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Alfa Trofeo Challenge

In 2003, a group of Alfa Romeo enthusiasts got together at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria and established an informal race series for pre 1985 Alfa Romeo cars. With Zwartkops at the time running monthly “Hi-Speed Trials” open days, the perfect opportunity arose for these amateur racers to strut their stuff. With entrants ranging from standard road going Alfas from the Giulietta series of the 50’s, through to full race modified GTV’s, with a few Giulias, Berlinas and Suds thrown in the mix, things were bound to get exciting.

Taking the bold next step, the Trofeo management stepped up to the MSA plate and took a swing. After a few months of negotiations, rules and regulation writing and submission, MSA approved the series as a sanctioned Club Championship Series, run under the control of MSA’s Northern Regions Committee. This lead to a professionally run series with clear aims and objectives.

With the demise of MSA affiliation provided by association to ARCSA due to circumstances out of the Trofeo’s control, the Trofeo was incorporated into Zwartkops Racing Club (ZRC) in 2007.

The series has always been open to any pre-1985 Alfa Romeos. However, recent developments have created an interest in more modern Alfas joining the fray. Other Italian Marques, on application, are also most welcome. Drivers who are holders of current valid MSA Club Motorsport licences, may join the Trofeo Club.

Most Trofeo racers are avid motorsport competitors, and won’t easily let the opportunity to race slip by. Seeing a handful of Giulias chasing down Mini Coopers and Lotus Cortinas during the “Legends of the Nine Hour™“ series, or Alfetta GT’s and Juniors doing battle with Anglias and Escorts in Historic Tour events is common. Many of the Trofeo drivers have evolved from armchair racers to seasoned competitors, with one driver having made it to National Production Cars with notable success.

Trofeo drivers, however, remember their roots, and will always be at hand when saving the odd rust bucket is required. A few forgotten Alfas have been rescued and transformed at reasonable cost into competitive race cars. The Trofeo members’ love for all things Alfa is foremost, and racing, although close and competitive, would never intentionally lead to bumping and barging. A generous “parts bin” has been established informally amongst the members, with used parts often being swapped out in order to ensure these cars stay on the track. Race days are notable for their camaraderie as fellow competitors assist with mechanical repairs, racing tips, or just plain casual banter. Their aim is to see these cars with inherently sporting performance, handling and power put to good use over weekends, in the hope the passion never dies.

Contact Details
Mandy Viljoen

Cell: +27 (0) 78 918 3148

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