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Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale Is A Racing Statement

Revived in 1988, today’s Carrera Panamericana is still dangerous, fast, grueling, and addictive, as driver Conrad Stevenson can attest. Stevenson got his first taste of the race in a friend’s Studebaker in 2001. After a couple more years of participating in friends’ cars, Stevenson decided it was time to build a car of his own, in this case a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale.
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Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis
6 years ago

awesome car!!!! awesome video!!!!!

Vincent Gambino
Vincent Gambino
6 years ago

La meccanica delle emozioni !

Miguel Sanchez
Miguel Sanchez
7 years ago

Your videos are awesome and so inspiring… An amazing story of a wonderful car.

Robert Billam
Robert Billam
7 years ago

Sheer Beauty !! The Ultimate Classic car visual, sound, experience. So rich. Thank-you, very much, for your generous sharing.

Meliambro001
Meliambro001
3 years ago
Reply to  Robert Billam

By no means does an Alfa qualify as the “Ultimate Classic Car” with ghastly design, ungodly exhaust, and lack of any power whatsoever….

Mattia
Mattia
7 years ago

Stunning , stunning car. I could not take my eyes off the AR badge on the wall …. I’m definitely an AR beliver. Another inspirational video, thanks again Petrolicius

Eric Gabbard
Eric Gabbard
7 years ago

What a spectacular story, enthusiast and car. Thank you, thank you, [i]thank you[/i], Petrolicious!

Ray Houghton
Ray Houghton
7 years ago

Inspiring story and a beautiful car. I have to ask because I’ve driven this road hundreds of times. Were the northern California clips filmed on the Ukiah Comptche road? I swear I recognize many of those road sections.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4RtAFwzbNo&list=UUQYBnt4mhDEIo3IiZaYg2qA

Ruben C
Ruben C
7 years ago

Truly beautiful documental work and outstanding inspirational story!

John
John
7 years ago

Grazie Mille

Hans Straus
Hans Straus
7 years ago

Amazing stuff! What a beautiful car. Is it still a 1600 cc engine? You can tell that Conrad Stevenson is passionate about what he does. Trouble is that when you’re not a pistonhead in the sense that you can fix your car yourself, racing a classic – like my ’72 Giulia – is really not affordable. Or am I making excuses now?

Scott Kim
Scott Kim
7 years ago

Thx for this video. Made my day! Now time to go for a drive through the twisties 🙂

Ian Clarke
Ian Clarke
7 years ago

so moving, so inspiring! Petrolicious, you make me look out the window at my own Alfa and imagine the possibilities…

Tian Grove
Tian Grove
7 years ago

Definitely the sexiest car I have ever seen. Wish I could see it in real life even just to admire it. Fantastic craftsmanship!!! Truly well done!

Kevin Fitzpatrick
Kevin Fitzpatrick
7 years ago

One of the coolest guys that Petrolicious has ever interviewed! Keep up the excellent work.

Olivier
Olivier
7 years ago

once again, fantastic video … Petrolicious, you made my day !

Olivier from France

speedstick
speedstick
7 years ago

One of the most inspirational videos to date on many levels – thanks Petrolicious for being the conduit for this…as I sit in my office it transports me to a different place and reminds me that indeed, “life is too short”. So cheers to that, this evening I’ll pull the covers of my old Alfa Duetto, avoid this excuse and that excuse, and go for a spin up my local mountain with a massive grin!

Then ponder what I should (more actively) do with my joy machines…keep the videos coming, and most importantly the wonderful personal insights – they enrich the day!

Corentin French
Corentin French
7 years ago

Does anyone know what the song we hear on the very first minute is called ?

Thanks in advance !

French Frie
French Frie
7 years ago

Shazam says it’s “The milky way from Aurora Borealis 😉 …

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
7 years ago

Very nice video. One of the best, for sure. I really enjoy seeing someone putting in the hard work, then taking the car through the paces with full commitment. The passion and sincerity comes through. As a fabricator, these presentations with people like Mr. Stevenson inspire me to make more time for my personal projects. I’m not getting any younger!

Thanks for sharing.

Michael Emery
Michael Emery
7 years ago


You are correct in part of what you said. The current Carrera pales in comparison to the original.
Having acknowledged that, it is still the fastest, most dangerous, vintage event on pavement. As a back marker, (2006, 08 & 2010) I drove flat out @110mph in TRANSIT, on public roads and highways with the local folks, all day, everyday trying to keep up with the race. And get to the “speed stages” on time. The fast boys were going 120mph to 140mph in TRANSIT. I asked the overall winner in the 2008 race how fast his car goes “It only goes 180mph, but it gets there quick!” In 2010, he rolled 7 times. The cars are very fast, the roads can be quite dangerous and drivers make huge mistakes. I wonder how long it can continue and how soon can I get back in a car…

Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay
7 years ago

Its a pleasure and joy to watch a true old-school gentleman, like Conrad, knee deep in his passion.- Much like the gents that follow this site…
A rare breed in this ” I NEED the new big-screen iPhone !!! NOW!!!!!!! “” world we live in,,, inspiringly good stuff
Thanks – Kurt …

Beck
Beck
7 years ago

Can someone write a tune for what he said? I believe it’ll become an amazing song.
Wow, just wow.. I was genuinely touched by his words about building/investing into a car needs to be justified by the enjoyment of racing it! After going to Laguna Seca with my car this past September, I can say it was well worth my struggle to get there and will surely be one of my greatest adventures of my life.

