Club / Sports car therapy

The unique bond shared by the founding members of Scuderia110 revolves around our shared love for driving our cars. For many of us, piloting our cherished Classic or Modern Sports Cars is not just an activity; it’s a source of true joy and pleasure, akin to a great workout or a therapeutic session. Driving these cars can evoke a sense of euphoria, taking us on a journey reminiscent of a nostalgic memory lane. For true car enthusiasts with petrol coursing through their veins, this connection with our Classic Sports cars represents nourishment for the soul and mind.

In essence, our cherished bond with our cars has led to an experience we fondly refer to as “Sports CarTherapy.” Understanding and appreciating this concept, Scuderia110 is committed to embodying a Sports Car Club vibe, aiming to provide the best possible “Sports CarTherapy” experience for local sports car enthusiasts.

In a time dominated by virtual reality, artificial intelligence, selfies, and influencers, we invite you to step back and visit our shop. Reflecting the spirit of an old-time Ford dealership from the 50s, our space allows you to fully immerse yourself in a collection of some of the finest classic and modern sports cars ever designed. These cars are crafted to stimulate all your natural senses, just as intended by the engineers who brought them to life.

We extend a warm welcome to the Scuderia110 Community, offering a range of services from annual fluid maintenance to reviving a car from a prolonged hibernation in your garage. If you currently own one, don’t settle for watching your favorite cars being driven by others on YouTube repeatedly. Instead, visit Scuderia110, where you can see, feel, and experience that special classic or modern sports car that may one day become your own. Our hope is that this experience brings a broad smile to your face, helping you reconnect with your inner self and rediscover the reasons you fell in love with everything related to sports cars in the first place.

 

My journey into the world of cars began when I was around ten years old, strolling down the street in the early 70s alongside my Dad and his mechanic friend. Amidst the array of large cars on the street, a small green car suddenly roared by, emitting a delightful noise. The mechanic friend remarked, “That MGB is so small and fast that it drives like a bullet.” To a young and impressionable ten-year-old, the notion of driving a “bullet” sounded irresistibly appealing.

From that moment on, whenever I spotted an MGB or its counterparts, I couldn’t help but envision the driver as someone cruising in a bullet. As I grew older, I learned to distinguish the MGB’s shape from other convertibles like the Fiat 124 Spiders and Alfa Romeo Spyders. A bright orange Fiat 124 Spider on my daily route to junior high left an indelible mark in my memory, vividly recalled even today.

Entering my high school years, I realized that bullets would always be faster than cars, and there were also “coupe” versions of these convertible bullets. I began to notice a cool-looking coupe with part of the roof missing and a wing protruding from its round tail where the engine was—similar to my Dad’s VW 412 station wagon. It was called a Porsche 911 Targa. Gradually, I found that the “coupe” versions looked even better on some cars, and my loyalty to the “bullet” convertibles started to waver. Pioneering as an “influencer” before the term gained popularity, I managed to instill a love for MGBs, Alfas, and Fiats in my two-years-younger brother. In 1979, I scraped together all my summer earnings to purchase a worn-out 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV coupe. Soon after, my younger brother, not to be outdone, bought a 1976 Fiat 124 Spyder—in orange-red, of course. Despite their imperfections on a shoestring budget, both cars became invaluable teachers, imparting lessons on the art of driving a manual transmission, understanding the dynamics of handling, and emphasizing the significance of safely navigating these small “bullet” cars.

A distinct memory with my 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV stands out—driving it along the eastbound service road on the LIE between exits 33 and 37 in freshly falling snow. Despite a cylinder down on compression and an inability to afford immediate repairs, the car felt wonderful. It was just me and my Alfa, amidst a winter wonderland, creating an unforgettable experience stored vividly in my memory bank.

Reflecting on the 1976 Fiat 124 Spyder, I borrowed it from my brother for a weekend and drove it spiritedly along the curvaceous Riverdale section of Saw Mill Parkway, impressing my passenger. Feeling like Juan Manuel Fangio for those moments was exhilarating. Later, I discovered the car had been in an accident, and the front suspension welding points were somewhat compromised—a humbling wake-up call to prioritize safety. Even today, the integrity of suspension, brakes, and tires remains paramount in any car I drive. Yet, the fond memories of negotiating turns along the Saw Mill Parkway with the Fiat 124 linger, an experience I recommend to anyone with a vintage sports car on a warm balmy night, especially in a convertible.

