FIAT 500 WEEKEND ON THE ENGLISH RIVIERA
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2014
Ian & Tracey Wilding would like to invite Fiat 500 Club members to bring there cars for a weekend of fun on the English Riviera in South Devon.
Here’s the agenda:
SATURDAY 14th JUNE 10.00 am
Morning get together with cars at our home (Palm Court, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7PY) for coffee and biscuits. Plenty of space for group parking and photos followed by an easy drive enjoying local sites stopping for a pub lunch enroute to the famous House of Marbles (free entry and free parking) at Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. A Devon Cream Tea will also be on the agenda!
SUNDAY 15th JUNE 10.00 am
Group to assemble at Palm Court, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7PY for a short drive into the medieval town of Totnes for a meander through the town and a visit to the local food and farmers market. Sunday Lunch will be available. Followed by a leisurely easy drive to historic Dartmouth via the river ferry for a meander through the beautiful Tudor architecture streets and of course, an ice-cream!!
To confirm your place on this event or for any questions and please phone Ian & Tracey Wilding at email@example.com or 07831 345914
Some Fiat 500 Club members braved the inconsistent weather today, and ‘drove it’. Here’s a lovely photo taken of ‘Eeyore’ on the 70 mile route of the Hagerty Tour, taking in Silverstone, the Heritage Centre at Gaydon, and Heritage Bicester today.
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For those of you who missed the programme earlier this week, the Fiat 500 Club UK were featured in Episode 2 of the Channel 5 programme on car restoration ‘Classic Car Rescue’.
You can catch the programme here.
The latest edition of the magazine for all Fiat 500 Club UK members should have dropped through your letterbox. If you haven’t received it yet, don’t worry, you can download it here from the Magazine section of this website.
The magazine contains great articles on the Tour to Antwerp, and a great story about collecting an Abarth 850TC Nurburgring from south of Naples…
Please note: you’ll need the password to open the magazine for the next 3 months. After that, it will be available for all users of this site.
A new option for the Fiat 500 is the Cult trim. it’s a top of the range interior specification. It is also, at the time of launch, the only trim specification for the new 104bhp Twin Air, highlighted in another recent post.
Leather seats, and a digital pack for the dashboard. This is really an upgrade to a model that is having to compete against the new MINI. Time will tell, but the fact, according to the AutoExpress report on the Cult, that the all new MINI Cooper is only £250 more than the 500 Cult, tends to suggest it might have its work cut out unless a 500 is the only car for you.
It’s Geneva. So, there’s a few announcements of 500s. The 104bhp Twin-Air mentioned previously is showcased (it’s not on the Fiat website yet by the way), and also a super-quick, class leading Abarth.
Launched in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fiat 500 association with Carlo Abarth with the original 695, the 2014 model year 695 Biposto is under one-tonne in kerb weight (997 kilos), and 187 bhp from the 1.4 litre turbo engine.
With polycarbonate windows, and a titanium roll cage, it’s looking good, and with an impressive price tag to match, at over £30,000.
Original Autocar article can be seen here.
Here’s the official Abarth site promotion (link is also at the end of the video above).
So, it’s arriving in April 2014. 104bhp instead of 84bhp, and with a sporty upmarket Cult interior trim, this is the car that we were promised over 2 years ago, but never turned up.
Pity, because, due to the Congestion Charge changes in London, it’s no longer a relevant car to anyone who commutes into London.
Some interior changes, including a great upgrade to the instrument panel with the introduction of a TFT screen, what’s not to like.
For younger drivers who crave a very sparky 500, as Autocar suggests in their excellent online review, this is a £700 cheaper option than the base level Abarth, and if the lower powered but still entertaining 84bhp Twin Air is anything to go by, those 20 extras horses will be very entertaining indeed.
For the full review in Autocar, click here.
Here’s a road test from last year (2013) on the Fiat 500e.
With London’s congestion charge changing so that only, basically, electric cars will qualify if you buy a car now – and if you have an existing Twin Air you are OK if it is registered for Congestion Charge (CC) until 2015 (but not if you were to buy one now, or buy one from someone who had previously had it registered for CC).
With Fiat announcing the 2015 range of 500s and excluding any electric or hybrid option, it’s no longer possible to buy one of these great cars and use it CC free in London.
Crazy? This writer thinks so, especially when the 500e does exist.
The new website is here, with links directly to the Forum. For those of you who are members of the Fiat 500 Club UK, you’ll find most of the items you’ve been asking for.
We’ll be adding new features, links to club magazines past and present over the coming weeks, as well as more material from the Club Shop.
For those of you who are not members, you can find out how to join, and get hold of the membership form by clicking on the membership link in the menu.
It’s a fact, Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2 is now being used on plenty of videos. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s here: