In the prehistory of car-racing, when an Alfa Romeo finished first there was someone else to thank beside the car and its driver
On 24th of May 1963 the sports version of the Giulia TI, the Giulia TI Super, was presented at the Monza racetrack. Reading through old magazines, a friend found this amusing article by Aldo Farinelli published in "Motor Italia" in the summer of 1963 and showed it to me.I couldn't help but share it with authentic Alfa enthusiasts.
Many people say that this phrase is a legend or a lie that becomes the truth when you continue to repeat it. Griffith Borgeson, famous and competent historian of the motor-car, in his book " The Alfa Romeo tradition", in the chapter regarding Mr.Ugo Gobbato, Alfa Romeo's president from 1933 to 1945, writes as follows:
This is an excerpt from the book “Alfazioso” by Gippo Salvetti, president of the Alfa Romeo Blue Team and owner of one of the largest and most important collections of post-war Alfa Romeos. The photos are by Sandro Bacchi. Our grateful thanks go to the author and to the publishers, Fucina Editore, for authorising publication of this excerpt. This book and others are available at the website: www.alfazioso.it
1930: that time at the Mille Miglia Guidotti was together with the great Nuvolari, on the 1750 with compressor; and they arrived first after an exciting sprint which followed a legendary struggle with Varzi, at the average speed, never seen before, of over 100 kilometres per hour.
Alfa Romeo achieved ten victories in the Targa Florio between 1923 and 1975, with racetracks and regulations which changed very much through the years. Even just a brief reference to these victories means thinking back to the history of the Targa Florio and of the automobile at the same time.