: Pasi Rajala
: IT (Don't know the english term for my occupation name)
: Finland -> Helsinki -> Vuosaari
: Single, but dating
What cars do you drive and why?
I drive two Alfa Romeos... a red 33 1.7IE '91 and a white '86 1.5 Sprint.
I drive the 33 because I fell in love with it the second I noticed it at a used cars dealer
The Sprint is a hobby project, and is not really driven...
How long has this passion started and what made it start
? The Alfa bug bite me back in 2001, before that I didn't really care what car I was driving...
The story goes like this: Back then I used to do on-site PC repairs. So I were in this small company’s office (reminded more of an bar than an office
) fixing a PC, it was late Friday and the boss of that company had some quests at the office and they were drinking some alcohol... When suddenly one of the men remembered that he was supposed to pick up his daughter from ice skating. So he started asking if anyone was in driving condition ... and the only one who was, was me
We walked out of the office and outside was this most beautiful car I've ever seen... a Silver 156 ... The man gave me the keys and as we drove off from the offices parking space the guy said: “We're late. We need to go fast, I'll pay for the speeding tickets” (In Finnish of course
) ... and I drove, faster than I have ever driven before or after that ...
It wasn't the speed, the handling or not even the looks of the car, but the sound, that came from the V6 beast under the bonnet, that made me fall in love with Alfa Romeo
For you, what’s the meaning of Alfa Romeo
? Personality... The fact that none of my friends or relatives got one
What do you like most about Alfas
? Definitely the looks ... Especially certain older models.
What do you like least about Alfas
? The maintenance cost ... Everything "official" is so expensive and garages seem to add an Alfa extra to the price
Driving in Finland… how is that? Specially when it’s winter…
At summer, I think it's like anywhere else...
At winter it's sometimes fighting to get the car started, scraping windows, digging the car out of snow in the morning, and being late from work ... But when it's not too cold or hasn't snowed, winter can be a fun season to drive
What would be your dream cars
? The 156 GTA or the maybe the GT ... I aim “low” so I don't get disappointed
What car would you least like to have
? Toyota or any other “best seller” ... like BMW
What do you think is the most popular thread on AO
? Bazzas angry list is quite popular, but I think people have gotten the anger out so it's popularity is fading
What would be your ideal drive in an Alfa (destination, passenger, driving music, etc)
Destination would be France or Italy.
Passenger would be my girlfriend.
Music would be Future sound of London.
And the car should be a 156
Any humorous Alfa or car related stories you wish to share with us
? Nothing comes in mind right now
What interests do you have outside of Alfas
? I like bartending ... Mixing cocktails, and even more... Drinking them
What do you like most about Alfaowner forum? Any favourite threads, episodes or posts you wish to share
? Most I like about AO is that I can ask just about any Alfa related question and there is always someone who knows the answer... That is unless Bazza takes it off topic first
The community is definitely the greatest I've ever seen in the net...
(2011) Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.6JTDm, Pack Sport 17", Pack Comfort
(2009) Alfa Romeo 159 1.9JTDm 16V QV, 170hp+360nm, Bilstein B4+TI springs, ConnectNav G2, Autodelta Air filter, Brembo Disks, Satin Mirror Caps
(2002/2009) Alfa Romeo 147, 1.6TS QV, Autodelta Remap, Autodelta Air filter, Eibach Pro System Kit
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