Thanks for another inspiring feature of such a great story on this special car, and the awesome owner!

Sam
Sam
7 years ago

Great video! Could you please tell me the music credits to this video; I thought they music on this episode were especially great. Thank you!

nick
nick
7 years ago

What I think makes this video one of the best on Petrolicious (that’s saying a lot!) is Conrad’s sincere and unassuming passion for cars, racing, and life in general. Awesome website, awesome video, awesome guy…

janel
janel
7 years ago

fantastic video showcasing the passion for the race, the car and the lifestyle…… 7:25 – life IS too short to do the things you love…..you’re right….dude, you built a car you race in Carrera Panamerica. Solid stuff – loved it!

janel
janel
7 years ago
Reply to  janel

dammit. too short TO NOT DO THE THINGS you love….that is what I meant.

Tom
Tom
7 years ago

Respectfully TJ, either the mall you go to requires one hell of a drive or you are engaging in the same sort of hyperbolic statements you are criticizing. The Panamericana is not a pushover event.

Stephan P
Stephan P
7 years ago

Great video! Stevenson has a great attitude and a nice collection of Alfas. I’m a big fan of Abnormales.
The Carrera is certainly not a poser event.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
7 years ago

Wow what a cool car and owner. Great to see some footage from the Carrera in the video too.

Nico Schenquer
Nico Schenquer
7 years ago

Amazing Video! (again) Congratulations to the stuff. Amazingly edited, and the characters that you guys find out there, are also very very cool. May be the best looking Giulia SS ever? Those 10cm on the nose make it better than anyone else for me.
Thank you!

Andreas Lavesson
Andreas Lavesson
7 years ago

Yet another amazing video. Beautiful car, beautiful workmanship, cool guy and a whaling Alfa I4. What more can you ask for?

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle
7 years ago

Its nice to see this ole Alfa being put through the paces !

JB21
JB21
7 years ago

A tremendous car! This has got to be the best looking SS. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!!

TJ Martin
TJ Martin
7 years ago

Todays Carrera Panamerica like all of the so called Classic ‘ Races ‘ [ and I use the word ‘ race ‘ loosely here ] is in fact a pale shadow of what it once was . Now being more a parade to show off ones car as well as a tour/social event with all the dangers and speed of a drive to your local shopping mall in comparison to the historic ‘ real ‘ thing that no longer exists and never will again

The excessive hyperbole dolled out by the participants and promoters of such Historic ‘ Racing ‘ events only exceeded by the pundits who’s sole agenda is to sell advertising space as well as help promote such events in order to do so

But hey . On a positive note . At least its a nice car being featured

matt
matt
7 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

TJ Martin: I actually appreciate your contrarian stance and i think that there can certainly be a self-congratulatory quality to certain historic events. However, when it comes to the Carrera Panamericana I feel that we must be seeing two different things or i’m just too dumb to know what racing looks like (there you go, have at me!). While I would certainly be cautious of anyone who compared it directly to the original event, from what i’ve seen it is older cars being pushed hard by a pretty serious crowd.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

In the case of the Modern Carrera you have got this absolutely wrong. Not a ‘touring assembly’ in any way…

It’s a tough event, a stage rally with timed sections on closed roads; the fastest wins. What is there not to like about that?!

This stuff happens…

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

What did it hit?!… and where did the engine go?!

Bradley Price
7 years ago
Reply to  TJ Martin

Today’s Carrera is by far the most demanding and brutal event the vintage car world, and cars do break, and people do get injured or killed. Sure it is not as crazy as the original event, but it is not by any means a “social tour.” I suggest watching the GT Racer series if you want to see how hard the cars are driven. Many cars don’t finish because the roads are so rough and the speeds are so high.

Justin M.
Justin M.
7 years ago

Another killer video from you guys! The ’65 Giulia SS is one of my all time favorites and to see one rescued from hanging on a fence and then purpose built for the Panamericana is really exciting. The passion of the owners and drivers that Petrolicious captures in all of its videos is what keeps me coming back every day.

Just a sidenote, was part of the piece filmed on the 1 where it splits off from 101 and runs through the canyons to the coast? If so, I drove that stretch for the first time last month (in my brother’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) and have never had so much fun in my entire life. We did it once with every intention of continuing on down the coast and immediately decided that we needed to turn around and run it again! Unbelievable road and it drives me nuts that I live in Boston and can’t just pop over to drive it whenever I want!