My name is Victor from sunny San Diego CA, the land of rust free Alfa Romeo's
I just purchased my second Alfa Romeo last week and I am more than excited to announce that I am officially an Alfisti.
Quick little background story about my passion for Alfa's. When I was just 5 years old living in Brooklyn, NY, in a predominantly Italian neighborhood. My dad brought home a 88-89 Alfa Romeo Milano. I remember how excited he was to own an Italian car. 10 years later I was a couple months away from receiving my permit, I would tell my buddies that the Milano was going to be my first car as my dad was going to hand it down to me and I was going to be the cool kid driving a manual transmission, European sedan. However my friends didn't think it was as cool as me. They were all getting their parent's hand me down BMW's and Benz's (spoiled Staten Island kids). Some would go as far as tease me about the car. Because at that time in 2004, Alfa's haven't been in the U.S for 10 years, so the history and racing pedigree of the brand was not well known among my peers. Unfortunately my dad sold the Milano to a mechanic in Brooklyn, the car needed some transmission work and he was ready to move. Just like that my Alfa Romeo dream concluded. I ended up taking my road test in my moms red '95 Dodge Intrepid.
Fast forward to 2018 and I was able to score a beautiful black and tan '94 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce Commemorative Edition Spider #2 of 190. I purchased from a widow from La Jolla, CA who had no use for it collecting dust in her storage unit. After a week with the car I thought to myself, I need to ship it to my dad, who's been regretting selling his Alfa for the last 14 years. So I did, I shipped her to NY from CA after only driving her once in CA. BIG MISTAKE! I then became consumed by this fever, what enthusiasts call, "A.L.F.A."
Have you all heard of the acronym A.L.F.A? I heard it once from auto appraiser Donald Osborne.
It stands for ALWAYS LOOKING FOR ANOTHER
After being diagnosed with this legitimate syndrome, I finally found my new California girl. This time red, a '89 Spider Quadrifolgio, complete with the hardtop and in great condition. Every time I take her out in SD I get people asking me if its for sale. It's such a pleasure to drive and go in and out of the gears, with the shifter in its lovely high center position. Now let's see how long it takes for me to start feeling like i need to "look for another".