MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2022: PEBBLE BEACH.

The 71st Concours d’Elegance delivers a lavish smorgasbord of show & go at MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2022: PEBBLE BEACH.

MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2022: PEBBLE BEACH.

David Stivers, the Chief Executive Officer of the 71st Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance reminds us in the event catalog’s introduction letter that this historied and lauded event is an ‘Elite Competition’. Yes, it’s a showy-show known as much for its champagne flutes and celebrities as it is for its priceless coachwork and racing pedigrees. But it’s also clear to everyone attending that this gathering of the Best of the Best is indeed a full-blown competition – be it for event tickets, parking spaces, judges’ approvals or media’s spotlights!

Having covered Pebble Beach multiple years for Car Guy Chronicles I’ve learned that you have to get there very early to get shots of the cars before they are surrounded by spectators and judges. So, I arrived with the heavy morning dew, just as a parade of show cars were making wide turns into the entry gate, and the Prancing Horses were still draped in plastic covers on the Concorso Ferrari field on the First Tee.

This year’s heavily attended Concours celebration included Centennial Celebrations for Lincoln and the 24 Hours of Le Mans – as well as additional features on vintage era McFarlands, Talbot Lagos, Alfas and the 90th Anniversary of the iconic ’32 Ford. Across from the ’32s was a fascinating display of cars with Unorthodox Propulsion Systems.

Now Car Guy Chronicles Editor and Publisher Martyn Schorr typically gives me free reign when covering motorsports events for his popular blog, but this year he did ask that I “Find the GT40s & Mark IVs” – since these elusive Le Mans survivors keep a pretty low profile (no pun intended) during typical car show seasons. I’m happy to report that I did find a very special Mark IV and my photo of it with a racing celebrity is in this report! So, without further ado, we are excited to present to our loyal and new readers, 16 standouts and highlights from MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2022: PEBBLE BEACH.

It would be impossible to present just one extraordinary classic Ferrari from the large and impressive Concorso Ferrari field on the First Tee – but there was something drawing me to this plastic-draped Ferrari Daytona SB3. Design of this young Prancing Horse was inspired by the sports-prototype racers that won the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours race. The inset photo showing the undraped car is courtesy of Ferrari.

The early bird catches the Packard! One of the many advantages of arriving early at Pebble Beach is catching elegant icons of motoring history rolling quietly and confidently in front of The Lodge before entering the show car field. A small but alluring detail of this ‘30 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster is its Goddess of Speed hood ornament. This rumble seat roadster is owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III of West Orange, NJ.The judges voted – and this year’s Best of Show honors went to the long, sleek and boattailed ‘32 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo! Duesenberg chassis 2509 was shipped to famed coachbuilder Joseph Figoni who, with the artisans at Sadovich’s Motors Deluxe of Paris, created this timeless piece of rolling art. And roll it did, with Sadovich driving the car in the 1932 Paris-Nice Rallye before delivering it to its first owner, Peruvian sugar heir Antonio Chopitea.

MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2022: PEBBLE BEACH.As promised, here is what many race enthusiasts consider one of the most important Mark IVs ever raced. It’s the 1967 Le Mans winning Mark IV (Chassis J-5) that was driven by A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney to Ford’s second consecutive win at the 24-hour classic. Built by Kar-Kraft, the car is powered by a Tunnel Port 427 and sports a NASCAR-style steel roll cage – plus the infamous “Gurney Bump” in the driver’s door to accommodate Dan’s tall frame. The car was donated to The Henry Ford Museum in 1972. Oh, the dapper gent pictured in the middle is none other than Tom Kristensen, the daring Dane who holds the record for the most wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with nine!

An homage to its CC8 Supercar launched in 2002, the Koenigsegg CC850 is a being promoted as ‘The fastest and most powerful manual production car in the world.’ While capable of generating 1,385 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre Jesko V8 when running E85 fuel, the buzz at Pebble Beach seemed to be more about its nine-speed gated six-speed manual shifter. That’s right, nine speeds when switching between drive modes – which also includes a fully automatic option. Confused? Don’t worry, as there will only be 50 examples built to commemorate the 50th birthday of company founder, Christian von Koenigsegg.

This beautiful beast is the #7 Bentley Speed 8 that was driven to victory at the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans by drivers Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Guy Smith. Finishing in 2nd place right behind it was #8 Bentley Speed 8 driven by Mark Blundell, David Brabham and Johnny Herbert. Considerable changes were made to the 2003 prototypes over the earlier Speed 8s to improve handling with a redesigned suspension and clever reshaping of the cockpit, rear wing, and air intakes for improved aerodynamics.

