A rev-happy 2.0 Alfa Romeo engine sending all the power to the rear wheels and a stunning Pininfarina body in a special shade of green nodding respectfully to mother nature. This is a perfect picture.
You have to wonder what kind of special crack Alfa Romeo was smoking back in the early 1990s when their entire lineup went front-wheel drive. Sure, it probably saved money, but it was the fastest way possible to water down their legendary performance heritage.
Could you really stand the thought of a diesel Mazda Miata? Mazda engineers are apparently toying with the idea of the fourth-generation of the roadster, due in the next couple of years, being available with a super-efficient, yet totally uncharacteristic, engine.
Welcome to Down On The Mile High Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Here's a very clean Spider Veloce, fresh from California.
If you're a serious 24 Hours of LeMons fan, you know that the Index Of Effluency (given to the team that overachieves beyond all expectation with an all-around terrible car) is the real top prize. Who's leading after Day One?
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Several Alfa Spiders have appeared in this series, but they've been final-days-of-Alfa-North-America 80s cars... until today!
When you're trying to unload a basket-case Peugeot 504 Familiale or a terrifyingly incomplete Renault Juvaquatre on eBay, what's your best approach? That's right, female flesh and plenty of it!
It's just not racing without Italian cars, and we're fortunate that mere mortals are so terrified of Fiats and Alfas that the prices are quite reasonable for not-so-perfect examples. Sadly, one of the promised X1/9s didn't show, but the red-white-and-green was still amply represented at the Arse Freeze.
Italian cars have been mighty rare in this series, so I was pleased to run across this '85 Alfa Romeo Graduate parked in the island's East End. I see this car moving under its own power on a regular basis, so it's a genuine driver (not just someone's hopeless Hell Project).
Alfa Romeo doesn't want you thinking that, like most manufacturers, the important changes come in the face. To prove the point, they've released photos of their revised 2008 Alfa Romeo Brera and Spider without releasing photos of the nose so as not to confuse those of us who consider the Brera to be one of the best…