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Ok so I feel I need to ask a question, more for my sanity than anything.

Occasionaly when I'm sat at a junction with noone around I love to put the window down bury the pedal into the carpet and listen to that lurvley crackle and bark of the Alfa exhaust as I take off up the road like a scolded cat.

Lets face it there's no other sound like it /me drools

So anyway the question is do you do this from time to time or am I just a bit of a basket case ?
 

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We're all basket cases here old love.
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Not long after I'd got my first Alfa (145QV) this bloke I knew came up to look at it and introduced me to this old German chap he was with. He didn't speak very good English, and I can't speak German but it became clear that he'd had Alfas for a long long time. He had a sit in it, and made appreciating noises and then started babbling on about "tunnels". We weren't sure what he was on about at first and then it became obvious he was saying how good Alfas sound in tunnels and was telling me to wind my window down whenever I got near a tunnel!!
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He was right as well!!
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Yep, do the tunnel thing. Especially if there's no one else in it!! I will smile with anticipation and put that pedal to the metal! you're right NOTHING sounds like an alfa. I must admit though i do it when people are around. Belt off from the lights like a bat out of hell sounding like a racing driver, laughing manically, looking at the the rearview mirror at the quickly distancing headlights of the poor unsuspecting public!! Nothing wrong with that at all. It's called being in love with alfa's. Even my partner who is sometimes unfortunate enough to be sitting in the passenger seat, shouting at me to" STOP It!! " will , when very rarely driving my car, Also rev the car and drive like a maniac! and he should know better as he's a hgv'er
 

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Even in the cold weather, from time to tiem, I wind the window down on my 156 GTA just to listen to the rumble. I'd like it to be a bit more meaty though.

Several years ago, someone who lived close to me had an absolutely mint 155 3.0V6 with a full stainless system - boy that sounded awesome when he drove that.

Nothing beats that V6 rumble :D

Per
 

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Hmmm... Insane.... I plead guilty then....

Every time I drive the Sud .... it is VERY loud, courtesy racing exhaust :D :cool:
The Junior is loud as well, courtesy larger diameter standard exhaust, but that Twin Cam two litre makes a beatiful noise whatever 'zorst it has.
The Spider with a more civil 'zorst sounds great as well, but, as Jamie said, with the top down, cruising at about 100 km/h, the engine sounds at its best.

Then , the V6 .... ahhhh, pure unadulterated car-porn soundtrack.... :inlove:

You are definitely not alone
 

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Yep its a sound that just cant be topped.

Im fond of multistorey carparks myself

Yup.... basement parking lots (like my office parking lot) and Boxer motors go very well together :cool:
Nice 33 BTW, got more pics ?
 

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Phew I feel normal.....(well almost) :D
 

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Voo said:
I take off up the road like a scolded cat.
So you slink off up the road slowly then?;)

If you mean scalded cat, then I know exactly what you mean!

One of the main reasons I bought an Alfa in the firrst place. Nothing can touch that engine sound.
 

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Eric Metz said:
Yup.... basement parking lots (like my office parking lot) and Boxer motors go very well together :cool:
Nice 33 BTW, got more pics ?
Thanks mate you'd never know it sat unused for 6 years!! Have a couple somewhere must get round to putting them up. Keep meaning to take more but it starts raining everytime I go near it:rolleyes:
 
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Despite the fumes I cannot resist winding the window down a bit in Dartford tunnel, getting a bit of space ahead and flooring it.

It is something about Italians that they make nice sounding engines, there are two Ducati bikes I see go up Charing Cross road in the morning and I always know it is a Ducati before I see it. They just sound much more brutal than a Jap bike.
 

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I have a typical 15 year old lad who dosen't get excited about anything,but the other day just after i got home from work he burst through the front door saying how he had seen me floor it from a roundabout and heard me howling up the road, he then started making engine noises to describe how it sounded.That's the Alfa sound and thats the impact Alfa has on people.
 

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STOP IT!!

:cry: :cry: :cry: I really want an alfa and you are just making it worse:cry: :cry: :cry:
 

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My 33 sounds rubbish in anything resembling a tunnel thanks to the clatter noise from worn engine parts.
But I always drive with the windows down unless on the motorway, deliberately use lots of throttle at reasonably low rpm, or sometimes stay in a low gear - so that even when I lift off the throttle I get a great buzz and crackle from the exhaust!
When I start the engine from cold in the morning I turn off the choke and apply a tiny bit of accelerator, and sit there listening to the resulting 'lumpy' idle as the car shakes left and right.
It's the car's fault for encouraging driving like a mad Italian. It's like it has no other reason to still be on the road after all these years other than to race everywhere, and it expects that I will handle the horn beeping and the double declutching and the fixing and the left foot braking and the mad Italian hand gestures..
 
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