If you stripped-away the hand-painted racing graphics on this ‘51 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT you might overlook its racing heritage and provenance. But then you just might notice its lowered roofline or its credentials designating it further as a Pinin Farina Competition Coupe. This smile-inducing Lancia was in fact created specifically for and raced in the 1951 Carrera Panamericana and was a road test car featured in Road & Track magazine in 1952.

Judgement Day: It doesn’t matter that your very rare and drop-dead gorgeous ’53 Siata 208S Bertone Spider is the very first 208S prototype from Siata, or that it was one of the stars at the 1953 New York Car Show. The judges ain’t fooling around and they want to see those brake lights light up and hear that horn honk! Some of the judging criteria may seem trivial but Class Judges at Pebble Beach are acknowledged experts on specific marques, and they are focusing not just on styling and elegance, but on originality and authenticity as well.

Entered in the Unorthodox Propulsion Category this rocket-tailed ‘63 Chrysler Turbine Ghia Coupe features an A-831 engine that could operate on alternative fuels like kerosene, jet fuel, peanut and soybean oil or tequila! A total of 55 cars were built, 46 were reclaimed and destroyed, 3 were kept and 6 were distributed to auto museums across America. This example is from the Stahls Automotive Foundation in Chesterfield, MI.

Maybe it was my growing up in a factory town in New York City, but I have always loved the look, smell and feel of vintage machinery. When I spotted this unrestored ‘09 Stanley E2 Runabout it was love at first sight. It is one of only 475 ever built and it cost $850 when new. This wonderfully worn and wrinkled, wooden-body Steamer is in full running order and retains its original black leather seats. Brothers Francis and Freelan Stanley founded the Stanley Steamer Carriage Company in 1901.

Speaking of vintage machinery, and with apologies to those who issued my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, if I had to choose between an image of the Mona Lisa or of this ‘30 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible Coupe engine to stare at for an hour, I’d hands down choose the gas burner! This impeccably restored, priceless piece of automotive history is owned by Meg McCarthy and Craig Kappel of Chatham, MA.

I bought one of the first wedge-shaped, mid-engined Fiat X1/9s delivered to New York City in 1974. At the time I had little knowledge of Carrozzeria Bertone or Gruppo Bertone, the Italian automobile styling and coachbuilding company behind its design. So, what a thrill it was to discover this ’69 Autobianchi 112 Bertone Concept Car on the field at Pebble Beach. This is the prototype car that was the inspiration for the X1/9. At time of its development its design was also influenced by race boats of the era, so there are no doors and the headlamps are mounted high on the side posts of the rollbar. The only instrument in the car is a speedometer styled as a nautical compass.

The slogan for the new Maserati MC20, is Race Audaciously into a Brave New Future. Now I’ve been an advertising word and image crafter for over four decades now and I understand that an impudent lack of respect is sometimes the way companies and brands roll. Time will tell how Maserati’s lightweight, butterfly-winged, mid-engined, 621 horsepower, 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds Super Sports Car will perform in the marketplace and on superhighways. If you’re the audacious type and want to take bold risks, be ready to lay down about $250,000 for a fully-equipped MC20.

MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2022: PEBBLE BEACH.For us Car Guys who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s there’s still nothing quite like a classic ’32 Ford roadster. When Ferrari collector Kirk F. White decided to authorize the build of a perfect ’32, he assembled a team of the best fabricators and artisans around. Under the guidance and vision of Pete Chapouris III of So-Cal Speed Shop, his A-Team built this stunning Brookville steel-bodied gem. The current happy owners of this ’32 Ford are Rob & Melani Walton of Scottsdale, AZ.

Six cowboys in white hats drive in to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2022 in a turquoise convertible and order a good time! Congratulations and kudos to owners Ray Kinney and Jeff Wildin of Dallas, TX who made a big splash of color and fun on the show car entry road in their ‘56 Lincoln Premier convertible. Powered by a 368-cubic-inch Lincoln V8, this showboat is painted in rare and rich Taos Turquoise paint – the same color that was used in advertising materials for the new Premier model. And just how much are Ray and Jeff fans of the Pebble Beach event? Just check out the license plate!

Words & Photos © Jim Palamhttps://www.jimpalamphotos.com/

Over the years the Pebble Beach Concours has raised over $32 million for charities. $2 million more is expected to be added once the 71st year’s contributions are tallied. So once again, Car Guys come through!

