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Old 30 Jun 2020, 19:18 (Ref:3984798)   #3151
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Whilst vaguely on the subject of older Fiats, back in the early 50s, my father rented a Fiat 600 to carry 5 of us, 4 adults or near adults and me still under the age of 10, from Milan central station to the Adriatic costal resort of Cattolica. It was a long, hot journey made even worse because it was almost impossible to drive around corners.

The problem was that we had so much luggage that required it to be loaded on to a roof rack, which made the car extremely top heavy, with only my sister, who was nothing like me and who was very much on the large size, to act as a counterbalance.

This eventful road journey just made what had started out as a trip from hell even worse. This is because at the station, my father was arrested for vandalism, or something like that, after he had accidentally smashed one of the train's windows. Back then, luggage would be passed through an open window, and be handed to a porter standing on the platform.

Well, this started off OK, but as my father turned his back to the window to get the next suitcase from the overhead rack, an embarking passenger entered the carriage and decided to close the window. My father, not realising that the window was now closed, turned back to face the platform and proceeded to pass the suitcase through the closed window; result being glass all over the platform and the swift arrival of the Carabinieri, with my Dad being marched off to their office. A fine and restitution was paid, and he was released so that we could go on our way.
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Old 30 Jun 2020, 19:33 (Ref:3984800)   #3152
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You like FIATs?
Well here are a couple.
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Old 30 Jun 2020, 19:36 (Ref:3984801)   #3153
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These and he previous batch are all from Classic Media days.
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Old 30 Jun 2020, 19:40 (Ref:3984802)   #3154
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As are these;
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Old 30 Jun 2020, 19:43 (Ref:3984803)   #3155
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Easter Monday 1976

Back in 1976 the corporate world barely seemed to exist. The first two pictures show how teams made their last minute preparations with Richard Robarts mechanic at least wearing a pair of overalls while Willi Deutsch's pit crew wear matching T-shirts and baggy jeans. In the last photo, Harald Ertl is pulling in to retire holding up a string of cars in his wake.
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Old 30 Jun 2020, 19:55 (Ref:3984805)   #3156
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Easter Monday 1976 Ferraris.

I am not normally a fan of one make races but when the race features a Ferrari 512S and a 312P I am inclined to make an exception. In an earlier post I said that Lou Lorenzini not only raced the 312P but also demonstrated the 312 B3 but looking at the helmets it could well have been owner Michael Vernon in the latter car.
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Old 30 Jun 2020, 20:03 (Ref:3984807)   #3157
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Old 30 Jun 2020, 20:29 (Ref:3984810)   #3158
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Until 1992 the only circuit I visited was Thruxton. Then one day I decided to be adventurous and drove the extra fifteen miles to Castle Combe !
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We already had a discussion about Bob's friend Steyr Puch. Dont remember why this one has a soft top. Its a fake may be… Lets say a look alike!

Nice story Mike. I hope your sister didn't follow the suit cases weight…

When you make no difference between Fiat atmo and Fat Turbo, Specsavers could help!!!
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Lets start today with Alexis.

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Of Course, you usually have better challenges than that.

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Until 1992 the only circuit I visited was Thruxton. Then one day I decided to be adventurous and drove the extra fifteen miles to Castle Combe !
It is a large touch more than that, and not even in the same county

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