AO Member Interview – Let the secrets flow
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National Sales Development Manager
In Caerphilly South Wales
which cars do you drive and why?
At the moment a company x-type Jag and my play thing is an Alfa 166 2.5Ltr V6
Are you a real passionate for Alfa Romeo?
Oh absolutly, over the years I have owned the following:
Alfasud sprint cloverleaf
1998 156 2.0TS
2005 156 JTD 16V
Alfa 75 2.5Ltr auto
Alfa GTV 2.0 TS red with Black interior &
Alfa GTV 2.0 TS Lusso, Black with Red Leather
In addition to the alfa's I have had Porsches, several Fiats including a 20v turbo coupe and even a couple of 126's. I've had 6 different x1/9's and others.
What or how started your passion for Alfa Romeo and…
….do you think it’s fundamental to own one to have the passion?
It was the first time I saw a 156.. love at first sight. I had to wait for 6 years before I could afford a second hand one and then it was the noise that did it.... In the mean time I bought and restored a sud sprint...
I dont think its fundamental to own one to have the passion as they are built and designed by italians and they just look amazing... I was pasionate about cars when I was about 4... I wouldnt say owwning one has made me any more passionate.?
Would you ever consider joining an Alfa Club or are you already a member of one?
Yes I would, but I find some car clubs too "clicky". I love my cars and I love meets but I also have a life outside Alfa... 3 boys and a beautiful wife.
What do you like most about Alfas?
The Noise, the fact that no-one else has one, the fact that everyone thinks they are unreliable when really I have owned fords and porsches with more issues...
What do you like least about Alfas?
The new cost... but this makes them such a dream second hand as they are generally so rare. Muppets that masquerade as specialists!!
What would be your dream cars?
Apart from a 308GTS I am lucky enough to have what I want when I want... I guess thats why I have had so many cars.. I get bored easily and get another.
What car would you least like to drive?
Thats easy, anything with a ford Logo. I hate those dreary ill thought out cars..
For you, what’s the most popular thread on AO?
Definatley the tec forum on the 166
What would be your ideal drive in an Alfa (destination, passenger, driving music, etc)?
North Wales mountain range, with my wife, and boys. Led Zeppelin, and I think I'd like to do it in my 166...
Any humorous Alfa or car-related stories you wish to share with us?
Far too many really, as I am forever changing my Alfa weekend toys and my addiction is recognised by my boys they have had me buy Alfa Badges to screw into the front of thier go-carts... that way they can share in some way I guess?
What interests do you have outside of Alfas?
My Boys, my wife, good wine, my iPod and Led Zeppelin.
Tell us something nobody knows about you. (E.g. special skill, ever been on TV, etc)
Been on Top Gear no less.... sadly I was driving a VW Scirrroco on the A1 as Jeremy Clarkson was doing a piece to camera. I dint even notice him as I drove but I saw the outside broadcast van about 1/2 mile before him.
No one knows because you dont actually see me.. just my car whizzing by
Do you have a party trick? If so what is it?
I used to light my farts, but the last time I did it I set fire to my clothes.. and that stopped that little trick.
What do you like most about the Alfaowner forum? Any favourite threads, episodes or people?
The feedback and help is very quick and we all share the same illness.
If you had £50,000 you had to spend in 72 hours, how would you choose to spend it?
On my wife, in Las Vagas....
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