Whatâ€™s better than an integrale? This is a question that has taxed me repeatedly over the eight years that Iâ€™ve owned â€˜me Graleâ€™ and one to which Iâ€™ve failed ever to find a satisfactory answer.
Those who know me, will know that I'm ever-so-slightly protective of my integrale.
Remember Billy Crystal sitting by the camp fire describing â€˜Curlyâ€™ to his fellow travellers in the film City Slickers?
Actually, Integrale drivers are given to spontaneous outbursts of 'Woo Hoo!' frequently and indeed, often, and this month was no exception as me and the beastie headed up to Silverstone to watch the free F1 Test session. (May 2006, ed.)
Lancias and Integrales have been 'in my hair' for quite some time now. Trying to figure out how it all began is a bit like one of those 'tell me about your childhood' sessions. Nevertheless, shoes off and reclining on couch, here goes: