The unique bond that the four founding partners share at Scuderia110 is that we all “work to drive” not “drive to work”. Obviously that’s a knock-off of the mantra “work to live”. But it drives the point that for many of us, driving our favorite Vintage & Classic Sports Cars provides a true joy and pleasure and a certain sense of well being, very much like a great workout will enrich you with natural endorphins or perhaps just as therapeutic as that one hour session with your therapist. It’s the food for our souls if you are a true Motörhead and have petrol running through your blood.
More than ever before, during this time of “virtual reality” “artificial intelligence” “selfies” “Influencers”, we want you to step back a few steps and come by our shop and be able to restore all your senses by actually seeing, smelling, hearing, and feeling some of the best Classic Vintage & Sports Cars ever designed to stimulate all of our natural senses as intended by the engineers who designed these iconic machines. In other words, stop teasing yourself looking at your favorite car being driven by someone else on YouTube, over and over again. Instead come by Scuderia110 and experience some of your favorite Sports Cars yourself, fulfilling all your senses exclusively made available through our SportsCarTherapy.
SportsCarTherapy is simply put, “food for our soul” if you are a bonafide motorhead. It is truly a multifaceted sensory overload experience, and the ultimate goal is to put a smile on your face and help turn that “happy wheel” in your brain and keep the momentum of inner happiness going.
It starts with channeling your inner self and re-discovering why you have fallen in love with everything related to cars in the first place.
For me it all started when I was walking down the street in the early 70’s with my Dad and his mechanic friend. Amongst all the big cars parked on the street, all of a sudden there was a small green car wheezing down the street with lots of “good” noise. The mechanic friend commented “That MGB is so small and fast that it drives like a bullet”.
To a young impressionable ten year old kid, the idea of driving a “bullet” sounded very appealing at the time.
Ever since that time, whenever I saw a MGB or the likes, I said to myself that guy is driving a bullet. After a few years, I was able to tell that MGB was a bit different in shape from let’s say the likes of Fiat 124 Spiders vs. Alfa Romeo Spyders. Seeing a bright orange Fiat 124 Spider everyday on my block (which I always looked forward to seeing) on my way to junior high, etched an indelible mark in my memory bank that I will always remember like it was yesterday.
Soon after as I entered my high school years, I realized that bullets will forever be faster than cars and that there exists “Coupe” versions of all these bullet wannabe convertibles. I even began to notice that there was this coupe with just the roof missing and a round behind where the engine was, just like my Dad’s VW 412 station wagon; in-fact, even sounding sort of similar except this coupe was a Porsche. In no time I realized that the “Coupe” versions looked even better on some cars and almost felt guilty that my loyalty to the “bullet” convertibles was beginning to sway. Being an “influencer” ahead of time, I even got my brother two years younger to like all these MGB’s, Alfa’s, and Fiats. So much so that in 1979, I scraped up all my summer earnings to buy a beat up 1973 Alfa Romeo 105 coupe. Soon after, my younger brother not to be out-beaten bought a 1976 Fiat 124 Spyder, yeah you guessed it… in orange red. Though neither cars were perfect by any means with a shoe-string budget, we both learned so much about the art of driving a manual transmission, feeling the dynamics of handling, and appreciating the importance of driving these small “bullet” cars, safely.
One vivid memory of my 1973 105 GT coupe was driving it along the east-bound service road on LIE between exits 33 and 37 in freshly falling snow and feeling how wonderful the car felt (it didn’t matter that one cylinder was down on compression and that I couldn’t afford to fix it at the time)… just me and my Alfa in the midst of a winter wonderland… I won’t ever need a video to retrieve this amazing drive from my memory bank. What I remember about the 1976 Fiat 124 Spyder was borrowing the car from my brother one weekend and driving it like I had stolen it along the curvaceous Riverdale section of Saw Mill Parkway on my way back down to the city where I was attending college. Of course I did it to impress my passenger at the time, but for those few minutes, I really felt like Juan Manuel Fangio. A few months later I found out the car had previously gotten into an accident and the front suspension welding points were a bit soft. This was a wake up call and very humbling, especially when you are dealing with not only your safety, but also the safety of others in the car. To this day, integrity of suspension and tires remain the paramount safety item in any car, new or vintage, I drive. But oh boy, how fondly I remember that Fiat 124 negotiating the turns along Saw Mill Parkway.
These two cars have ignited a passion for all things car related, especially cars of Italian persuasion, which has lasted over 40 years during which time I have accrued thousands of hours driving Classic & Sports Cars, mostly Alfa’s and Fiats. My soon to be wife was however driving a brand new ‘87 BMW 325IS automatic (oh how I wished it was an e30 M3) when I met her and when we got married in ‘89, we received as a wedding gift, a 87 Porsche Carerra Coupe in silver (yes, with the tail). But the German cars never stirred my soul like the Italian cars could. Fiscally speaking, it turned out to be a good thing, since we soon sold the Carrera and used it as our “seed” money for our first condo…. and then our first house… and so on. But looking back, I sure wish I had kept that silver Carrera with 12k miles.