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LOYAL FERRARI 308 GTBi OWNER

Ed Cashman was still in the U.S. Navy when he saved up to buy his first Ferrari: a ‘81 308 GTBi, purchased new from a North Carolina Ferrari dealer. A LOYAL FERRARI 308 GTBi OWNER, he still owns it!

LOYAL FERRARI 308 GTBi OWNER

For 41 years, Cashman’s 308 has seen its share of admiration among car enthusiasts and won numerous regional and national car awards. It was displayed in 1994 at the Ferrari Club of America National meet in Monterey, winning Best in Class, and then invited to show on the 18th Green at the Pebble Beach Concours. Cashman said he had the help of two friends transport both his 308 and ‘71 365 GTB/4 Daytona, by co-driving them from Philadelphia to Monterey in five days. That adventure was well documented in a special op-ed in the Monterey County Herald by Dan Altiotti, one of the co-drivers of Cashman’s prancing horses. Cashman has since replaced his GTB/4 with a more-modern, stunning 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello.

Reminiscing, Cashman said the Ferrari Club of America meet in 1994 was a truly memorable event that he attended with his 308 GTBi, sharing the warm camaraderie with fellow Ferrari owners and enthusiasts, including big Ferrari names like Piero Ferrari and Sergio Pininfarina. It was an event filled with Ferraris from day’s past that could best be described as a family reunion of the Maranello workforce!Now living in Venice, FL, Cashman and his 308 are still cruising together with ease and summer holiday vibes. Mother Nature gave rain the day off for a sunny Monday afternoon photo shoot. His 550 Maranello rested comfortably in its stable.

On the outside, the GTBi has sharp lines, later giving birth to numerous successors starting with the 328. Its styling is as sleek as it is sexy, measuring 174.2 inches long and 67.7 inches wide. Sporty side quarter-windows and air scoops enhance the overall view. What must not go unnoticed is its very rare Blu Sera Metallizzato exterior, sparkling like full moon light under the Florida sun and serene as the midnight shores of the Gulf.

LOYAL FERRARI 308 GTBi OWNERAccording to Cashman, the GTBi is a pleasure cruiser, sporting a 179 cubic-inch V8 that can power his 308 to a top speed of 149 mph. Equipped with dual overhead cams, the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injected V8 delivers 214 horsepower with 181 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.

Only 44 inches tall, a ride in the 308 feels like being in a go-kart, which coincidentally LOYAL FERRARI 308 GTBi OWNER Cashman also described the drive as, “the 308 itself is one with the road”. From ignition to cruising on Venice Avenue, the GTBi was a smooth and comfortable ride, the kind of Ferrari that you would take out on a date night to a five-star restaurant and have guests at the valet gossiping whether that’s Magnum’s Tom Selleck behind the wheel!

Looking inside, the GTBi’s plush leather buckets are as tan as Sam Neil’s khakis from Jurassic Park! Though one can only imagine what an overland journey in this tight two-place sports car from Philadelphia to Monterey may feel like when sitting in the driver’s seat. Climbing in the driver side feels like being surrounded by an Italian-influenced Swiss watch. The gauges are functional, easy to read, and the interior looks race-ready.

Ferrari has been building fine GTs and sports cars since Enzo Ferrari built the Columbo V-12-powered 125-S in 1947. Cashman’s 308 GTBi is no exception. No wear or tear, this model has traveled 3,000 miles from Philadelphia to Monterey, won numerous car show and concours awards throughout its journey, and remains in mint condition.

With years of consistent attentive maintenance, LOYAL FERRARI 308 GTBi OWNER Cashman says the 308 is not the fastest Ferrari he owns, but loves going out for a cruise or to shows whenever he can. If this Blu Sera Metallizzato Ferrari 308 GTBi can be described in one word, then perhaps Bellissimo has a nice ring to it!

Words & Photos: Dan Fisher

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AB JENKINS, MORMON METEORS & BONNEVILLE

The Selvedge Yard blog celebrates AB JENKINS, MORMON METEORS &  BONNEVILLE racing.

AB JENKINS, MORMON METEORS & BONNEVILLE

By the late-1920s and early-1930s, the formerly elusive 100-mph mark was old news. Magnificent short-wheelbase ‘32 Duesenburg SJ Speedsters with supercharged 320-horsepower, DOHC engines could top 120 mph. Factory racer and devout Mormon Ab Jenkins set a number of records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, averaging over 150 mph in a streamlined and supercharged Model J Dusey. In 1935 Jenkins returned to the Salt and averaged 135.58 mph for 24 hours, setting a record that stood for many years.

Jenkins’ custom-bodied Bonneville record-setter was modified after the record runs and became the legendary Mormon Meteor. The ’35 Mormon Meteor, originally built for Ab Jenkins who set International Land Speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats is owned today by Cincinnati, OH collector, Harry Yeaggy and considered priceless. In 2007, the Mormon Meteor participated in the Pebble Beach Tour and took Best of Show honors at the prestigious Concours.

AB JENKINS, MORMON METEORS & BONNEVILLE

“This is the story about two men, father and son, their racing cars, their lives and the Salt Flats where they ran their most famous trials. Ab Jenkins was the son of Welsh immigrants, first a carpenter by trade and then a prominent building contractor who grew up with the automobile and found a new career in driving cars fast but safely.”

“Ab was sponsored by the Studebaker Automobile Company, Auburn, Cord and Dusenberg, Goodrich and Firestone tires, the Mobil Oil Company, General Petroleum, the DX Oil Company, Pennzoil, Kendall Oil and several accessory and insurance companies over his 33-year career. He spent nine years demonstrating Studebaker’s superiority over the highways from coast to coast and on timed climbs up scores of notable hills, as well as racing competitively on the board tracks on the 1920s.”

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PEBBLE BEACH 2021: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

CGC’s Jim Palam spiffs up for the 70th Anniversary of the premier venue for the best-of-the-best classics and specialty vehicles with new gear, classy cards, a black mask and a snazzy haircut. In the process, he coins a new word to describe MONTERREY 2021: PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE: Automotacular!

PEBBLE BEACH 2021: CONCOURS D'ELEGANCEThere are a number of judged automobile events that capture the undivided attention of the automotive press and the pulsating hearts of automobile enthusiasts – and then, there is the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – the international pinnacle of automotive Pomp, Panache, Power and Perfection that has been rolling gracefully onto the panoramic 18th Fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links since 1950.

In a word, Pebble Beach is Automotacular – a beautiful automotive spectacle of perfection. To attend this year, I would need more than my media credentials – I would need a new camera backpack that wasn’t so worn, classy new business cards, a fresh & formal black face mask for inside events, and while I was at it, a snazzy haircut couldn’t hurt. Once spiffed-up I drove into Monterey to grab a 6 AM shuttle that would take me into Pebble Beach. Event-side parking for most media is no longer included with your credentials and as it turned out, the shuttle was convenient and direct. By 7:15 AM I was sharing a morning coffee at the event with Gonzalo Silveira, a car collector who splits his time between homes and collections in Uruguay and Los Altos, California. I was now perked-up and it was time to hit the fairway!

Lining the premier bayside display-lane past the entry gate were ‘Class E’ Pebble Beach Best of Show Reunion cars and first in line was this breathtaking 1986 winner, a 36 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster from the Keller Collection. This year’s overall Class I Best of Show car was also from the Keller Collection, the very rare ‘38 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier.

OK: Bear with me for a minute. I know this is the prestigious Pebble Beach report and decorum needs to be followed but I’m sorry, when I look at this ‘31 Daimler Double Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupé I want to, no, I have to scream Bad Ass! Is this perhaps the quintessential Robber Baron car? It enthusiastically gets my vote.

While it was hard to peel away from the Reunion cars another magnificent Mercedes-Benz caught my eye. Impossibly sleek, impossibly sexy and impossible to ignore, this 37 540K Special Roadster is owned by Richard & Melanie Lundquist of Palos Verdes Estates. The Lundquists are not only avid car collectors but avid benefactors to the McPherson College Automotive Restoration Program: https://www.mcpherson.edu/autorestoration/

This 36 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic needs no introduction. It is considered by the cognoscenti in the automobile collector’s world to be perhaps The Most Desirable & Significant Car ever produced. It is currently co-owned by Merle & Peter Mullin and Melanie & Rob Walton. So let me introduce you David Chamberlain, one of the artisans working with Jim Stranberg’s Restoration Shop, who helped bring this French car to its show-winning concours condition. He was responsible for restoration of the Atlantic’s exceptional woodwork – including chassis and interior components.

David was also responsible for inviting me in beyond the display area’s chain link barriers to get a closer look at the Atlantic’s interior. I had seen this car before on display in the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA, but this was the first time I had the privilege of inspecting its highly-refined and purpose-built ‘cockpit’ interior. This is the only surviving Aéro Coupé. It was delivered new to Britain’s third Baron Rothschild in 1936.

