Alfasud: Spicy Italian Recipe – Just Add Racing Drivers and Stir!

14 April 2017
Corsa Fantastica! The Alfa Romeo Trophy created very close and competitive racing between professional and amateur drivers in identical Alfasuds. Here one of the ‘finds’ of the series, Tony Longhurst, uses all of the track and then some holding off Colin Bond and Dick Johnson. Bondy is pushing so hard he’s got oversteer in a front wheel drive car!

Alfa Romeo’s infamous Alfasud is perhaps best remembered for its propensity to rust before your eyes. However, there was a time in the 1980s when its admirable sporting qualities were showcased in a successful one-make series, which pitched amateur racers against top-shelf professionals including Dick Johnson, Colin Bond and Allan Grice.

Although it followed a ‘pro-am’ formula successfully used by Leyland Australia in 1980-81 to promote its Triumph TR-7, the Alfa Romeo Trophy which also ran for two seasons (1983-84) drew its inspiration from the Trofeo Alfasud (Alfasud Trophy).