It gives me great pleasure to introduce this month's cover car. Not only is it from an event that I recommend to anyone on planet Earth, the Lime Rock Historics, but Santo Spadaro is a name that should ring a bell in more than a few automotive households.
As co-owner of Domenick European Car Repair in White Plains, NY, Santo does more than just tinker with old cars. I've only known him personally for a little more than a year, but Santo has created a network of family & friends that spans the globe. His cheerful face, accentuated by those black glasses, can be found at numerous events, from the aforementioned Lime Rock Historics to the Goodwood Revival, to all things automotive in between.
For the past six years, he's orchestrated and participated in the Domenico Spadaro Memorial Drive, a day of vintage rallying dedicated to raising money for cancer research while keeping the memory of his father alive. Santo is also involved with campaigning his 1958 Alfa Romeo in numerous vintage races. It's a real treat to see and hear it on the track, and even more so to chat with him afterwards, as his experiences throughout the years have filled him with stories to share. He was kind enough to share a bit of insight about his car.
Briefly introduce your car and why you drive it. What's your story?
I am an Alfa guy. I always looked forward to racing a Giulietta. The Sprint was my holy grail Giulietta.
What's the exact model of your car? Where does it fit in the production history?
 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Confortevole, 1 of 150 made.
How long have you had the car? What is the mileage? How often do you drive it?
I've owned it 12 years. Finished the restoration 6 years ago. I race it 6 times a year and commute on sunny days from April to November.
What is special about your car? Is it a collector's vehicle? Have you customized it?
It is prepped as a period-correct 1950's vintage race car, which means it is a dual purpose road and race car. There is a certain amount of elaboration, but it is all keeping within the period.
What have been the worst and best experiences with this car?
Only good experiences. Winning the Rolex Presentation and Performance Award at the Lime Rock Festival.
Can you shed a little light on the number '555'?
As a kid, 5 was always my lucky number, couple that with the fact that I've always been a big Mille Miglia fan. In the Mille, car numbers were the start times for each vehicle and usually three digits, so I put three fives on my car. The start time for my car would be 5:55 a.m.
Any other thoughts about this car?
It's been a faithful race car/road car as all of my Italian rides have been, exploding the myth of the fiddly Italian car.
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