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This month it’s all about Italy, Momma Mia! As some of you may know I have Italian heritage so these cars have a special place in my heart. I have a mystery story of an Alfa Romeo Coupe I’d like to share with you. It takes me back to the summer of 1971. If you’ve…
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GM Pony Cars Camaro and Firebird

The word Camaro, where did it come from and what does it mean? Well back in the days of the birth of the Camaro it was standard practice for GM to name all their cars with the letter C. Corvette, Chevelle, Chevy II and Corvair. The word Camaro was explained by GM president at that…
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Ghia

This month we are covering yet another famous Italian design house Ghia. My car related story to Ghia started in the summer of 1981. I moved back to NJ from Florida. NJ is basically where I grew up, we lived there from 1966 through my High School graduation in 1976. Upon moving back the summer…
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Orphaned Cars

This months topic is orphan imports. Over the last 50 plus years our family has owned many of them. I don’t know if Dad was attracted to them because they were odd or because he is odd. Probably both. Being odd is a good thing right? My Dad has often said that inadvertently he had…
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BMW

This month we’re looking at BMW. I have a long history working on German and European cars so my experience with BMW is pretty extensive. RCW gets many referrals from several independent BMW mechanical shops in the Metro area, and we are also a vendor for one of the local dealers. My brother Fred has…
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Ferrari

The second part of the story from last months newsletter on Alfa is quite astonishing. After one of our subscribers read the story of the missing Alfa of over 40 years, Ron a local Alfa and MG car aficionado and personal friend, read the story and decided to do a little research on his own.…
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Daytona

Guest Columnist Len Marino The 1970 24 hours of Daytona was the first time the Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s battled for the 1970 FIA World Sports Car Championship. It was also my first time at the race. The 24 hours of Daytona and my birthday were always around the same time and because the…
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Lotus

This month we're covering Lotus. After re doing two Lotus Elans we got a call from Tim McKay a member of the local Lotus Club and the owner of a very special Lotus Elite. Tim was gracious enough to write an article for our newsletter about the history of this particular Elite. It was a…
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Electric Cars

Electric Cars, Shocking This month we’re covering electric cars in our Newsletter. There is a lot of buzz these days on the subject. Everyone and their brother knows about the hybrid electric/gasoline cars. Well about six months ago I was at a local car club meeting with the editor of our Newsletter, we had heard…
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Volkswagen

Welcome back to another issue of The Rallye. This month we are covering Volkswagen. Like many of the Marques we cover in our articles they hold a special place in my heart. Besides the fact that I had worked for VW for 17 years, I also found my true love partly because of VW. Mary…
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AMX & Cuda

The first Pikes Peak race we participated in was in 2008. I had to be convinced it was the right thing to do as the Cuda had just been painted by Bob Hill a couple years prior. "Bob, the race is half dirt and it will kill the paint." "You have to do the race…
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Mini Cooper and More

A Big Yahoo! Folks sorry about the lapse in the Newsletters but I’ve been very busy, we are finally settled into our new place. Most of the purchase and the move itself was exhausting. It was like a bad dream, you know the dream someone is chasing you/or the one you’re falling, and then you…
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