Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
I worked for Joe back in 1973 as the parts manager at SW Motors. Alfa, Triumph, and Citroen. I stayed about a year as a career in music lured me away, but ended up back in the imported auto parts biz anyway.
I thought I wanted to go racing, and asked Joe his advice. He said "get something slow". Several years later I ended up with a GP Giulietta Spider, but suddenly had to face the decision of a) race car b) airplanes, c) young women, figuring I could afford only two of the three.
I used to stop in and say hello to Joe, Ned, Frank, and Hank when I was in Houston. Lost track of them and SW motors, and have to assume time has taken them from us. Last I saw Joe he had given up the DP Spider and was driving showroom stock at Atlanta.
He's the only guy I ever knew that kept his racing habit away from work. At work it was work. You'd never know he had the racing jones.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...