We’d need a Car Guy Chronicle’s widescreen here to show you the full profile splendor of this 2005 Best of Show ‘37 Delage D8-120 S Pourtout Aéro Coupé. So, I decided to snap a closer look at the aerodynamic rear-of-cowl sections. This streamlined sensation is proudly owned by Sam & Emily Mann of Englewood, NJ.

With its swooping twin-arch fenders and low body profile, this deep cherry-burgundy 25 Lancia Lambda Casaro Roadster has the look of a lean, long-distance runner. The Lancia is owned and passionately cared for by Paul & Victoria Tullius of Chico, CA.

https://www.mcpherson.edu/autorestoration/This ‘24 Miller 122 Junior 8 Special was brought to PEBBLE BEACH 2021: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. It was on display with an impressive collection of early Indy 500 winners that were designed and driven by automotive racing innovator Harold ‘Harry’ Miller in the 1920s and 1930s. Miller cars were not only beautifully designed and powerful; they were proven podium grabbers – having won the prestigious Indy 500 10 times!

A rare, one-of-two ‘66 Ferrari 365 P Pininfarina Berlinetta Speciales took 1st Place in Class P-4. This triple-take concept sports car is often referred to as the Berlinetta Tre-Posti to describe its three-across seating positions with the driver in the middle. The car is featured in the Tour d’Elegance 2021 poster and is part of the impressive RQ Collections, The Woodlands, TX.

Speaking of unique interiors, this hypnotic, rococo blue cabin often leaves people speechless. It adorns Peter & Merle Mullin’s ‘35 Voisin C 25 Aérodyne. The New York Times described the Aérodyne as “A Deco confection, flamboyant and French.” The C25’s designer Gabriel Voisin spent his early years designing and building airplanes. His experience and streamlined visions no doubt heavily influenced his automotive forays. By the way, the cars ashtrays are made of Lalique glass. Mais bien sûr!

The PEBBLE BEACH 2021: CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE paid tribute to the Lamborghini Countach this year, marking the 50th anniversary of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s low and chiseled, scissor-doored Supercar classic. It was first introduced in 1971 as an audacious follow-up to the Miura.

WOW! Rare ‘64 ATS 2500 GTS Allemano Sports Coupé  – two-seater GT with mid-engine power from a 2.5L alloy V8. Designed by ex-Bertone stylist Franco Scaglione, coachwork by Carrozzeria Allemano of Turin. The ATS 2500 GTS was launched at the 1963 Geneva Salon but unsurmountable financial challenges doomed the venture. ATS closed its doors in 1964. This Pebble car is from Stephen Bell Classic Investments Inc. of Colorado.

Racing Legends! Porsche brought their world-famous Circuit de la Sarthe cars to Pebble Beach and what a powerful display it was. At the leading-end of the lineup was arguably the most famous Porsche racecar of the period – 917 KH car number 22, the 1971 Le Mans winner driven by Gijsvan Lennep and Helmut Marko. I was lucky to get this shot of it and car number 20 early in the morning, as it was rarely not surrounded by fans for the remainder of the Concours.

66 Ferrari 365 P Pininfarina Berlinetta SpecialeIt happens: Color is transmitted from your eyes to the brain, the brain releases racing hormones and your heart begins to beat faster as a gasoline grin forms on your face. You’ve just eyed a bold blue and orange Gulf livery on a Porsche 917. This response is sometimes called an involuntary Automotacular reaction. But don’t worry, it’s good for you. Just ask any Car Guy!

Almost all sanctioned racing has regulations and back in the day, at Le Mans, if you wanted your entry to pass inspection it had to have two seats, space for a suitcase and it had to carry an inboard spare tire. Here it reveals itself from the “Long Tail” end of Porsche 917K car # 2.

Lights! Camera! Ferrari! This sexy-silver competition-heritage ‘54 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe was originally ordered by film director Roberto Rossellini and was the Pebble Beach Best of Show in 2014. Surprisingly, this was the first and is still the only time Ferrari took the Top Honors at Pebble.

Perhaps you caught a glimpse of this four-seat ’54 Chrysler GS-1 Ghia Coupe purring along Pacific Coast Highway in Thursday’s Tour d’Elegance? I had to wait until Sunday’s Concours to get a close-up look at this 1950s collaboration from Chrysler and Italian coachbuilder Ghia. Powered by a 235 horsepower Hemi V8, this coupe was built on a New Yorker chassis and made its debut at the 1954 Paris Auto Show.

