The star of the American event is set to be the Formula 1 BT45, which belongs to the renovated Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, also known as “The time machine”, along with some of the latest models, including the multi award-winning Alfa Romeo 4C (Coupé and Spider versions) and the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the perfect blend of the new Alfa Romeo paradigm and supreme expression of the “meccanica delle emozioni” (mechanics of emotion) concept. Among other things, visitors will get the chance to enjoy a thrilling driving experience behind the wheel of the 4C Spider, and also to purchase Alfa Romeo memorabilia.
The Brabham BT45, equipped with an Alfa Romeo engine, will be the main piece of the “Hans Stuck cars” category with which the event pays homage to the German driver in this particular edition of the event. Indeed, it is on a Brabham-Alfa Romeo that Hans-Joachim raced in the 1977 United States Grand Prix before more than 100,000 spectators: held at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course, Stuck started the race at the front of the grid, and was overtaken only by the reigning champion, James Hunt. After 14 laps, the BT45 retired due to a technical problem, without tarnishing the German driver’s impeccable racing up to that point, who proved himself to be a genuine master at driving in the rain.
The enchanting story of this race car began in 1976, after the World Sportscar Championship won by the “33 TT 12” in 1975, when Autodelta, Alfa Romeo’s #racing department, decided to join Formula 1 by supplying the Brabham team with the 500 HP 12-cylinder boxer on the “33” itself. In actual fact, Alfa Romeo had already fitted an engine on a single seater March in 1971, but the experience had immediately been stopped. The year 1976 thus became a “good” year: the car referred to as the “Brabham-Alfa” was presented, retaining the “Martini Racing” livery, but the basic color, by virtue of the Italian maker’s engines, switched from white to red. Later in the 1977 season, the Brabham-Alfa “BT45-B” started off in the best possible way: in the début Grand Prix, in Argentina, Carlos Pace came second, while his team-mate John Watson held pole position for around ten laps. Pace demonstrated excellent performance in the Brazilian Grand Prix as well, on home turf, although he was forced to retire.
Source: Alfa Romeo