Racing adds a new depth to the reality of owning and driving a classic sports car. As I have already mentioned, there is no room for bullshit; you either go or you don't go. Fast, I mean. And it stresses the equipment in a whole other way. I was, if not surprised - then satisfied with the robustness and stamina of the Giulietta. The only thing that over-stressed the car was in fact my clumsy driving. But there is a cure for that, and it is called experience.
Last weekend the european classic racers ran the Spa 6H. I couldn't even find time to go as a spectator, but several of my friends went, and I got plenty of reports from the Belgian Ardennes. It made me think about when I will be ready for putting the Giulietta SV in that particular race?! It is the most epic of classic car races these days, and I suppose I would have to approach it by taking part in one of the supporting races first. But just think about how well the car must be prepared: Six Hours of Spa Francorchamps! This spring I did one and a half hour of trackdaying there - and it has grueling.
The last couple of years has seen a Giulietta ti participate - I also cheered for it when I watched the 6H back in 2013. It ran again this time - as I was told by one of my friends. And other than this car, only two Alfa Romeo 1600 GTAs took part. That is a meagre turnout for such a splendid marque as Alfa Romeo. Embarrassing even?! So it will most definitely be a major goal for me to represent the Portello brand in the near future. I will obviously have to team up with another driver with an international license, and we would need a seriously equipped pit crew. But it will be huge fun!
By the way; I am sure this car is the same car that was featured in the Giuliettaletta a few issues back. It was presented by the owner and his mechanic after it ran last year at the Goodwood Revival. And as such it is not an Appendix K car - or at least it wasn't for the revival, where they are allowed to install all kinds of "I swear they did this in period" upgrades and improvements. But maybe they had it back to homologated spec for Spa 6H? I choose to believe that.