Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Monza
6C2300 engine and gearbox with supercharger conversion by Augustin Banko of Melbourne, Australia.
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2009 12:37 PM
I certainly owe you a report.
The car came to the shop on Tuesday afternoon. I got to see it then, and drive very briefly. First impressions were that the car was just outstanding. Further inspection of the work, detail and construction, as well as the performance is even better. I honestly don’t believe that it would have been possible to have done a better job from across the world. Everyone in the shop is more than impressed.
I took the car home, and have put several hours on it since.
The paint, color and finish are perfect. It is exactly as I hoped, and I was very nervous about that. Adjustable shocks… fantastic. The fit and finish of the panel work and details are second to none.
Performance wise, the car starts instantly, pulls like a train and has effortless power. That engine had an output originally of 95 hp. To get where we are today with the blower (and credit to Augustin for some of that engineering work) is just fantastic. The gearbox shifts better than any pre war Alfa I have driven, ever. Handling, also great.
Overall, I started that car to use up the extra parts that we had for the Corto, and have a great car to run on the track. It has become much more than that, and for that I thank you very much.
I look forward to completing the last car in the shop, and am hoping to get the Bugatti deal done as the next project for you.
Bruce Rudin MD
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 3:45 PM
… As a customer with many cars under restoration, working with you, and Alan Stanton earlier has been a pleasure. You and your team are responsive, fair and make restoring and building cars a joy. My only complaint is that you are on the other side of the world, and tough to visit. I am pleased that we have been working together, and plan to continue to do so…
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 3:17 PM
I have forgotten if we have spoken after the Colorado Grand.
The Alfa performed beyond any reasonable expectation. 1/2 a quart of oil. Didn’t even need a screwdriver for the entire event. Of 8 cars that we brought as a team, the Alfa was the most reliable. I am not sure how hard you drove the car, but it is a crazy fast, great handling car. It is by far the best driving prewar car that I ever drove. The gearbox should be required for any 8c. Fast, awesome brakes, great steering. The car was seriously brilliant, and thanks go to you and to your team for all of the hard work that you put into the car. Right now it is covered in mud, and dirt, the floors are getting scratched and the car looks great. This past weekend it won peoples choice at a concours near my home.
I couldn’t have asked for more!
Bruce J. Rudin