During the 90’s, now in my 30’s I managed to drive an Alfa Romeo almost everyday. I became a devout transaxle Alfa guy and drove mostly GtV6’s and a Milano Verde. The Busso 2.5 V6 is the sweetest engine you will ever experience… and “when and if” mated to a smooth driveshaft connecting to a transmission with a progressive clutch and synchros that are all working, I promise you there is no driving experience any better. Milano Verde with 3.0 liter version just heightens to the experience with 30 extra horsepower. Back then, I must have checked out more than a dozen E30 M3s but could never get myself to buy one because my Milano 3.0 Verde felt so much better by the seat of my pants… if only my tuchus was less partial to my Verde, I could be up $30k with one of these Munich cafe racers…oh well..
I felt I had finally arrived at the pinnacle of my car passion of all things Italian when I pulled the trigger and bought an European version of 1986 Ferrari 328GTS back in September of 1998. With only 3k miles, the car cover was full of dust from being parked in a public garage in front of the Brooklyn Court House for the past 12 years by a single owner. Underneath the filthy car cover, however, lied a brand new looking red car with no flaws to speak of, at least to my eyes. When the engine roared to life, I thought I just died and went to heaven. There is an old article from Road&Track in 1986 where it describes the transmission as being “slicker than cocaine dealer’s lawyer”…. that’s once the synchros have been fully warmed up. Sure enough after about 5 miles of driving, I was able able to first-hand experience exactly what the Road&Track editor had written about back in the day… oh and how rewarding it felt. But the most unforgettable moment came the day I picked up my new 328GTS from the Brooklyn Court House, and then made a quick pit stop to pick up my newly born son from the hospital on the same day. Yes! My son’s first ever car ride was in a Rosso Corsa 1986 Ferrari 328GTS!
For the better part of the past two decades, I have been fortunate enough to drive various Ferrari’s and Maserati’s and even keep a 1998 BMW E36 4dr M3 5speed and 2010 Porsche 997.2 GT3 to keep my sanity in check. But truth be told my passion and love affair for all things Alfa’s are still burning as brightly as the first day I laid my eyes on my first Alfa back in 1979.
If you have drudged through this entire blog, that means you are as passionate and have gone through similar car experiences as I have. In fact, I am hoping you even like the same cars as I do because then Scuderia110 is the perfect Club for you to partake in, either through storing, maintaining, or restoring. Having been a invested member of Alfabb.com and Ferrarichat.com, I believe there are a lots of car enthusiasts who actually are fortunate enough to own these amazing machines and be able to share their experiences. Of course there are others just as enthusiastic but don’t necessarily have the means to experience them first hand.
The SportsCarTherapy at Scuderia110 provides this tangible, visceral experience first hand, for the enthusiasts who can access our Facility. The experience will be all encompassing and even includes a small but very informative library containing various car journals during hay days of print publications as well as old factory advertising pamphlets and factory manuals and tuning guides.
We will be periodically switching cars available for our SportsCarTherapy… but the goal is to showcase multiple of the same body style to give you that nostalgic feeling of seeing multiple cars of the same or similar vintage as if entering into a dealership of the period. We hope to mesmerize you by this experience as if you have been thrown back to another time and era. Better yet, we hope to show cars running even better than ever before and share this experience with you.
In other situations, you will get to experience the evolution of let’s say 4 door model(Berlina vs Sedan in Case of Alfa Romeo) spanning over two decades.
Another is a study in characteristics of the manual transmission which changed as models changed spanning the two decades.
Another is a study into understanding and debunking the myth of some models which developed undeserved poor reputations and how with time, remedy has been found
to rectify most of the issues and allow you to experience these improved “underdogs”.
In other words, SportsCarTherapy is all about achieving happiness through visually feasting on these iconic sports cars, some of by-gone era and some still very modern, with your very own eyes; and, then be able to touch, smell, and feel them first hand. Finally rekindling your love for these visceral machines by taking them out for a spin. We have to emphasize that the SportCarTherapy is not about going all out fast but rather a rare opportunity to reconnect with how visceral and mechanical these sports cars use to feel by the seat of your pants and how the suspension dials in direct message to your hands through the steering wheel…So that you can control the machine and not bunch of computers. Best part is all these cars at Scuderia110 belongs to “no one”and to “everyone” at the same time. There is no client at the shop who has anymore ownership than you. These are communal cars made available for all of your experiences. We will maintain them but foremost, you will need to be sympathetic and deftly Pilotis of these machines. Even if you are not a seasoned driver of Vintage & Classic Sports Cars, you can still partake as the Navigators of these beautiful machines.
Our blogs and announcements will periodically stay on top of our offerings through SportsCarTherapy on a periodic basis.
Forza SportsCarTherapy at Scuderia110!