January 2017

Our 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale has all the Boano body work finished and is heading to the painter. It will take 3 months for the painter to complete his work. Each coat of paint has to dry thoroughly before the next coat is applied. The owner has decide to return the Alfa to the original color scheme, yellow body with a black roof. It will look stunning on the grass at Pebble Beach.

January 2017 Arizona Concours D'Elegance Post-War European Sports Cars 1st in Class

Garry Peters was beaming as the judges at the prestigious Arizona Concours d’Elegance at the famed Arizona Biltmore Hotel handed him the best-in-class ribbon for his freshly restored 1960 Ferrari GT250 Series II Cabriolet. It was the first international show for the Ferrari sports car, with body by Pininfarina, that Garry and his wife Victoria had pursued for years. This particular car had been delivered new to Italian royalty and was number eight off the assembly line, out of the 212 built. Rare is an understatement for this classic Ferrari convertible sports car.

He focused on finding one of the early production Ferrari GT Cabriolets with the rare side vents in the front fenders that were only featured on the first 15 cars off the production line. These cars were a sensation when introduced at the 1959 Paris Auto Show. After months of searching the Internet, he found an example being sold by a dealership in Switzerland. He took the next flight to Geneva to view the car. A Ferrari expert was consulted and confirmed the car was authentic and as delivered. Peters made the purchase.

The car was shipped to the Fast Cars Auto Restoration shop in Redondo Beach, California, for a complete nut-and-bolt restoration down to the last detail. “This company had already restored twenty 250 cabriolets and I knew they were the right people for the job,” he says, noting that every piece of the car was disassembled and worked on until it was perfect. “I thought the car was in good shape until they took it apart. There were holes in the floor boards and other problems.

This car also has pedigree. It was ordered for Princess Maria-Gabrielle de Savoie, the daughter of the last king of Italy. The family had self-exiled to Switzerland and the car was delivered by a dealership in Lausanne owned by famed racecar driver Baron Emmanuel “Toulo” de Graffenreid. For the four years the restoration proceeded, Peters scoured the world for every piece of memorabilia attached to his car. Shown in display cases alongside his restored car are items that include dealers sales handbooks, leather swatches used to select interior colours, a 1960 Ferrari key fob and his and hers 1960 Ferrari watches.

Alyn Edwards is a classic car enthusiast and partner in Peak Communicators, a Vancouver-based public public relations company. aedwards@peakco.com

February 2017 41st Salon Retromobile

The Salon Retromobile 2017 was held 8-12 February at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center in Paris, France. The 41st annual Retromobile again focused entirely on classic collector cars, with more than 90,000 enthusiasts visiting the 550 booths spread over 60,000 square feet of exhibition space. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Ferrari has a place all of its own in the automotive industry’s hall of fame and the Italian brand with the prancing horse emblem continues to make dreamers out of grown-ups and little ones.

This year our booth had three cars displayed including the 1960 Alfa Romero Superflow IV, 1960 Ferrari 250 GT with body by Drogo and the oldest Alfa Romeo in existence, the 1921 G1.

1960 Alfa Romeo Superflow

Chassis 00128 originally started life as one of six works cars built for the 1953 season. The 6C 3000 CM was a highly sophisticated machine with a steel tubular spaceframe chassis, independent front suspension and a DeDion rear axle. The engine was the latest development of Alfa Romeo's fabled twin-cam straight six. Displacing just under 3.5 litres and breathing through six Weber carburettors, it produced around 275 hp. Fitted with a Coupe body created by Colli, chassis 00128 is understood to have been used by Juan Manuel Fangio to finish second at the 1953 Mille Miglia.

With the Colli bodied removed, the low and compact chassis provided the Pinin Farina designers with plenty of room to be very creative. Known as the Superflow, the first show car based on the 6C 3000 CM was launched at the 1956 Turin Motor Show. It boasted a futuristic design with open front wheels covered by plexiglass panels. These also doubled as headlight covers. To relay the car's origins, a prominent Alfa Romeo grille adorned the low nose. Plexiglass was also used for the roof, which featured hinged, 'gullwing' sections. In keeping with the times, the tail sported prominent fins.

