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Meet the Classic Alfa Team

Richard Norris
Owner
richard@classicalfa.com

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It was always in the blood! 

His grandfather was Sid Greene (owner of fifties F1 racing team Gilby Engineering) , and his uncle Keith Greene drove in 6 world championship Grand Prix races & later managed a number of teams including Alan Mann Racing & the Brabham Alfa F1 team in a racing career spanning 30+ years.

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Somehow the passion for Italian cars (his grandfather ran a Maserati A6GCS & a 250F with Gilby) must have filtered down and Richard's Alfa ownership started at 18 with a succession of Alfa Suds during the mid 1980's. This led on to a love of Alfa roundtail spiders & Bertone GTV's and having collected & restored a number of cars during the early 1990's whilst working as a recording engineer, he started to acquire a reputation around the UK Alfa scene for having a large amount of used rare 105 series spares. Realising there was some demand, Richard spent many a weekend dismantling rusting wrecks & trawling around the country searching out ex-Alfa dealers who still had original new old stock. This mushroomed during the 1990's into a part-time business & when he decided to leave the music industry after nearly 15 years, he formed Alfaholics with Alfa restorer Richard Banks in 1999. Four years later Richard decided to set up on his own and established Classic Alfa.

Richard has a 9 year old daughter Lara with his wife, Katie and a 5 year old son Jack. His current collection is: - 1966 GTA 1600 race car project, a 1969 1750 Spider Veloce and his well-known, very low mileage unrestored 1972 1750 GTV with only 22,000 miles on the clock. 


Giles Amos
Technical
giles@classicalfa.com

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Despite studying East European languages, Giles only ever wanted to work with old cars. He first managed a village garage over 20 years ago which later became Brands Hatch Morgans and he joined Classic Alfa in 2006. He has owned more than 70 classic cars including 12 Alfas and 7 other Italian cars & is trying to reach a target of 100 classics before he is banned from driving! Can anyone identify the rare Italian cars he is with in the two photos? 

He recently owned an ultra-rare RHD Giulia Super Estate which was an interesting sight at speed round the Goodwood circuit.

His fleet isn't limited to Alfas but includes a 1974 Jaguar XJ12 Coupe and what he describes as "some boats" but his wife calls "the floating scrapyard". Giles works on his cars day and night and has a fully equipped workshop at home - pity his neighbours as he fires up the compressor or operates the hydraulic press at midnight in the loft. He loves answering customers' questions about how to fit this or that part so please keep the questions coming. 

Giles is married to Rachel and they have two small assistant mechanics.

** As of 1st January 2012 Giles has moved to Abu Dhabi with his family. He will continue to answer emails and provide quotations via email but will no longer be in the office to take telephone calls. ** 


Simon Mawbey
Manager
simon@classicalfa.com

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Simon has joined us in 2009 after 14 years with a main dealer as Parts Manager & previously in the early nineties as a parts man at Caterham Cars. He has a great love of classic cars & bikes having owned a number of Alfas, including until recently a GT Junior & still owns a Lancia Monte Carlo, a 1976 911 and an old Norton Commando bike. His father, despite being in his early eighties, still smokes around in his 1978 Alfa Spider which Simon has maintained with him over the last 25 years. .

He currently runs a 1750GTV and a 156 Sportwagon.


Thomas Bouet
Sales Manager
tom@classicalfa.com

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Tom joined Classic Alfa in the summer of 2010. He had spent a year working at Halfords (Britain’s largest car accessory retailer) and was always a keen petrol-head having owned four Renault Clios by the age of 18 (including the legendary Williams). However, it didn’t take long to be weaned off French hot hatches and Tom soon convinced his father, already the owner of a classic 1964 Mercury Park Lane Sedan, to snap up a Dutch blue 1750GTV Mk2 that came up for sale. The transformation was complete and the blue 1750 drove in nearly every session at our 2011 Track Day at the hands of Tom and his parents.

Having run a 1300 GT Junior in 2012, Tom purchased an Alfa 75 V6 track car and ran it at various track days in 2014 and 2015. 

Also a keen fan of Munich's finest, Tom has runs many BMWs over the years. His favorites being a 2002 E46 M3 and a 1989 E30 318iS. 

Away from work Tom is a keen sportsman, captaining his local Rugby team. He is happy to discuss the Rugby and Cricket with our Australian customers (depending on the score of course!) and recently has had a baby girl Olivia with his partner Rachel.


Filippo Venerio
Parts Sales / Italian Correspondent
filippo@classicalfa.com

 

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Filippo joined the Classic Alfa team in September 2013. He had been at a Honda dealership in Epsom for the past 10 years but yearned for a job in the world of classic cars where his heart lies. He has owned a huge range of classics from Renault 5 Turbo 2, Alpine GTA and A610 to a Ferrari Mondial 3.2 and an Integrale and restored a number of MGBs. Filippo's love of classic Alfas stems from fond memories of being driven around his native Italy in his dad's GT Junior as a child. Always a "hands-on" owner, he has a very broad mechanical knowledge and is enjoying finding his way around the 105 series cars we are regularly dismantling here.

