Vehicle manufacturers love to see their vehicles win races on Sunday and then reap the rewards with sales on Monday. Now racing has become so sophisticated that what ever you see racing on Sunday bears very little relation to anything you can actually go and purchase on Monday.
When this Alfa Romeo 8C Lungo (long) was built winning on Sunday and selling on Monday was still possible.
Short wheel base chassis with the same supercharged 2336 cc / 142 cui straight 8 twin over head cam engines were used in the first of two consecutive Targa Florio victories and the first of four consecutive Le Mans victories in 1931.
8C 2300 vehicles were also driven to a one – two victory in the 1931 Italian GP which in those days was a just under a thousand mile race and took two drivers 10 hours to complete !
The straight 8 cylinder engine comprised two aluminium blocks of four cylinders each, the master work of Vittorio Jano, the Alfa Romeo Corse team was managed by Enzo Ferrari.
Thanks to an acquaintance Joerg from Chile on the Alfa BB forum this vehicle has been identified as one of just 188 8C 2300’s built for road use, it took part in the 2008 version of the Mille Miglia run.
Hope you enjoyed todays win on Sunday sell on Monday edition of ‘Gettin’ a lil’ psycho on tyres and that you’ll join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now!