I’ve long been a fan of the Chevy powered Iso Grifo and was really excited to discover Peter Wilde’s gem, the one-off 63 Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype Bertone Coupe parked near the back fairway. This historic Iso was exhibited at the 1963 Torino Motor Show and the 1964 New York Auto Show. Its significance did not go unnoticed as it took 1st Place, Class N: ISO at Pebble.

It’s still a bit shocking to learn that the first electric automobiles made their American debut around the 1890s. That’s soooo UnTesla! Fast-forward to 1922 when this six-window Milburn Light Electric 27L Carriage first whirred-up its GE 81-volt, 46-amp motor and rolled out of the Milburn Wagon Company. Here’s another shock: Cost when new, $2,000!

It’s been called the Duesenberg Brothers’ Crowning Achievement. It had a Fred Duesenberg centrifugal supercharger and 320 horsepower Straight Eight. On August 31, 1935 its streamlined yellow fuselage blew past the timers at Bonneville clocking 160 mph with driver Ab Jenkins at the wheel. It’s the ‘35 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Speedster and it was one of the showstoppers at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2021 – and it is indubitably – Automotacular!

Words & Photos ©Jim Palam, https://www.jimpalamphotos.com/

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UGUR SAHIN: ALFA ROMEO NIVOLA!

UGUR SAHIN: ALFA ROMEO NIVOLA!

Designer Ugur Sahin introduces his latest design: Alfa Romeo Nivola. It’s a modern interpretation of the legendary Alfa Romeo Stradale 33 designed by Franco Scaglione in 1967.

UGUR SAHIN: ALFA ROMEO NIVOLA!UGUR SAHIN: ALFA ROMEO NIVOLA!Our design briefing was to carefully translate the original design into a modern interpretation, while incorporating an Alfa Romeo 4C the rolling chassis. This made it possible to convert a stock donor car into something exclusive, limited and timeless…. just like the beautiful original 33! Designer Ugur Sahin, left.

A few options were considered for naming the concept, as the rich history of the Alfa Romeo brand involves many great personalities and achievements. Then after doing some deeper research I found out about the racing legend Tazio Nuvolari, nicknamed Nivola.

He epitomized courage and daring and for 30 years he amazed the racing world with his exploits on both two and four wheels resulting in several championship titles in motorcycle as well as sports car championships. For Alfa Romeo he won several world championship titles, a few Mille Miglia and Targa Florio races and, to top it off, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Alfa Romeo.

Personally I was very impressed with following story of the legendary Nivola. At the Monza Grand Prix for motorcycles he crashed during practice. This resulted in two broken legs. After doctors put plaster casts on both legs he was told that it would be at least one month before he could walk again let alone race motorcycles. The next day he started the race having himself tied to his bike. He required his mechanics to hold him upright at the start of the race and to catch him at the end. The legend of Tazio Nuvolari, below, began that day when he won that race!

As I admire people who fight hard for achieving personal goals in life, I decided to name the Alfa Romeo Nivola in honor of the great Tazio Nuvolari.

The development of the Nivola came to life after I visited the Pebble Beach Concours last year in Monterey, CA. I was so impressed with the Best of Show winning Alfa 33 Stradale that I decided to try and pay homage to the Alfa Romeo brand as well as the original 33 Stradale by creating a modern interpretation of the original design.

UGUR SAHIN: ALFA ROMEO NIVOLA!As it would have been too easy just to copy the original closely, I decided to go the hard way and develop a production ready concept, based on an existing Alfa Romeo chassis. Because of the nimble size as well as the ultra-light weight of the original vehicle, it was only common sense to develop a design based on the Alfa Romeo 4C underpinnings. That created a huge challenge, as the proportions and “hard points” of the 4C chassis are quite different than the original Alfa 33 Stradale. In order to get closer to the proportions of the 33, the rear of the car was extended in order to create sleek rear fenders that extend all the way back to the edge of the rear end.

UGUR SAHIN: ALFA ROMEO NIVOLA!The Nivola concept design has been entirely developed from a stock Alfa Romeo 4C chassis scan so if there is a healthy demand, a very limited and exclusive production will be arranged with either carbon fiber or aluminum body panels.

UGUR SAHIN: ALFA ROMEO NIVOLA!For more information on the Nivola and other designs and concepts, please visit http://www.ugursahindesign.com/

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