By Ciro Ciampi, Club Member
With my family consisting of 4 daughters, it’s hard for me to get out to an event with the whole family in my Fiat 500, so we attended Sywell in our 1960 Chevy Bel Air. With everyone looking forward to an awesome day out we parked up and headed in to the main showground – luckily the Fiat 500 club stand was on the way to the kiddies rides so we caught up with the crew as well as the awesome and winning ‘creative’ display of 500’s.
Our first time to Sywell and we really did have a great day, which inevitably was slightly dampened by my personal stupidity of locking the keys for the Chevy in its boot! So who do I call in a situation like this, our Chairman Carl with Rod and the rest of the team as I have done so many times in the past – unfortunately following several attempts it was the turn of a smug yet helpful RAC man who quipped how easy it would be. Following 45 minutes of attempts, Carl was handed the drill and following another 30 minutes of drilling the ever steady handed Carl managed to drill out the lock – we were in. Many were under the impression I was hiding my Fiat 500 in the boot!
Firstly I want to thank the Fiat 500 club as always for their wonderful hospitality as well as the assistance during a mini crisis even though I wasn’t in my 500, I have been a member for many years now and it is very true to say that I feel like a member of the family.
Secondly and with heavy heart, I could not have imagined that this would have been the last time I had the pleasure of Carl’s company. What an absolute tragic loss for Zeta, Carl’s family and his extended Fiat 500 club family, I believe a lot of us are still in shock for he seemed so healthy and full of beans recently. My personal memories of Carl are plentiful and these will keep me smiling when I think of him – Sywell was not the first time Carl would be found knelt trying to figure out how to fix one of my cars and its issues while to’ing and thro’ing ideas amongst the other Fiat 500 tecchies present.
On behalf of myself and my family here at The Sharnbrook Hotel, we would like to send our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to Zeta & Carl’s family. We would like to thank Carl for the support he has shown our events since we opened the hotel in 2006 which began with the 50th Anniversary in 2007 being a huge weekend which created many memories and fun for everybody involved. Carl – you will always be in our hearts.