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Doesn't it get your goat when the world and his wife call themselves engineers, even the bloke that un-jams the cups from the coffee machine calls himself an engineer. He's not a fkkkking engineer dammit! .... sorry, chip on shoulder after 8 years of education and on the job training to earn the job title engineer for the guy that fixes the photocopier to give himself the same title!
Sure does. I was once asked why I would need to go to university to be an engineer... :tut:

Oh well I knew about the lack of respect engineering commands before I embarked upon my career so can't complain.
 

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The first time I set eyes on my 147 (obviously when I was car hunting) I instantly wanted it! Purely for its beauty, lines and slight quirkiness - its uncomparable to any other hatchback. Believe it or not it was the first time I had ever seen an Alfa Romeo and that made me want her even more :lol:
I even asked Mr. Moo what the car was!! :cheese:
 
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Sure does. I was once asked why I would need to go to university to be an engineer... :tut:

Oh well I knew about the lack of respect engineering commands before I embarked upon my career so can't complain.
I get it all the time:
"Oh, a water engineer, do you fix washing machines?"
"Gnnnaararrrrggghh!!"

You wouldn't be allowed to call yourself a doctor having done a first aid course and us engineers had the same amount of lectures and same exam timetable for our qualifications, engineering and medical students were always last to finish when the art & music students were all down the park drinking cider. And somehow the doctors earn 3x as much as the engineers? Ho-hum, that's life I s'pose!
 

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Born into a family of Engineers ranging from ships engine room mechanics to PhD Oil industry theorists. Personally, I'm a BEng (hons) with a couple of Post grads and a Masters. I'm the Principal Engineer for a company that designs and makes the worlds first bionic hand for amputees.
My father was Merchant and when he came out he had a Car Mechanics business, my two brothers and I were always breaking things so naturally you learned how to fix them!

I've loved cars, motorbikes, ships etc since I was a nipper, anything with an engine basically does it for me.

Pininfarina has been a favourite style house for a while and I've loved the Spider for quite some time. I was actually getting rid of my 306 Cabriolet as I'd done everything to it that I wanted (including and new engine, interior, suspension etc) and was looking for a 328i cabriolet when I just decided that if I was ever going to get an Alfa this is the time.

I have a diesel puddle hopper for doing my commute so I didn't need a 'practical' car, I'm old enough to be able to pay the insurance/running costs, so the only logical car was the Spider V6.

I have to say that it was a wise choice, I smile when I look at the car, when I drive the car, when I hear the car, when I think of the car!

Truly a wonderful piece of engineering!
 

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I am not really into mechanics/engineering...

The main pull for me is the sound of the car.. For me the note of an engine really adds to the driving experience !

I remember about 6 years ago when my dad said he wanted to buy an AR, I didn't even know what one was. He then showed me a 156 with skirts, teledials and BFOW - Thats when it all began..
 

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For me, it's a bit like the Italian language:

...... there's something musical about it. It's always delivered with passion and flair. It exudes beauty and style. And it always sounds great (even if you don't understand it ;) ).

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Oh, and I have a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering. It probably has no bearing on my love for Alfas and, yes, people always assume that qualifies me to re-wire their home :rolleyes:

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I love them because they're different and the people who make them - from when Alfa Romeo started up to the present day - seem to be passionate about them. BMWs, Audis, Fords, Vauxhalls - they're all boxes built to fill market niches. Alfa tries to do that but can't resist dialling in something a bit different and special. I started with Alfa Romeo Alfasuds and now have an Alfa Romeo Spider - you had to love an Alfasud because as a practical daily proposition it was diabolical. You could literally stand and watch it rust - even after it had been restored. If you can get through something like that and still love Alfas then it has to be because they're more than just a box on wheels.
 

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I was lucky enough to be given a completely free choice in company car and although pretty much all of the other cars I test drove (3-series, A4, C-class, Mondeo) were better in some or most respects, nothing compared to the 159ti.
If a hunk of metal and plastic can make you smile just to look at it on the drive and you find yourself getting up earlier just so that you can drive it sooner, then that means something.
I feel like an eight-year old at Christmas. Perhaps it's mid-life crisis (I'm 39) but who cares? My car is better than those boring German boxes and i'm so glad I didn't choose one. My heart leaps every time I see another Alfa on the road and I realise just how right I was to choose what I did.
 

