In June of 2010 Swedish driver named Per took me on a passenger lap of the Nurburgring in a Fiat Coupe 20 valve Turbo.
That day, dreams were made.
Fast forward to 2013, I was now in the position to be able to afford a 20VT.
The Track sl@g dream became a possibility, something cheap to strip out, tear apart and drive until it exploded...
Research was done.
Advice was given.
Advice was ignored.
Cars were bought.
Mistakes were made.
(See here for details)
The car that I had seen when first looking for a Coupe was a gorgeous example based in Bedford.
It was more than I had wanted to spend, a show car not a track sl@g.
I got chatting to the owner named Ant, he was a real enthusiast, who had previously owned Uno Turbo's, Tipo Sedicivalvo's, Coupe 20VT's, Punto GT's and now a beastly Alfa 147 GTA. He explained that this was a true 'no expense spared' project and send me links to a build thread detailing the majority of the changes.
There are too many to mention here, but most notably:
New (Fiat original) Clutch
Full Belt change
New Water Pump
Full Stainless Steel Exhaust System
It was too good to be a track sl@g, and I thought I might be able to find an average condition car that, with a little money being spent on it would be a nice little track car.
I was wrong, and after a weekend of working on the impulse ebay purchase, I realised that I don’t want to spend my days under a car with more dings than a Chinese phone book.
The final straw in the coffin was a quote for the parts for the head gasket and cam belt change. £400 without labour or machining.
I realised that I wanted something that I can drive, and something that looks good, something that performs well on a track and looks great at a show.
What I wanted wasn’t a track sl@g.
What I wanted was a show car with a roll cage.
I got in touch with Ant again.
The car was still available.
I went to view and instantly knew she was the one.
I’d have quite happily taken her then and there, but she had a private plate which needed changing.
I left a deposit, and a few days later (last night) met up with Ant in Bedford to complete the sale.
She's now on the driveway, next to Acapi, ready for 5pm this evening when I finish work and we can go out and play.
She looks better than she does in the picture, and drives even better than she looks.
The car is the same, but The dream has changed.
She'll still be stripped, caged, bucketed and harnessed, but carefully, tidily and perfectly, I want her to look like a factory prepped race car. OEM, Colour coded, tidy and clean.
Not like this: