The first 3 GT's i drove were brand new Avis hire cars. All 150 jtd's on 16 inch multispokes. I drove them from heathrow to The northern east coast. And each time i couldn't get enough of the car, i just properly fell in love with them. I was supposed to be visiting relatives at the time but they never saw me, i was in the GT blasting through the surrounding countryside. Scenery i had grown up around, the best country lanes i knew between Scarborough and whitby..through dalby forest drive..Some amazing roads i knew from blasting down in my hot hatches when i was a teenager. I really pushed the cars too. And one i drove through thick snow. Which they did really well at to be honest. I swore i had to own one one day. The little coupe literally won me over. It was 6 years later from that when i bought my first one off a Arthur Daley forecourt lost in the Kent countryside in horrendous weather. A black 2004. She had 50k when i bought her and i knocked the salesman down 1k lol. He just wanted rid. That car was immense. I got her for such a good price, and driving her away i felt so excited i finally had the car i had dreamt about owning.
I had a look around for what could be done, joined this forum and did my homework. This is when i found Autolusso. And the Alfa Legend Ned.
What he didn't know about GT's was not worth knowing lol. Before long plans were made to uprate the chassis. I fitted eibach pro S springs to koni FSD's. At the time i lived in east sussex and some of the road surfaces to my work base at heathrow were horrendous so i needed a compliant setup. The new suspension transformed the car. But she still felt wallowy in fast cornering. So quick phone conversation to Ned to discuss this and the eibach ARB's were ordered. This transformed the car. Gone was the wallowyness, and i had eradicated the slight understeer. The car felt planted and more agile. Plus the steering felt more communicative as a result. I had the car remapped and i had 30 solid thousand miles worth of fun with the car. One special drive to my Mothers house in the south of france. She effortlessly blasted across france, and i got to drive her on some incredible mountain and coastal roads that summer.
Not so long after that, In a moment of regret part exchanged her for an Audi TT QS. I actually remember driving the Audi home thinking.."oh hell what have i done" Numb steering huge understeer. It felt dead in my hands after my modified GT.
Yet i had a good time in the end with the car. I heavily modified the car, and it did improve the fun factor. I learnt a lot with the car and met alot of great people, who became my friends on the scene. I even did the show scene and got a 4 page magazine feature. Still honestly deep down i still pinned for another GT?
So roll on 3 years later, and i got an offer on my by then well recognised TTqs. In the end it was an offer in the end i could not refuse. There was no doubt what my next car would be.
So after a fair amount of hunting and discussions with Ned on 3.2 V6 or clover leaf 170..lol. I bought a low mileage one careful owner black GT 170 q2 from Veloces in London. I knew i would be keeping this one. And laughably.."Well now anyway". The car has fought me all the way..Metal Swirl flap going through my engine killing my turbo, and the rest. So for me it was a good time or excuse to modify and make the car faster and stronger. There have been some dark moments, lol, but i am finally getting there. The car is rock solid and nicely modified. She brings a constant smile to my face when i drive her. Autolusso has been brilliant to say the least. Its been fun researching, developing and replacing with much better more efficient parts along the way. I still love the GT after all this time and and its all been worth it. I am far from finished and developing yet..