These two cars ignited a passion for all things car-related, especially those of Italian persuasion, spanning over 40 years. During this time, I’ve accumulated thousands of hours driving Classic & Modern Sports Cars, predominantly Alfas and Ferraris. Serendipitously introduced to German marques by my soon-to-be wife, who drove a new ’87 BMW 325IS automatic, I yearned for an e30 M3. Our wedding gift in ’89 was an ’87 Porsche Carrera Coupe in silver, complete with the iconic whale tail. Although I enjoyed driving the German cars, they never stirred my soul like the Italian cars. Financially, selling the Carrera became the “seed” money for our first condo and subsequently our first house. Looking back, I often wish I had kept that silver Carrera with only 12k miles on the odometer.

During the 90's

In the 90s, now in my 30s, I indulged in the daily joy of driving an Alfa Romeo, rain or snow. As a dedicated transaxle Alfa enthusiast, my preference leaned towards GtV6s and a Milano Verde. The Busso 2.5 V6 engine paired with a smooth driveshaft connected to a transaxle featuring a progressive clutch and well-functioning synchros provided an unparalleled driving experience. The Milano Verde, equipped with a 3.0-liter version, heightened this experience with an extra 30 horsepower. Despite checking out numerous E30 M3s, I couldn’t bring myself to buy one, as my Milano 3.0 Verde felt superior by the seat of my pants. If only my preferences were less biased, I could have been up $30k with one of those Munich cafe racers. Oh well.

The pinnacle of my Italian car passion came when I decided to purchase a European version of the 1986 Ferrari 328GTS in September 1998. With only 3k miles on the odometer, the car cover was dusty from parking in front of the Brooklyn Courthouse for the past 12 years. Despite the cover, the car revealed itself as a pristine red beauty with no flaws, at least in my eyes. When the engine roared to life, I felt like I had entered heaven. Referring to an old Road&Track article from 1986, the transmission was described as “slicker than a cocaine dealer’s lawyer”—once the synchros were fully warmed up. After about 5 miles of driving, I experienced firsthand what the editor had written about, and it was incredibly rewarding. The most unforgettable moment occurred when I arranged to pick up my 328GTS from the Brooklyn Courthouse and made a quick pit stop to pick up my newborn 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 past two decades, I’ve been fortunate to own and drive a variety of Ferraris, Maseratis, and Alfas. Throughout this period, I’ve maintained my trusty 1998 BMW E36 4dr M3 5-speed and 2010 Porsche 997.2 GT3 to keep my sanity in check. However, my passion and love affair for all things Alfas and Ferraris continue to burn as brightly as the day I first laid eyes on my first Alfa Romeo in 1979.

If you’ve made it through this entire blog, it indicates your passion for these cars and perhaps a similar car experience. I hope you share a liking for the same cars as I do, because then Scuderia110 is the perfect Sports Car Club for you to engage with, whether through maintaining, reviving, or restoring your special classic and modern sports cars.

The concept of Sports Car Therapy at Scuderia110 is a philosophical approach to how we run our shop, providing a tangible, visceral experience for sports car enthusiasts accessing our facility. The experience is all-encompassing, even featuring a small but informative library containing various car journals from the heydays of print publications, old factory advertising pamphlets, and factory manuals and tuning guides. In the near future, for those interested, we’ll offer opportunities to rekindle your love for these visceral machines by taking them out for a spin under the guidance of Scuderia110. The emphasis is not on going all out fast but on reconnecting with the visceral and mechanical feel of classic sports cars and experiencing their suspension feedback and direct connection to the driver. Even if you’re not a seasoned pilot of vintage and classic sports cars, you can still participate as navigators of these beautiful machines.

Announcements about our various offerings through Sports Car Therapy will be made periodically on our website and Instagram. Please follow us and add yourself to our mailing list if you’d like to be part of the Scuderia110 community.

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