Bert’s Babes add a touch of glamour to his stunning ’77 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV2000 at the 2016 Vintage Stampede.
Image: Bert van Zuylen.
LONGTIME motoring enthusiast Bert van Zuylen released his immaculate 1977 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV2000 from his Ocean Reef garage for the weekend’s popular Vintage Stampede.
“We ran until the engine demolished the driveshaft damper gizmo in the 24th lap,” said Bert. “Until then we had a wonderful running.
“Because of our previous slow times – no advance on the rubbish dizzy – we were put in the slow group, at the rear of the field.
“And so much fun was had overtaking a great many fellow drivers including Porsche Carreras, Daddos and other great racing cars.
“I still have a big grin on my dial!”
The Alfa is a low budget fun machine but the rubber shock damper was destroyed so the driveshaft had lots a play, running the same revolutions as the engine, with the clutch and gearbox in the rear axle.
“We flew in a replacement special gizmo that worked very well,” Bert said.
Run by the Vintage Sports Car Club, the Stampede gives all members the opportunity to compete and test skills on the full race circuit on Wanneroos’ Barbagallo Raceway, regardless of the category or age of the vehicle.
First held in 1989, the event has featured every year since and is the VSCC’s longest running and most successful event.
The one-day regularity trial – a variation of the rules for historic competition that allows members to drive their cars competitively – traditionally it is the climax of the VSCC’s competitive annual event calendar.
After practice, competitors nominate a lap time attempt to replicate on each subsequent lap of the circuit, with points allocated for every second greater or less than that lap time.
The winner is the competitor who completes the required number of laps while accruing the least number of points.
And we’ll let you know who those winners are, when the VSCC tells us!
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