Later that year it appeared as the Superflow II in Paris repainted from its original white with a black stripe to red with a white stripe. The restyled and much sharper nose featured more conventional steel fenders. Plexiglass was only used for the headlight covers. The car was redone once more for the 1959 Geneva Motor Show, dubbed the Spyder Super Sport or Superflow III. As the name suggests, it boasted an open roof and the finned tail was replaced by a more elegant round rear end. The nose of the now all white show car was unchanged with the exception of the deleted headlight covers.

A few months later, Pinin Farina showed the ex-Fangio Alfa Romeo for one final time, at the 1960 Geneva Motor Show. Incorporating the best features of the previous versions, the car was now dubbed the Coupe Super Sport Speciale or Superflow IV. The plexiglass headlight covers returned as did the domed roof. This time the panels were not hinged but could could actually slide down and back underneath the rear window. As a result, the Superflow IV could be used as both a Coupe and Spyder. The elegant tail design of the Superflow III was retained.

1960 Ferrari GT Drogo

The Drogo was designed by Piero Drogo who was born in Italy. Drogo began racing in Venezuela in the 1950s. His best result came in 1956 when he finished seventh in the Venezuelan Grand Prix. The following year he won his class in the Buenos Aires 1000 in Argentina and a year later he decided to head for Europe where he raced at LeMans in a Ferrari. He went into the coach-building business, Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena, and created bodywork for a variety of customers, notably Ferrari.

1921 Alfa Romeo G1

The Alfa Romeo G1 two-seat sports roadster is the oldest Alfa Romeo in existence, the very first vehicle designed specially as an Alfa Romeo. There were only 52 of these magnificent creations built, powered by a 6.3-liter side-valve six-cylinder engine. The G1 was designed by Giuseppe Merosi. With its large six-cylinder engine it was the largest engine ever fitted to an Alfa Romeo to date. With increasing gas prices and roughly six miles to a gallon, the car was not popular with many, thus the reason for only 52 being created. It was fitted with a four-speed manual gearbox and semi-elliptical front springs and dual quarter-elliptic at the rear. The brake was mechanical on the rear wheels. The engine was featured two cast-iron blocks each comprised of three cylinders. It was capable of producing 70 horsepower and an astonishing 216 foot-pounds of torque.This particular G1 has a very interesting history, beginning in Australia where it was sold for 850 pounds to a businessman who, soon after, went bankrupt. The car was hidden to keep it away from creditors but three years later the man died. The G1 remained hidden for 25 years.It was discovered around 1947 by young farmers. The vehicle was used to round up cattle, chase kangaroos and other farm chores. An unfortunate accident occurred when the G1 had a brush with a tree. The damaged car was brought back to the farm where it was used to power a water pump. It continued this duty until 1964 when it was rescued by Alfa Romeo enthusiasts. The car has been restored a number of times. Shown at 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance achieving 3rd in class.

April 2017 Concorso Ferrari Old Town Pasadena, California

The Concorso Ferrari 2017 was held April 23 in Old Town Pasadena, California. A beautiful Sunday morning greeted the owners and aficionados of Maranello’s finest Italian machines as they lined Colorado Boulevard in Old Town Pasadena. This 2017 edition marked the 10th year that the Ferrari Club of America — Southwest Region, organized and hosted their signature annual event. Also known as Ferraris on Colorado, the event showcased 140 of the finest vintage and contemporary Ferraris, which lined three blocks of Colorado Boulevard from Pasadena Avenue to Raymond Avenue. The mostly all-Ferrari show is unique in that it is free and open to the public. In addition to Ferraris on display, those who attended had access to a vast array of sponsors and vendors, displaying sports and luxury cars, accessories, apparel and of course — the Old Town Pasadena retailers and eateries that lined the boulevard.

