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This Is What It Means To Be A Timeless Racer

“I pack it up and drive to the track on the highway with modern cars around me, which is a little scary sometimes,” Bradley Price says, “but I love the feeling of freedom that it gives me when you get to the track, you just unpack the car and you’re ready to go!”

Bradley’s casual approach racing may at first seem alien, if you’re only used to watching Formula 1 or Nascar. But when you’ve got a 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce with tasteful period modifications, the Vintage Sports Car Club of America is the perfect series to race in—and this track, Lime Rock Park, is one of the best.

“Lime Rock came about in the time period when this car was new, in fact, the first-ever race held with sports cars at Lime Rock in 1957 was actually won by a Giulietta Spider,” Bradley says. “In many events, we don’t even have timing. You just grid up wherever you want to be, find a friend you’re evenly matched with, and just have a fun afternoon of racing together.”

Lacking a long straight and favoring drivers who are able to maintain momentum through corners, Lime Rock’s layout is a perfect venue for agile and nimble vintage racers to hang with high-horsepower machines.

And although racing wheel-to-wheel may look like an expensive, dangerous way to spend time, Bradley says that focusing on becoming a better driver is—for him—what makes this hobby so rewarding.

“If you’re content with keeping the car at a certain place and working on your driving, that’s a great way to economize,” he says. “I think there’s a lot of people that are constantly messing with the car to get faster, when they should just be focusing on what they’re doing in the car.”

“Because at the end of the day, you are the component of the car that needs the most work.”

Petrolicious wishes to thank Santo Spadaro and his #555 Alfa Romeo, the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA), and the team at Lime Rock Park for their help in making this production a fun success.

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Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Lovely car, but mostly I enjoyed this remark of yours: “At the end of the day, you are the component of the car which needs the most work.”

Johann Kre
Johann Kre

Awesome Stuff Guys! It is like reading a little book/taking a 10minute vacation every week. Could you add the songs you use somewhere? As i often find myself wondering what songs are played

Wagoner
Wagoner

Fantastic stuff. I’m so glad you guys decided to feature Bradley again… I really enjoyed the story of his Ferrari 208 (“Super70’s”) and I’ve watched it again and again.

Bradley, no doubt you are working very hard to make Autodromo a success, and cheers to you for enjoying the fruits of your labor so well!

Bradley Price
Bradley Price

Thank you so much. I appreciate it! It’s always an honor to be featured on the site and share my excitement about my cars. I have worked tirelessly the past 6 years building the company so that I could finally fulfill my boyhood dream of vintage racing. I feel very fortunate. Thanks for your encouragement!

rinkster
rinkster

Another great film !!! Good work to all involved.

Hudson Childs
Hudson Childs

Great video like always! Love the car.

Paul Steel
Paul Steel

Very good film, new one for my favourites list, great track footage too, big up to the owner, the car and all involved in making this film.

Charles Michelet
Charles Michelet

Fantastic! Another inspiring video, Petrolicious. Beautiful car and a great story. Well done.

Francois Bozonnet
Francois Bozonnet

nice video Mr Price. You must take a look at what Per Einarsson did in the north of europe with is youubr and facebook chanel “ultimostile”. if you don’t know it yet you will enjoy for sure….

Bradley Price
Bradley Price

Thanks fellas! And Christer, despite the sound editing showing otherwise, the backfire happens in a straight line under braking before the corner. It has something to do with front loading…can’t figure it out.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

Christer is on it. I’m gonna say fuel pick-up. If so, we have a proprietary solution to this problem. 🙂

Looks like you are having fun. Thanks for sharing.

Christer Lundem
Christer Lundem

I am sure it must be fuel starvation, either fuel line pick ups air in filter or float chambers as said or just clogged carb. Anyways Alfas has souls, sure you have not said anything wrong to her. Great to see both of you in action! Or… a electric connection that touches ground when braking..

Bohemianracer
Bohemianracer

This is such a great story, loved it. Thanks Petrolicious.

Frank Anigbo
Frank Anigbo

Bradley, this is fantastic! Great car, great attitude about racing, nice shoes, all at my favorite race track.

Christer Lundem
Christer Lundem

Oh just right, love the attitude the cars – yep everything. The banging in corners is most likely fuel starvation and the car stutters. Check the float chambers that they work properly and fuel pick up. You may need a swirl pot for the fuel system. Good going Bradley!

Vasco Correia Silva
Vasco Correia Silva

Great story again, thanks Petrolicious and all the team!
Lovely aproach to track time, not only on the car (btw, one car to do it all) but focusing on the improvement of the driver skills instead of improving the machine.
I´m curious Bradley, did you sell the Ferrari to buy the Alfa ?
As an Autodromo client, love to see the colours and stickers of the “Squadra” on that Alfa.

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