General Meeting – July 2017

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July 2017 – Gumeracha

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General Meeting – June 2017

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June 2017 – Lost in a Forest Uraidla Brekkie Run

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Paul Howard’s X19 finds a new home

Paul Howard’s X19 finds a new home

by: Mark Weinberger

Earlier this year I came across a advertisement for a 1988 Bertone X1/9 in Adelaide. Just so happen to be club captain Paul Howard’s. Knowing of this X1/9 I jumped on the opportunity to buy it and was thrilled to be able to drive it the 3000Km back home to Sydney. There is something great about driving these cars on a long road trip, seeing the Australian country side and staying in magnificent places across Australia.

Seeing I was going to Adelaide anyway I organized to meet up with some FIAT-Lancia Club SA members and X1/9 owners for coffee before I started my journey home.

Coffee with Club members

Spent two nights at the Barossa Valley & driving to the wineries and picking up some of Australia’s best wines

Barossa Accommodation

Crossed the Murray River then did the amazing Great Ocean Road. If you have not done this drive yet then make sure it’s on your bucket list as it’s a stunning bit of coast line and I would do it all again.

The Great Ocean Road

We continued to stay off the main roads and found incredible yet isolated accommodation from farms to cattle stations. From there we went inland into Victoria then ended up on the Alpine road and found the love shack, our accommodation for the night.

Love Shack

With all this driving I have been doing in many Fiats I have bought over the years I have had the opportunity to add to more tourist attraction pictures that I call “Big things with X1/9s” to my collection. Hopefully I will see them all

The Big Lobster

We then continued our drive inland in to NSW and over the snowy mountains to the coastline where we stayed in Tilba followed by Berry for the National Motoring Heritage car show.
I really enjoy getting my X1/9s out and driving all over Australia. They create fond memories and have been a fantastic experience.

Statistics

I covered 3055Km and used 214.87 Liters of 98 fuel.
That works out at 7.16 Liters per 100Km

See the full video of my drive at x19.com.au

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FLCCSA Magazine – June 2017

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Fiesty, Flirty, Fun – My Italian Geisha

Her name is Belle – my 50th anniversary 124 Spider by Abarth.

To spend my time listing specifications, drive reviews, etc only repeats what every other ‘English-speaking auto critic’ has already done, so I won’t. I will point out one major misconception perpetuated by these reviewers – you see they review this car and tell you why it is (or isn’t) ‘another Mazda MX-5’ yet they overlook something critical, something vital to us enthusiasts – they don’t tell you what makes this car an Abarth or indeed a 124 Spider.

hey don’t describe the rush of dopamine delivered by the small-but-feisty 1.4L Multiair Turbo engine – an engine that’s not only tried-and-tested across a wide range of FCA vehicles (Alfa included), but also characteristically Italian in its power delivery between 3-5000 RPM.

They don’t tell you how the body, chassis and suspension caress the curves of the road with purpose, hugging it solidly like a basse danse with all four wheels. Or how the soft top (yes, a Japanese innovation) lets you go top-full to top-less, with one hand, in less time than it takes to read this sentence.

They seldom mention how the acoustic windscreen and extra sound deadening make it easy for you to converse comfortably with your passenger with the top down, or how it lets you enjoy your soundtrack of choice via the 9-speaker Bose stereo system.

And then there’s the roar. That seductive pop and roar. Courtesy of those three magical words: Record. Monza. Exhaust. They don’t tell you about that… (hint: you have to hear it for yourself! 😊)

These reviewers try to compare apples with oranges and fall short because the Abarth doesn’t look good on paper. You and I both know very well that what looks like utter madness on paper is a symphony on the road – particularly if it’s Italian, especially if it’s an Abarth!

To me, Belle is the complete package. An anthology. A 21st century reminder of the allure of the Italian automobile. I remember my first ride in a fiat when I test-rode my first 124 Coupe . I was very quickly seduced by that ‘symphony of madness’ and very promptly purchased that car.

50 years later, she’s still got it!
– Sam Mancarella

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FLCCSA Magazine – June 2017

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FOR SALE – Tarmac Rally Tyres (205/40/17)

For Sale

Tarmac Rally Tyres – 205/40/17 Kuhmo Esta V70A.

I have a set of 4 BRAND NEW tyres to suit many of our modern Alfa/Fiats running 17” wheels.
Cost new are $335 each.

I also have a 50% worn set of 4 that are fine for trackdays etc.

The whole lot (8 tyres) asking $1250.

Contact
Mike Lowe 0409-895-945 mike.lowe@stratco.com.au

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May 2017 – Old Mill Hahndorf Run

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