Alfa Romeo, oh what a Car
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After a business trip in Como, I stayed a few days to look around in Italy.
My friend, a Alfa Romeo fan from his first hours wanted to visit the Factory-Museum, and I volunteered to go with him.
We took a taxi (Decadence!!! I would go hiking or take a bus) to the museum. It is located behind the staff building, that is built apart from the factory.
Italy is a Schengen country, but here we needed to go through customs. Security took our passaportes (they didn't frisk us though) and pointed us in the correct direction (grossly... go somewhere there, but in Italian), so we went in that direction and found the museum, (that is totally free of charge :) after we had taken a long turn around the building.
The woman at the reception desk gave us a nice book with lots of models in it, then she went to do the cleaning with mop and bucket:)))
We were the only people and there were a lot of cars, so we took the file-rouge, that promised to bring us along al the models.
The history goes back to the beginning of 1900, and the first 'cars' looked like carriages without horses. The primitive engines, no compression, no power, no speed, terrible steering, no comfort, no nothing we are accustomed to, and what we will find in the smallest FIAT.
Having said this you might expect that things would go better gradually. The surprise came already with the models of 1918: Turbo charger!! This gadged took about 80 years to reach the cars of simpleman (:me!).
We see the evolution of the family car, but of course the emphasis lies on the evolution of the sportscar, this is Italy!
Line engines devellop more power, complete 8 cylinder engines to teame up for even more HP's. devellopment of flatter engines: V-type and Boxer. Carburators on every cylinder, the injection came much later. Double gear boxes, propelling axes... If you were a driver i the older days, you might loose a finger or a leg of al the rotating things around you. One car looked like a reel suicide car, with the cockpit located before the front ax, and a ton of steel with eight cylinders pressing against your back.
The museum has prototypes of the future cars we thought would come in the late seventies (LOL, they din't) but we have big flat screens nowadays.
The Alfa factories not only made cars, they made airplanes and agricultural vehicles as well. Few models are in the cellar. In the cellar are also the bathrooms, but the light was off, and nobody to help. Through the hall in the cellar you will find a medium sized theatre. Through the theatre you enter the staff building, there are bathrooms on the first floor, pass the archives and the coffe room. Just smile to all the people and they won't ask questions (not that you can understand, let alone answer) When you take the front door out (out is no problem, in is not possible without badge) you have found the shortcut to the security.
I must confess, that I prefer German cars, but I will visit this museum again, when I am near. I didn't know then, that I would be writing this, that is why I didn't take pictures of the shortcut way-out, the Japanese tourists, the busload!! of Chinese tourists, the theater, the toilets upstairs, the archives: we might even have seen some secrets and nobody stopped us. But sorry no pictures.