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After almost 30 years, I am starting to try to piece some history on my car which is a 1957 Giulietta Spider Veloce, and was owned and raced by Lou Comito of Long Island, New York. His dealership in Huntington Station, NY was one of the dealers Alfa and Max Hoffman bequeathed to race right off the ship. Gaston Andrey, Charlie Rainville, Harry T., Tom O'Brien, and Chuck Stoddard were all in the same fraternity. If anyone has anything in the way of historic documentation of Lou and his campaigning a red spider up and down the East Coast, from Bridgehampton to Sebring I would appreciate your private massages at the risk of not boring people to death. Some of you might remember this car from the 1985 Chicago Auto Show. Thanks Rick.

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Was the dealership, Foreign Cars of Suffolk on Jericho Turnpike?

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I have a letterhead from Jan 7,1966, with Lou as President of Lou Comito Imported Cars, Inc on 970 East Jericho Turnpike. A hand written bill of sale calling the car a used car says:


" To whom it may concern

We the above, were the owners of
an Alfa Romeo Serial #1495-02516 year
1960 (incorrectly).
This car was a new demonstartor at
the time.
The business was discontinued and
the dealer division of motor vehicles suggested
we turn over any vehicle in our inventory to
my wife so that all books, papers, plates,
and dealer certificate (sic) could be surrendered.
We never registered this vehicle as
it was stored in our garage at home---
If there are any questions, Please
feel free to call me at my Home-
AN-1-2635

Sincerly (sic)
Louis Comito"
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Lou Comito

Hi Rick,

It would take days to go through most of the paper that might carry a reference to Comito, but some references are already in my computer based on related studies, so it only took an hour or so to generate this listing. Very few of the races listed here will have been in a spider but I'm sure more can be found over time. And of course, we don't know that he would have always raced in the same spider ... when he did run a spider.

Does your spider carry an "F" as part of the chassis number that is stamped on the firewall? Sometimes the "F" seems to be an afterthought and is not a direct part of the string of numbers and is only sort of "inserted" nearby. What is the Pinin Farina body number? This can generally be found in its entirety stamped in the trunk floor below the latch for the lid. The lid may have the last three numbers on the brace for the latch mechanism and the engine lid may have the last three digits on a small plate welded to the framework at the rear. What is the engine number?

Best of luck.

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Before the Huntington operation, Lou did business as North Shore Sports Cars in Greenvale, NY. This was on the north side of Rte 25A, just east of Glen Cove Rd. The original Alfa Spyder Veloce Lou raced was white. In that car he had the distinction of spinning out in the first corner of the first lap of the first race at Lime Rock Park, before Connecticut blue laws eliminated Sunday races.
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It seems there was a group of the old guard that teamed up with their own cars and each other's. Charley Rainville, Tom O'brien, Lou, Candy Poole, Chuck Stoddard, George Fogg, Gus Andrey, all probably had access to each other's cars and shared any secrets or discoveries they picked up along the way. We have to remember these cars were fresh off the boat and only guys like Conrero and Facetti in Italy were tweeking them. I have a feeling those secrets were not shared with even Alfa Romeo. Thanks for the interest. Rick
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Gosh, you have a Lou Comito car? He had all the funds and all tools for the trade, i see images of him all over old scca magazines and on a few sites, Coldplugs.com and barcboys.com both have many images of mr. comito driving his veloce. I wish my time capsule race car had all this history as accessible as yours.

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Lou comito on the (top) image, his partner Allan Markelson (below)
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I like this thread. Interesting how you all can find all this history of drivers and cars.
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Its not that easy Christopher! Im sure your aware of that!
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Thanks for posting these photos. The "roll bar", huh, was a tad short for the noggin.
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Lou Comito

I actually work with Lou's nephew I just bought my first spider 78 two weeks ago I love the car. If he gets any info I'll post it.
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Very cool.. Thanks
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Hey rick,

Found this image on a website, i guess its charlie rainville and jake kaplan. That roll bar looks pretty close. What do you think? Have you ever contacted any of these guys?

BTW i also found an image of a veloce driven by comito at sebring in 1957. Is this your car? The second image is Rainville in 59...


Say hello to linda!


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Hey rick,

Found this image on a website, i guess its charlie rainville and jake kaplan. That roll bar looks pretty close. What do you think? Have you ever contacted any of these guys?

BTW i also found an image of a veloce driven by comito at sebring in 1957. Is this your car? The second image is Rainville in 59...


Say hello to linda!


Phil
I spoke to Charlie Rainville on the phone many years ago. he has since passed on.
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