AROCA Phillip Island December 2015
Dec22

AROCA Phillip Island December 2015

I felt a lot of excitement in the lead up to this event at Phillip Island, as I hadn’t driven there since 2011 and this was the first outing since a lot of improvements to the car including weight reduction and the new 16v engine.  I invited my mate Sheldon to have a drive as well.  The excitement was justified, as the car felt simply fantastic – much faster everywhere on the track and hooking up much better in the corners...

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Winton Alfa Racing August 2015
Aug05

Winton Alfa Racing August 2015

    Our second AROCA race meeting was held on a damp and cold day at Winton Raceway.  I struggled for rear-end grip because I used some old hard used race rubber on the back.  Trying to save some dollars but ended up with a car that was very difficult to drive quickly, constantly wanting to swap ends.  Race one I was doing okay and due to a couple of retirements moved up to second place until I spun at turn one on the final lap,...

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Winton Alfa Racing March 2015
Apr07

Winton Alfa Racing March 2015

For the first time in 2015 AROCA is running race events within our sprint days under AASA regulations.  Those of us with suitable cars with rollcages and a AASA national circuit license can compete in proper racing with grid starts and line honours at stake.  It’s relatively inexpensive and a nice step up from club sprints.  We had a good field of cars, although a couple dropped out before the first race.  This left me at the...

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Winton 6 Hour Relay October 2014
Oct21

Winton 6 Hour Relay October 2014

Once again I joined the team Maschi di Alfa to try to win the Winton 6-hour relay.  We had our strategy, we felt comfortable on Saturday afternoon, but failed to put together a good result on Sunday.  Still we had lots of fun, avoided any significant mayhem, and came away with smiles all round.  Such a brilliant event, it’s not surprising it is fully subscribed every...

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Veloce Racing Wakefield Park – August 2014
Aug25

Veloce Racing Wakefield Park – August 2014

We had a great road trip to Wakefield Park near Goulburn in NSW, along with three other Alfa racers from Victoria. I joined a grid of 38 Alfa Romeo racing cars in what surely must be a record number in Australia if not further afield. I’d never been to Wakefield Park before, but what a magic little track. It feels a bit like Winton short circuit, being short and technical suiting handling over horsepower. It’s a little...

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A new heart with 16 valves
Aug20

A new heart with 16 valves

The old 1.5 8v engine was quite sick after our sprint day in March, so we decided it was time to build the 16v engine. We’d been collecting parts for the engine for years, but just needed a hurry up! 1.7 block with a 1.5 cranks (makes 1.6, to keep me in class) Cat cams 288deg/12.1mm lift + valve springs, retainers, buckets Everything lightened and balanced. 10.2:1 compression Standard valve sizes etc. Dellorto 45 carbs.  ...

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