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All weather dependant, Petrolhead Nirvana evening, people come and go from 5pm onwards smile. I should be there smile Pop down for a. as per the title, Monday August 11th at the Ace Cafe London. July's meet was fantastic, lots of people, an overflowing car park, no rain and a great chance to chat and get to . OperationAlfa - GTA Any bikes allowed?. This years Southern Classic Bike Show went ahead on Saturday 25th May on a long awaited bright and sunny day. large turn out of Cafe Racers which formed part of Ace Cafe London's " Cafe Racer Corner". At its first outing at the BUB meeting at Bonneville Salt Flats at the end of August , Suzuki GTA.
One of the cars present, in the new, and likely to be popular shade of Abarth Red, a brighter colour than the reds offered hitherto, was a dealer car brought along by Glyn Hopkin, while the other was one of the first to reach its new owner, a Podium Blue C in Turismo spec.
COVERAGE> Retro Toyota Meet at Ace Cafe London!
The most significant changes with the Series 4 car are visual, with new styling front and rear. The jury is still out on this, with many, me included, remaining to be convinced. Competizione models get the old style headlights, as they have Xenon lights as standard, whereas the Custom and Turismo cars have reshaped units.
At the back, there are new light clusters and a new rear bumper and diffuser. Mechanically, there is an additional 5 bhp on the Custom now and Turismo now bhp and the option of a Limited Slip Diff for the Competizione, which is likely to prove a popular option. Although the Biposto was a regular version of the range, as opposed to a Limited Edition car like the earlier Tributo models, no mention of it was made were revealed, so it would seem production has ended, with relatively small numbers of the model having been made.
Although quite a few have been sold in the UK, many were instantly exported, with just a handful registered for UK use. Jerry and Carla Rigden bought theirs a few weeks ago, a decision encouraged by the fact that Carla had bought a Competizione a few weeks prior to that, and it was so much loved, that a second Abarth for the family was just too tempting.
Many loved the idea of the Biposto, but winced at the price tag, choosing to make their own upgrades as and when the budget allowed. That means that many cars change quite subtly over time.
Mario bought the distinctive red Romeo Abarth that Daron Brown of TMC Motorsport produced in and which he showed at events for a year or so, but after having lots of fun with it, decided that he wanted a convertible, so he got Daron to produce this latest car which he has had for several months now. Mario did not stay long at the event, but he was in attendance for long enough for me to get one photo. Needless to say, there were lots of other and models here, with examples of all the different models from some early cars to several Series 3 Competizione cars, and in many of the palette of colours which have been offered over the years.
Roy Westwood had been treating his Cordolo Red car to some upgrades at Pro Alfa, and diverted to the Ace before setting off on the long schlepp up the M1 and M6, and Gary Castelli, also from that area, had kindly brought him down earlier in the day. I got the feeling both of them will be looking at their schedules to figure out how to come back to this venue as they clearly enjoyed their evening and stayed far alter than planned.
There were plenty of other people who attend more regularly, and it was nice to see Chris Turpin here, making his first visit for many months. Final Abarth was another car which makes frequent appearances at this event, the completely bonkers looking machine belonging to Carlo Caccaviello.
The car is actually built on a chassis that has its origins in the Abarth Osella SP sports racing car, with double wishbone suspension and disc brakes front and rear. Sitting in the back is a fuel injected 1.
It is coupled to an Alfa 5-speed gearbox. The car was first registered in the UK on the 28th July and it has been seen at a great variety of events ever since. It never fails to pull the crowds wherever it its taken.
These came in a variety of body styles, each of which looked quite distinct, though underneath, much was shared, including all the mechanical components. A bewildering array of different models was offered through the years, which keep even Alfa enthusiasts on their toes as they try to spot the subtle differences that applied. The three most common body styles were all here: Next up was an Alfetta GTV, Styled by Giugiaro, this car, initially called the GT, and premiered in the autumn ofand it looked completely unlike the saloon on which it was based.
The first cars had 1. Inwith the 2. A facelift modernised the look of the car with plastic bumpers front and rear and a new interior looked rather better as well as being more ergonomically logical. The car seen here is one of those facelifted cars in 2. One of the later arrivals was this splendid an early example of the AlfaSud Sprint. This car appeared a full 5 years after the saloon on which it was based, being presented to the press in September in Baia Domizia and shown at the Turin Motor Show in November.
Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro like the AlfaSud, whose mechanicals it was based on, it had a lower, more angular design, featuring a hatchback, although there were no folding rear seats.
Mated to the flat-four was a five-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox. The interior was upholstered in dark brown Texalfa leatherette and tartan cloth.
Options were limited to alloy wheels, a quartz clock and metallic paint. In May the AlfaSud Sprint underwent its first updates, both cosmetic and technical. Engine choice was enlarged to two boxers, shared with the renewed AlfaSud ti, a 78 hp 1. Outside many exterior details were changed from chrome to matte black stainless steel or plastic, such as the wing mirrors, window surrounds and C-pillar ornaments; the B-pillar also received a black finish, the side repeaters changed position and became square, and the front turn signals switched from white to amber lenses.
In the cabin the seats had more pronounced bolsters and were upholstered in a new camel-coloured fabric. Thanks to double twin-choke carburettors each choke feeding a single cylinder and a higher compression ratio engine output increased to 85 hp and 94 hp, respectively for the 1. In February Alfa Romeo updated all of its sports cars; the Sprint received a major facelift. Thereafter the AlfaSud prefix and Veloce suffix were abandoned, and the car was known as Alfa Romeo Sprint; this also in view of the release of the Alfa Romeo 33, which a few months later replaced the AlfaSud hatchback.
