What do you own and race today?
Giddings: We have Lancia D-50A(r), D-25/5(r), Lambda, Alfa Romeo Tipo C 8c-35, Monza, and 1750, along with a Bugatti or two, and perhaps most important of all, my ex-Richard Seaman 1926 Delage 15-S-8.
Coincidentally, the Monza by model number should have been called the Tipo B, but instead as this version of the 8c Alfa, fresh out of the box, came 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the 1932 Italian GP held at Monza, Alfa said that henceforth this model of Alfa should be called the Monza.
Sometimes I have difficulty remembering where all of my cars are. Because of the logistics involved and the cost of moving cars around the globe, I am like a sailor who has a lady friend in every port. I have cars on the east coast, the west coast, in England and Australasia!
Why do you race so many pre-war Alfa and ’50s Lancias?
Giddings: Early on my cars could only be acquired one at a time, because that was all I could afford.
Nevertheless, I had a sine wave of cars I wanted to experience. I had no trailer, no tow car, and thus if I drove my racecar to a meeting—be it at Wiscombe, Firle, Crystal Palace, Silverstone, Oulton Park, or Goodwood—and it broke, then I was stuck.
Back then, my sine wave shifted backwards and forwards between Alfa Romeo and Bugatti.
When Judy and I married, we honeymooned in our 1750 Alfa. We raced and rallied that car throughout Northern Italy. This was a true test for Judy.
On one occasion, we were guests of Ferrari at Monza. I have photos of Judy looking more than a little unhappy with her fingers in her ears, and you can just read her expression, “What have I done marrying this crazy guy?!”
The reason for my love of the pre-war Alfa was that they were all brilliant designs and visions of a man called Vittorio Jano.