Johan's car life resembles a marathon without a finish. Is it nostalgia or romance? Because sympathy for the illustrious Italian brand is simply too mild a word. Now that he realizes – because of his senior status – that the hobby has to be phased out, there is another characterful car in his garage next to the hobby car. An Alfa Romeo 159 SW that is available as a family car. The basis of his passion for Alfa Romeo is the design, the technology and the driving characteristics. As in the case of his 2.0 Alfa Romeo Spider 1985.
By: Dirk de Jong
It all started for Johan with the purchase of a moped in his youth, after which a few Minis were reviewed. He was only grabbed by Alfa after he was allowed to drive in the car of his colleague: an Alfa Romeo Giulia. Over the course of 50 years he has owned all types of Alfa Romeo. That his heart still beats faster with the Italian beauties is also apparent from his collection of automobilia: brochures, car models, parts books and original tools for tinkering, which he had purchased from the trustee of a bankrupt Alfa dealer. Parts were also partly obtained by scrapping two Giulia's.
Are you surprised that he is one of the founders of the Alfa Romeo Enthusiasts Association? That he visited trade fairs in Italy and made long journeys with his distinctive Alfas throughout Europe?
Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0
Johan: “I have owned this car for 19 years now. Originally, the Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0 came from America. He was really in a dramatic state. However, the body and chassis were steel-hard and to this day the car has never been welded. The enthusiasm to solve the problems myself is my greatest pleasure. The biggest problem was that the cable harness had burned out due to a wrong connection of the battery. During a burglary, the soft top was cut to pieces, the windscreen was broken, actually a pure Alfa with significant damage. I sometimes compare my car hobby to a marriage. Sometimes things go very well and sometimes you have setbacks, but always feel the enthusiasm to do better. I am not an Alfa owner with clean hands. The tinkering was my greatest pleasure and moreover with Alfa it is always: 'Freude am fahren!'”
Enthusiastic about the Alfa hobby
This story shows once again how much fun you can have with a classic. Johan keeps the heritage on the road moving, young and old show their smile! You make their day and they make your day. And as enthusiasts we see the value of that.
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