23 December 2013 | Story by Nish | Photography by: Otis J. Gore
This story should actually begin with "once upon a time".
Way back when there were three brothers who were obsessed with
Alfa Romeo’s. The Alfa Giulietta's they owned weren't
any ordinary models. These three Giulietta's belonged in their
own permanent car show. They were daily drivers which were also
pristine show cars.
When parked at racing events, they received the sort of attention
only reserved for supercars. These beauties would constantly
be surrounded by droolers and gawkers for as long as they were
Hard to believe that was 15 years ago… so fast forward
to today and two of the brothers no longer have their beloved
Giulietta's. They have however had many Alfas since then and
even a Maserati. But this brings us to where they are now. Being
fans of everything Italian, all roads eventually lead to the
ultimate Italian dream car.
Ferrari’s, almost everyone dreams of owning any model.
For Moeneeb and Shameeg of Alfa Bodyworks that time had come
in the form of a 430 and 360 respectively. Shameeg stole a line
out of "the pursuit of function" when he told me that
he just couldn't drive a stock car as it wasn't in his nature.
Moeneeb’s black 2006 model F430 is dazzling to look at
from any angle, but then again, which Ferrari isn’t? This
one is a little different to most F430’s though. A few
subtle changes accent the car dramatically compared to any other.
With him owning the car for only about a year, he has already
added Scuderia stripes, fitted a Tubi exhaust system to the
4.3L 360kW V8, lowered it with an H&R lowering kit and the
most dramatic change of all, slapped on a set of massive 20
inch ADV-1 rims which are wrapped in Michelin rubber.
Of the two, this F430 is the more executive looking. But being
all black, stealth is not achievable in any situation. This
is the kind of car you’d want to wear a Hugo Boss suit
to drive it.
With Shameeg’s 360, a different kind of suit comes to
mind, an Alpine Stars racing suit! Everything about this car
says RACE! We love what he’s done with it.
From a stock 360 to this Stradale look alike.
Of the two this one is clearly more customized. But every mod
done very tastefully. Being a 2000 year model and the older
brother of the two cars it still has that “Like a boss”
stance to it. In order to get that Shameeg started off with
similar mods as the F430, but only took it to a whole new level.
He did the usual “rim and a drop” with the 20inch
ADV-1 rims and H&R lowering kit.
But then went on to fitting a full Stradale body kit which includes
front and rear bumpers with carbon fibre rear diffuser, carbon
side mirrors, carbon rear window inserts, Stradale stripes,
Stradale rear mesh grill and a custom made rear boot lid which
was manufactured in house at Alfa Bodyworks which you’d
never be able to tell that it wasn’t a genuine Ferrari
Don’t forget about the full carbon inserts in the engine
bay which is clearly visible to the entire world through its
glass top window. The catalytic converters were removed and
a Tubi exhaust system was fitted to finish off the screams of
its 3.6L 300kW V8.
One thing that unfortunately cannot be described with mere words
is the sound of both cars. Demonic is the word I used, possessed
is the word Otis used.
Where the boys go from here though, that is the question? But
whatever is next for the Alfa Bodyworks boys, we need not worry,
it will be car nirvana.