The first 2 years of use of my car were a blast, I covered 13,000 miles, most of them flat out round tracks and across Europe. The specification of the car started to evolve even in these first 2 years as the car was used continually harder and harder on track. The starting point in 2005 was a 175BHP Twinspark engine built with what were commonly available replacement parts, our trackday blue handling kit and lightweight brembo front calipers. By 2006 the car already needed bigger brakes and our Alfaholics 4-pot brake kit was developed. The car got its first magazine coverage with RetroCars in 2005, followed by a Classic Cars magazine article in 2006.
The car also got its first Nurburgring outings in these first 2 years. When I planned the first trip, I thought “this will be a nice place to go with the car”, but on arrival it is hard not to get absorbed into the whole scene and culture; it did not take long to come to realise that unknowingly at the time, this was what I had built the car for; the Ring was my new found love! It became apparent pretty quickly though that with the huge gradients I would need more power than the current engine had to be able to keep up with the Porsches and BMWs and that there was still plenty of chassis and brake development to come. The theme over the future years would be to refine the car into the ultimate Ring weapon, but not only to make the car super fast round the track, it was also critical that the car should be perfectly comfortable and useable to drive the 1000 miles round trip to and from the Ring. This sparked the evolution of what would ultimately become the Alfaholics GTA-R!
Nurburgring Photos 2005-2006
Alfaholics Castle Combe Trackday Photos 2005-2006