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Old 2nd February 2012, 15:39   #1
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Hi motorheads,

After four years away from home in US and living in Chennai, I could no longer contain my car obsession any longer and I had to get the object of my affection...the Premier Padmini fiat 1100. (I still trying to figure out how I convinced my wife to allow.)

I've been a long time fan of TeamBHP having been referred by my business partner Rajesh who was an old-school racer back in the day when Chennai was Madras. Being an Italian-American (or the 'politically correct' title..."an American of Italian descent", I always had a thing for Italian badges...no doubt due to my car obsessed father (whose 'retirement' plan included opening a resto shop in Florida for Italian cars.) So now I have my first Indian car worth mentioning (my prior the iconic Maruti 800) and looking forward to joining the fun of sharing thoughts and ideas re cars, mods, tuning etc. I'll upload pic of the Padmini as soon as I figure out how...and I'll also send y'all pics of the 'ponies in my stable' back home in U.S.: A Merc, an 72 Alfa Montreal and a 61 Willys wagon superhurricane. Weird mix, huh.

Well, let me say it's a real thrill to be part of the Team and I look forward to getting to know and enjoy the high octane desi-motorhead scene!

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Welcome to the best automotive forum in this of the globe. Will love to see your collection, please do upload the pics ASAP, please don't make us wait to have a look at the one cool "automobile art" collection of yours. Looking forward for Alfa, heard so many things about the classic, never met an owner. Cherish your collection brother.
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Welcome to Team-BHP, Yankee Frankie !

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... a 61 Willys wagon superhurricane. Weird mix, huh....
Could you please start a separate thread about the Willys. I am sure a lot of us here would be interested in that one.
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Sure. She's my baby. Let me see if I can figure out where to start the thread. Those Willys wagons are tough to come by in US...so it was the first (and only) time I bought a car on Ebay - sight unseen - and had it shipped 1000 miles on a car carrier. The lorry driver was furious because he put the Willys above a Lexus on the auto-carrier - and it dripped oil on the hood of the Lexus! Who would-a-figured that would happen?!?! ha.

Thanks Dr Awesomeness, you are right...this forum is amazing. What a lively passionate bunch of car-nuts. I'm right at home. I'll post pics as soon asap.

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Sure. She's my baby. Let me see if I can figure out where to start the thread. ...
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...he put the Willys above a Lexus on the auto-carrier - and it dripped oil on the hood of the Lexus! Who would-a-figured that would happen?!?! ha.
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Welcome Frank to the forum.

Another thread i think which you should start is "Impressions of American Driver driving on Indian Roads" That should also be an interesting read
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Another thread i think which you should start is "Impressions of American Driver driving on Indian Roads" That should also be an interesting read
You mean there's another American out there whose lived to tell the tale!!?

India newbies think it's 'organized chaos'...to the contrary, it just looks like chaos because the system of rules and exceptions are so incredibly complex!!
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Hey Frank welcome! I love italian cars too!! I have three of them including a new Fiat 500 sport (but then thats romanian right?) and a 1959 Lambretta. Incidentally we will be having a large collection of classic Fiat 1100's in Mumbai. So keep your eyes on the FCCCI thread.regards Amol-the mole
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Welcome on board. Look forward to some write ups on the premier and would be great to get one on the classic Maruti.
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