Saturday, September 23, 2017

Drive to Kitt Peak

This will be a nice cruise to the top of Kitt Peak.  We will depart Circle K (1735 W Speedway Blvd 85745) at 7:30am sharp.  Please be fully fueled, water bottles filled and bladders empty by 7:25am so we can all leave together on time.

We will drive West on Speedway through Gates Pass and out Mile Wide to Sandario.  We'll head South on Sandario to Ajo then West towards Kitt Peak.

We will regroup in 3 Points for a short rest, 10-15 minutes, then off to the destination.

This is not a race!  No trophies, no flowers, no flashbulbs, no wine.   Let's all be respectful to other motorists/cyclists out enjoying their morning.

We will hangout at the top and enjoy the cool weather and company.  Feel free to pack a lunch, there are picnic tables and shade.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and new faces!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New Leadership!

The Fun Italian Automobiles of Tucson (F.I.A.T.) interest group proudly announces its new leader - Robert Bastian.

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!
Dave Knawa

Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Ladies Night" at Tucson Speedway - 22 July 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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cruise to Kartchner Caverns - 21 May 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!
At the caverns we found ample parking.  We took in some of the displays in the Discovery Center while we waited for the tour to begin.  The Discovery Center gives you a preview of what you will see underground.  We toured the Rotunda and Throne Room.  The Big Room tour is closed for the season as it is a nursery for bats - it reopens in October. The underground temperature was a steady 72 degrees Fahrenheit with 98% humidity. Outside it was reaching the upper 90s!

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

Photo Shoot at Pima Air & Space Museum 15 April 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

Madera Canyon Run & Picnic PLUS Drive to San Xavier Mission - 18 March 2017

Cunningham C-4R
Our March event was a casual run up to Madera Canyon located east of Green Valley.  A few of the participants met up at the American Legion Hall (Post 109) in Corona de Tucson and then trekked to Green Valley where we met up with other participants and had a rest stop and beverage at Posada Java.

After our respite in Green Valley we headed up to Madera Canyon where the temps cooled to just about perfect.  We had a picnic lunch at the Mt. Wrightson picnic area at a nice shaded table. Parking there was at a premium but we managed to get just enough spaces for our group with a little bit of good timing and patience.

Picnic lunch in Madera Canyon
After lunch we went back down into the valley and then north among the man-made mesas west of Green Valley to San Xavier Mission.

Photo: National Park Service
Plaza on north side of San Xavier Mission
Check out the story on the Cunningham C-4R you see posted at the top of this article on the AZPOCA site (click > here <).  It is quite interesting and we are honored to have had such a rare and historical car join us!  We hope to see more of the car and its owners at our future events (even if it isn't Italian).

For a few more pictures of the event click >here.<

The pictures of the event from the AZ POCA members are available >here.<