched on the same day and therefore able to be delivered within 5 days anywhere in the world!

Our move to Bristol has coincided with Jim Spackman joining Alfaholics. Jim is a well know Alfista in the UK and will be responsible for managing our busy despatch department. He has written a short article below on his appetite for all things Alfa Romeo and his introduction to Alfaholics.

Our new warehouse also gives us the capacity of storing up to 10 cars and, with a 2 post service lift arriving shortly, we are able to increase the race car preparation & setup side of our operation. This includes shell preparation, suspension setup & corner weighting.

We have also retained our warehouse in Devon in order to accommodate our vast range of second hand parts in addition to the increasing number of Alfaholics project cars for road & race!

Jim Spackman joins Alfaholics

It was at the Alfaholics track day at Castle Combe this year, that Richard Banks first approached me with a view to assisting him, Max and Andrew in the business. Arrangements were already underway for the big move to Bristol and Richard said they were going to need at least another pair of hands to help fulfil all their plans for the future. So, after a quick (OK, very quick) spin around the track with Andrew in the Alfaholics race car my mind was pretty much made up. I mean really, how could I not want to work for a bunch of guys who’d built a car that goes like that?!

First job was to help Andrew fit out the empty premises ready to move the business in, while Richard and Max continued operations from Devon. My initial impression was the sheer size of the warehouse – this is going to swallow up a lot of parts! Then, the following weekend, the four of us spent many happy hours running up and down the M5 amid the tourists transporting all the stock.

So now we’re in and operating like a well-oiled machine. Even the commute from Cardiff isn’t too taxing, 45 miles each way at 42 mpg in my Alfa 75 Twin Spark, easily achieved by cruising along at a steady 60 mph. It takes my wife Liz 45 minutes to drive across Cardiff to work some days! This 75 is the latest of around fifteen Alfas of different varieties and colours that I’ve owned in the last twenty-odd years. Favourites? My last 75, (the infamous red “Jak”), a white 1300 GT Junior fitted with a 1750 engine which used to embarrass so many “faster” cars at trackdays in the 1990s and of course, the Alfasud 1300 Ti which first infected me with the Alfa virus way back in 1985!

So when your parts arrive, beautifully wrapped, that’s down to me. And if you open the box and have a “Did I really order one of those?” moment, that’ll probably be my fault too.” Jim Spackman