Archive for February, 2018

Stelvio News

Advanced technologies unique to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include torque vectoring differential, a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro Selector with Race mode, and a Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension. Compared to the standard Stelvio, there are a few exterior components that are unique including a rear spoiler and side sill insert. On all four corners are 20-inch aluminum wheels, with six-piston Brembo front brakes. Inside the cabin are aggressively bolstered Alcantara leather seating surfaces with 14-way power front seats, including four-way lumbar, leather-wrapped dash and doors with accent stitching, genuine carbon fiber interior trim, and more.

Available options that have been announced include ultra-lightweight carbon fiber shell Sparco racing seats, and a Brembo carbon ceramic material brake system.

“We specifically crafted the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to truly set itself apart among high-performance vehicles and it does not disappoint – whether being driven on the Nürburgring or on roads across North America,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Equipped with the most powerful Alfa Romeo engine ever and our advanced Q4 all-wheel-drive system, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio roars to life with an exhilarating driving experience.”

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Marvin Smith Just Can’t Help Himself

Sometimes I can’t help myself.  I am completely redoing my 81 Spider.  I had the paint touched up by my body man, took out the engine and transmission to be rebuilt, then took the car to an upholstery man to have the interior redone as well.  I felt that would put my Spider on the top of the list for Spiders. 

I knew this would bring my Spider to the next level, then I found a Spider for sale in Alabama with a hardtop.  Needless to say, I bought the 89 Spider for its hardtop and it also had a new soft top that could replace my slightly used soft top.

I now have everything to put together the #1 Spider, in my opinion, that exists.  Not only will the car have a great paint job, high performance chromed engine, custom leather interior and a removable hardtop, (which is rare), but it will still be the only Spider that has its own boat to pull.

It will not be finished to show off at the March meeting, but be assured I will have it out soon to show it off.





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LeClerc Joins Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 in 2018, All-New Team Concept Livery Revealed

Sauber could be in for its most successful run in years.


Ferrari junior stud and reigning GP2 champion Charles LeClerc will officially have a spot in F1 come 2018. After rumors that the Monaco-born driver would join Sauber next season, the team confirmed the news in a recent announcement. In addition to revealing the duo of LeClerc and Marcus Ericcson, the Swiss outfit also debuted its Alfa Romeo-focused livery as part of the two’s newfound relationship.

Sauber held an exclusive press event in Milan, Italy to mark its fresh start with added Ferrari-backing. The acquisition of LeClerc should also aid the team’s efforts after struggling in 2017, placing last in Constructors’ Standings.

Team principal Frederic Vasseur said of the announcement: “With Marcus and Charles, we have a strong driver duo for the debut season of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. Marcus is an experienced Formula One driver, who knows the procedures and the team well, after having worked together for the past 3 years. He is a team player and has a very positive attitude.”

LeClerc was prompt to mention his excitement as well after making the move which many thought to be a no-brainer. 

“I am very happy to be entering Formula One in 2018,” said the rook. “First and foremost, I would like to thank Ferrari for their support. I would also like to thank Sauber for their trust and confidence in me as a driver and look forward to joining the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for the upcoming season.”

Vasseur explained that the team is in a rigorous development session preparing for 2018. This includes getting LeClerc and Ericcson plenty of time behind the wheel as well as Antonio Giovinazzi, another successful Ferrari protege who was considered for a full-time role with the outfit. Sauber will bump up to a current-spec Ferrari power unit next season in addition to its other improvements, all of which Vasseur claims to be a significant leap towards success.

“This winter is going to be very busy, and it will be important to push the development of the car in order to have a good start to the season. I am optimistic that 2018 can be a big step and a good chance for us to move up in the fi


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March 17 (Sat) 2018 – Quarterly Luncheon Meeting

March 17 (Sat) 2018 – Quarterly Luncheon Meeting at 11:00 a.m. (central) at the home of Bob and Judy McKeown, 4948 Bull Run Rd., Ashland City, TN 37015.  Contact or 615 351-1435.  Tentative:  There may be a drive associated with this meeting.

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