A Law of Nature

1. © Alfaholics [Alfa-Romeo (Type 105) Giulia Sprint GTA by Gruppo Bertone] GTA-R 290 - Donga Tshabalala - ENLISTED by D

Alfaholics GTA-R 290 based on the Alfa-Romeo (Type 105) Giulia Sprint GTA by Gruppo Bertone

The progress of humankind makes it unnatural for parents to outlive their children. Children are meant to outlive their parents – the people responsible for their conception and upbringing. Children are meant to be the embodiment of all the morals, history, culture and tradition that has come before them. However, embodying all these attributes is not enough – the instinctive nature of human beings to stay alive is also responsible for the spark of genius, ambition and motivation that makes it possible for the next generation of offspring to supersede the efforts of their parents in every facet of life. This is not only responsible for the conservation of the human race, but it is also responsible for keeping family trees intact. However, sometimes this law of nature does not follow through for a family, and the unthinkable happens. The worst thing that can be thought to happen is the passing of the child before the passing of their parents, which is true. However, there is something else which is just as detrimental to the growth or decline of the success of a family, and this comes about because of the failure of the parents to adequately transfer all of their wisdom and knowledge to their children. This is something that cannot be merely left to hope. Most people who are responsible for the life of another human being tend to believe that providing tangible pieces of proof, which show that they care, is enough. However, there is so much more that must be acknowledged, such as the opportunity to delve deep into the mind of the person who is being raised and ensuring that the process of adequately transplanting morals, history, culture and tradition into their brains is successfully achieved. These are actions that are – more often than not – left neglected because of the general necessities most parents find themselves in need of providing. Such necessities include: the need to earn a living, the need to secure shelter, the need to have access to decent clothing, the need to have some form of sustenance, providing an education for the child in question and depending on the upbringing of the parent, even the need to take care of their parents becomes a factor. As a result, the one thing most parents find themselves in the most desperate need of is time. However, in order for children to value the existence of the people responsible for their conception, those people need to spend time tending to the needs of their children in their formative years. This is what results in the accumulated experiences in the life of every person, which remind them of the significance of the people responsible for bringing them to this earth. When parents fail to spend this time with their children, their existence fades into oblivion, and this is where the tragedy of children disregarding their parents begins to take its form.

Time is something that parents cannot ignore giving to their children. While ensuring the physical needs of a child are catered for is commendable, not accounting for spending time with children is what results in situations where parents become dismayed by what their children turn into. The value of time is one nobody can place a price on. It is only when parents believe that they can use money or other tangible effects to raise their children that the fabric that holds families together begins to degrade. In some cases, it takes two generations – one generation to reverse the negative effects of the generation of the family that has come before, and another generation to build upon the successes of previous generations in order to become better and greater human beings. Some children can successfully reverse all of the negative effects that their parents have had on their upbringings, and this is usually achieved through having some sort of external source of motivation to inspire the children to look beyond the faults of their parents and have a dream and a vision to aspire to. In this situation, the act of failure might have been converted into success, but even then, there is still some aspect of wounding and weakness that has been brought about because of the carelessness of previous family generations. This can be thought of as a piece of cloth that has been patched together multiple times. Even though the fabric has been made to be intact again, there is nothing that can be done to disguise the damage caused to the integrity of that material. The material still bears the scars that have come from the abuse of that cloth. In another situation, the fabric that holds the family together can degrade to the extent where it becomes full of holes. This fabric can become tattered – so tattered in fact that no amount of thread can be enough to patch the fabric together again and make it whole. It is at this stage that the threads aimed at mending that fabric begin to outweigh the material that needed to be patched together in the first place. This is when the fabric that holds families together becomes beyond repair, leaving the legacy of that family with no hope to thrive. This is when family histories become doomed to the grave with no return and family legacies die.

