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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-03-2016, 10:06 AM
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Congratulations, Alf!
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Congratulations! Nice pics.
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Congrats! The spider looks good in red. Now you need to get the Hawaiian shirt and grow a cheesy mustache.
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Congratulations Alf. Just in time for the rain. Hope the sun shines soon for you, though it's probably beaming in your garage right now. Regards.
Another day of rain.... will just have to watch her sleeping in the garage and wait for the sun to come out tomorrow.
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After many months of waiting, my Italian mistress moved in with us yesterday. I have to say that I have a very understanding wife, as she had watched me on the Internet every day for the past couple of years checking out the lines on the Alfa Romeo 4c Spider and her sister the 4c Coupe. I must have watched every video, read every report & admired thousands of pictures. Now my wife has welcomed my mistress into our home ? I had thought there would have been more rivalry, maybe a bit of cat-fighting and a lot more jealousy, but so far things are working out well.


I don?t speak any Italian, so we have had to resort to sign language and interpreting body language; so far I have managed to find out the following:

Her full name is Isabella ? but her friends call her Bella.

She?s a red-head, but not just any red ? she?s a competizione red head.

Her Grandmother once had an affair with a Ferrari Dino ? a romance that is still recognised with the unofficial family crest ? a quadrifoglio proudly worn on the side of Ferrari F1 cars even today. They are a romantic bunch the Italians.

Bella?s own mother had an affair with a Porsche GT 3 and brought great shame to the family ? so much so that Bella?s mother was sent away to the cousins place, the Maserati family at Modena in northern Italy, where the beautiful but illegitimate love-child Isabella was born.

The Alfa family couldn?t stay mad at them for very long ? once they saw how beautiful Isabella was, they welcomed her and her mother back with open arms.

Bella has grown up and now decided to migrate to Australia to be with her new family and I look forward to learning to speak and think in Italian as we get to know each other.

First impressions: she is even more beautiful than her profile pictures & videos. She has curves in all the right places and is athletically slim at the same time. She has rock-star presence when she enters the room and all that see her nod in approval.

A lot of the motoring journalists don?t know what they are talking about ? this is a beautiful car & I can?t see any flaws, maybe I?m just blinded by love.

I have been asked if she is a Zonda ? I smiled and said ?no ? This is an Alfa Romeo 4c Spider?. I?m beginning to understand what you guys have been talking about on this forum for a number of years ? this car brings smiles to people?s faces and gives them permission to comment, bringing out the child in all of us.

I am currently locked in all weather and natural modes ? and they have enough performance for now ? we don?t need to rush things as we get to know each other.

I?m really looking forward to seeing how this relationship develops.

For now I can?t get this stupid grin off my face.


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Alf.
I showed this post to my wife. I could hear her giggling. "Red-head, uh-huh" Then she asks if I wrote this. Finally, "Oh, a spider. And I thought this was about our redhead."
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It was a lovely sunny winter's day, so I took a couple of my neighbours for a ride in the Spider this morning to make up for the loud sports exhaust that they now have to put up with every time I drive by - they both really enjoyed the experience and I now have some noise credits.

Made a mess of one of the 1-2 gear shifts whilst talking and hit the rev limiter cut-out. Note to self: 1. don't talk to the passenger and accelerate hard at the same time and 2. grab 2nd gear early as the car slows dramatically when you hit the rev limit hard

Took the Missus out for a cruise to Sydney's Northern Beaches with the roof off - had to drive in good boy mode due to the double demerit point speeding blitz by the Police in the interests of safety this weekend. I look at this as normal points speeding for the long weekend and regard the rest of the time as half-point speeding.

Had lots of fun anyway, even though the traffic was heavy at times. These cars accelerate smartly off the line even when you aren't trying.

Having the roof off puts you a lot more in touch with your surroundings and the car was a hit with lots of people.

