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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… …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! 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…

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Alfaholics 2015 Open Day and Castle Combe Track Day Report

Alfaholics 2015 Open Day and Castle Combe Track Day Report

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…

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Happy Birthday 1600 GTA!

Happy Birthday 1600 GTA!

Happy 50th Birthday to the 1600 GTA! First launched on the 18th February 1965 at the Amsterdam Autosalon where 613001 was displayed next to a production Sprint GT. To celebrate, here are some great photos of 1600 GTAs we have restored over the past few years, along with a couple that are still in progress! We will have a great collection of 1600 GTAs at our 2015 Castle Combe trackday, and we invite all GTA owners to contact us to take part in this display!

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

Alfaholics 14Th Spring Track Day – Castle Combe 11th April 2015

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…

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“Cars Yeah” Podcast Interview of Max Banks – October 2014

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/

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Classic Cars Magazine - November 2014 - Epic Restorations

Classic Cars Magazine – November 2014 – Epic Restorations

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!

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Classic Cars Magazine - 60s Saloon Racer Shoot Out!

Classic Cars Magazine – 60s Saloon Racer Shoot Out!

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!

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Alfaholics Trackday April 2014 - FULL REPORT WITH PHOTOS!

Alfaholics Trackday April 2014 – FULL REPORT WITH PHOTOS!

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…

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Alfaholics 13th Spring Track Day, Castle Combe, Saturday 5th April

Alfaholics 13th Spring Track Day, Castle Combe, Saturday 5th April

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…

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On Board Video in Andrew Banks' Alfaholics TI Super-R @ Nurburgring Nordschleife!

On Board Video in Andrew Banks’ Alfaholics TI Super-R @ Nurburgring Nordschleife!

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

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On Board Andrew Banks' Alfaholics TI Super-R @ Goodwood!

On Board Andrew Banks’ Alfaholics TI Super-R @ Goodwood!

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!

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Alfaholics R-Types set 8m15sec lap time at the Nurburgring!

Alfaholics R-Types set 8m15sec lap time at the Nurburgring!

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…

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Alfaholics 12th Spring Track Day 2013 - FULL REPORT

Alfaholics 12th Spring Track Day 2013 – FULL REPORT

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…

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Another part of the history of our 1966 Autodelta GTA discovered!

Another part of the history of our 1966 Autodelta GTA discovered!

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…

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No room at the Inn!

No room at the Inn!

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.

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Classic & Sportscar Magazine

Classic & Sportscar Magazine

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

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Alfaholics Castle Combe Trackday 2012 - FULL REPORT

Alfaholics Castle Combe Trackday 2012 – FULL REPORT

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…

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Alfaholics 10th Annual Spring Trackday April 2011

Alfaholics 10th Annual Spring Trackday April 2011

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,…

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Alfaholics Nurburgring Trip August 2010

Alfaholics Nurburgring Trip August 2010

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!

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Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 20-24 August 2009!

Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 20-24 August 2009!

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…

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Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

Alfaholics Nurburgring Customer Track Weekend 26-29th July 2007

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…

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ALFAHOLICS 7TH SPRING TRACKDAY 2008

ALFAHOLICS 7TH SPRING TRACKDAY 2008

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. 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.…

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Classic Cars Magazine Article: December 2007

Classic Cars Magazine Article: December 2007

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

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Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 1-4 August 2008 Sign Up

Alfaholics Nurburgring Track Weekend 1-4 August 2008 Sign Up

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! This…

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ALFAHOLICS 7TH SPRING TRACKDAY 2008

ALFAHOLICS 7TH SPRING TRACKDAY 2008

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?”…

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Alfaholics moves to new premises near Bristol!

Alfaholics moves to new premises near Bristol!

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!…

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Alfaholics Nurburgring Trip 1-4th August 2008

Alfaholics Nurburgring Trip 1-4th August 2008

Following the popularity of our first Nurburgring customer event in 2007, there was tremendous demand for us to organise another trip this year. This time, we booked a superb hotel set in beautiful surroundings near Nurburg where we could reserve all 15 rooms for a long weekend. This would provide a fantastic base for our 2008 trip. With English, Swiss, French and Dutch customers filling the 15 official places for the trip and several German, Belgian and Italian customers arriving during the weekend to join in, the Alfaholics 2008 Nurburgring trip had a superb international flavour. It was nice to…

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ALFAHOLICS 8TH SPRING TRACK DAY

ALFAHOLICS 8TH SPRING TRACK DAY

Alfaholics 8th annual track day for classic Alfa Romeos will once again be held at Castle Combe on Saturday 4th April 2009. 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. Autosport magazine has hailed Castle Combe as “The best club racing circuit in Britain”. Once again, instructors will be on hand to offer advice and demonstrate…

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Alfaholics 7x15 GTA Veloce Wheel Tested!

