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By: Fiat Club Waikato  06-Dec-2011
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I got the following today. Please reply to Chris directly if you can help.

“From……: Chris De Marco

Subject…: Fiat 850 coupe

Hello, I am trying t o find someone who will sell me their Fiat 850 coupe. I would prefer running but will consider anything. If you know of someone that could be persuaded please let me know


Chris De Marco”


November 5th, 2011

Fiat Club Nationals update - not long to go now!
The base for the weekend will be the Taupo Events Centre . The plan is to meet and register at the Events Centre from late morning on Sat (I will be there with the Fiat Club van from 11am). As you register we will park up for a “Pride of Ownership” display until departing mid afternoon for the mystery trial around Taupo. I had booked for 30 people for Saturday nights dinner and it looks like we have (surprisingly) hit that number. I will be in touch with those people this week to confirm. We have a set menu to enable prior payment, and BYO wine.
Sunday morning (not to early though!) we will hold a Gymkhana at the events centre.
In an effort to keep costs low there is no registration cost for the event, however the Trial will be $10 per CAR, while the Gymkhana will be $10 per ENTRANT.
We will also have the BBQ running on both days.
If anyone has any questions you can call me (Derek) on 07 8296000, or 021 921151.

October 28th, 2011

It’s been a few years, but we think the time has come to revisit “The Nationals”!
The loose plan at the moment is a show’n’shine on Saturday followed by a fun run or trial, then dinner on Saturday night. Sunday will likely be a Gymkhana.
A number of members have already commited to the weekend and will be making a group booking for accomodation soon. Contact a commitee member if you’re keen.
We would love to see some of the many old Fiats tucked away in garages come out for this social event, so how about it?
Accommodation available at De Bretts or other motels in Taupo if you can’t find what you want at De Bretts.
Dinner has 30 places booked at Portofinos, let them know if you want to secure one of those places.
Date is 19 and 20 November 2011.
More details from Derek Batchelor, Mal Simmonds or Stacey James or

September 30th, 2011

Hi - finally,
I have results! Through a few issues that didn’t change any of the positions, but did have our poor timer hassled by me when all the transponders that we had used had just been stolen from his father’s car, I have finally got all the possible times together and into the results spreadsheet.
What a great day at the track. 73 entrants paid their money and generally turned up. One of two of us had difficulties during the day, mine appeared to be very public as I checked out the ability of the sand trap to slow progress after it transpired that having the brake pedal go all the way to the floor doesn’t actually slow the car. Having a car catch fire on the start line was certainly dramatic, our scrutineering venue provider found that a bent push rod isn’t ideal, but is fixable on the day, and unfortunately for Howard Oates, he had his second DNF in a row when the blue PBFOOT 124CC again appears to want to allow pressure to escape from areas that it shouldn’t.
But those were the disappointments.
There were a heap of highlights, lots of cars ripping up the tarmac on an extremely interesting track. We had variety to die for, everything from Starlets to Commodores, 998cc to 5700cc, normally aspirated carburettor fed engines with points and plugs through to real life playstation clones that need computers and electronic geniuses to make them work, everyday drivers through to the purpose built Group N replica Toyota Corolla AE86 of Steve Wilcock. (I could listen to that all day, a glorious sound of a proper race engine). What was the common denominator? Smiles! Miles and miles of smiles.
The fact that it was Fathers’ Day didn’t detract from the fun, in fact it was probably a help, fathers should be able to do what they want on Fathers’ Day, and many of us did. Not too many father and child combinations running, but one which was demonstrated all that is wrong with modern youth, Mark Warren had the audacity to beat his father Andrew - on Fathers’ Day. Come on Mark, what’s that about, show some respect for your elders and let us win on our day. Oh, that’s right, you beat everyone didn’t you. Well done to a young man who no-one really noticed going so fast during the day.

September 15th, 2011

Had this message today from Deborah Day who runs the Motorsport Club

“Hi Campbell,

If you are or know someone who is, contact James Smith on the details below

James Smith
National Transport Manager Tranzlink
339 Neilson St, Onehunga
Private Bag 24 901, Royal Oak,
DDI: 64 9 9289543
MBL: 64 21 667131


Call James directly if interested.

August 26th, 2011

We have parking bays available in a large lockable shed at Tamahere, close to SH1. Each bay costs $15.00 per week inclusive of GST. We already have some vehicles stored via other car clubs, so we thought some of your members might be looking for covered storage. Thank you, Diana Jones 07 856 5255.

I am having a look this weekend (20/21 August) with a view to storing the Club van there.