There were lots of people out enjoying their sports cars - got a thumbs up from a guy driving his Aston Martin DB9 Convertable - now that's a seriously cool car, but it's no Alfa

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It was a lovely sunny winter's day, so I took a couple of my neighbours for a ride in the Spider this morning to make up for the loud sports exhaust that they now have to put up with every time I drive by - they both really enjoyed the experience and I now have some noise credits.

Made a mess of one of the 1-2 gear shifts whilst talking and hit the rev limiter cut-out. Note to self: 1. don't talk to the passenger and accelerate hard at the same time and 2. grab 2nd gear early as the car slows dramatically when you hit the rev limit hard

Took the Missus out for a cruise to Sydney's Northern Beaches with the roof off - had to drive in good boy mode due to the double demerit point speeding blitz by the Police in the interests of safety this weekend. I look at this as normal points speeding for the long weekend and regard the rest of the time as half-point speeding.

Had lots of fun anyway, even though the traffic was heavy at times. These cars accelerate smartly off the line even when you aren't trying.

Having the roof off puts you a lot more in touch with your surroundings and the car was a hit with lots of people.

There were lots of people out enjoying their sports cars - got a thumbs up from a guy driving his Aston Martin DB9 Convertable - now that's a seriously cool car, but it's no Alfa

Cheers,

Alf.
Congrats, she looks great. Enjoy her to the max, I'm sure you will. I find Interesting that in Australia you have rolling speed/penalty weekends...What will these Gov's do next...I know, don't ask.
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You mean you are not going to make a donation to Her Majesty's birthday fund?

Love your stories and your sense of humour, Alf. Great that you are enjoying your new mistress.
By now, Dynamic mode must have unlocked. Bet you are just waiting for "half demerit" time to kick in again.

Be good. Be fast!

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Ahh, yes. Good times indeed.
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Almost a year & still in Lust.... I mean Love

Well, I can't believe it, but it's coming up to a year already since our Italian Mistress moved in with us.

How do I know?

Because the service guy gave me a call to book Bella in for her first annual inspection.

We have shared 12900 + km's together (I only get to drive her two weeks in four) and I think we have developed a meaningful relationship now.

My wife posted a link to Queen's "I'm in love with my car" to my FaceBook page, so I'm thinking that she knows about our relationship (not that I have tried to hide it from her) - she has been very understanding and likes to come out on dates with us & I'm OK with that (& so is Bella - she's not at all jealous of the relationship I have with my wife when we aren't out driving together).

After the service guy gave me a call, I responded by e-mail with a couple of things that I would like them to look at while the car is in for service (nothing major, just the rubber strip I tore off in the first week, raising the headlights' dipped beam slightly, a rattle from behind the passenger seat that comes & goes, and having a look around to see if I have damaged anything underneath as the car has occasionally rubbed the surface of the road).

Cheekily, I asked if my loan car could be a Giulia Quadrifoglio in Competizione Rosso.... Knowing full well that I will get a Fiat 500 if I'm lucky... That was yesterday morning.

Anyway, today in the post I get a copy of April 2017's Wheels magazine (valued at $9.95) and a letter signed by Steve Zanlunghi, CEO of Alfa Romeo Australia, praising the Giulia QF and wanting to share the good news story. The magazine has a front page story on how the Giulia QF takes it to the BMW M3 and Mercedes AMG C63 S and beats them at their own game. Now that may be a coincidence that this magazine appears in my letterbox today and it may be that all of the Australian based 4C owners are getting the same magazine delivered in the post, but I think not.

So Steve, if you are reading this, please, please, please, authorise the release of a Giulia Quadrifoglio to me for a couple of days while Bella is in your workshop, you know I love her (the 4C), you know I will return for her, and you know I cannot be without her for too long, but I do like the Giulia QF and would love to have an extended test drive with just the three of us (my wife, your car and me) - you are my only hope of ever getting to drive one.

Cheers,

Alf.

P.S. Steve - I'm never going to part with my Spider, so we will have to come up with a deal where I can pay the Giulia QF off in instalments.
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