My love affair with vintage cars and motorbikes continues and the Spring season is kicking off with a string of upcoming Car Rallies. Yesterday, I participated in one at a small seaside village called Bogliasco. After my first full year as a member of the Italian FIAT 500 Club and 500 Mania Genova, I am starting to make some friends and see more familiar faces.
As is with all old cars, I am having some mechanical issues with my starter. I think I have kind of figured out the jiggle movement needed to get it to work, but it is now added to my list of ‘things to repair’. But, as I was so preoccupied with my car starting, I hadn’t noticed that my passenger door didn’t close properly until I was well on my way down a curvy road. Whoa! Imagine my surprise when I took the curve and my passenger door swung open! Yikes! And even though the car is small enough to reach across, I wasn’t able to close it because it doesn’t close properly. I had to pull over, walk around the car and jiggle the handle and then close it.
So the technical word for today is officially “Jiggle”.
I had a fun day, a police escorted ride through the winding roads and hills with a group of about 50 cars. We then proceeded to eat a huge lunch which lasted about 5 hours. I only had one negative encounter, which really just made me giggle. We all park our cars in these tiny Piazzas and so we block each other in. Apparently, I was not reversing my car fast enough for the guy in front of me and so he started waving his arms and honking his horn! Dude! You are driving a car with a motor the size of my dad’s John Deer lawnmower! Take a chill pill please.
We have these bumper stickers that they pass out to club members. It is in Italian but the translation is “From 0 to 100 in ten minutes”, apparently this guy didn’t get his…
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos.
Ciao for now,