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It’s two hours since I slid into the Alfaholics GTA-R for the first time. I’m on the M5, the window is lowered, and the spartan little cabin is swimming in such a sea of induction noise that I can’t hear myself think. But with every downchange, throttle blip and ripe burst of acceleration, the truth reveals itself: this is the most entertaining car I’ve driven since I spent two days of last summer in a McLaren F1. Yep, a West Country Alfa Romeo specialist has conjured a match for the Greatest Supercar Ever Made™ out of a 50-year old Alfa coupe. Nosing around Alfaholics’ workshop unpacks a further unexpected connection to the epochal F1. Tucked away in a corner is an Alfa Junior Z, a wedgy late Sixties rare-groove gem, now in the early stages of a full Alfaholics restoration. “Ah,” says company boss Max Banks, “that’s just arrived. It’s owned by Gordon Murray. He likes what we do here.” Chris Harris Drives: the Alfaholics GTA-R 290 It figures. Max and his brother Andrew have skilfully finessed their father’s 40-year old business into the world’s leading Alfa 105-series specialists. Successful historic racers in their own right, racetrack learnings soon made their way onto Max’s personal car, whose underpinnings have come a very long way from the 1967 ‘step nose’ 1300 GT Junior it started life as.