Friday, January 23, 2009

Guts or Nuts?

Those who've known me for awhile know that of all the cars I've owned my 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano (known as the Alfa Romeo 75 to most of the world) was one of my favorites, if not my very favorite. It was the perfect combination of everything that makes a car "right" to me. That's not what this post is going to be about, though.

I'm sure by now you seen the news about Fiat (Alfa's parent company) taking a 35% stake in Chrysler. That, of course, got me thinking that maybe, just maybe, they'll start selling semi-affordable (i.e. in the BMW 3 Series / Audi A4 price range) Alfas in this country again. (You can get a new Alfa in this country now, the spectacular 8C, but at around a quarter-of-a-million-dollars, it's a bit out of my price range - by about a quarter-of-a-million-dollars.) But that's not what this post is going to be about either.

While prowling the internet last night, looking for info on some of Alfas recent models, I stumbled on this video. This is of a man with an Alfa 75 (just like the one I owned) doing a "burnout". Burnouts (the tire kind and the people kind) have never impressed me. It just seems like a really good way of chewing up some expensive tires for no real purpose. But what amazed me about this video is just how close to a cement wall this guy is doing his burnout. One small slip of the foot and it's zero-to-wall in .05 seconds. There's a thin line between confidence and craziness. I'm not sure which side this guy is on.

By the way, check out the exhaust sound of this car. Mine sounded similar (I had an Ansa exhaust on mine) and is one the many reasons I loved my Alfa Milano (75) so much.


Anonymous said...

Dave –

Not only is the guy in that video nuts for doing that, but it is
really stupid in one of these cars, unless the car is about 30 seconds away from being scrapped for other reasons.

First the clutches in those car can’t stand up to much abuse, but if driven properly will last in excess of 100,000 miles. If I remember correctly, your Milano was on the original clutch when you sold it, with what 140,000 miles on it?

Then there are the infamous driveshaft donuts, they really won’t take the abuse and last I heard some if not all of them (as I’m sure you remember, there were 3) are NLA, and very difficult to find these days (as are engine mounts BTW).

Monkey Boy said...

Hey Dave-

The Milano left me a few years ago to a friend in NH who happens to be a FIAT freak.

I know it ran great for you, it ran great for me, and now even though it sits idle most of the time, it starts right up and drives fine. The guy who has it now loves it as much as we did.