Lost Love

I first saw XCD 690K, a down-at-heel white Fiat 500L with a flat tyre, one grey February day in 1985, sitting among other cheap run-arounds for sale at a local garage. That first glimpse was to be the beginning of a very special relationship. Illness and self-employment don’t go well together. In the 1980’s, I’d had a long spell unable to work and was looking for an inexpensive form of transport. Paying the mortgage was more than the usual struggle, the family car had been sold and riding a motorbike in winter was unthinkable. Two days later, after a bit … Continue reading Lost Love

Silverstone Classic July 2017

The Silverstone Classic, was an event that so tickled the imagination, that we had one of best turn outs for a CinqueCento event, for quite a while.  I am reliably informed, that were 33 in attendance on the Saturday!  Now that’s pretty fantastic don’t you think? Many clubs were celebrating their own particular anniversaries, however, the Fiat 500 Club UK was celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the Fiat 500 itself, was celebrating its 60th anniversary, since it’s inception in 1957!  Buon Compleanno!! On behalf of the club, the whole three days were extremely well organised and managed by our club … Continue reading Silverstone Classic July 2017

CROESO I CYMRU (WELCOME TO WALES)

NORTH WALES TOUR – 1ST TO 7TH JUNE It is barely a year since we became infected with the 500 bug and because our day outings with the club have been so enjoyable, we thought we should try a longer trip. What could be better than returning to North Wales, an area we knew well from our courting days, way back when. Deciding to spread the journey to the Llanberis base over two days, we met with Chairman Rod, Sally and Zoe and enjoyed a route through Leamington Spa (excellent coffee stop at an Italian restaurant where, as ever, the … Continue reading CROESO I CYMRU (WELCOME TO WALES)

The 25th Anniversary of the Fiat 500 Club UK is a fact!!

We, Tom and Lidwina Verduin as members from the beginning of the club, we did not want to miss this celebration for anything!! So we booked the ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich and left on Thursday May 4th for the day crossing. It was a surprise to meet some more Dutch Club members on the same ferry and when we arrived at Kettering it was great to be part of the 7 Dutch cars. We had a great welcome at Wicksteed Park on Friday May 5th and it was so good to see you all!! Some of us … Continue reading The 25th Anniversary of the Fiat 500 Club UK is a fact!!

Silverstone Classic Media Preview Day

It was fabulous to hear that the 2017 Silverstone Classic was adopting the 60th Anniversary of the Fiat 500 as a headline feature. It was even better that we were invited to take our cars to the Media Preview Day at Silverstone on 23rd March. I duly applied and was accepted and then realised that as we had to be in the International Paddock at The Wing Building soon after 8am, it required a morning call of an ungodly hour for my good lady. There was however a small bonus, it was a revelation to her to find out that … Continue reading Silverstone Classic Media Preview Day

Get ready for Goodwood!

As many of you know, the Fiat 500 Nuova was launched 60 years ago this year. To celebrate, the World famous Goodwood Revival weekend at the Goodwood race circuit will feature an Italian themed display from 8th-10th September inside the circuit, near the track. This is planned to include as many Fiat 500s of the period as possible. To be considered for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please contact Goodwood directly, as this is not being organised via the Club, though we are very pleased to be involved. If you can send details of your car (type i.e. 500N, D, F, L, … Continue reading Get ready for Goodwood!

Meet our new president!

It is a privilege to be invited to take over as President of the Club, and I should take a moment or so to pretend that I’ve got some credentials to justify the appointment. I have a bit of a connection with motoring and motor sport, and the recent events, which I have been involved with, are the hosting of the FIA Awards in Vienna where the new Formula One Champion was crowned. Also I presided over the Historic Motoring Awards at the Guildhall and (for the 28th year) The Autosport Awards at The Grosvenor House. Amazingly, at all these … Continue reading Meet our new president!

The Isle of Wight Charity Classic Car Extravaganza

The IOW convoy started on Friday 16th of September at 8.00am in Leicester by Felicity. She travelled down to us in Little Addington and then to Thame, then Marlow where we were joined by the others, making us a colourful line up of 10 cars. After lunch in Marlow, we travelled in convoy to Portsmouth for the ferry crossing. We stayed in Sandown a short drive from the ferry, where we met up with two more members. With all the cars safely parked in the hotel car park, we set off into town for a well-earned fish and chip supper … Continue reading The Isle of Wight Charity Classic Car Extravaganza

Chairman’s Weekend – 13th & 14th August 2016

Those who now know me, know I am not yet feeling the love the 500’s, but if I did not embrace the events I would be home alone and have to hear about people I don’t know, so off to the Chairman’s Weekend we went. Yes, it was fun (not the 500 bit) and yes, I understand the owners’ passion and thrill when they see a hoard of the titchy, noisy, slippery seated vehicles all together. Up early to drive to Rod’s, the Chairman’s house (which is lovely by the way), a good journey with Stephen Fry, gently giving directions, … Continue reading Chairman’s Weekend – 13th & 14th August 2016

Club badges now back in stock!

