Alfa Romeo GTV

Alfa GTV Ricci
Remember the dent my Alfa Spider received? Well, I’ve got it in the shop for repairs now. I was concerned that the work be done correctly, so sought advice from my mechanic who sent me to “Ricci Collision” Their garage was reassuringly full of old Alfas and Fiats (amongst others) in various states of progress. Thanks to Paolo (one of the proprietors) for allowing me to toddle around the garage with my camera!

Above we have a GTV t1750 or 2000 that looked not far off (in spite of the way I sketched it) being ready for paint. Behind is a Duetto, half covered by a tarp, already painted a beautiful red.

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Robert Wickens, Hockenheim


Congratulations to Robert Wickens – 2nd in Race 1 and 6th in Race 2 (DTM at Hockenheim) – 2nd overall in the new season – great start! Click for larger image…

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Italians in a garage


An old Fiat under a Duetto. This is what I found when I took my Alfa in for service. Reassuring.

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More stuff from the basement of wonders…

Metralla Hub

The rear hub of a Bultaco Metralla… well – a bit of a “Faux-taco Metralla”. Or would that be “Bultaco Faux-tralla”?  Gerald is building a Metralla he can ride and park regularly without concern, and thus, rather than making a stock bike, is cobbling bits together from different sources, while keeping the appearance of the original. Can’t wait to see the outcome.

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Bultaco 360 Astro engine

<Bultaco Astro

From Gerald’s basement, again. A wealth of sketching opportunity there…:-)

Click to enlarge. Am trying to remember to futz with the HTML so this works.

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Half an engine…

Half engine

… is better than none…

More stuff from Gerald’s basement.

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Gerald’s Basement


A wall in Gerald’s (the proud owner of the Metralla in the dining room) basement – apparently he’s watched the same movies as I have – references anyone?


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Volvo Amazon, Penang, Malaysia


This was supposed to have been a “quick” photoshop sketch, but I fear I got a little carried away. I think one of my problems with photoshop is the “zoom” tool – in that I tend to work at 3 or 400%, which means that while there is a nice “sketchiness” at that size, when reduced to size as all of that (or most) is lost. Next time I’ll try working only at size as… I think I overused the “smudge” tool too – especially in the “drapery”.

I was a little surprised by Malaysia -I was expecting far more “classic” cars – after all – they don’t have the winters we do. Interestingly though, the only really old cars I saw (and these were few and far between) were Volvos and Mercedes. Then it dawned on me – this is really not a country for convertibles or cars without AC… it’s simply too hot. The owner of this car had it partially covered – possibly to keep it cool, but I also heard it was to avoid it getting constantly photographed – there is a well known image of a Yellow Amazon taken against a wall in Penang, and it may be that this was getting too much attention.

Didn’t stop me from taking a shot though…:-)

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Happy Valentine’s Day!


…because, let’s face it, nothing say’s “Happy Valentine’s” better than a sketch of Audrey Hepburn in an Autobianchi Binachina convertible…

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Bultaco Metralla… in situ

Bultaco Metralla

My friend, Gerald, is an inspiration to all of us… not only does he have (quite literally) hundreds of motorcycles in various states of repair and disrepair (mostly the latter) , but he has a lovely vintage Bultaco Metralla in his dining room. Yes. In his dining room.

I visited recently and took loads of shots of his shop to sketch from, but this is, I think, the pièce de résistance… while the rest of us mediate discussions of the necessity, or not, of more pillows for the sofa, Gerald has a Bultaco Metralla in his dining room. Sigh. Evelyn rightly points out (with ill-disguised relief) that as we live in a condo, there is no possibility of me taking such liberties… but I wonder – if not a full motorcycle, why not just an old  BSA engine to put in the spare bathroom? Failing that, how about an old Briggs and Stratton lawnmower engine for the kitchen?


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