To celebrate our second anniversary, we thought we'd revisit our fact-based QI-elf-tribute, No Such Thing as a Brera Quadrifoglio - so Editor and Model Registrar Guy Swarbrick, Section Secretary and Model Registrar Kirsty Hodson, Model Registrar and Board Member David Faithful and Section Secretary Jade Pidgley have hit the books and the interwebs to find some - hopefully - quite interesting facts about Alfa Romeo. So whether you're an Alfa nerd or have just been co-opted to produce your Section's quiz this year, hopefully we have some interesting, obscure and amusing facts to keep you entertained.
In this week's episode, Alfa Romeo Driver Editor Guy Swarbrick talks to two friends of the podcast - Alfa Romeo Championship Series Coordinator Andy Robinson and Bianco Motosports Supremo Paul Plant - about the forthcoming 2022 season, the new V6 class and gets an update on the development of the forthcoming 1.4 MultiAir MiTo and Giulietta spec.
This week Editor Guy Swarbrick sits down with one of the Club’s newest members – but a man with a long Alfa pedigree - Alan Greenhalgh. Alan was fortunate enough to be one of the 500 owners of an Alfa Romeo GTA/GTAm.
On International Women's Day, AROC Board member, GT Registrar and Thames Valley Section Secretary Kirsty Hodson sat down to talk with 156 GTA and 916 Spider and GTV owner Susan Fuller and MiTo owners Jade Pidgely and Sophie King to talk about Alfa Romeos, AROC and the experience of being an Alfa Female.
In Episode 52 of the Alfa Romeo Driver podcast, brought to you by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club. Guy Swarbrick sat down with the Senior Product Manager for Alfa Romeo at Stellantis, Rob Lake to talk about the forthcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale, the marque's first foray into the ultra-competitive C-SUV market. They talk about why Alfa Romeo is building SUVs, what makes an Alfa an Alfa - and how those characteristics can be applied to help Alfa stand out from the crowd. They also talk about Rob's lifelong passion for Italian cars, which includes 30 years of AROC membership and an award-winning Alfasud. You can read more about the Alfasud at AROC Archive (aroc-uk.com)
Episode 51 of the Alfa Romeo Driver Podcast, brought to you by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club is a little different in two respects – first, we’re talking about a car which, strictly speaking, isn’t an Alfa – but was inspired by one of the greatest Alfas of all time and has some Alfa DNA in its history.
Second, the podcast is split into two parts. In Part 1 we talk to Darren Collins of Dowsetts Classic Cars who is responsible for engineering and developing the Tipo 184 – inspired by the legendary Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 Grand Prix Car.
Then, in Part 2, we sit down with TV’s Ant Anstead who built the first two iterations of the car – one of which featured on Discovery’s Ant Anstead, Master mechanic.
Episode 50 of the Alfa Romeo Driver Podcast – brought to you by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club - is a little different. Editor Guy Swarbrick talks to the usual round table team of Club Chairman John Griffiths, Club Manager Nick Wright and board members Kirsty Hodson and David Faithful about almost every post-war road-going Alfa, sort of ranked into a sort of Top 50!
Numbers 11 to 50 are based on the weighted votes of the round table team and a selection of Model Registrars and Section Secretaries - and their top 10 was then put to the membership for a final ranking. So it's not the definitive top 50 - it's just 50 Alfas. In some sort of order. Where did your favorite come? What was number one? How could they have got it so wrong?!
At the end of the Episode we mention an upcoming livestream and promise some details, so here they are.
Chris Rees from Auto Italia will be on a livestream from the Thames Valley Section monthly meeting on Tuesday, the 2nd of February from 7.45pm.
You can find the livestream (or the recording, if you're reading this after the event) at
This week Alfa Romeo Driver Editor Guy Swarbrick talks to Ken Carrington about his 40 years with the Club which have included a spell as Club Chairman, a long career as a photographer, organising the legendary Andiamo a Milano trips to Italy and acting as the Club's liaison with the Alfa Romeo Archive and the DVLA.
In the first Episode of 2022, Editor Guy Swarbrick talks to Ashley Croft - one of the sales team at Chris Knott Insurance - about the why, what, where and how of buying his first Alfa, the benefits of Club membership, and some of the many options for modifying his new Giulietta.