Bad Month For Alfa/Mazda and Alpine/Caterham Fantasy Car Lovers

They say that the sea is only salty because of the tears cried by misunderstood sharks that just want to be hugged. They can add my tears to that tally tonight. Earlier this month came the news that a car I was legitimately dreaming of owning one day – a new Alfa Romeo Spider developed in conjunction with a new Mazda MX-5 – was going to be hijacked by either Fiat or Abarth instead. The co-developed car was going to be built by Mazda in Japan but in what appears to be a decision that killed the deal (as far […]

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Fantasy Friday – Renault-Alpine A110

Is the Alpine A110 the discerning man’s classic car bargain of the moment? I was inspired to do this Fantasy Friday post by a photo feature on Petrolicious earlier this week. There’s a sample of it above. Click here to see the full shoot. You might be familiar with the Alpine A110. Or maybe you haven’t heard of it. Or perhaps you’re like me and have only come across it relatively recently. I’ve only been aware of this elegant classic for a few years thanks to a friend’s interest in Renault Sport vehicles. So what is the Alpine A110, aside […]

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How Lamborghini made Saab the biggest automotive insurance risk in Australia

It’s the 1980s. There’s no internet so teenage petrolheads in Australia all read Wheels magazine to get their automotive kicks. There are all manner of car stories, interesting or otherwise, but as interesting as the stories might be, they are matched or sometimes outdone by the advertisements slotted in between them. There were few ads more exotic than those for Alpine car audio. The reason is easy to see: — Anything featuring a red Lamborghini was instant automotive porn for a teenage revhead. It wasn’t just the teenagers that were captured by this, though. Alpine built a legacy that lasts […]

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