Vic Elford, the Sicilian hills and a Tipo 33 - this one's worth a watch
It won't have escaped your attention we're achingly close to reading (and seeing!) what the Alfa 4C is all about. We'll have a review with you ASAP, but this slice of classic Alfa will have to suffice for now.
There's a fabulous juxtaposition in this video between the frenzied nature of the moving footage and Vic Elford's rather prosaic commentary. But there's some real gold from Vic as he describes driving the Targa Florio. He talks of having his 'practice accidents' at one section, where this direct quote is forthcoming: "And then last year; ha, last year I hit a loca." Bonkers.
Vic is also remarkably prescient too, calling the Florio "a relic from the past" and suggesting that its days were numbered. The last event was held in 1977, five years after this footage was filmed.
This video, whilst a wonderful reminder of the commitment and bravery of men like Elford, also serves to remind us why the historic road races can't run anymore. Sheep and people wander where they please and most of the barriers appear incapable of stopping anything more than a pushbike.
That arguably makes the driving even more heroic, and the noise is really something to savour. It should stave off 4C cravings for a couple more minutes too.
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Here some more of Alfas 33 engine note, think you have to wait a minute for the race to start and the music begin...
Excellent race, thanks for sharing.
No worries, the sound is spectacular in that vid, I think its the 2.5 v8, but don't quote me on that.
I'm a big fan of the Tipo 33, rather stunning machine sadly over shadowed by the group 5 rule loophole (with the likes of the 512 and 917 stealing the show due to the engine size malarkey), but even then was able to beat the dominant 917s despite being out gunned. The tipo 33 had some amazing engineering, the 3 litre flat 12 was getting around 40more bhp than the same layout and size engine in the Ferrari 312pb, an a mazing 500bhp at 11500rpm! Now that is a redline...