Probably our only active member from Guatemala, the one and only; Ant
In Guatemala City
What cars do you drive and why?
í99 Chevrolet Blazer
Well, itís a subproduct of a failed marriage. It was her car (actually mine as I bought it), but I liked it so much that I use it most of the time now. Itís got several bumps and scratches (none made by me), and if something happens to it, I donít care. And since itís bigger than lots of cars, I get more respect from other drivers, and can be a complete ******* while driving it, if need be.
í02 Alfa 156 V6, Sportpacked
Used to be my dream car. Now Iím not so certain anymoreÖ I almost never use it anymore, I get too crazy behind the wheel with it, and since I DO care about it, I get nervous while Iím out with it. However, each time I take it out, I have a blast.
Would you describe yourself as passionate about Alfa Romeo?
Well, I smile whenever I see one, I donít know if that counts.
And Iíd really like to be able to keep owning more as time goes by.
What or how started your passion for Alfa Romeo andÖ
Ö do you think itís fundamental to own one to have the passion?
Well, the first time I saw a 156 was while playing Gran Turismo 2, I donít think Iíd ever seen one IRL back then. After a while, I became quite a fan, and I finally decided to go to the dealer to make up my mind, as I thought that it would be so expensive that I wouldnít be able to afford one. As it turned out, I WAS able to afford one, so I did. Exactly like I wanted it, BTW.
However, the car that rekindled my passion for Alfa Romeo was a silver 166, I saw it once from the side as I was driving along a boulevard, and the form of the doors, with that canal, just left me speechless.
But, the first time I really liked an Alfa Romeo was when I saw the Alfa 33, in Spain. Afterwards I completely forgot about it since the brand was very rare here in Guatemala.
Oh, and itís not a must to own one to have the passion. I had it before, thatís why I bought one.
How popular is Alfa Romeo in your neck of the woods?
Not so popular, but I see them pretty often, maybe one every two days or so. And itís a bit expensive here too. A basic 2 liter version is now more expensive than my loaded V6 back in 2002. And, itís pretty hard to sell them afterwards. Believe me, Iíve triedÖ
What do you like best about Alfas?
The exclusivity, and that it drives like a dream. Not to mention that the 156 is an absolute beauty.
What do you like least about Alfas?
Itís lack of reliability. Iíve been hit pretty hard by thatÖ
What would be your dream cars?
As a daily driver, maybe a new Mustang GT, a Chrysler Crossfire, maybe even a Seat Leůn Turbo.
Or, get this, a late Ď70ís, early Ď80ís Chevrolet Suburban diesel. It just screams ďGet the hell outta my way!!Ē
Oh, and of course, a 156 GTA.
I may go as far as picking a real rice-rocket, like a Scooby STi or a Mitsubishi Evolution.
Next notch, something for the weekends, A Maserati 3200 GT. Itís simply beautiful. Or a Corvette Z06, they handle like a dream. Or even an NSX, truly driver cars.
And if I wanted to go nuts all the way, a Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, simply beautiful. Or a Porsche GT2, I truly admire their performance.
What car would you least like to own?
Well, a BMW, at least not here in Guatemala. People here tend to buy them for the status it represents, and I wouldnít buy a car for that reason. Also, any underpowered car, driving one is an exercise in frustration for me. Oh, and especially, a boring and common car. There are many Blazers around here, but in the end it IS a fun car to drive, and itís not underpowered, oh no.
What's your favourite thread on AO?
There are too many to mention.
What would be your ideal drive in an Alfa (destination, passenger, driving music, etc)?
Going to La Antigua Guatemala and back. Itís got pretty much something for every taste, including a mountain road with steep inclination, and plenty of tight corners. Music?? Well, it would depend on the mood I was at that moment. And a passenger, somebody that understood what sporty driving is, and that would not scream if I went fast, quite possibly another AO.
Any humorous Alfa or car-related stories you wish to share with us?
Countless times that people want to get on the rear seats of the 156 and canít find the door handlesÖ That one gets me every time.
What interests do you have outside of Alfas?
Music, videogames, and other cars. Oh, and I love learning to speak languages. I speak Spanish, English, I can defend myself pretty nicely in German, and Iím now studying French. My holy grail in that regard is Japanese. I just LOVE the way it sounds and really wish to be able to learn to speak it one day. I havenít found where, thoughÖ
Tell us something nobody knows about you. (e.g. special skill, ever been on TV, etc)
I was in a couple of TV spots when I was very very young, around 7 or 8 years old.
What do you like most about the Alfaowner forum? Any favourite threads, episodes or posts you wish to share?
Itís actually an extension of my family and friends. Itís funny, but there are some things Iíve only told you guys, and nobody else, thatís how much I trust you and how much youíve helped me, in more ways than one.
Also the fact that you feel ok in there, there is no pressure, no one blasting everything, and we can (almost) always get away when going off topic.
Thatís a very particular treat I like about AO. I havenít found that anywhere else.
Also, that almost all of us are pretty mature when needed, and we can honestly feel safe here posting more important or personal things.
Oh, and I really want to meet you guys, so far, Iíve only had the pleasure of meeting Toronto Spider.
And the final question: Will you ever stop switching avatars
Not a chance.