Examples of the AlpinA tachometer offerings. 8000 RPM maximum, top version has an adjustable needle so that you can adjust RPM redline at the limit you desire (more than 4500 please!). Aside from the early AlpinA font the "silver dollar" portion of the face was painted black. Top version has a black bezel which I have seen a number of times along with a 220 kmh (+136 mph) or more rare 240 kmh (+149 mph) speedo. I haven't ever seen a speedo with the AlpInA logo on it in this style.....which suggests that they probably didn't sell this part. If you by chance have a picture of one please let me know.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Really great video (albeit longer than what I usually post up here) of BmW of North America's AlpinA BmW 2oo2 Ti Werks Race Car. As the video suggests the car started out as a factory AlpinA race car then aquired by Vasek Polak. Vasek raced in the North American 2.5 Trans Am challenge for a period of time. After Vasek's death, BmW of North America acquired the car and restored it, then with the white / motorsport stripes. Recently changed back to the AlpinA orange/black livery. Sam Smith from Road & Track behind the wheel is really getting after it - great video (worth watching).
Sunday, August 17, 2014
If you run an AlpinA A4 Einzeldrossel fuel injection system on your Tii or 32o car, then you know it takes very little time for them to wear (out). From constant vibration and engine heat they end up looking like the one in the top three images. These really are critical in the performance of your A4 system (for those not familiar, the "Gummi" fits onto the AlpinA air box (fastened with a clamp) and then slips over the top of the plastic air horn ("rot trichter"). AlpinA no longer makes or supplies this replacement part. Good news for you if you need spares (and you probably do), my friend Lars is re-making these now. Cost is EUR 100,00 plus a nominal fee for shipping to wherever you are. If you need a set of these, let me know and I can put you in contact with him.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Sometimes it takes a long time to learn the story of an old racing car. Shortly after I purchased the car I had considered paying someone to do the research to try and learn the history of the car. Back then of course I thought that the car was probably a Schnitzer works car, I only based that really on the fact that it had Schnitzer Gr. 5 bodywork, Schnitzer engine and many of the special fabricated parts that a factory car would likely have. Little did I know that the car would turn out to be the one-and-only AlpinA 2oo2 Gr. 2 car from 1974/1975 (thanks in great part to my friend Geir in Norway). The one thing I did know was that the car was run in the Trento Bondone hillclimb race in 1979 and was numbered 256, the tag from that race was still attached to the roll cage (see images above). I was never really able to figure out who the driver was ..... AlpinA had suggested that the car was sold to someone named "Hennericci". Fast forward a few months ago (and 12 years from when I purchased the car), I had seen an image on the 2oo2 FAQ website (posted by Andersson) that had an image of what looked like my car at the start of its metamorphosis from road race car to hillclimb car. Image above of the car in the Trento Bondone 1979 driven by Ricciardo Ricci. At the time the AlpinA export manager I believe had "Hennericci" and "Ricciardo Ricci"......The story continues on.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
I received this photo from my friend Wolle sometime ago - probably my favorite (so far) of all of them. Thanks also to the photographer (Bruno Campagna), hopefully I will be able to leave the photo here on my blog. I like the image so much, I just may end up painting the car back in this scheme. One thing I can say for sure these cars (and this car) were in constant change. I have an earlier picture from 1974 where it definitely has a Scheel 302N in it - I snagged one of these a few years back with the blue nomex cloth, unfortunately it needs to be completely re-done and as far as I know this special Scheel nomex cloth is NLA. The 302N is pretty narrow, I have a pretty large frame so I am not so sure I will even fit in it. The bottom image is a 303N, which the AlpinA car had in it as well (blue nomex, see pic of the car top). I have some images posted here of the car with the same seat only with the 303N in orange nomex.
Friday, July 4, 2014
I remember this article well in Road & Track when it was published. Because of our strict emissions regulations here in California (even back then) these cars were more or less "boot leg" iterations since without exhaust cats and what not they wouldn't ever pass smog tests (Currently
anything 1975 and before are exempt from smog, though "they" are always posturing to try and turn things back to get these cars off the road). I don't recall the exact timing but I believe it was sometime shortly after Hardy & Beck gave up their AlpinA dealership rights, Dietel Enterprises took over as the west coast dealer (locate in Laguna Niguel, CA). This car was a US 320i with a big six with some AlpinA mods, AlpinA suspension +3 piece wheels etc., re-tagged "333i AlpinA". For those celebrating, have a happy and safe 4th of July.