The guys from Fastcars Ltd, Fransico, Joe, Mario and Marco setup a display including...
Our copper (factory color) Dino 246 under going a frame up restoration shown with new seats with red leather inserts and it's six cylinder engine ready to be installed.
Side by side we have our Ferrari 250 PF Cab SII that recently won 1st in Class at the La Jolla Concourse. A rear 250 California Spider.
Our yellow 1956 Ferrari 500MDTR that is ready to ship to Italy for the 2017 Mille Miglia.

April 2017 Techno Classica FIVA Concourse d’ Elegance in Essen, Germany

Craig Calder owner of Fast Cars Ltd. of Redondo Beach, California holds one of the two giant trophies awarded for Best in Show, to the 1960 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV. The Alfa 6C 3000 CM was chosen the overall winner from 70 cars displayed at the Techno Classica FIVA Concourse d’ Elegance in Essen, Germany. Fast Cars Ltd. was involved in the ground up restoration of the Alfa Superflow IV.

April 2017 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance features over 150 spectacularly restored vehicles that will be displayed on the La Jolla Cove lawn alongside the breathtaking Pacific Ocean. This collection is truly a display of “moving sculpture” – each automobile more rare and more beautiful than the next. In addition to the spectacular display on the Concours lawn, guests can also turn their attention to the sky for a spectacular vintage aviation show featuring the finest restored aircrafts from yesteryear. This year, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will be Celebrating French Curves.

Fast Cars Ltd. Is proud to announce that Gary Peters won 1st in Class, 8A Coachbuilt by Pininfarina at the 9th Annual La Jolla Concours d’ Elegance with his 1960 Ferrari 250 PF Series II Cabriolet.

April 2017 Gran Premio Terre di Canossa Rally

The 7th edition of the GP Terre di Canossa, will take place from 20 to 23 April 2017 between Emilia, Liguria and Tuscany. We are therefore waiting for you in the "Terre di Canossa" for an extraordinary journey along the millenary streets of Matilde di Canossa, Queen of Italy in the XIIth Century. A journey from Via Emilia to the splendid sea of the Cinque Terre, the Gulf of Poets and Versilia through art cities such as Lucca and Pisa, wonderful landscapes, ancient castles, sweet and green hills, uncontaminated mountain passes, enchanting villages. An exciting food and wine trail between traditional recipes and the creativity of the best starred chefs, with exclusive evenings in unique locations. A challenging international classical regularity racer, with more than 85 chronometer trials and two average trials, along a 600km track for historic cars from 1919 to 1976, featuring a special pre-war cup special car racing series, . Three intense days to live in a perfect blend of beautiful cars, competition, tourism, gastronomy and relaxation. A "Great Event" cared in every detail with the passion and determination of the Emilia people, engine land. To ensure the best performance of the event, the participation is limited to 100 crews.

FastCars Ltd. Is pleased to announce our customer Dave Atcherley in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Alleggerita received the 1st place American Driver Trophy, for his participation in the 7th edition of the GP Terre di Canossa rally in Italy.
David's blue Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Alleggerita.
FastCars Ltd. Is pleased to announce our customer Guy Dubois in his Alfa Romeo G1900 CSS received the 1st place Belgium Driver Trophy, for his participation in the 7th edition of the GP Terre di Canossa rally in Italy
Guy Dubois in his Alfa Romeo G1900 CSS

May 2017 Mille Miglia

The Mille Miglia 2017 was held 18-21 May over 1,600 km (1,000 miles) of Italy’s most beautiful regions. From 1927 to 1957, the Mille Miglia was one of the world’s great road races, and the combination of scenery and history associated with it have made the modern iteration a heavenly highlight of the vintage racing season. This year’s 1000 Miglia — the 90th anniversary of the race — took participants along a ride between historic villages, following an itinerary which although featuring some variations with respect to the previous editions, kept with the tracks of the twenty-four original races. Now in its 35th year, the historical retrospective of the Mille Miglia saw a great field of 450 historical automobiles commemorate the legendary endurance road race. Keeping with tradition, the Mille Miglia 2017 started and ended in Brescia, having crossed some of the most striking locations in Italy, with the turning point in Rome.




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