Your Forum name
Andrew Marshall (middle name G - see where my forum name's from?)
Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
I'm 18! Relationships don't tend to last more than a few months! Single atm.
which cars do you drive and why?
I drive my parents Volkswagen Golf 1.6 because I haven't found a suitable 166 yet.
Are you a real passionate for Alfa Romeo?
I think so...my family and point them out on car trips such is the influence I've had on them, and friends who couldn't care less about cars ask if I've got my Alfa yet.
What or how started your passion for Alfa Romeo and…
….do you think it’s fundamental to own one to have the passion?
Way back when I was a kid I had lots of toy 155s, and that was about it. Now I'm hoping to study Industrial Design next year and the current cars are just stunning.
I've got the passion, but I don't own one (yet) so I think that answers the second question. In addition, the amount of people who I speak to about Alfas who say "oh! I had an Alfa once, rusted to bits but still the best car I owned" constantly surprises me.
Would you ever consider joining an Alfa Club or are you already a member of one?
The Alfa Owners Club of Australia (Victorian Division) has a display on the 18th. I've been debating signing up for a couple of years, but I think I'll actually do it this time.
What do you like most about Alfas?
The design, the image, the presence and of course just the driving experience, as well as the community of people who own them or have owned them and love them.
What do you like least about Alfas?
People who slag them off because of reliability cliches, or because most modern ones are front wheel drive (although most of the above seems to come from owners of German cars - jealously?)
What would be your dream cars?
Dream garage would have a 166, Maserati Granturismo and an F40.
What car would you least like to drive?
A Nissan Pulsar. The first driving school car I ever had was one of them. Almost put me (a car nut since I was 2 according to my parents) off driving. It was that bad.
What would be your ideal drive in an Alfa (destination, passenger, driving music, etc)?
I'd love to take a Brera to Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road, with a nice girl and some Tim Finn on the stereo.
Any humorous Alfa or car-related stories you wish to share with us?
My dad is rather impatient and once got out of the car and opened the boot before I'd even switched the engine off while the car was parked on a bit of an incline. Once I'd switched it off, and before I put the handbrake on, the car rolled back momentarily. Gave the poor guy the fright of his life.
What interests do you have outside of Alfas?
Mainly music - I play piano and the bagpipes, and love going to live shows.
Tell us something nobody knows about you. (E.g. special skill, ever been on TV, etc)
I had ukulele lessons for a year. (Can't remember anything now though, unfortunately)
Do you have a party trick? If so what is it?
Bagpipes work pretty well. Which is good because I'm a hopeless dancer.
What do you like most about the Alfaowner forum? Any favourite threads, episodes or people?
I love BigFoot's Engrish thread. That is probably the funniest website I've ever seen. I also love the generally friendly atmosphere, and the way everyone despises BMWs.
If you had £50,000 you had to spend in 72 hours, how would you choose to spend it?
XE.com says that that's about $115,000AUD, in which case I'd buy a fully loaded Brera 3.2 in Misano Blue with the blue and tan interior.
I'd then probably spend the rest on solid gold so I could save it for a while. Or maybe rather petrol...