Alfaholics 7×15 GTA Veloce Wheel Tested!

A truly momentous occasion, the first pre-production 7×15″ GTA Veloce wheels have arrived at Alfaholics, right on time! The 2 different offset types have been fitted with a range of tyre sizes and have been trial fitted for clearance on the broad range of cars that we own at Alfaholics. This includes both early and late GT as well as Spider, Giulia Super and Berlina. We are happy to report that all wheels fitted as expected with the appropriate tyres and had ample clearance! The wheels look stunning, beyond our highest expectations, they really suit the proportions of all the…

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Alfaholics 8th Spring Track day at Castle Combe 4th April 2009

Alfaholics 8th Spring Track day at Castle Combe 4th April 2009

Our annual track day at Castle Combe was another huge success this year with our regulars back again, joined by a number of new faces, many of whom were trying their hand at a track day for the very first time under the expert guidance of our instructor. Others came from far and wide to join in what has become a global 105 festivity – special mention goes to Daron & Cyndi Walker of Vintage Customs, Seattle, Tom Lacosta from New York, Jim Fuller from Antigua, Hans Ten Hagen, Freek Veldhuizen and Dennis Rietveld from Holland and John Bennett from…

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Alfaholics GTA-R Production Launch!

Alfaholics GTA-R Production Launch!

We are proud to announce that we can now offer the ultimate fast road & trackday 105 series, the Alfaholics GTA-R, built to order. Using either the original Giugiaro ‘stepnose’ design or the post 1967 GTV/GT Junior as a basis, these cars represent the ultimate modern take on the all-time classic 105 Series coupe. The Alfaholics GTA-R represents a completely re-engineered and updated105 Series Alfa suitable for modern performance driving. Weighing a mere 875kg and equipped with our 198bhp Twin Spark engine (215bhp optional) along with 6-pot vented brakes, aluminium adjustable dampers, lightweight suspension components and 15” GTA wheels, these cars possess stunning…

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Alfaholics Nurburgring Trip 20th-24th August 2009

Alfaholics Nurburgring Trip 20th-24th August 2009

Wow, what an event and undoubtedly our best yet! After the tremendous success of last year’s trip, we decided to add an extra day this time, making it a full 5 days away so everyone could have a chance to relax as well. Ten cars gathered at the Eurotunnel terminal bright and early on Thursday morning for our crossing to France. We were blessed with beautiful weather for our journey, to be honest a little too good for those of us in non air-conditioned cars! We arrived at our hotel late afternoon and were met by our wonderful hostess, Britta,…

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Swedish Customer Robert Petersson's GTAm Race Car

Swedish Customer Robert Petersson’s GTAm Race Car

Over the last few years Robert, with the help of Bo Johansson, has been buiding a 100% accurate replica of the infamous GTAm to campaign in Europe in FIA App K Period G races. The car is now finally finished and looks stunning, the car has been built with many Alfaholics race components including our race suspension kit with FIA 2 1/4″ upgrade, aluminium adjustable dampers, race adjustable rear anti-roll bar, GTAm sliding window kits, race paddle clutch kit, GTA door button & hoop handle set, 50A race alternator, R-J trackrod kit and our race propshaft conversion. Best of luck…

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Alfaholics Workshops

Alfaholics Workshops

Workshop Services At the start of this year, we opened a new 5,000 sq. ft. fully equipped workshop in order to build and maintain road, race and trackday cars. Facilities include 2 post service lifts as well as flat floor, corner weight and bumpsteer equipment to ensure that once built, your car’s setup is fully optimised. Whether you are looking to have a car built from scratch to meet your requirements, or want to buy Alfaholics performance upgrades for your car and have them professionally fitted, we now have the in house solution! We have considerable experience in global shipping…

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Alfaholics Castle Combe Track Weekend April 2010

Alfaholics Castle Combe Track Weekend April 2010

This year we added an extra dimension to our trackday weekend with an official open day on the Friday in order to allow people to see our cars, workshops and of course our mail order warehouse! We were blessed with beautiful cloud free weather all weekend (again!) which added to the delight of the open day when we had more than 20 visitors arrive from both near and far. Once again we had another great Dutch contingent trek over the channel for the weekend, including yearly regulars Patrick & Hannie Franken who brought their wonderful Grigio Indaco 1300 GT Junior,…

