Two events started the love affair with our Spider.
The first was the sudden death of my brother Mike, who I had helped to purchase his dream car in 2003 which was a 1953 Triumph TR2 (number 64).
It had already been beautifully rebuilt, but Mike then spent about four years re-building the rebuild and perfecting it, when at age 62 and three months after retiring he passed away without fully enjoying the results of his hard work. Events like this do get you thinking about what to do with your life and how short it can be, so I started thinking about what to do with mine and thought of buying an enjoyable car before it was too late, as modern family cars can be so bland and dull, especially when you have a "euro-blob" as an economical car.
The next event happened only a few months after my brother's funeral in 2007, when the step-daughter wrote off her first car, and my wife was searching online for something as a replacement. Like most of us she finds it easy to get distracted when on t'internet and she called me over to look at an advert for a grey 916 Alfa Spider that she had discovered "accidentally" and was very taken by. It looked good, and we both became fascinated by the Spider, and looked at many models for sale. With memories of my brother in mind I decided we should go for it, and after a couple of months investigating and searching we bought our car in December 2007.
We also hatched an idea of having only one car taxed and insured at any one time, so we have a spacious, comfortable, quiet & economic winter car (Astra until last year, now a Yeti) that we run from October to April, and the Spider stays in the garage on a SORN every winter and comes out for April to October when the winter car is then on a SORN. This system has worked very well for the past seven years. It gives me all winter to tinker with the mechanicals whilst it's off the road, and only two days ago we got it out again for another superb and enjoyable summer of fun motoring. It's like getting a new car every 12 months.