Rounding out this week’s trio of DV Mechanics-built Alfa Giulias is a rather unique example, and this time, it’s not owned by Dorian Valenzuela himself. Instead, it’s owned by friend and fellow Alfa enthusiast Alex Fisher of San Francisco, and just like the wisest of Giulia owners, he knew exactly who to entrust with the work needed on his prized possession.
This particular car comes with a bit of backstory.
If you know of Dorian Valenzuela, then you’re probably familiar with this car. The Beige 1970 Alfa Romeo Giulia is Dorian’s Magnum Opus, a defining build that points to his attention to detail and respect for perfection, while also giving a window into Dorian’s vision for classic European automobiles. Dorian’s love for the Italian marque started at a young age, and the unique brick shape of the Giulia sedan was quick to enrapture.
There are few events in the world quite like the Carerra Panamericana… if any. Covering nearly 1,000 miles on public roads in a race that spans an entire week, and wrought of classic rally cars, Mexico stands home to an event all its own. It comes as no surprise then, that Dorian Valenzuela – of DV Mechanics – set out to race it himself. To do so, however, requires a car.
At first glance, Chris Gonyea’s ’71 Alfa GTV may leave something to be desired, depending on your tastes. It’s not quite the sight for sore eyes one might expect when introduced to an Italian classic, but Chris is well aware of that. In place of shiny paint, you’ll find patchy primer and epoxy. The only shine the car offers is from the metallic Dynamat that lines its interior, mostly concealed by interior-delete panels and cracking old leather bits.
Most of the vintage race weekends that we attend are quite an occasion. The paddocks swarm with spectators and large car haulers line the numerous rows of work areas. The weekends feel surreal, with legendary drivers running in and out of the pits, piloting prototype cars that managed to escape an almost certain destiny in museums. However, this weekend was different. I set out early Saturday morning on unusually wet highways.