Il Cuore d'Alfa.
I saw "The Graduate" movie
over and over again, just for the Duetto. I found it hard to
understand why Dustin Hoffman preferred Katherine Ross instead
of the Duetto, but that's me. This film was very popular and
everyone was talking about it. I was talking about the Duetto.
My friends drove Jaguar, Porsche,
Morgan and MGB's but I was the only Italian-freak. We had a
good time, lot's of parties and lots of beer. Time flew away.
I had painted the Giulietta rosso, and
she was as beautiful as ever. I drove her even during
wintertime. The Swedish Alfa owners were slightly getting
together. In Upsala I had a friend, Anders Tillman, who had a
Giulietta Berlina 1300TI. He was a very skilled and qualified
mechanic and we were overhauling our Giuliettas like mad.
If the cars were perfect, we stressed
each other to find something to do with our Alfas. Like
"it sounds as if you forgot some tools in the
gearbox" or "that blue and black smoke from the
exhaust, is it a diesel?".
He also had some friends in Stockholm
who was organising the CAR of Sweden. Good guys like Englen,
Rask, Arne Andersson, Sven Fernqvist sure were enthusiastic.
They had meetings on racing tracks in Sweden and everyone was
happy. My friend Haakan Sandler had a red Alfetta and I had a
blue one. We drove our Alfettas like mad in the forest south
of Stockholm. That was really fun. There were some good
drivers then, especially Bjoern Stenberg and Ragnar Seegring,
later they were driving GTA's with great success.
This red Giulia GT was my favourite in
the '60s. In those days there was no problem with rust. A
twin-cam engine with Webers was not an everyday sight. The
alloy wheels are Momo Vega's. I still have them, that's
In those days I was still constantly
locking for a Duetto. The MGB was a favourite in Scandinavia.
I found the MGB to be a good car with a heavy Austin cast iron
block engine. Some of my friends drove MGB's but I was not