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Abarth meet - Rolling road/Welsh drive

Had a fun weekend with several members from the dedicated Abarth forum (Abarthisti) which consisted of a day on the rollers followed by a night of camping, followed by a drive on some of Wales' finest!

DAY 1:

We all met in Deeside. 500's and Punto's and 1 Punto EVO too. It was a sight to behold, so many Scorpions in one place! We spent the time chatting, eating, taking pictures, driving eachother's cars, having exhausts fitted and then a quick run on the dyno to see what kind of power we were getting. The A500's varied from around 155 (standard + Milltek exhaust) to 177 (standard + G-tech tuning box) The Punto's were better still, getting between 215 and 235 BHP with the SS kit + the TMC tuning box. Mine came in at 166.2 BHP, with a standard car + the TMC unit. I feel after it's well overdue service, and the BMC filter that will be added during the service, the car will be running at close to, if not slightly higher than 170 BHP.

After a nice afternoon at the workshop, a few of us drove down to a campsite near Bala where we set up our tents for the night!

DAY 2:

We left the campsite in convoy, headed for Ffestiniog. Lot's of nice twisty B-roads, a few annoying tourists which were quickly eliminated! From there we went down to Porthmadog and onto the beach for a few shots of the cars. We then followed the west coast along the Peninsula all the way to the tip past Abersoch where we climbed a rickety road and looked down on Bardsey Island. Then it was back to Pothday for a fuel up where we all went our separate ways home.

Some awesome little roads around here, can't begin to explain how much fun these cars are on the right roads. Throw it into the bends and it just sticks with so much enthusiasm. I've clocked up nearly 30,000 miles now and I'm still enjoying driving the car! On the drive we weren't taking our time, but i still got 209 miles at 29.9 MPG, so even when pushing on, the A500 is still a very economical car. Got 46.6 MPG on the way home (took my time a bit then)

Here are a few pics and vids, enjoy!




































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Re: Abarth meet - Rolling road/Welsh drive

Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves.

Get pictures by the sea and the milltek exhaust sounded great.

One of the 500 abarths with the BK09 plate is only a few letters out from my plate, which was purchased from Research, Nuneaton Mines Grey as well.

I will be going to Brooklands on April 30th, so hopefully might see some of you there
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Looked like a fun drive DF. Great pics too!
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Im guessing the red evo is tmc's with that plate?
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Im guessing the red evo is tmc's with that plate?
You guessed correct
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Great pics down by the sea Where is that? BTW gettin my A500 this week, MAYBE, so will hopefully also be at Brooklands
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* takes down regs to avoid when buying a used one in a few years time, sea water n cars dont mix
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Sounds like a great w/e. Great bhp figs from the rolling road. Surprised at how most of the power comes on early. Reckon you wished you had that filter and plug change to hit the magic 170 ! Smart move to use the overnight camp 'accomodation' for petrol money. It's good to use cars and not have them sitting at home in the garage - they're meant to be driven.
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Superb photos Paul as always. It was a great day!
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Nice write up Paul and great pics. I reckon if you turned your lights off you might have made the magic 170.

It's always nice when someone takes the time to take pics of all the cars.
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Looks great fun, in particular the drive, I love the roads up there even in a bigger car. How big is the area of beach you can drive on, Im really looking for somewhere to have a play in the Nissan later this year, 500 bhp & RWD should be a blast. I would have gone to Pendine but thanks to us Cannonballers threatening to play there a few years ago I understand cars are still banned
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Looks great fun, in particular the drive, I love the roads up there even in a bigger car. How big is the area of beach you can drive on, Im really looking for somewhere to have a play in the Nissan later this year, 500 bhp & RWD should be a blast. I would have gone to Pendine but thanks to us Cannonballers threatening to play there a few years ago I understand cars are still banned
Hi Stu, sorry i never replied sooner! The area of beach is pretty big actually, even with a full tide (see link) Gets full in summer though, and they charge 3 to get on! It is fun, but if you do anything over 10 MPH the flying sand will quickly take any paint you might have off on your sills etc.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...0.003,44.981,0
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