View Full Version : National Alfa Day at Shelsley Walsh, 22nd August

03-10-2010, 02:47 PM
This was AROC's big weekend in 2010, an opportunity to celebrate Alfa Romeo's 100 years in the UK. Held a few weeks after the trip to Milan (a rather chaotic, if enjoyable jaunt for those who participated), the venue was the historic hillclimb at Shelsley Walsh in the Malvern hills - sort of between Cheltenham and Birmingham, but slightly to the left of the M5...

The event was held over two days, with special Alfa Romeo invitation classes as well as a round of the British Hillclimb Championship at the venue. I must say, it is probably the most remote motorsport venue I have been to to date; miles and miles of single track roads, looping and winding their way across remarkable inclines - its amazing to find such topology in the UK. At least on the Sunday the rain held off, it was miserably wet on the Saturday, so much so that one of the Goodwood section cars (a beautiful 1978 Alfetta GTV) was written off against a tree while on the way to the venue. Its a little unclear what happened, but it seemed that some high jinks with another car may have contributed to the accident :ermm:

Anyway, I had a really enjoyable day, but sadly didn't take many photographs, other than the handful of snaps you see here...


The AROC display area was halfway up the public car park, which is on a very steep incline shared with the track itself. The display of feature cars was on this purpose-built mound, which allowed some nice low-angle shots. The Montreal is a regular at AI events and is owned by a Goodwood section member. Its too non-standard to win any concours prizes though, and the SZ next to it is just plain UGLY. The actual hillclimb can be seen curving up the hill beyond...


Alfa TZ2 is much more to my liking. Some people assumed this was a replica of some kind, I assume because the non-standard Ronal front wheels gave it a cobbled-together look at odds with the value of the car. But it is the genuine article...


View of the car park from the special vehicle display. There's a green Nova in there, if you look hard enough!


Usual Montreal exhaust is twin pipes, centrally located, with downturned ends. Use of four slash-cut tailpipes looks rather more exciting!


One of two Alfa TZ1's at the event...


Junior Zagato was a prize-winner in the concours. I've always considered them "interesting" rather than beautiful...


Touring Superleggera bodywork of the Alfa 1900.

Down in the pits area, I finally met up with Graham Boulter, who is the owner of two of the 3 extant Voodoo sportscars and a number of Peter Pelandine-designed Kudos kit cars, including this exceptional hillclimb example...


This car has the usual full fibreglass monocoque construction of the production car, but has an additional rollcage and rear suspension support frame, 1700 16v Alfa boxer engine producing 225 bhp (normally aspirated yet!), close ratio gearbox and custom stainless steel exhaust. Oh - and Wilwood 4-pot rear brake calipers with handbrake facility!


To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement...

Graham was entered in the Alfa invitation round of the event and proceeded to set Class FTD on both the wet Saturday and the dry Sunday runs, winning quite a lot of silverware in the process. I have been corresponding madly ever since, this guy knows sooooo much about setting up mid-engine racers. He was very complimentary about my efforts with the Nova, but looking at the quality of his engineering I am sure he was just being polite :blushing:

Also in the pits was this, the one and only Alfa T33/2 "Daytona" that was registered for the road...


This car ran up the hill on a couple of demonstration runs and the sound of the 2 litre 4-cam V8 was like nothing I have ever heard before; I have often heard vintage engines described as sounding like "ripping calico", but that is the best way to describe the engine in this car, with so many of the features we take for granted in todays European V8's, like a flat-plane crank, plus a few that you don't, like twin V8 distributors, with four ignition coils firing 16 plugs...



Detail of the 8 mechanical fuel injection ram pipes and twin brake cooling intakes under the plastic rear window. The whole area is pressurised from massive air intakes either side of the doors. These also supply the air to twin radiators just ahead of the rear wheels. The V8 engine is mounted longitudinally, with inboard brakes either side of the 6-speed Colotti transaxle. Apart from only having half the cylinders, it could be the same configuration as the Green Machine (or Graham's Kudos).


The definitive Alfa Romeo racing wheel, the 13" Campagnolo (although I prefer them when they are gold anodised).

Sorry about the quality of the last few pictures, they are stills from a video stream but you get the idea...