One of those Alfa moments...
Dear fellow AO members,
One could tentatively assume that the main reasons for anyone to become an Alfa owner are the emotions that these vehicles awake in the owner. They are quite often not the most practical nor economical cars on the market, and we all have a soft spot in our heart for our cars – compared with Opel/Vauxhall or VW owners, to mention a few. For a few of us, they are simply much more than only cars.
I would therefore like to dedicate a thread for us to share any particular “Alfa” moments that we have experienced, good or bad – doesn’t matter.
I could start by sharing my own story:
Last summer I was driving in the Swiss Alps. I drove through Locarno in the southern part of the country and decided to drive to Lugano. These two cities are only separated by a steep hill/mountain equipped with a wide (two lanes in each direction) curvy road with large turns, making it possible to drive much faster than on the regular serpentine roads – reaching thus speeds of 120-130 km/h and even more if the car can handle the sharper turns.
As I was approaching the last intersection before the uphill, I noticed that an older Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante (yearmodel circa 2001, I found out later) showed up in the rear mirror. I did not pay attention to the car itself, having so many expensive cars in this country; it’s simply one more in the crowd. However, as the uphill started, I immediately got into the left lane due to the heavy traffic of trucks and heavier vehicles. The Aston Martin was acting aggressively and hanging tight behind me, so I stepped on the pedal and as soon as I passed the first vehicles I got into the right lane to give way for him to pass. Having left him slightly behind, he didn’t not catch up before it was time for me to switch over to the left again to pass the next vehicle – again, him being tightly behind me. I then went over to the right lane again, which was empty for the rest of the 2-3 km long uphill, and did not enter the left lane at all to let him pass – only to realize that he couldn’t. At this time the uphill was at its steepest, and I was doing around 130-140 km/h in third/fourth gear and enjoying the roar from the engine. The Aston was in the left lane and remained some 30-40 meters behind me during the whole uphill. When we at last reached the top and the road flattened out, he finally passed me, and the look on the face of a grey-haired man in his late 50’s was something I will never forget – an angry and long, but above all surprised look, as my car obviously is much cheaper than his, and I’m in my late 20’s. Did the young kid with his Italian car beat the supercar?
No, this is not a bragging story, and I do realize that an older DB7 has much more BHP than mine, but the handling and the torque of the Alfa surprised both me and the other guy – hard to say which one of us was more surprised. And nevertheless, I experienced a moment that I will never forget. With a stupid smile.
(Sorry for the long post)
Last edited by chander; 23-01-14 at 15:37.