The Sprint also received a platform upgrade, which was now the same as that of the Alfa Romeo 33; this entailed modified front suspension, brakes mounted in the wheels instead of inboard like on the AlfaSud, and drum brakes at the rear end. Three models made up the Sprint range: A multitude of changes were involved in the stylistic refresh; there were a new grille, headlamps, wing mirrors, window surrounds and C-pillar ornaments.
Bumpers went from chrome to plastic, and large plastic protective strips were added to the body sides; both sported coloured piping, which was grey for 1. At the rear new trapezoidal tail light assemblies were pieced together with the license plate holder by a black plastic fascia, topped by an Alfa Romeo badge—never present on the AlfaSud Sprint. In the cabin there were new seats with cloth seating surfaces and Texalfa backs, a new steering wheel and changes to elements of the dashboard and door panels.
The newly introduced 1. Its engine was the 1, cc boxer, revised to put out hp at 6, rpm; front brake discs were vented and the gearing shorter. Inside a three-spoke leather-covered steering wheel, green carpets and sport seats in black cloth with green embroidery.
In November the Sprint was updated for the last time; the 1. The 1, cc engine was directly derived from the 33 1.
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A fuel injected and 3-way Catalytic converter-equipped 1. There were a total ofSprints produced during its lifespan, which lasted from to The Sprint had no direct predecessor or successor. Representing the was this example of the facelifted style Sport Wagon. When the was launched inthings looked very bright for Alfa. Striking good looks were matched by a driving experience that the press reckoned was better than any of its rivals. The car picked up the Car of the Year award at the end of the year.
Reflecting the way the market was going, Alfa put a diesel engine under the bonnet, launched a not very good, it has to be admitted automated transmission with the SeleSpeed, added a very pretty if not that commodious an estate model they called Sport Wagon and then added a top spec 3.
And yet, it did not take long before the press turned on the car, seduced by the latest 3 Series once more, citing build quality issues which were in fact far from universal. Production ceased in Representing the was this nice GTA version. Replacing the and hatch models, the made its debut in and impressed everyone with its class-leading looks and personality that ensured it claimed the Car of the Year award a few weeks later.
Top of the range for some time was a 2 litre Twin Spark petrol model which went well enough, but lacked the real excitement that many were hoping for. Alfa addressed that, eventually, with the GTA model which they launched in Fitted with a 3. Performance figures were impressive, with the car able to achieve a top speed of mph. Most models had a 6-speed manual transmissions; whilst a smaller number of other models used the semi automatic Selespeed system.
Production ran through to and in total 5, GTAs were built, of which were Selespeeds. Only around came to the UK, so this was never a common sighting on British roads. This was the sort of warm sunny summer evening when a convertible would be particularly agreeable, so it was no surprise to find a couple more open topped Alfa models here, both of them the recent Brera Spider. Replacement for the Series GTV and Spider, the front of this car and the Brera coupe was visually very similar to the models, but there was unique Pininfarina styling from the A pillars rearwards.
Both were offered with the same range of engines as theand thanks to that strong, but rather heavy platform on which they were built, even the 3. The Brera was first to market, inwith the Spider following in Production of both ceased in lateby which time 12, units of the Spider and 21, units of the Brera had been built.
I imagine the car will acquit itself rather well. FERRARI For some reason, there are rarely many Ferrari at this event, but on this occasion, there were a couple, which came together, and hence were parked next to each other.
First of the two was a Mondial 3. The 4 seater Mondial was launched inas a replacement for the GT4 Dino and it did not immediately garner much praise or enthusiasm, but as is the case when Ferrari release a slightly disappointing car, modifications soon came to make it better.
A 4 valve per cylinder engine gave it more power before the capacity was upped to 3. A stylish Cabrio was included in the range. It can only be a matter of time before values of the car start to rise.
And it is not hard to see why, just by looking at it. Launched in May as an evolution of the Ferrarijust about everything was changed, and improved. There were a great variety of car styles on show, too. Whether they were grip-based cars, drift cars, daily drivers, or even showroom condition classics, they all came to make a great show of it.
However, the majority of cars there were AE86s and, for fans of the lovable Corolla, this meet did not disappoint! Pretty much every model of the car was there — from Levins to Truenos and hatchbacks to coupes.
Not to mention a lot of different engines and modifications! The little 16V will always be my favourite version of the famous 4A-GE engine. I recognised the car from a show last year at Castle Combe circuit, where JDM Allstars drift champion Luke Fink was driving it like a madman in a drift demo! Jonny is a huge AE86 fan and, when he moved over to England earlier this year from Portugal, he sadly had to leave his own lovely red Trueno there.
Not bad for a company car, eh? This really clean Kouki AE86 Trueno stood out with its black and grey two-tone paintjob. It was amazing to see one of these vintage Toyotas in the flesh for the first time — and in such stunning condition! Those of you with good eyesight will have already spotted that inside the somewhat busy engine bay lies a turbocharger conversion — and a fairly large one at that. This bright yellow KP60 Starlet was awesome! Inside it was fully stripped and had a set of bucket seats fitted.
It actually has a Pinto engine and full Ford Escort running gear?! ODC is a small drift series that started recently in the UK to give people an easy and affordable entry into the world of competition drifting. Now this was something special! These 86 guys really are dedicated to these little cars! In fact, another guy drove all the way from France! From what I could tell, the car was fairly stock with the exception of an aftermarket air filter, a set of very shiny Work Equip 01 wheels and a few other light modifications.
It was cool to finally see an LHD Corolla!