August 18th, 2011

Well, that is Hiwi Road done and dusted for another year. Despite threatening weather all day, and a couple of showers, everyone managed a dry run at some stage.
As usual for this venue a comprehensive drivers’ briefing was given, and the new competitors had that reinforced in their separate briefing. A total of 39 competitors showed up and by the designated time all had been dealt with administratively. With no scrutineering issues to resolve we had an eager group waiting for the road closure to come into place, and right on 10:00am the first car left the line for practice. We have noticed that the use of the Minis Waikato starting light system certainly speeds things up, and everyone was great at getting to the right place in the queue at the right time.
Practice proved to be exactly that with no dramas and no heroics. Then to the real battle, and times dropped immediately despite showers. As the day went on this pattern repeated in most cases. We did have a few minor glitches with a couple of the super reliable Japanese cars giving problems, and only one of the Fiats!
At drivers’ briefing we had warned that anyone who went through the fence near Ranstead Road would not only have to pay for the repairs, but would also have togo and tell the farmer. This obviously worked as even though Kevin Smith managed to park his Subaru Impreza WRX somewhat carelessly against a couple of bits of countryside and then gravel rashed the roof fairly badly, he kept it between the fences and didn’t need to take the long walk to inform the land owner of any damage. Kevin is okay, wounded pride and broken car the real damage.We were again thankful for having our paramedic on duty and Trish dealt with the situation cooly and calmly as always.
We had a bunch of winners on the day, Class A was again taken out by Russell Jenkins in his Suzuki Swift with a best time of 1:01.60, Class B was won by James Post in his Honda Civic with a time of 0:58.33, Class C was led home by Simon Rollinson in his Renault Clio RS at 0:56.11 and first in Class D, and overall, was Ben Finch in his Subaru Impreza at 0:53.54. Our fastest lady was Julie Mitchell with a time of 1:06.92, and fastest Junior was Brad Martin with a best time of 1:03.16.
All in all, a great day out in the country playing with our toys. Remember that the next round is the Dual Car Sprints at Hampton Downs on Sunday 4th September.
Series Coordinator,

August 14th, 2011

Our Bent Sprint on Hiwi Road isn’t far away. Attached are a couple of variations on the Entry Form, one with Fill In and Drop Down fields, the other a pdf for printing off, filling in and sending back.
Remember that Entries at the normal cost close at 5:00pm, Friday August 5th, and we need 30 entries to run. Get in fast to make sure we run this event.

August 1st, 2011

Fifty three competitors disregarded what appeared to be unsuitable weather for our autocross today and headed for Hampton Downs MotorSport Park to again challenge the skid pan. The team of helpers set out an interesting, and sufficiently tight course to give all vehicle types a decent area to have a play in. Some of the tighter areas were obviously going to suit the small cars, but the bigger cars also had room to stretch their legs a little. A reconnaissance run in 3 groups gave all a chance to see the correct route before we launched into the first timed run. In general the surface was very wet, traction was tenuous for most, but the rain stopped almost as soon as we got underway and times improved as the surface finally started to dry out, so much so that the first round saw the final runner, Richard Sutherland, fastest in his BMW 3 Series. The second run was dry and times began to tumble, and by the time the third run came around competitors had a good feel for the surface and again the times took a battering.
In the end our overall winner, and winner of our smallest Class A was Russell Jenkins in his Suzuki Swift. Russell has been a regular with us for a while and this is his first round win. Second was JJ Strydom in his smokey Corolla, also being the fastest Junior and top in Class B. Class C was taken out by Craig Russell in his Honda Integra, and Class D was won by Chris McPhail in his Nissan Pulsar GTiR. Our top women was Julie Mitchell, and fastest Fiat was Lee Sinkinson in his Fiat Tipo Sedicivalvole.
All in all, a great day was had by all who got out of bed early and made their way to the superb venue. Rain was something we only saw very briefly, although several Hamilton competitors reported travelling through hail on the way to the event.
Look forward to seeing you all at the 3rd round at Hiwi Road on Sunday 14 August.

July 11th, 2011

Well, as I noted recently Round 1 is done and dusted, time to get on with Round 2. This is an Autocross at the same venue as the motorkhana, and on the same surface. This certainly proved to be a great surface to play on, did everyone notice the lack of tyre smoke?
Attached are a variety of bits of electronic paper, including an Entry Form with drop down fields. You need Microsoft Word for this one. If you prefer to print an entry form and fill it in then use the pdf Entry Form. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available everywhere on the net. There are also the regulations attached.
If you have entered the whole series you don’t need to do anything, just turn up on the day and sign the separate Indemnity. Similarly if you entered a couple of events, turn up and let us know you are there so we can get our end of the documentation right.
Looking forward to seeing lots of you,
Series Coordinator,

June 20th, 2011

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