Alfa Romeo is taking part as usual in the Goodwood Festival of Speed which is being held this weekend in West Sussex in England with its cars present on an official stand, in the paddocks and in action on the hillclimb. Photos: Alfa Romeo.

Alfa Romeo is taking part as usual in the Goodwood Festival of Speed which is being held this weekend in West Sussex in England. A large Alfa Romeo stand has been prepared for the occasion, where the public can see the two current production models and some cars from the Alfa Romeo Museum.

In honour of the Giulia model, which celebrates its 50-year anniversary, the display area features two "coupé" racing versions: the powerful "1750 GT Am" (1970) and the "GTA 1300 Junior". Next to them, again part of Alfa Romeo historical collection, are the Gran Premio Tipo B 'P3' of 1932, the Alfa 6C 3000CM of 1953, the Alfa GTA 1300 Junior of 1972 and the more recent Alfa 155 V6 TI DTM of 1993.

The six historic cars will face up to the Festival of Speed's main attraction: the Goodwood Hillclimb course. The route of nearly 2 km begins as a tree-lined road crossing the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate and then turns precipitately in front of Goodwood House before climbing up a rough, narrow road enclosed between stone walls and thick woodland toward the Goodwood racing track that dominates the top of the majestic South Downs. It should not be forgotten that the height difference between the beginning and end of the track is nearly 100 m.

The display is completed by two example of the MiTo model, in the 1.3 JTDm 85 HP and 85 HP Turbo TwinAir models - the latter in its UK début - and two Giuliettas: the exclusive 235 HP "Quadrifoglio Verde" 1750 TBi and the 170 HP 1.4 TB MultiAir with innovative twin clutch automatic transmission, Alfa TCT. There is also space for the Alfa 8C Spider which will bolt from the crowd to climb the roads of Goodwood Hill, before being displayed in the "Supercar Paddock".

Finally, a new Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde, which set off on 24 June from the test track at Balocco (Vercelli), has arrived at Goodwood after passing through seven nations: Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. During the journey, the Alfa Romeo team interviewed the enthusiasts of the Alfa Romeo Clubs in the nations involved and documented the whole adventure - it will do the same at the three-day festival.

Alfa Romeo MiTo Turbo TwinAir and three days of concerts for its UK début

The MiTo Turbo TwinAir equipped with the two-cylinder 0.9 Turbo TwinAir is making its UK debut in Goodwood. To launch the new version, Alfa Romeo UK is hosting a series of live acoustic performances by three big names at the stand prepared for the "Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012". They are the duo Tim Burgess and Mark Collins of The Charlatans, indie icons, supported by British rock legend Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene, and then by alternative indie rocker Marner Brown. Alfa Romeo has been promoting and sponsoring concerts, music events, DJ sets, bands, exhibits and high-level sessions since 2008. The public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed can also see a MiTo equipped with the turbodiesel 1.3 JTDm.

Alfa Romeo celebrates 50 years of the "Giulia" model with 6 outstanding historic cars

June 1962, Monza - June 2012, Goodwood. Half a century separates these two dates and these two legendary locations for motorsport fans; one car unites them: the Giulia, presented to the international press on 27 June 1962 at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, a track where Alfa Romeo built up a great part of its legend. The sports saloon from Portello is 50 years old: this model is a fundamental part of the brand's history, the first car - in all its variations - to be produced in one million models, the Alfa Romeo with the greatest international presence, in the 15 glorious years of its career, with the timeless Spider Duetto which carried on as far as 1994, considered "the last Giulia" by enthusiasts.

The Giulias starring at the 2012 edition of the Festival of Speed could be none other than the coupé racing versions from Alfa Romeo museum collection: the powerful "1750 GT Am" (1970), the development based on the "1750 GT Veloce", American version - hence the "Am" in the name - and the "GTA 1300 Junior", the "enfant terrible", in wide track configuration, which earned Alfa Romeo two European Touring Car Championships in 1971 and 1972. These two cars represent the extremes achieved in tuning the celebrated twin-shaft four-cylinder model for racing by Autodelta, Alfa Romeo's racing department, which came into being precisely with the 105-Giulia: from the 1290 cc of the "Junior" to the 1985 cc of the "GT Am", from the 165 HP of the "enfant terrible" to the 230 of the ultimate version. Among the countless international victories of the "GTAs", "GT Ams" and "GTA 1300 Juniors", one record stands out: the "GTA" was the first touring car to come in at under 10 minute on the Nürburgring circuit, over the 24 km of the Herculean Nordschleife. Together with the "racing" versions of the Giulia, a static version of one of the most original prototypes of the 105 series will be at Goodwood: the "Giulia SS" of 1965, designed by Bertone and produced in just one model. The style of this gran turismo, sober and refined, anticipates some solutions, modern and innovative, adopted on certain Italian sports cars in the following years of the seventies.

The Giulia won't be the only Alfa Romeo model to which enthusiasts will pay tribute. A further four valuable cars from the Alfa Romeo Museum will be on display at the Cathedral Paddock, starting with the "Gran Premio Tipo B - P3" which celebrates no less than 80 years this year. Born in 1932, this single-seater is one of Vittorio Jano's masterpieces: its powerful 8 cylinders in line with double supercharger, together with the particular configuration of the transmission and exceptional dynamic qualities allowed the P3 to win all the international Grans Prix from 1932 to 1934. The Tipo B was driven by all the most famous drivers of the thirties - Nuvolari, Varzi, Caracciola, Chiron, Moll - who drove this versatile and effective single-seater to victory even in races which were conceptually distant from the "grand prix" formula, such as the Targa Florio and the Mille Miglia.

The "6C 3000 CM", a race spider equipped with a 275 HP 3.5-litre six cylinder in line engine, driven by Manuel Fangio in 1953, is another of Alfa Romeo's official cars present in England. In addition to the ill-fated Mille Miglia of 1953, in the same year Fangio carried the "3000 CM" to victory at the "Gran Premio Supercortemaggiore" in Merano. It is precisely the same vehicle which belongs to the Alfa Romeo Museum, modified by Alfa's advanced experimental department in 1955 with the adoption of disc brakes. By the side of the "CM" is the "155 V6 Ti" of 1993, the most recent car offered by Alfa Romeo to the English public: this year it warms up the 450 HP of its V6 2.5-litre engine in anticipation of the next edition of the Festival of Speed, in which the 155 will celebrate the twenty years from the victory by Nicola Larini in the "DTM", the German Touring Car Championship in which, in the 1993 season, the Italian pilot chalked up half of the races on the calendar.

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