The SCCA 2.5 Challenge Series was a professional race series open to production-based sedans. It allowed some modifications to both the chassis and the driveline. The rules changed from year to year but for 1971, the year this car debuted, the rules were considered to be the most lenient.
This 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV was raced by Horst Kwech in the 1971 Trans Am Series and the 1972 2.5 Challenge Series. This car was used as a development/test mule during the early period of 1971 but with 3 races left in the season Horst debuted the car in actual competition and he won the debut race. He also won the final race of that season which earned Alfa Romeo its 3rd Trans Am Championship, but a post race inspection revealed a trivial rules infraction and the championship was given to Datsun. This car is being presented in 1971 livery.
This 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV competed in the 1971 and 1972 Trans-Am '2.5 Challenge.' It was driven by seasoned Trans-Am pilot Horst Kwech and sponsored by Herb Wetanson of Wetson's Drive-Ins from Long Island, NY. Most famous races for this car were in the latter half of the 1971 season, with Kwech battling the BRE Datsun driven by John Morton; throughout the series, the cars were seldom separated by more than a few seconds. The Afla was victorious in its debut at Watkins Glen and won the 1971 championship on the track at Laguna Seca. Together with driver Kwech, it was subsequently disqualified by the SCCA for carrying too much fuel in what is widely regarded as one of the most exciting contests of the season. This car has been an active racer with SVRA and VSCDA since 1996, driven by owner/'steward' Sam Cummings and tended to by noted Alfa restoration and racing specialist Roman Tucker of Attica, Michigan.