" I tend to believe that you have much more acumen and mechanical sympathy than the prior owners of my GTV6"
Hah, perhaps not, according to my wife, lol. Still, I have seen those drivers who did seem to be able to thrash things. One used to warm his car up by revving the engine to almost red line a few times after he started it. Another used to keep the engine at ~5000 rpm, slipping the clutch as he drove down the driveway at Carlo's old truck farm barn workshop, Carlo saying, he'll be back in 6 months for another clutch. Another used to forcefully speed shift the transmission in the lower gears all the time, having never learned or had the patience for the patented "Alfa hesitation shift".
Indeed, I must admit that the 81 GTV6 I bought had a 2nd gear synchro problem and a wornout clutch at 30k miles, obviously thrashed. Sold that sucker a year later for the much much better 86 GTV6, a very good and fun car (which I eventually sold to Lino, he and Carlo thinking it so good) until I drove a 91 164S for the first time.
I've always tried to use a soft touch in driving, for better or worse, since one could "feel/sense" the mechanisms doing their thing (I tend to like fingertip shifting), and operate the car accordingly, letting the mechanisms take the time they need (analogous to sailing I think, where you "feel" what the boat and environment are telling you). As Jackie Stewart said once, you can be very fast yet be so smooth in your actions. Had a friend, racing a hot Carlo prepared 59 Giulietta Coupe, who was the smoothest driver I've ever experienced. Absolutely butter smooth, and very fast. The car just flowed, going up and down through the gears (had a 5 speed Carlo built). Could never do that, but spent many years trying, lol. Still miss once in a while, the wife just smiling. Sheesh.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 06-14-2019 at 02:05 PM.