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Old 19-07-2016   #31
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Re: Tell us about you Barchetta

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@Barchetta Bloke 440 OMG that's over 500km every day, for over two weeks in a row! With barchetta! Please share how you do this, do you drive hood down every chance you get, like I do, or only lower it occasionally? I can see you have no windstop, so you're probably hood up on motorways?
The mileage on the near 5000 mile trip wasn't quite like that ,for instance I drove all the way back to Calais from near Gothenburg ,in one day ,so about
1000 in a day, so also some days did very little driving at all.

Hood is down nearly all the time ,for instance on my return from Italy in May
I drove the entire 940 miles from Lucca to Calais and Dover to home roof down,
in one day again.
The hood went up for 10 minutes when the car was left unattended when I had to go to the toilet in French services.

I don't have any buffeting problem at motorway speeds ,I find it ok if I wear a hat.
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940 miles from Luca to Calais with the roof down - Chapeau
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Got back from my 11th euro trip at 3.30am.

Car was faultless again, about 800 miles total to Germany n back in 3 days.

Took it round the Nordschleife too ,which was "interesting" due to passing an

Audi completely ablaze......search "Audi fire Nurburgring" on Youtube....less

than 24 hours for a Brit to post it online.

I tried and failed to stay ahead of 2 British MX5s on track....

Could be my final euro trip, the queues at Dover at 2am were enormous.
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Old 23-07-2016   #34
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Another great thread! I'm now risking life and limb (at the hand of my missus) by reaching for my tool-kit in another attempt to fix my B, instead of tackling the weeds that have taken over the garden while we've been away in Canada. The weeds will still be there tomorrow, but the sunshine might not be!
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Some loony on the Nordscleife...........last Friday

http://www.racetracker.de/event/pict...8b5db55d7eee19
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I've finally remembered to use the Vin list in the factfile sticky up ^^^ there

to see when my car was made.

Vin in the 29000s = May 1997.....

I can celebrate it's 20th birthday in 9 months time.....
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Went to Festival Italia today at Brands Hatch,7 Bs there,2 yellow,2 dark blue,a red,a dark green met and my silver.
I'd post pics if I knew how to from my phone.
Cos I'm stoopid.
Great day out,big attendance,owning an Italian car is ace.
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Sounds like a great day! Get those pics up!!!!

(I'd tell you how to do it, but I don't know how! )
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Had a great day at Maxey Car Show on Saturday. Didn't win a prize this year but had some good conversation with the owners of the Fiat 500 and the JZR (fitted with Moto Guzzi 850 engine). Pic 3 shows a strange beast. Its an Austin Allegro (rare estate version) which is mounted on a Suzuki Vitara chassis/engine! One can only wonder why! I guess it takes all sorts!
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Hi, since I've been lurking around reading posts for a couple of months now, I thought it best to join

I recently came across my B. Found it on the streets of Copenhagen with a for sale sign in the front window on my vacation and ended up taking it home with me (Guess its true that you should always pack light to leave room for new trinkets).

My B is a 2002 model. It had done 72000 km when I brought it home, and I've spent the 3 months doing 3000km. No problems really and it even passed its MOT two weeks ago.

Enough talking, here's the B (if file upload works as I think):
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Well, I think you win the prize for the best-ever holiday souvenir

She looks lovely - and welcome aboard!
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Well, it certainly beats the old "My parents went to (wherever) and all I got was this lousy 'T' shirt" souvenir. Nice one.
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Just seen the TV advert for the new Spyder. I thought the advert particularly unimpressive but the Auto Express review I found on Youtube even features a Barchetta.

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Thanks Bumble!
Can't make my mind up about it. I think it's a bit ugly.. and they aren't cheap. I'd rather buy a 2nd hand Z4.. These compromised cars (Jap input -yuk!) built by accountants never work. That's why the Barch is so great. OK, I've now made my mind up - Fiat can keep it.
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Does anyone else think this is a cop-out by Fiat? I'm surprised that Mazda would entertain selling their chassis to Fiat. I see that the Arbath version is nearly 30K!
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