Many of you have been asking if we stock grille badges. We used to in the past and they were very popular and sold out. The good news is that we have got them back! They are cast in brass and then chromed with a very solid look & feel. The dimensions are approximately 10cm tall by 8cm wide. For those of you who have badge bars, you will also need a clamp. The come in two sizes: 19mm or 25mm. Each clamp comes complete with fixing bolts. The badges cost £17.50, the clamps cost £4.20 and postage & packing for … Continue reading Club badges now back in stock!

To Garlenda, Le Mans, and back

I do not know where or how to start to tell you about yet another amazing trip. By car, by boat, by train, we went. I can only pick out a few highlights. We travelled from home to Paris taking the overnight ferry to Le Havre. Trying to keep us all together going around the Boulevard Periferique of Paris took some doing, but hey, we did it. It was with some trepidation that we later left our little cars at Paris to be loaded on the Autotrain. Believe me it was like leaving our children with people that did not know … Continue reading To Garlenda, Le Mans, and back

Hood Down!

On 24th June we set off on our annual 500 Club European Tour in our 500D (hood down) and joined up with club members and then onto Portsmouth to embark on the overnight crossing to Le Havre. Drove to Paris (hood down) and with cars safely on the auto train, we went on a separate train to Nice. After a night in Nice, we collected the cars and drove (hood down) along the coast to Garlenda. The time and event in Garlenda was excellent, the weather fantastic, and the food, food! The Italian 500 Club made us most welcome. (hood … Continue reading Hood Down!

Three in a Row!

I think this is the first time I can remember going to three events one after the other. My first outing was to the Italian Auto Moto Festival situated in Bristol’s Old City Area. A Lancia Aurelia Coupe A great event to go to if you like Italian vehicles of all shapes and sizes (and prices) everything from the Vespa and Fiat 500 up to high end priced stuff like Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. Another plus is you get to park in the centre of Bristol on the street for free (if you forget the entry fee that is) and … Continue reading Three in a Row!

Automotoretro TURIN February 2016

We visited this show for the first time last year in Turin and we enjoyed it so much that we decided to go back again this year. The show is held at the Lingotto Fiere in Turin, which is located next to the original Fiat factory. The show is host to various types of classic vehicles and motorbikes, including lots of Fiats!!!  The show is spread out over several large halls, some of which used to be the actual Fiat factory. There was also a large hall dedicated to auto jumble with lots of bargains on offer! There were several Fiat 500 clubs in … Continue reading Automotoretro TURIN February 2016

Spring Meet for the Fiat 500 Club UK

The first outing of 2016 was a very enjoyable day. Eight classic 500’s and 4 new models met at Wood Farm Brewery in rural Warwickshire. Lovely to meet some new members, as well as catch up with some more familiar faces. After Sunday lunch, our organiser for the day, Rob, expertly navigated the rather impressive convoy through lovely villages and countryside into Leicestershire. Arriving at ‘Back in Time for Tea’, the 1940’s themed tearoom where we seemed to take over the place and all enjoyed tea and homemade cakes. Thank you for a lovely day, Rob – it certainly has … Continue reading Spring Meet for the Fiat 500 Club UK

Wiring an Alternator

Alternator models with integral diode. (most common) Disconnect the brown lead and the thin black lead from Regulator box, terminals 51and 67 respectively and tape up (these are the old wires from Dynamo) The old wires from the Dynamo (at RHS front) need to be taped up and secured out of the way If your alternator comes with the loom then connect the thicker brown wire to terminal 30 of the regulator box Connect the thin black/Mauve cable to the terminal 51 to join the green wire or use a connector block. If your alternator comes without wires then you will need a … Continue reading Wiring an Alternator

Camshaft timing: Specifications

Version Power Intake open Before t.d.c Intake close After b.d.c. Exhaust open Before t.d.c. Exhaust close After b.d.c. New 500 Until October 1957 13 Hp 19° 50° 50° 19° New 500 October ’57 until March ’58 15 Hp 20° 50° 50° 20° New 500 March ’58 onwards 16,5Hp 9° 70° 50° 19° 500 sport 21 Hp 25° 51° 64° 12° 500 D, 500 SW Giardiniera And Autobianchi 17.5Hp 25° 51° 64° 12° 500 F and 500L 18 Hp 25° 51° 64° 12° 500R 18 Hp 26° 57° 66° 17° Continue reading Camshaft timing: Specifications

Wheels and Tyres for Fiat 500s – An overview

For the whole production of the Fiat 500 saloon from 1957 to 1975 the wheel and tyre size remained the same: 125 x 12inch x 3.5inch (125mm tyre width, 12 inch wheel diameter and 3.5 inch rim inside width) There was as a change in tyre quality from Cross ply to Radial in 1964. Crossply Radial Wheel designs varied across the different model configurations, the most common ones are as below:- The ‘N’ wheel was a pressed steel wheel with a welded cap in the centre, without any aluminium hub caps. The ‘D’ wheel was again a pressed steel wheel with … Continue reading Wheels and Tyres for Fiat 500s – An overview