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.
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.