Having lived in the UK from the age of 15 he is bi-lingual and also speaks a little Spanish and will has proved to be a great asset with our ever increasing number of Italian customers. He is married with two small boys to keep him busy when he gets home from work and is currently looking for a Montreal - so if you know of a good project please email him! He currently owns a 1969 1750 GTV, an Alpine GTA Turbo, Renault 5 Alpine Turbo, Civic Type R, Porsche Boxster and a Mitsubishi Evolution VI.


Damon Singh
Parts Sales
damon@classicalfa.com

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Damon joined the sales team in April 2015. He's proved to be something of an invoicing machine and quietly enjoys breaking new sales records with his methodical approach!

His love of vehicles whether it be two or four wheeled stems back to his childhood days, which in turn led him to study Motor Vehicle Engineering and welding. Never afraid to get his hands dirty - he has restored many vehicles whether it be an engine rebuild or a complete respray. He has lost count of how many cars and motorbikes he has bought and sold but he currently owns a Kawasaki ZXR750H2, Alfa 2000GTV and two Fiat X1/9 1300's and last year had a 1985 Spider. In his spare time he also enjoys going to the gym and DJ'ing with his ever growing vinyl collection.


Chris Chatfield
Parts Sales
chris@classicalfa.com

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Chris joined the team in August 2016. A keen petrolhead, Chris bought his first car at 15 (a Mk1 Ford Escort) and undertook a mechanical rebuild and engine rebuild with a bit of help from dad at the age of 16! He then undertook some voluntary work at his local Citroen dealership working with the senior technicians to develop his mechanical knowledge. Whilst new to the world of classic Alfa Romeos, he is quick to learn and has already started to deal with the occasional customer enquiry whilst undergoing his "training" phase at Classic Alfa.


Fred Baker
Dispatch/Used Parts

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Fred has owned his 2000 GTV since 1974 and has been a member of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club for more than thirty years. He maintains the car himself so there isn't much he doesn't know about them. Fred retired as a driving instructor in 1999 and then switched from being a customer of Richard's to packing and sending all the parcels as Classic Alfa grew. 

Now, as well as assisting the dispatch department, Fred manages our vast second-hand parts store. Alongside his GTV and a 164, Fred has a collection of classic motorcycles (also self-maintained) - two Velocettes (1958 & 1964), a 1982 Moto Morini and a stunning BSA Goldstar and used to compete in trials at the highest level from 1946 until the mid 1970's.


Konrad Dluzniak
Dispatch Manager & Sales
dispatch@classicalfa.com

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Konrad joined Classic Alfa in August 2011 straight from his native country Poland and his meticulous nature, combined with Fred’s expert tuition, resulted in a noticeable lift in both the packing quality of every box which leaves here and the amount of parcels which we could despatch each day. His grandfather was a professional rally driver and a love of all things automotive was passed down from him. He also loves music, sport and films and takes a huge amount of pride in how your orders leave here.

In 2017 Konrad joined the sales team and now oversees the packing department whilst also picking and processing new customer orders.


Ronald James
Warehouse / Goods In
dispatch@classicalfa.com

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Ronald joined Classic Alfa in December 2011 having been a complete petrol head from the age of 5. He sold himself to us (despite there not being a job offered here at the time!) with his boundless enthusiasm and positive attitude. He has recently bought a 916 GTV in Vela blue and is working his way through the car doing various mechanical jobs with the help of some of the other members of staff here.


Marcin Skonieczny
Dispatch / Fulfillment
dispatch@classicalfa.com

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Marcin joined the packing department in May 2015, significantly increasing the number of boxes which could be sent every day.
In his native country of Poland, Marcin studied mechanics and car bodywork and under Fred and Konrad’s guidance, he is constantly improving his knowledge about all things Alfa. As well as picking and packing orders Marcin is always helpful when we need to refurbish a used part prior to sale as he enjoys cleaning and painting various components.
Marcin loves modern sports bikes as well as a wide variety of cars and hopes to be taking his UK driving test soon!


Akli Amrane

Dispatch / Fulfillment
dispatch@classicalfa.com

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Akli joined the packing department in 2017. Having arrived from Algeria in 2010 to study English, Akli had been hoping to find a job that embraced his love of all things mechanical. A big motorbike fan (although clearly not a fan of safety clothing when in Algeria - see photo!) Akli currently rides a Honda CBR600 and also enjoys music and playing the mandole.

 


Amy Miller

Office Manager
amy@classicalfa.com

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Amy joined the Classic Alfa team in February 2011 as Richard started to disappear behind a 
mountain of paperwork. Having previously been in publishing and print production she applied her 
extensive organisational skills to the office here and turned it into the Swiss clock it is now!

Amy scoots around in a (modern) Fiat 500, although having previously had an M3 for years, she’s still 
struggling with the 240bhp drop! She has also been known to give the boys a run for their money at 
karting sessions! If you have any admin / finance issues please contact her.

 

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