Well... um, thanks Alf. I will take your comments as a compliment, as I am sure they were meant to be. I think you misunderstood my recent post about the V6 - if I do decide to go down this route (and we are talking a long time and a lot of money and I'm not getting any younger!), it will be in a completely new car, not the current Green Machine.
However, please do not remonstrate over my choice of colour. My car is often dismissed as "just a kit" by many, but a change of colour will not alter that. I chose the colour of the Green Machine, and I like it. There used to be plenty of red Novas around, quite a few with Ferrari stickers on, as well as 308 rear lights etc. I have no wish to add ridicule to the list of dispariging comments I might receive if people thought I was deliberately
trying to convince them I was at the wheel of a Fezza. A 308 engine and transmission (or the Lamborghini Urraco alternative) where considerations, but I like my engines mounted in-line, not transversely (its a balance thing), so I dismissed both of them for a Super Nova project. In-line V6 is all I can fit, and then only with the right choice of transaxle...
Yesterday I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commune with my favourite Alfas, and with the exception of the T33 Stradale, not one of them was painted red. I'm sorry to have to say that a coat of paint does not a performance car make. My second choice after green would be lemon yellow, or possibly bright orange, but until I can sort out a lot of current niggles the Super Nova project will have to stay on the back burner.
It is probably also worth noting that I do have a number of supporters within AROC, including the club chairman. But there will always be the traditionalists who say its not right if the factory didn't make it. While I am inclined to agree with this point of view, if the factory didn't make a viable alternative, then DIY is the only option!
After all, both Green Machine and Sixnut's Sprint 6C are just expressions of what Alfa Romeo could
have done, had they been minded to do so (and the stock markets, and oil barons and world-wide sales etc., had allowed).
It is probably worth noting at this juncture that my rear suspension wishbones are painted red, although there is a lot of green and black overspray on them so their colour is not immediately obvious