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Dep-O: Alfaholics Production GTA Replica Article

Dep-O: Alfaholics Production GTA Replica Article

Simon and Gerard originally came to do an article on us for Retro Cars magazine when we were still based in Devon and I had just completed the build of my GTA Replica. Now they have set up a superb on-line magazine called Dep-O and came to revisit Alfaholics to see what we have been up to in the last 5 years! The full article can be viewed on their superb website by CLICKING HERE. Below is Simon’s additional text from the July editorial of their magazine. “COMING AWAY from our Alfaholics visit, we stopped at a nearby pub –…

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Alfas @ Goodwood Festival of Speed 2005

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. 1964 Giulia TZ1 in the Style et Lux Enclosure 1938 6c 2300 Touring Coupe in the Style et Lux Enclosure Disco Volante Coupe & Spider Sportiva Tipo 33/2 Daytona 1967 Tipo 33/2 \’Periscopica\’ 1975 Tipo 33 TT 12 World Championship winning car Speaks for itself! P2 New Brera on…

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Bo Johansson & Robert Petersson

Bo Johansson & Robert Petersson

Bo Johansson is a long time enthusiast and Alfa freak! When I started racing (my first race car was a Mod-Sports Frogeye Sprite) he was often Clerk of the Course and using his Giulietta Spider as Course Car, at the Falkenberg track, some 90 kilometres south of Gothenberg. Bo has been a power generation engineer all his life and at that time he was part of a team building the Ringhals nuclear power plant in that region. Bo Johansson at the Alfaholics Trackday 2007 All this time his home base was Finspong, 200 kilometres southwest of Stockholm, and that’s were…

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ALFAHOLICS 7X15” GTA VELOCE WHEEL

ALFAHOLICS 7X15” GTA VELOCE WHEEL

Over the last few years we have seen the gradual withdrawal of performance 14” tyres from the market, only to be superseded by a tyre that is unavailable in 14 inch. Firstly, the Yokohama A520, then the superb Bridgestone Potenza RE 720, quickly followed by Yokohama’s A539. This trend will only continue with performance tyres around the world becoming harder and harder to source. This will realistically limit 14” wheels to non-performance cars for there is little point in spending good money upgrading the suspension, engine and brakes of your 105 series car, if you cannot transmit the capabilities of…

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Nurburgring Nordschleife 2006: Track Weekend Report

Nurburgring Nordschleife 2006: Track Weekend Report

Following the huge success of last summer’s trip to the Nordschleife, I spent much of last winter dreaming of being back in the magnificent amphitheatre of the Eiffel mountains, queuing up at the ‘toll booth’ barrier for one more lap. Oh what I would have done just to do one more lap! Having fallen in love with the circuit so much, and truly now understanding exactly what I had built the GTA Replica for, the wet Devon winter gave me a chance to upgrade the car further to make it better suited for ‘Ring Work’. The car needed to be…

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Max visits Goodwood Festival of Speed 2006

Max visits Goodwood Festival of Speed 2006

This year\’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was a spectacular event! Saturday was busier than I can ever remember in terms of vistors and even the wet start to Sunday did not deter huge floods of people from arriving! It was easy to see why, a huge star studded line up with names such as Rene Arnoux, Nino Vaccarella, Vic Elford, Richard Petty, Jochen Mass, Parnelli Jones, Jackie Stewart, Jenson Button & Mika Hakkinen to name but a few topping the bill, it was going to be a Festival to rememeber! The rally event held in the woods of the Goodwood…

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UK National Alfa Day 2006

UK National Alfa Day 2006

Boughton House Richard Morris collects 1st place Trophy for the best 105 series and the Malcolm Morris award for the best Bertone Coupe. Car restored by Richard Banks of Alfaholics The Alfaholics stand was a hive of activity all day, especially for the members of the Dutch Alfa Club who had come over to England for the weekend. They were able to see the quality of our products first hand which they had seen on our website. Alfaholics display of stainless steel sports exhausts available for both 105 series and modern 916 series GTV Alfas on display at Boughton House…

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Alfaholics 5th Spring Castle Combe Trackday 2006 – Report!

Alfaholics 5th Spring Castle Combe Trackday 2006 – Report!