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I have a BEng in Electrical Engineering but I'm also the guy who fixes the photocopier. Well, the UPS to be precise.:cry:

The curious twin bent and flared exhaust pipes of Alfa Sprints and the sound they made caught my attention as a kid, but I didn't know I was looking at an Alfa. Many years later I crashed my first car and I was looking for a replacement - I sat in a hopelessly tired old Sprint while my cousin tried to start it up. As soon as it fired, I wanted nothing but a boxer Alfa. There was such character and drama in that thing and the way it came to life, and not artifically engineered-in character, but dusty dials and dim lights and shaky idle and rasping exhaust, real old sportscar stuff.
Now I have two boxer Alfas (owned one 5 years now), and enough money put away not to have to drive 20-year-old rickety rustbuckets. I have a Mazda Atenza company car but I would rather drive the Alfas. I look forward to any excuse to turn the key. Blip the throttle. Drop it down a gear and boot it. Engine-brake and listen to the backfires. I will be a sad bunny when my Alfas are taken away from me, and I don't think I'll be able to replace them with anything more rational.
 

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Your question made me think why I cant seem to like anything else other than Alfa's. Even if I had a Gizzillion $ id still keep a few alfas in my collection. Reason?

1- All Alfa Romeo's have an amazing side profile with some sort of line or crease going all the way from the front to the back. I just F**** love that. Its what made me own 9 in total since my SudSprint which was my first car i bought. (After the £50 transit van)

2- The engines... mmmmmmmm and mmmmmm and one more mmmmm I owned boxers, 2.0l, Twinsparks and V6's and I've enjoyed every second from firing them up til parking them. Even when I was rebuilding my Sud i used to fire up the engine with no exhausts and no Air box to rev for a bit.:cool:

But thats just me!! Oh, I went on to do Automotive engineering eventually but Ferrari didnt make a good offer.:p
 

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Provenance.
I know my Alfa was probably engineered by chefs from Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa Romeo in a skunkworks with some fine ingredients like aluminium and carbon fibre. It feels just right to me.
 

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Why Alfa Romeo? Because they always prioritise making a car that's enjoyable to drive. The styling reflects that sporting element. As a bonus, there's a connection to a fantastic racing history from the nineteen twenties onwards. I was seven when I had a team of Dinky Toys 158s, nine when I watched P3s race at Oulton Park, eighteen when a blonde with a GT 1300 Junior ignored me, twenty three when I saw an Alfa T33 win the Brands 1000k...
 

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Read my sign off!
 

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Can't beat the looks for the money imho, and I've found mine more reliable than all the boring German stuff I've had. And best FWDs I've driven too. I'd love to try an old RWD model though some time. Oh and as an embalmer, I'm used to making dead things stop falling apart and to look better ...
 

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When I was a kid I got shunted between some family wedding and reception in the back of a relative's little red coupe. I remember just how saucy it was compared to the regular Hillman Avenger/Ford Escort dross out there. Later on I asked my dad what car it was and he wasn;t sure/hadn't really noticed... but thought it was an Alfa Romeo.

Years later, and by then a confirmed Alfisti... I managed to identify the car in question; a Lancia Fulvia.. :D


Ralf S.
 

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When I was a kid I got shunted between some family wedding and reception in the back of a relative's little red coupe. I remember just how saucy it was compared to the regular Hillman Avenger/Ford Escort dross out there. Later on I asked my dad what car it was and he wasn;t sure/hadn't really noticed... but thought it was an Alfa Romeo.

Years later, and by then a confirmed Alfisti... I managed to identify the car in question; a Lancia Fulvia.. :D


Ralf S.
One like this I saw in Tuscany recently? My favourite amongst reasonably modern Lancias. A beautiful little V4.
 

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.......ahh...the Fulvia......beautiful !!

We go for a wee walk around Edenderry just outside Belfast......and there is a lovely one there...I wanna steal it....gorgeous....no Alfa though ;)
 
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