Conversations from the road. Kansas.

July 20, 2012 Comments (0)

Alfa Rear

“Wanna see something neat?” asked the young man at my elbow.

I hesitated. “Neater than this?”

“Uh huh.”

“I doubt it,” I said. Maybe later.

I was in Kansas standing under a lift. Up in the air was an immaculate Alfa Romeo TZ with its left rear suspension apart and hanging. I didn’t know how much time I would have to shoot this and I wasn’t moving until I was finished.


There are not a lot of car foreign car repair places in Kansas City. My bet is that the TZ is the only one for five states around. Brian Haupt is an owner of Carriage and Motor Works. He is kind of a “been there-done that” crusty character who is the go-to guy for the younger people in his shop. He was unimpressed by my gift of Krispy Kreme donuts. That impressed me! The shop does everything from restoration to race prep. It is overflowing with Italian and English cars and in inordinate amount of Swedish cars all in various states of decay and disassembly.

“So, what could be neater than this?” I finally asked young David Henderson who was at my elbow.

A Volvo.” he said.

I doubt it.” I said again. “Not bloody likely,” I thought.

He waited patiently.

Volvo open hood

When I was through, he led me to the side of the main building and introduced me to the Volvo 122 that he and his dad, Jim, had lovingly restored for the past 15 years. He was right. With love and unbelievable attention to detail, this once ugly duckling is now a swan. I have a few pictures of it.







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