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Abarth Owners Club Meets and Events in 2016
« on: December 05, 2015, 09:01:35 PM »
Exchanging ideas, information, opinions and banter on an online forum such as Abarth Owners Club is only part of the story.  You'll get even more pleasure by coming along to some of the events and meets that will take place throughout the year, and around the country. As well as getting the chance to see more examples of what are still rare cars that you don't see every day on the roads, and being able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of other owners, you will discover first hand the cameraderie of Abarth Owners Club and doubtless make some new and lasting friendships. During 2015, a significant proportion of the Abarth Owners Club membership has come to at least one of the events that we have organised. And without exception, the feedback on the day and afterwards has been very positive. With less than a month of 2015 remaining, at the time of writing, almost all the events for the year have taken place, and attention switches to 2016. Most venues have now announced their plans for the coming year, and your Events Manager has been busy looking at schedules, talking to events organisers, and arranging for display space and discounted tickets to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for Abarth Owners both to meet each other and to share in the joy of our cars with the rest of the public again in 2016. There will be separate threads created for each of the events mentioned here, with more details on how to book tickets and and any other key information, but this thread is advance warning of what is planned, and is posted so as to give you all the information to put into your 2016 diaries before you make other plans.

As was the case this year, in 2016, there will be a mixture of event types. Some will be national or regional events, organised by others, where we will get the chance to take part, with our own reserved parking area, display area, usually in a prime location, and in many cases with special club discounts on admission charges. Some of these events require you to purchase tickets in advance to get the special rate, and also so the organisers can judge how large an area to allocate for each attending Car Club. Full details of each event will be carried in individual threads per event, the first couple of which I will be posting in the very near future.  These events are listed below: 

Ace Cafe Italian Nights - 2nd Thurs of the month, every month
Horsham Italian Festival - 25 - 27th March
Castle Combe Spring Performance Action Day - Sat 2nd April
Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival (BIAMF) - Sat 23rd April
Brooklands Auto Italia - Sat 30th April
Donington Historic Festival - Sat 30th Apr  - Mon 2nd May
La Vita Rosso at Prescott Hill Climb - Sat 28th- Sun 29th  May
Cholmondley Pageant of Power - Fri 10th- Sun 14th June
Italian Passion for Speed - Cardiff Bay - Sun 19th June
Brooklands Supercar Sunday - Sun 19th July
MITCAR - Gaydon - Sun 28th Aug
Brooklands Autumn MotorSport -  Sun 9th Oct

(Note that the Stanford Hall event has been taken out of the schedule, owing to falling attendances over the years, and that the Wilton House Classic and Supercar Weekend will not happen in 2016 but is planned to return in 2017).

For each of these, once I have all the details, a separate and stickied thread will be created. Please pay special attention to the closing date to buy your tickets. In most cases this is well before the event itself. Coming to me a couple of days before hand asking if you are too late will almost inevitably result in confirmation that you are!

There's plenty of space to add more to this list, so if you see something that you think would be of interest, then please do not hesitate to send me your suggestions.

In addition, as we now have our own Public Liability Insurance cover, we are able both to participate in events where a condition of entry is that you have such cover, or to organise our own events where this is required. I have already announced our first very own such event, as follows:

Abarth Day at Coventry Transport Museum - Sun 14th Feb

I hope to be able to announce a few more during the year. 

Whilst the events listed above are all a full day (or in some cases a full and busy weekend), shorter events, such as Breakfast Clubs or Evening Meets are always popular. These do not generally require any specific dialogue with their organiser, operating on the principle that people will "just turn up" and in my experience, almost regardless of the weather, some people do. Whilst telling the organiser we are coming is not necessary, if Abarth Owners Club members want to use one of these to meet up, then some co-ordination amongst ourselves is a Good Idea. Among the regular events that we could attend, are:

Ace Cafe Italian Night - second Thursday of every month. There are events at Ace almost every night, but Italian Night is by some margin the best, and is usually well support with all manner of interesting cars. Our objective has to be to outnumber  Maserati as well as Alfa.
Goodwood Breakfast - the 2016 program has not yet been announced. In 2015 there were 5 of them during the year, each with a theme, only one of which fitted with our cars ("SoftTop Sunday"). We will have to see what 2016 holds. These meets gets very busy now, but are a great morning out, and the bacon is particularly tasty, though!
Coventry Transport Museum Breakfast - tend to be on a Saturday morning - program on the museum's website
Haynes Museum Breakfast - New for 2015, generally on the first Sunday of the month. Has the advantage that there is a great museum on site
Prescott Hill Climb Breakfast - mix of meetings "at home" on the Gloucestershire slopes, and also a couple of away fixtures
Queen's Square Bristol Breakfast - second Sunday of the month. Always a good show, usually a couple of Abarths there
Shelsley Walsh Breakfast - also second Sunday of the month. Note that the arrangements for this event have changed for 2016 and you have to pre-register and buy a ticket

Just as important are the local and sometimes impromptu events.  During 2015 we've held a number of regional events, some of which run monthly and attract a significant number of cars. Ones to look out for:
West Midlands Chasewater - usually first Sunday of the month. Organised by Salvo Trapani
Abarths of Middle England . Organised by Tim Siegertz
Various impromptu gatherings in London, Essex and Kent
There has been one Punto meet in the Midlands
Abarths of the North West tend to meet at a Liverpool Cars and Coffee event   

Anyone can organise one of these. If you want to do so, don't be too democratic about the date and location. Everyone will always say "yes" in principle to an event, but to make an event happen as opposed to be talked about, you need to make a specific proposal with a date and a venue and ask who will attend. We've got Abarth owners distributed across the country (and beyond), so there's no reason not to try more of these sort of events in 2016.

For the events where we may well be able to meet up, but have no official presence (such as the Goodwood Moving Motor Show/ Festival of Speed), then all that is needed is a thread near the time to establish who else plans to attend, and some details on meeting points and times. I have no problem with anyone who is going to an event like this creating the thread to see what interest there is.

And finally, there are the Driving Days. Who can forget the epic London to Brighton event in May? Everyone who participated is keen to repeat that one. And there is talk of doing something in North Wales (Tom Mallon seems to have volunteered to take that one on) and also some routes across the Peak District. Watch the Events section for details once the weather is better and the days are longer!   

Like so many things in life, you only get out of them what you put in. Make the effort to come to one or more of the events listed above and you will discover a whole new dimension to the joy of owning your Abarth. Many strong friendships have been formed amongst our members past and present as result of them meeting up. It might sound like "lots of cars in fields and car parks", but there's a lot more potential than that.
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Re: Abarth Owners Club Meets and Events in 2016
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2015, 09:26:28 AM »
Sadly, I have to report that the Wilton House Classic and Supercar Weekend, planned for 4/5th June, has been deferred to 2017. An email to this effect arrived telling me this, and the news is also on the venue's own website.
Abarth 595 Competizione 180: Cordolo Red: Red Leather Sabelts: Skydome

It replaced: 

Abarth 500 NP: Pasadoble Red: Red Leather: SkyDome: Climate: 17" Petals