Trans-Am race cars have a menacing look to them that draws me in every time I come across them. I’m not often a muscle car guy, but the low-slung physique mated with aggressive air dams and meaty tires tucked into the deep wells are just undeniably cool in every sense of the word. In between races, I took a moment to photograph some of the cool details found throughout the 1971 AMC Penske Javelin that Mark Donohue campaigned to an SCCA Trans-Am Championship win in 1971.
There’s a long-running joke – something about how Porsche 911s are just fancy Volkswagen Beetles. I’m sure there are a dozen-and-one variants, and truth be told, I’ve probably said them all in passing. There’s no denying there are vast differences between the two, especially now in 2017; on the other hand, however, there’s no denying just how similar they are, especially decades ago.
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.