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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2003, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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A Story Behind The Emblem?

Is there a story behind this Alfa Romeo emblem? It seems to be of a man with a small child on his shoulders durring some sort of flood.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2003, 06:46 AM
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St Christopher

That emblem is a depiction of St Christopher, and the small child he is bearing is the 'Christ child' who he is shown carrying across a dangerous stream.

Christopher means "Christ-bearer" which comes from the Greek Christos (Christ) and pherein (to bear) via the Latin Christophorus (Christbearer)

He is known as the patron saint of travellers, and lots of Catholics and Orthodox observers carry small St Christopher medals in their cars to protect them.

Now - why is it on an Alfa - most likely the owner put it on to protect his car. Although I guess it's possible that Alfa Romeo put it there since their main Milanese emblem does show a serpent swallowing a Muslim! So they clearly weren't too worried about being politically correct.

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I think all the old Alfa Monza's came like that. I noticed it on a couple other Mona's at the track that weekend as well as in the past. Cool thing is on the other side there is a temp. gauge.
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Nick,

Thanks for the educating explanation!

Just when you think you’ve seen all the kinds of different things on Alfas something like this will get your attention and make you go "hmmmmmmmm".

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Cool emblem! Thanks for the explanation Nick!

I wanna see that temp gauge!

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Those Greeks, at it again!!!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-22-2003, 01:17 AM
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It is truth

Here in Spain, some years ago, it was very common (relatively) to see a small “S. Cristobal” in the dash. S. Cristobal is the patron saint of drivers.


People said that Spain was the “spiritual reserve of occident”.
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