This stunning Alfa Romeo 8C2900B spider with bodywork by Touring began its life as an Alfa factory entry for the 1938 Mille Miglia and was reputedly the winning car driven by Clemente Biondetti with Alfa mechanic Aldo Stefani beside him. That at least is what Hugh Hunter, here racing his Alfa on the Campbell Circuit at Brooklands on April 10, 1939, was told when he purchased the car from the Alfa Romeo stand at the London Motor Show in October 1938 where it was being used as a demonstrator. Subsequent research shows that there was, no surprise, a lot of swapping around of chassis plates, license plates, engines, etc. among the five similar 1938 spiders during their lives at Alfa Romeo, where some remained until the end of World War II. As a result, there is some uncertainty as to which of these lovely spiders was the actual Mille Miglia winner.
During his ownership, Hunter raced this Alfa at Brooklands and ran it at various speed trials until the War intervened. Note that the exhaust system has been modified to fit the required triangular “Brooklands silencer” at its end. He went on to do some more racing in other makes, including an appearance at Le Mans in a Bentley in 1950 and several races in sports cars at Silverstone up through 1954.
The Alfa was sold near the end of the War to Anthony (“Tony”) Crook, later of Bristol Cars, who did a lot of competition with it. It then went to a new owner in Scotland and at the end of the 1960s was sold to a collector in the U.S.A. It now rests in an important automotive museum in Pennsylvania.
Anyone wishing to know about these fantastic prewar Alfa Romeos can begin an in-depth education with Simon Moore’s masterpiece The Immortal 2.9.
Photo by Louis Klemantaski ©The Klemantaski Collection