Hugo. Just H looks fine but Hugo it’s the real name. Not Bond
The paper says 31. It must be. But It’s not something the worries me.
Teacher. Subject: Visual Education and Technology. Sounds nice? The main area it’s about art. It’s something like design, draw and painting. This with some instruction about technology of materials. I give it (in a small scale) to children with 10 to 12 years old.
Since ever in Maia, a small satellite village of Oporto, the second largest city of Portugal. Know the Oporto wine?
What cars do you drive and why?
Well, now I drive my beautiful Bella – read 147. Came from Lancia since 90, after two Y’s (first a Y10 then a Y) that made with me more than 100k itch. No problems at all. And I really drive them hard many times. Funny to drive (in it’s class of course) and practical. But first car ever to drive was a classic my father had: a Fiat 850special. He sold the car and I’ve never saw it again. I’m sorrow about that. I would ever sell it. When the 147 came out I saw it as a living dream. From Alfa I only expected cars that give you pleasure to drive. But with that shape it was love at first sight. Wait the right moment and bought it. Can’t be apart. Even the early mornings are less painful if I have to drive it. I’m stuck with Italian cars. Besides, I’ve droved for no special reason a lot of other cars.
What started your passion for Alfa Romeo?
I really don’t know how this started. I think because I only have eyes for Italian cars Alfa was a typical step to give. When I was a child I used to hear about competitions, not that I understood much about with 10 but I’ve always connected Italian cars and sport. Probably Ferrari has part of the guilty. What I remember well was the sound of a SprintVeloce that a neighbourhood had. Fantastic… sounded like music to me. And so one of the first 33 that an ex boyfriend of one of my female cousins had. Some km I did with him also. Amusing boxer. The GTV was something rare but unforgettable too. When the SZ came out… I only thought: That’s it, that’s the one – Alfa Romeo. Oh, and the DTM that I used to see with the 155… fabulous! But you see, first I went for Lancia. Just to check it…
Just remember, in 93 at an Automobile show here, I blink an eye to the 145 wink It was the presentation here.
How common are Alfas in Portugal? Is there a large interest in Alfas there?
Alfa in Portugal never was a generalist brand. Fiat came to Portugal caring the other two brands – Lancia and Alfa Romeo, but just the motherhouse had a big impact here. For many years Fiats were the most selling cars. Followed by Renault and Opel. The main reason was the financial factor. Fiat was always more popular and less expensive… and I might say engaged to drive. In my opinion, people how always looked at cars not as a way of transportation but mainly as a pleasure looked at Alfa. Other factor was the reliability many, many times criticized. Sometimes with reason, but many without any cause. Still today, many people have a wrong idea about Alfa Romeo. I would say, people how don’t know nothing. People how stopped on period after buying some German car, and never even looked at one 155 or a 164.
The big impact came after the Alfa 156. Not that it became a common brand, but, more refined and exclusive. And the 147 just reaffirmed that. It’s a “well thought passion” for sure.
There is also a Club – Clube Alfista de Portugal, ( http://www.clubealfistaportugal.com
) well organized from what I know and with nice initiatives. Remember that, last September we had the first Alfa Day in Portugal.
What do you like most about Alfas?
His past and his present. The brand and the cars. As a subjacent concept I have about cars that Alfa turns real – a car is to be driven and not to drive himself. That’s the pleasure of driving. Other wise you are just a guest and you will never felt just one, you with your car.
What do you like least about Alfas?
This is difficult… difficult to point some glitches when its the All that counts. There is nothing perfect but there are things closed to perfection. I feel this like a personal philosophy – never be totally satisfied with something. This make us look further for perfection and that’s what evolution should be. It shouldn’t make us annoying humans, trying to find every anomaly there is, no way. We have to live with what we have but if we can make and know how do better, well, let’s do it.
What would be your dream cars?
Here it goes: Lancia Delta S4; Lancia 037; Ferrari 288GTO; Maserati Biturbo; Alfa Junior Z; Alfa SZ and now… 147GTA.
What car would you least like to have?
They are so many…! At least one to start: the old Opel Corsa (first series) the car that I had for instruction. Painfully
What would be your ideal drive in an Alfa, (destination, passenger, driving music, etc)?
Moscow. That’s just an old dream. The new one is Portugal/Belgium. Guess why wink I can’t say I would like to have a passenger because I might prefer to feel my won rhythm and not someone always asking to stop for toilet. But (!) some feminine passenger is welcome. Just need to like Alfas and she doesn’t need to be known, like any public figure. Be friendly and truth. No need to lie about liking Alfas just to be with me wink
Music… put some 80’s, 90’s for a low rhythm… put some Alfa engine sound for a complete fast and glorious drive.
Any humorous Alfa or car related stories you wish to share with us?
I have some related car stories. I can say they are all humorous but I smile when I remember some. My first accident happens 10 years ago. After a good dinner I was driving to school. I was studding at night at that time and I had an Y10. Well, the dinner was so good I felt asleep on the way, just for a brief second but enough to open my eyes just before crashing into an old Golf. No one suffered any harmful but it was a complete surprise for me: what the hell happen? After that, never, never again I slept at the wheel. I smile about this because it could have been much worst.
I remember now that one-year long time ago, some friends, 4 actually and me went to see some classifications from the worldChampion Rally in Portugal. Damn, we were crazy guys. There was no street to get there and we had to pull sometimes. Can you imagine 5 guys sleeping inside a Fiat Tipo, with a Tv over the bonnet, connected to the cigarette lighter in a mountain with no one closed and almost zero degrees? That white Tipo… that was us. When arriving home we were worst them gypsies in mud.
What interests do you have outside of Alfas?
I spend some of my time doing other things, you know… I’m a bit of techno geek. I take sometime reading too. Some web page design. But it’s not just about computers, but also about my professional area. Paint and photography. And any sport with wheels gets my attention.
Tell us something nobody knows about you. (e.g. special skill, ever been on TV, etc)
Has far as I know I’ve never been on TV. But I’ve been inside a police car once
No, I didn’t do anything. I was 9 years old and I was conducting the Police to a school near my place that had been assaulted. They didn’t know where it was and asked me to show them.
On other thing that happened a couple of years ago in a track day… I was invited to be the co pilot of Mr Giannone (old Velocity National Champion) in his 911. Nice burning and fast summer afternoon it was!
Yes, start my life in some other place. This doesn’t mean I would leave everything behind. It’s that sometimes I feel some kind of enthusiasm about going to north. I’ve been in Holland just for 3 mouths a couple of years ago but I really love it. Who knows?
What do you like most about Alfaowner forum?
For a start and for ending everything.
Cheers guys and girls!! When I did that avatar – The AO family I was just answering this question!
Any favourite threads, posts you wish to share?
There’s one, and it’s recent… Take a look at my post on this topic, it was a pleasure to remember that… “Weirdos I have known” http://www.alfaowner.com/forum/cgi/u...;f=24;t=000371