Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Central Indiana
Quoted from your excellent wikipedia article:
"Horst used the same GTA to qualify for the 1966 SCCA ARRC runoffs at Riverside. He went on to win the first ARRC B-Sedan National Championship in a famous race with 25 lead changes, against the Lotus Cortina of Allan Moffat, and was presented with the SCCA President's Cup for his outstanding drive."
That race is responsible for me being an Alfista. Before that I was a Brit car guy. I had just missed qualifying for the runoffs in an HP Sprite but I went to Riverside just to watch. To this day that remains the best race I've ever seen. Three years later, living in Germany and in need of a car, I bought a GTV with the memory of the Kwetch GTA in mind. Since then I have never been without an Alfa in the garage.
I met him once, at Mid Ohio at an SCCA National. We were paddocked next to each other. He had an Alfa powered formula car at that race and as I recall they were trying to develop it into a good race car, without much success. He gave me a lesson that day on reading spark plugs, the concept of which I understood but the art of which I had not yet mastered. Nice guy.