As the successor to the Alfa-Romeo Giulietta series – the same series of vehicles which spawned the Alfa-Romeo Giulietta Sprint – the Alfa-Romeo Giulia series follows this law of nature by being a relative improvement to its predecessor. The predecessor in question is a car that made it possible for me to overcome the sense of rejection that came about when I was left behind with nothing but a bag full of chivalry and a copy of Romeo and Juliet. The Alfa-Romeo Giulia, more specifically the Giulia GTA, represents to me what an exceeding of expectations should look like. However, this exceeding of expectations is best embodied by the vastly superior Alfaholics GTA-R 290, which is built to be the ultimate iteration of the Alfa-Romeo Giulia GTA. Alfaholics is a company that is part of a specific niche of automotive engineering businesses. Simply put, these are businesses that direct their attention at discontented petrolheads who have fallen in love with whichever vehicle that has gone about defining the way they look at life, and improving it. The discontent that such petrolheads experience is caused primarily by the fact that although their hearts are attached to the existence of a specific car, their minds cannot deny the mechanical faults of the cars that their hearts are attached to. In the case of Alfaholics, the cars they aim to improve are Alfa-Romeos, and their appeal is aimed squarely at the Alfa-Romeo enthusiast – a rare breed of individual who I would classify myself as being. Although not responsible for the concept and development of a new car, the work they do is still innovative, imaginative and worthy of the attention of anybody who is motivated by the desire to improve the world around them, much like someone studying engineering. Taking a mechanical piece of engineering, and then being bold enough believe that it can be improved is a thought that is worthy of accolade. It is the vision that I respect from this type of engineering business, which focuses on so much more than the restoration of existing vehicles, that I adore. Vehicle restorations strike me as being relatively easy; although an incredible amount of effort goes into the restoration of a car, not much thought is put into anything else because the engineering has already been taken care of by the individuals who initially created the concept, development and prototype of the said vehicle prior to its debut and subsequent production. As a result, restoration projects tend to obey the requirements, constraints and criteria of the original car. However, what Alfaholics does is a bit more advanced than that. Whilst being fully capable of restoring an Alfa-Romeo, they also have the capacity to improve upon the principles that underlie existing classic Alfa-Romeos by re-imagining what an Alfa-Romeo can be. At a fundamental level, this is something that requires a much higher degree of thought, logic and intuition. This is the sort of intuition, logic and thought that simply is not placed in the mere restoration of a car. This is something that can be likened to the upbringing of a child because time, intuition, logic and thought also needs to be placed into how morals, history, culture and tradition are instilled into their minds. These are actions that underlie every aspect of life, which adhere to the need for progress – an aspect of human life which obeys the laws of nature.

2. © Giulietta and Giulia Comparison - Donga Tshabalala - ENLISTED by Donga Tshabalala

“The Alfa-Romeo Giulietta Sprint and the Alfa-Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA demonstrate the very essence of the improvement that time can have on the development of a vehicle successor.”

The duo of Alfa-Romeo specialists who run Alfaholics are a part of a society of individuals who embody the very essence of what it means to imagine what an Alfa-Romeo can be, and heighten its capabilities beyond what the original car could have ever aimed to achieve. Having been born and raised in the millennial world of high-definition television, Wi-Fi connectivity and YouTube, I regard the Alfa-Romeo Giulietta Sprint as a car that comes from an era where the world was black and white. This is a car that caught my attention primarily because of its design, its appeal, its attractiveness and its beauty. I found it irresistible in high school, when I first discovered that it had ever been built, and its beauty continues to redefine my perception of reality, much like a magic potion, drugs, alcohol or the first woman I ever loved. However, the Alfa-Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA leaves me in mind of an entirely different way of looking at Alfa-Romeo. It embodies the classic cliché of “brains and brawn” or “beauty and brains”, depending on your gender preferences. Even in the year 1963, the Alfa-Romeo Giulia GT was considered to be something of a revolutionary, owing to a practice of Alfa-Romeo at the time, which involved fitting powerful engines into lightweight cars intended for mass production. Imagine for a moment packing the organs of a fully-grown athlete into the body of a child, who would undoubtedly appear to be innocent. This would result in the creation of something otherworldly – the sort of thing that could potentially intimidate even the likes of Frankenstein. However, by relating the Alfa-Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA to the law of nature, which outlines my very association to this car, it seems appropriate, fair and even expected that this car would be leaps and bounds ahead of the Alfa-Romeo Giulietta Sprint that it replaces.

3. © Giulietta and Giulia Comparison - Donga Tshabalala - ENLISTED by Donga Tshabalala

“The Alfa-Romeo Giulietta Sprint caught my attention because of its design. I found it irresistible in high school, when I first discovered that it had ever been built, and its beauty continues to redefine my perception of reality. However, the Alfa-Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA leaves me in mind of an entirely different way of looking at Alfa-Romeo. It embodies the classic cliché of ‘brains and brawn’ or ‘beauty and brains’, depending on your gender preferences.”


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