This year Alfa Romeo celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Quadrifoglio becoming part of the Alfa Romeo legend. In 1923, team his racing his driver and eternally his second-place finisher, Ugosivocci, Targa developed his RL ‘Corsa’ single to win his Florio in the white square of his seater I drew a four-leaf clover on Civocci won the race, giving Alfa his Romeo his maiden international victory. A few months later, Civocci went to Monza to test his P1 for the European Grand Prix. He was riding #17 He didn’t draw a four-leaf clover on P1 and died during practice. Sure, correlation isn’t causation, but it’s hard to find anyone more superstitious than the drivers of his team racing. The Italian retired his number 17 from racing cars, and from 1924 onwards all Alfa Romeos had a quadrifoglio on a triangular, rather than square, inner bodywork. The missing dot represents the loss of Sivocci.
These green leaves have since distinguished the Alfa among a sea of other red Italian single-seaters from competitors like Ferrari and Maserati. No, the line of models like the TZ and P33 were iconic enough to forget any further distinction.
The Milanese added a Quadrifoglio version of the production car in the 1960s, but it didn’t become part of the official production car name until the 1980s. The branding has since expanded to his two clovers. Quadrifoglio Oro (gold) stands for the luxury version and Quadrifoglio Verde for the sporty version. It later became more widely used as a single letter “Q” for features such as the Q2 locking differential and his Q4 all-wheel drive.
Centro Stile Alfa Romeo has tweaked the logo and graphics that will be displayed at the brand event starting June 25th, marking the official centenary. Called the “Quadrifoglio Day”, it hosts a “backstage” conference and parade open to all Alfa Romeo clubs. .
This year also marks the 60th anniversary of Alfa Romeo’s AutoDelta Racing division. Famous Alfa Romeo racing cars such as the Julius Sprint GTA in 1965 and his 33 TT 12 sports car racer in 1975, his AMG or M division equivalent in Italy, outdated the German version Born from the Delta workshop. These celebrations are punctuated by a conference that will take place on March 5th at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Milan.