Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
My twin 1989 1.7 QVs
As the thread's here, why not?
Here are my two 1989 1.7 S2 33s. The Red 33 is road registered and pretty much standard. The Dark Grey (Grigio Ardesia) one has the roll cage / race seat & harnesses etc. I have run it for six seasons now in the NZ Alfa Romeo Trofeo Series.
The first year it was raced as a standard car, and then four seasons in a "semi-standard" category, with standard 8v 1.7 engine, race tyres, lowered suspension, all trim fitted and limited modifications. (Trofeo Class in our series)
Last year I wanted to go a bit faster, so have fitted a 16v engine and am looking at a significant weight reduction programme to fit the car into one of the faster classes in the series. (New category called GT Junior - standard spec engine, stripped out interior)
My own busy existence and bad planning meant that the 16v conversion was not going to be ready for the season start in September '08 (our spring) without miraculous intervention.
I decided that as the Series rules permitted a standard car on road tyres to compete, I might as well put some race compound disk pads in the red car, and take it out to play.
The Red 33, which was first registered in NZ within 4 days of its "evil twin" was in good shape, with poly bushes on the front suspension, and didn't take much work to pop in the passenger's race seat from the race car, extinguisher, 4 point harness, and some heavier springs from the local dismantlers in the rear and some spare race springs on the front. (Found springs around the same poundage as on the race car, but the right length to fit the standard ride height !)
The hurried conversion job on the red car resulted in the car standing at original ride height as required by the class rules for standard cars, but stiff in the rear and soft enough in the front to retain grip. The car handled absolutely superbly, and performed brilliantly as a stopgap.
With two good friends having car troubles during the season, I was delighted to lend the car to them. Richard P (Hot 16v engine not finished) at the Taupo club circuit in December 08 and Colin C (Overheating Mk2 Escort) at a major Historic Racing Club meeting on the full Taupo A1GP in February 09. Both had a ball with it and Colin got 3rd in our handicap race !
The Trofeo series has now changed its rules and (wisely) all cars do now need a full roll cage, so my days as team boss are over. It is great to know there is a good "plan B" in the garage if I have a bad day at the track !
The rear end photo gives an idea of the difference between standard and race ride height.
And from driving the red one around the country, I can confirm that race weight springs are great on the track but are more than a bit harsh on the road !
Cheers to all