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Slot.it Alfa Romeo 33/3 - "Pocono 2011"
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Slot.it CA11m Alfa Romeo 33/3 #5 Pocono 2011. RRP £62.95. Scheduled Q2 2021 - expected soon.

The Slot.it model of the 1971 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 is a pretty little thing...

       

If the Slot.it coding is anything to go by, this is the thirteenth livery produced*. It's an unusual one, as it's from a modern collection - that of Joe Nastasi, who owns more Alfa T33s than anyone else in the world - and appeared at the 2011 'Le Belle Machine d'Italia' event that took place in Pocono, Pensylvannia...

   

That year's event featured a unique collection of Alfa Romeo T33s brought from across North America and Europe. The cars were on show at the Concorso d'Eleganza at the Mount Airey Resort and also running on the nearby Pocono circuit as part of two days of track events. Part of the collection was the the car modelled by Slot.it - a 1969 Tipo 33, chassis #75080.004, that was updated to 1971 specs by Autodelta.

       

Born in Messina in 1949, Joe Nastasi emigrated to the United States in 1971. He found work at Modena Sport Cars in Manhattan, Lamborghini importers to North America. In October 1972, he went into business himself - buying, modifying and selling Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Mercedes and Porsches. Through contacts, he met Guiseppe Lucchini - the president of Brescia Corsa - and purchased his first Alfa T33. He took car back to US and raced it, sourcing parts direct from Autodelta. Nastasi has ended up with an amazing collection of Alfa Romeo cars at his workshops in Queens, including six T33s - a 1967 Periscopo; a unique 1971 Stradale coupe; two 1977 World Sporstcar Championship T33/SC/12s; a 1972 T33/TT/3; and the 1969 T33/3 featured here...

       

In the early 1980s, Nastasi knew the right people at Autodelta. Carlo Chiti had become a good friend, but the Alfa race cars did not become available for sale until Chiti left Autodelta in 1984. Nastasi started buying whatever was available. Every car he bought from Autodelta was in pieces and had to be restored once back in the US. Talking to Veloce magazine in 2006, Nastasi said "I have no idea why the guys at Autodelta took everything apart all the time. They would finish with a car, tear it apart and put the pieces in this warehouse. That's just the way it was".

The T33/3 was one of the cars purchased. Originally a 1969 team car, it had been re-bodied and updated to 1971 specs. It is not clear to Nastasi or Alfa experts what events the chassis participated in. "In 35 years of experience with Autodelta and it's employees including Chiti, I never saw a piece of paper which convinced me that a particular chassis number took part in a particular event." Nastasi told Veloce. Chassis 75080.004 is typical of the team cars of the era and Nastasi has ensured it has not been modified beyond anything Autodelta might have done by mid 1971. It is as close as any car could be to the Tipo 33/3 1971 works cars that raced to class victories at Buenos Aires, Sebring, Spa, Monza and Zeltweg - and famous outright wins at Brands Hatch, Watkins Glen and a 1-2 at the Targa Florio...



Joe Nastasi has campaigned this Tipo 33/3 in historic races all over the world - at Le Mans in 2005 (where he was partnered by legend Arturo Merzario) and at Monza, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca and the Targa Florio.

       

The Slot.it model is spectacular - the paintwork given a deep modern 'concours' shine. Underneath is the latest EVO6 chassis, sidewinder motor pod and 23k S-Can motor. The motor wires are fitted with the new SP45 connectors that allow the SP43 Carrera Digital Chip and the latest version of the SP15B SSD chip to be installed without soldering.

This historic Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 is due very soon and is available to pre-order from Pendle Slot Racing here. Thank you to Galileo Engineering for the fabulous photographs!

   

* I counted them up and this is the tenth livery produced, plus a white kit and a 'Mega-Monza' special. The search facility on the Pendle site is great.
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