27 June 2010

Alfa Century Concorso

Yesterday the Capitol Chapter of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club hosted a "Concorso" at Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, MD.  The show was part of the group's week-long celebration of Alfa Romeo's 100-year anniversary.  I went figuring there would be plenty of neat Alfas to see but unsure how many of Alfa's peerless pre- and early post-war cars would be present.  Only one, it turns out, but what an example!

Gordon Barrett of Indianapolis, IN, brought his 1932 8C 2300 Touring Spyder.  "Touring" in this case stands for Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, the coachbuilder responsible for covering the 8C 2300 running bits with all that gorgeous superleggera -- super light-weight -- aluminum bodywork.  Only a few were made at the time and suffice it to say cars aren't made like this anymore.  Every single part and detail testifies to the designer and builder's passion.  Equally impressive is the quality of the restoration, which was good enough to earn a perfect score and class win at Pebble Beach in 2005.  The car is stunning.


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