Thanks for a great 4 years!
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Robert is a car guy through and through. Robert has sponsored "track day" at Arroyo Seco and included F.I.A.T. for several years running. He proudly drives a Ferrari F355 and a Fiat 500 Abarth and is a F1 racing enthusiast. Robert's experience with organizing drives and other events comes from years of organizing AZ Drives events around southern Arizona. Some of you have met Robert at Tucson's Cars & Coffee events. Even his employment is car-related as he fabricates custom and replacement parts at Crown Concepts in Tucson, Arizona. His enthusiasm for Italian cars along with his passion for automotive culture makes him a great person to lead F.I.A.T. into the future.
Join me in welcoming Robert as the group's new leader!
Thanks for a great 4 years!
Sunday, July 23, 2017
The Fun Italian Automobiles of Tucson (F.I.A.T.) and Southern Arizona Pantera Club are came together for Ladies Night sponsored by Empire CAT at Tucson Speedway on Saturday 22 July 2017.
The weather was dramatic and only the Legend class were able to get in a race before a hard shower postponed the remainder of the race. Race officials were hopeful that it would be "typical Arizona" short downpour but ended up calling the race when the hard shower turned to a drizzle and didn't let up by 9:00 PM. Regardless, people were milling about supporting various vendors and seemed to be having a good time even as the crowds slowly dwindled down.
Special thanks go to Chuck for organizing the event and providing discount coupons! Hopefully we will get a re-do in the near future when the track is dry.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Tom Tjaarda 1934-2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
|Photo: Arizona State Parks|
The Fun Italian Automobiles of Tucson had a great day on Sunday 21 May 2017 taking a run to Kartchner Caverns in southern Arizona. Chuck gave his Pantera a break by running his '72 Jensen Interceptor while Dave ran his '82 Fiat Spider.
We started off with a breakfast meet-up at Hacienda del Lago in Vail. After breakfast overlooking the golf course we took the long way around to our destination via AZ83 south to Sonoita and then AZ82 east to Huachuca City ending with a jaunt north up AZ90 to Kartchner Caverns State Park. The roads were wide open with only a moderate bunch-up on AZ83 near the overlook to the future Rosemont mine site.
|"Boss Hogg" has been Intercepted!|
After the emerging from the tour and drying out we headed to Benson stopping at the Horseshoe Cafe for a bite of lunch. After lunch we headed back to Tucson where we made it back to air conditioned homes by around 2:00PM.
For the rest of the F.I.A.T. photo album click >here.<
Sunday, April 16, 2017
We had a great time at the Pima Air & Space Museum for a photo shoot. PA&SM allowed us to enter before normal museum hours and take some fantastic shots of cars among historical aircraft. Quite the unique opportunity! We had participants from as far away as San Diego, CA and Scottsdale, AZ. The field had 8 DeTomasos, 1 Alfa Romeo, 1 Fiat, 1 Ferrari, 1 Cobra, and 1 Cunningham for a total of 13 cars - a very nice and manageable turn-out.
After taking photos our host provided us with a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's rehabilitation / fabrication department and then surprised us by extending our visit to include an open tour of the rest of the museum's public exhibits!
After we finished touring the museum we headed over to Brooklyn's Beer & Burger for lunch. We had a great gathering with some really good food. Our server mad sure the group was well taken care of with prompt service and a great can-do attitude. The collection of Panteras caused a mini car show where people came by just to see the cars and some even stayed for lunch.
Special thanks go out to:
- John Bezosky and the Pima Air & Space Museum for making this opportunity available to us.
- Kylie at Brooklyn's Beer & Burger for prompt and courteous service for our group.
Photo albums: (check back once in a while as more will be added as they become available)
- Marco Signorini Photography Album - click >here<
- F.I.A.T. Album - select >here<
- AZPOCA Album - click >here<
Sunday, March 19, 2017
|Picnic lunch in Madera Canyon|
|Photo: National Park Service|
|Plaza on north side of San Xavier Mission|
For a few more pictures of the event click >here.<
The pictures of the event from the AZ POCA members are available >here.<
Sunday, February 5, 2017
The 2017 Il Giro di Phoenix scavenger hunt/car rally saw a great turnout with around two dozen participants in about half as many vehicles. The Giro was organized by the Phoenix Sister Cities, Catania Committee. For those unfamiliar with the organization, Phoenix Sister Cities is a non-profit cultural exchange program partnering with cities across the globe to organize unique cultural and artistic events. Special thanks go out to Wendy Rozov with Phoenix Sister Cities and Enrico Sini with the Catania, Italy committee for this event.
The rally was a points-based competition to complete 30 tasks. The rally began at 9:30 AM sharp with a clue sheet being distributed to participants. The tasks fell into one of three categories: simple question-and-answer; fetch item, wherein participants were required to bring an item to the finish; and snap photos, which required participants to seek out landmarks and take their photo with them. With a 12:30 PM finish time and 30 challenging clues to solve, the scavenger hunt required intimate knowledge of central Phoenix and military-precision planning abilities. A fully-charged smartphone and reliable cell reception were a must!
The final and most important clue required us to seek out a north-central Phoenix coffee shop to ask the barista for a clue to our final destination. Unfortunately, this 30th clue proved too tough for our team to crack, and we were unable to identify the coffee shop! This would have left us in the lurch were it not for the previous experience of Russ, who (correctly) wagered the rally would end at the Italian-American club of Phoenix.
To view the rest of the photo album of the event, select > here.<