Italian car day

April 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Last weekend the local Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealer in my neighbourhood arranged an Italian car day.  Many Italian car enthusiasts showed up with their classic cars.  For me, it was a great opportunity to finally see in the real some of the super cars I dreamt about when I was a kid.  It was a sunny day in late april and a great opportunity for me to use the Leica M 240 with the Noctilux 0.95 lens and ND filter to capture these fine cars.

Since childhood I have been fascinated by Italian cars.  One of my first dream cars was the Alfa Romeo GTV that was introduced in the late 70's.  In 1991 I managed to get hold of a 1984 GTV 2.0.  It was a stunning car!. On a visit to the Canary Islands in the mid eighties I saw two other cars that also fascinated me: the Alfa Romeo GT Junior, and the Honda Civic CRX.  In the nineties when I lived in the Netherlands I owned a CRX.  The GT Junior is still a car I hope to own and drive one day!  For the completeness, on my wish list are also the 1966 Jaguar E-type and the Porsche 911. Everyone should own a 911 at least once, I have been told!

Over the years I have owned several Alfa Rome cars including the:

  • 1984 GTV 2.0
  • 1998 GTV 2.0 V6 TB
  • 1999 156 2.0 TS Selespeed
  • 2003 156 V6 3.2 GTA
  • 2004 GT 1.9 JTD
  • 2006 159 JTDm Sportwagon

The beautiful Alfa Romeo GT Junior

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

During the show the new Alfa Romeo 4C sport cars was shown.  How can this car NOT become a future classic?

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

My friend Tage said that the 4C most likely will have a low wife acceptance factor.  I guess one of the reasons is the lack of storage space.  Another reason would probably be that the passenger seat has no adjustment possibilities. My travel kit will fit in the 4C though, as will also my day to day gear if I would commute with this car.  

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

The main light layout is rather controversial.  The alloy wheels are nothing short of stunning!

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

My father used to own a 1978 Fiat 128 3P.  We used to have lots of fun driving this car!

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

My first Alfa Romeo was a red 1984 GTV 2.0.  Below is the V6 version of the car.  Behind it, a beautiful Alfa Romeo Spider.

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

Alfa Romeo enthusiasts admiring the cars. 

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

Hmm, is that an oil spot under the car?

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

Alfa Romeo engine room.

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

Another super sport car from the fast, the Iso Grifo 7-lifer.

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

The beautiful lines of the Grifo. 

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

I was never much into Lancia even though they used to make beautiful sports cars.

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

Another classic, the Alfa Romeo Montreal.

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

The rear of the Lamborghini Espada

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

The front of the Maserati Merak.

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

Classic Lancia roadster, probably from the fifties.

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

The rear of the Fiat X1/9 two seats sports car designed by Bertone.

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

Another Lancia roadster.

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

The engine of a vintage Maserati Ghibli.  It sounds as good as it looks!

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

No need for exotic sports cars.  Any of these will also draw attention!

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

It was a bright and sunny day.  Perfect for Italian cars!

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.

Care for some good Italian ham?

No Ferraris?  Here's a beautiful 348 TB for you!

Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.Leica M (Typ 240) with Noctilux-M 0.95/50mm ASPH.


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