finaly on the road
in the 6C
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Market Harborough
I'm in a bit of quandary because this thread is about the 6C but people are wanting to know about the "relationship" with Alfa Northants.......so 6C only readers stop here!
When we bought our 156 I looked up our local Alfa specialists in the telephone book and discovered the nearest was "Alfa Northants" and so went to get a quote for cambelts etc. I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of drag racing photographs and trophys on display. I then found that Jem (the owner) had raced with me in the Rover V8 championship in the 1990's but in the Street Rover when I was in Pro Rover. Anyway they did several jobs on the 156 and when I bought my first Sprint Jem offered the use of his 166 as a tow car for the trailer that I hired. When I bought my second Sprint for the 6C project he kindly let me keep it at the garage until I found "the big shed". When the 164 was bought again he let it stay at the new premises as it was gradually dismantled and he let me use their lift at times and their electricity for my angle grinder. He also let me use the 166 as a tow car when I took the 164 engine and gearbox home and V8 Sprite down to Goodwood. He then let me use his 166 and box trailer to take the remains of the 164 back to my house. I did, of course, put plenty of petrol in the 166 and some "pocket money" each time. (He also let the 156 stay at the garage until it was sold, after the engine went bang, having gone through too deep water)
Naturally I have been extremely grateful for this help and support and have acknowledged it when relevant in this thread -as I have with all the other suppliers, supporters and friends during the course of the build.
I met "YoungAlf" when he bought some 164 parts that I advertised on e-bay and then we met at AlfaNorthants so that he could pick up some other parts. I am pleased to thank him for his support and ready supply of 164 information, cd rom and books.
However he and Jem spoke and it was arranged that as YoungAlf was going to an Alfa gathering he would distribute some "AlfaNorthants" flyers and in return they would have a look at an errant warning light on YoungAlfs 164 (This could have been a simple reset type job). This was done by both parties. But the software at AlfaNorthants was not compatable with the 164 so the light could not be easily fixed.
So I am inadvertantly stuck somewhat in the middle of a disagreement between "YoungAlf" and NorthantsAlfa and I regret (and resent) the fact that my thread has been somewhat hijacked.
However I have, I hope, explained the situation to the best of my knowledge, and I will leave it to others to make their own conclusion...... This is also a natural consequence of the public nature of a "Forum"