Becoming Alfisti

It’s been a long, long time since my last post.  Thanksgiving came and went, Christmas came and went, New Year’s came and went… and then there was Super Bowl.  Now we Texans love us some football.  BBQ and football.  This is where Friday Night Lights got its name.  Most of us are Cowboys fans and some of us are Texans fans, but who gives a hoot’n holler about the Patriots or Falcons?!  Everyone I talked to just wanted to see the Falcons win because they were sick and tired of seeing the Patriots win.  BO-RING!

So being a good Texas boy, I reluctantly had the game on (I mean, it is football after all).  Kickoffs, conversions, punts, field goals, penalties, touchdowns.  It’s all happening.  It’s on.  Atlanta is winning and I’m trying to finish making queso with just the right amount of Rotel Tomatoes in it… and then it happened.  Like it had been an American icon for years, the Alfa Romeo marque shows up on the announcers desk front and center!!!  I yelled out like a twelve year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

Everyone’s talking about it and I’m thrilled to hear people talking about Alfa Romeo again.  More people should know about the great history, the ground breaking automotive engineering, the legendary racing.  Most people don’t even know that Enzo Ferrari drove for Alfa Romeo for years.  Enzo used Alfa to build his first race cars.  Scuderia Ferrari was really the Alfa Romeo racing team with Enzo as Racing Manager, and using Alfa for his own personal goals eventually got him fired from Alfa Romeo.  The Alfa Romeo 8C 35 was it in those days and it bore forth the Ferrari marque like an illegitimate child Alfa Romeo wanted to hide under the stairs.

Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (A.L.F.A) – Founded June 24th, 1910

“The money that we earn from the sale of the 125 Sports is swallowed up by the open wheel cars, a well without bottom. On top of that there is little possibility of success, because the Alfa 158 and the Maserati 4CLT are practically unbeatable.”  – Enzo Ferrari


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