For the 5th spring Alfaholics Trackday there was one major change to the ever popular format. This year, the trackday was purely for 105 series Alfa Romeos. Having previously accepted bookings for 101s, Alfettas and 75s, we found ourselves turning away customers with their 105 series cars. As a result we felt that for 2006, it was finally time to make it purely for 105s, which is of course our passion! An extra twist for 2006 was the group booking of 14 Norwegian customers who came over in 8 cars, signing up through the excellent Norwegian magazine Carburetti. The Carburetti…

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Modern GTV and Spider Sports Exhausts (1996-2006)

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 free flow sports cat. It is precision fabricated from the highest quality 304 marine grade stainless steel and represents the ultimate sports system. Performance gains are superb for both Twin Spark and 3.0/3.2 V6 cars. We undertook an extensive development programme consisting of…

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The Alfaholics GTA Replica goes to the Nurburgring Nordschleife

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 choice of car was either my newly aquired modern Alfa Romeo 2.0 GTV or my recently built Alfaholics GTA Replica trackday car… needless to say the GTA Replica was chosen – it was dreaming of trips like this that kept me in…

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Alfaholics Castle Combe Spring Trackday April 2007

Alfaholics Castle Combe Spring Trackday April 2007

The Alfaholics Trackday Weekend 2007 was once again hugely successful, drawing clients from around the world to both watch as well as take part. Bookings came in thick and fast for the weekend and we were fully booked 3 weeks beforehand. Earlier in the year I received a call from Robert Petersson, editor of the Swedish magazine ‘Auto Motor & Sport’. Robert was keen to come over and get a flavour of the Alfaholics weekend and write articles about the company, as well as road and track test our cars; specifically Max’s GTA Replica and anything else he could get…

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CLASSIC ITALY

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, Enrico Caruso, ‘The Voice’. Enrico Caruso Born in Naples in 1873, Caruso began by singing in the church of San Severino e Sossio and thence in cafes and public houses around the Naples area. He made his opera debut in Naples in…

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Alfaholics 4th Annual Trackday - 2005

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 to the previous year\’s format of 12 cars at a time on track in 15 minute sessions. Richard Merrell organised a spirited get together the night before at the Salutation Inn, close to the circuit. An enthusiastic crowd of 20 people turned up, including Sussex…

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Extra Trackday Photos

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 Richard Merrell\’s brother. GTA Replicas were plentiful this year! Chris Clarke hangs onto his lovely Sprint/hillclimb spec 1600 GTJ! Darren Wiles and Steve Norton in Darren\’s lovely GTA Replica that Steve built Andrew Banks taking a lucky young lady out for a few hot laps in his 3.0…

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Richard Banks visits South Africa

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. Rodney and Zandie hosting a barbeque! 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 to see the Mark2 version being readied for this year\’s event. Rodney competing on the 2003 Classic East African Safari Rally No increase in power, but a definite increase in strengthening bars, together with double coil over front suspension.…

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Alfaholics Trackday 2004

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 pre-booked with all 48 cars arriving and sixty nine drivers signed in to enjoy almost unlimited track time. With 12 cars allowed out at any one time and sessions run in 15 minute slots, there was never more than a short wait to allow brakes to cool off and oil…

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The Alfa Romeo Owners Club chose the GTA as theme for the 2002 International Classic Motor show

The Alfa Romeo Owners Club chose the GTA as theme for the 2002 International Classic Motor show

The Alfa Romeo Owners Club chose the GTA as the theme for their stand at the November 2002 International Classic Motor show at the N.E.C. Birmingham.  In celebration of it\’s overall victory in the 2002 European Touring Car Championship a new 156 GTA was supplied by Alfa Romeo GB, whilst a 1300GTA Junior, resplendent in wide body Group 5 specification, was supplied by Roberto Giordanelli. Alfaholics loaned a standard, road going 1600 GTA (Richard Banks\’ own car) and our GTA Race Replica, successfully campaigned by Andrew Banks in the 2002 Top Hat GTA Challenge Series, to complete the all red…

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Fitting guide for spider soft-tops

Fitting guide for spider soft-tops

Removal With the soft-top in the up position, remove the rear seat trim or carpet (depending on model) at the back of the soft-top. This will reveal a row of 8mm headed nuts which locate the three retaining strips & trim for the bottom of the soft-top. Be very careful undoing these nuts, which are often rusted on earlier cars! Remove the three metal bars & their trims. Release the front of soft-top in order to remove the rear of soft-top from the studs (see photos 1 & 2) Photo 1 Photo 2 Next cut away the soft-top from the…

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GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

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 provides enthusiasts with the opportunity of meeting up with many old friends. One such person was Jean-Pierre Bousanquet, who brought over from Paris his 1920 Leyat Helical powered by a 2 cylinder ABC motor cycle engine. This amazing machine has been owned by…

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