15.07.2011 ALFA ROMEO CENTRE STAGE AT GOODWOOD

ALFA ROMEO ALFETTA 159 - 2011 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
ALFA ROMEO 4C CONCEPT - 2011 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
ALFA ROMEO 33TT12 - 2011 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

With a century of sporting success behind it Alfa Romeo was one of the star turns earlier this month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: spanning its legendary historic racers in the Cathedral Paddock to its latest high performance machine in the Supercar Run.

With a century of sporting success behind it Alfa Romeo was one of the star turns earlier this month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: spanning its legendary historic racers in the Cathedral Paddock to its latest high performance machine in the Supercar Run.

Goodwood is a celebration of motorsports achievement, possibly the biggest such event in the world today, so it is only fitting that Alfa Romeo should be at the heart of this huge extravaganza. Each year the Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo brings a clutch of historic legends from the official museum at Arese. The passion and enthusiasm of the museum's technicians keep alive a tradition of excellence, allowing the pages of motorsport history to come to life again and again. The museum has a busy annual programme headlined by the Mille Miglia and Goodwood has grown in stature to become one of the most important dates on its calendar.

This year the museum brought over four cars, each one a racing icon and each one nestling in the Cathedral Paddock before make its runs up the 1.16 mile long hillclimb.

The oldest member of the quartet was the 6C 1750 Gran Sport, it is also one of the most successful: designed by Vittorio Jano this 1750cc online 4-cylinder engined racing car with around 101 bhp on tap kicks off its long roll call of honors with victory on the 1930 Mille Miglia in the hands of Tazio Nuvolari.

Then there were three museum cars from the fifties at Goodwood, led out by the Alfetta 159 which won the 1951 FIA World Championship with Juan-Manuel Fangio. This year in fact is the sixtieth anniversary of that title, the first of five championships that the Argentine was to win, and adding more significance as late last month saw the one hundredth anniversary of the legendary driver's birth.

Wrapping up what was to be a golden decade for Alfa Romeo was the 6C 3000 CM, a 3.5-litre inline 6-cylinder and one of a handful of spiders built that notably won the 1953 Grand Prix Supercortemaggiori with Fangio behind the wheel, and a 750 Competizione from 1955 fitted with the in-line 4-cylinder engine from the Giulietta. The final museum member to be found lurking under the canvas covers of the Cathedral Paddock out of the glare of the sunshine was the 33TT12 which won the World Championship for Makes in 1975.

The latest sports car from Alfa Romeo, the 8C Spider, was in the Supercar Paddock, its sweeping carbon fibre bodywork, retro cues and rasping 4.7 litre V8 Maserati engine meaning this Alfa Romeo Centro Stile designed car was always at the centre of visitor's attentions.

Finally Alfa Romeo UK had a large marquee where the 4C Concept, which was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring, was presented. Alfa Romeo claims that it will build this showcar to spearhead a potential return to the U.S. market next year. Also on show at the Alfa Romeo booth were the latest Model Year versions of the MiTo and Giulietta, both in range-topping Quadrifoglio Verde specification. The MiTo QV in particular has just benefitted from a specification upgrade.
 

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