o greet our customers, we usually organise a nice day full of surprises and we’ve decided that it would be worth sharing the experience with you guys!
The day started out at the Officine Fratelli Frigerio just out of Monza to present the Effeffe Berlinetta to our customers as well as the talented people who built it. Of course, you should know this car by now as we’ve covered it multiple times both here and on our social medias and being with the Frigerio brothers is like being with family after all this time.
After giving an exclusive ride to the new members in the Berlinetta, we headed out to the Rossini Art Site to have lunch at the esteemed Brig Restaurant where we were served some seasonal treats from the region while getting to listen to some more stories from the racing past of Leonardo Frigerio. This brings us to the center piece of the day : The Scuderia del Portello!
After arriving in front of what seemed like a random building without any exterior signs of what was to come, we were let inside to immediately find ourselves standing in front of two giant Iveco transporters, good for transporting 5 cars each before seeing a small workshop at the end of the hall with Alberto, the chief mechanic, standing besides a Giulia waiting for it’s restoration to be completed.
The Scuderia del Portello is the official Alfa Romeo historic club, and though it’s official location is the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, this place has a few well kept secrets kept hidden from the general public. After passing by the “to be restored” section of cars that were hidden away waiting to be rejuvenated, we reached the highlight of our afternoon. A room full of Alfa Romeos from every decade and in full racing colours.
These were all cars that had raced or that were still being raced, with the most recent victories being obtained by the Alfa Romeo Giulia Supers’ that raced the Peking-Paris 2016 to get the 1st and 3rd place in their category! But our focus was on the center piece. The Alfa Romeo 33/TT3 chassis #1. This is the first of 3 to be produced and was used for the shakedown test at the 1971 Targa Florio.
Further along was the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Muso Basso and countless other unique cars, some being “prototypes” and one-offs for races such as the Carrera Panamericana. All in all, this was one of those days that will stay forged into my mind for years and years to come and I am glad that there are people out there maintaining the legacy of such brands while also driving the hell out of these cars instead of just piling them up in a lifeless collection. A big thank you is needed for the team behind the Effeffe team and the guys at Scuderia del Portello for letting us peak in on this very private collection and for sharing the history behind all of this.
We’ll be back soon with some more adventures, but in the meantime check out our full album of photos from the event HERE and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Youtube and Facebook to keep up with our next adventures!