Films: This Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Is Driving In Stereo

This Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Is Driving In Stereo

Photography by Ben Bertucci

“This isn’t pure nostalgia, it’s not as if I want to get back to 1955, I just think there’s something—there’s an analogue world that’s coming to an end,” says Jeff Martin. “Everything’s sort of automatic, and you push a button and download an app, and…there’s nothing like that going on with the Alfa.”

Alfa Romeos have been a fixture in his life since childhood, when a friend of his father’s showed up to the house in one. “The sound of the door, the sound of the key turning the ignition on, the sound of the e-brake being released, the sound of the carburetors springing to life, the sound of the precise shift from 1st to 2nd—that click, that you know you’re seated right there—the sound of the cams chattering in a low gear…”

It’s as much an aural delight for Martin as it is one to the eye; the “Italian DNA speaks to me,” looking like it was from, “another dimension”—but when he finally could afford his dream car, found one, had it restored, and took delivery…an errant motorist destroyed the car before he could enjoy it. The new one that he found to replace it?

“These hippies that lived up at Santa Cruz, they put it in the Recycler, and I bought it from them…” Martin says. “It just purred down the road…the moment I’m loving my drive down the 101, the gas tank falls off, showering sparks up its back…”

Now, on the road and driven regularly, the car “speaks to” Jeff in a way that’s both unique and rewarding in his life.

Thank you to Jeff Martin from the band Idaho for letting us use his music in this film

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Boris Berov
Boris Berov

I fell in love with this car.. simply beautiful!

Fredrik Assarsson
Fredrik Assarsson

Yum. Delicious little thing. Cheers man, this video resonates well with how I perceive my Alfa.
It’s therapy.
It’s nothing and it’s all.
When you’re flogging it around the bends you rid your thoughts of what’s unimportant and you experience all of what a classic has to offer. And that’s suddenly all you need. Even if it’s nothing more than a car. (Or is it?)

Like the Stones: you can’t always get what you want, you get what you need.

HitTheApex
HitTheApex

Bravo! Bravo! Many great shots and quotes, not to mention a great little car!

Wes Flack
Wes Flack

Petrolicious does well with lots of different cars, but especially Alfas.

Joshua Seidenberg
Joshua Seidenberg

Very nice! Very nice! These videos make my day(s). Keep the oldies comin’! I love the sound of the elder alfas and what a great color.

Brian Holmes
Brian Holmes

Great episode. I really enjoyed this one. Excellent car and perspective. The old video footage was a great touch as well. Every episode I watch puts me closer to buying/building an old sports car.

nis1973
nis1973

Great car and a great video!

Peter Lukáč
Peter Lukáč

God, that’s beautiful car! :3

KevinCamp
KevinCamp

Not sure what it is. I am not a die hard Italian car fan, but the Gulietta’s always look right, always look beautiful and its great to see them being driven. one day…

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

although dark grey is a bit dull… probably the best face of classic alfas with very good proportions. Congratulation.

Charles Michelet
Charles Michelet

Absolutely loved this video – the whole theme of the other-worldliness of the fading mechanical world resonates so strongly. I feel much the same way as I try to preserve and thoroughly enjoy my own time capsule. Beautiful car and great story. Thank you!

Dennis White
Dennis White

Hey Jeff, met you and the Giulietta on Kagawa in the Palisades a few weeks ago! Mistook it from the rear as an Abarth with the early small tail lights. Great car and terrific video. Forza Alfa!

Jeff Martin
Jeff Martin

Hello Dennis yes!! I really enjoyed talking to you so glad you liked the film

Albert Ayars
Albert Ayars

Love, love, love!!! So much love!.. Now that’s a good way to start a Tuesday! Thank you!

B Bop
B Bop

Now THAT was one fantastic video . Love those early Alfas. A true Alfa male !

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