That was a STUNNING Millicento. Rizwan indeed has spent quite a lot of money and time to get this car to this state. Its really paid off. The paint job is so excellent that it acts as a very very fine mirror. Just a few more parts he is looking for, especially the original Steering wheel.
It was a real pleasure meeting Docel. He is extremely inspirational. Looks like a new page will be written shortly in the books of the FCB. The Leh trip we discussed is very very mouthwatering. A few FCB cars making all the way will be a great milestone. It will be a great milestone for individuals like me Arun, Sujith and Karthik MB too. Just imaging, 20 years down the line we tell bed time stories to our kids that with a classic car 20 yrs ago we did it to Leh! Priceless it would be. For me, we have to plan it well (atleast to manage my leaves). Docel is a dare devil and has an attitude of a teenager, and drives like one too (always rips and revs). Any place you say to him, he says what planning for Fiats, lets just go! He also told about his several (quite a number) where he just takes off on his Fiat. All of them are atleast 3000+ kms in overall. Often his Fiat will be lying around for weeks at front of his home. He trusts, knows and understands it so much that, he doesnt have to even check the car before a very long trip. checking the car He also is often complimented by his wife who too is a Fiat freak and a speed freak and accompanies him on various trips. Docel, is definitely one who actually brings the literal meaning for "LIVE TO DRIVE". Hats off!
EDIT: His German Shepard dog too loves the Fiat and gets all excited and has clocked over 50,000kms on a Fiat. What a Fiatish canine it should be.
FCBian's 1992 Padmini being restored in my Garage. Good to see many members restoring their FIATs.
This car's restoration finished like lightening. All paint work is done. Wiring done. Door setting done. New upholstery done and has already hit the streets and clocked over 200 kms already. No snaps as it was already gone from the garage. Will try and meet the car and owner some time and post pictures. Hope it comes for the next FCB rally
The Fiats & the Ambys were great guns, those times. The oldies were doing ~160kph those days!
They were the ONLY Indian made cars at that time along with the Standard Herald , of course, which were in the Racing and Rallying circuits too, as long as 1985 or so till Maruti nixed them out.
Check these Rally Fiats out ! The misspelled Satyavrat in the article is my Fiat's tuner who keeps it zipping along @120+ even now.
Hi Sujith !
Yes - I was looking forward to meet you too but will surely meet up again.
You can get the details of the Dakshin Dare Rally here. It has both Staged as well as the TSD rallies at the same time and route. The Fiats can certainly do well in the TSD rally, with a handicap, as all kinds of modern cars will be there !
I missed the link in my last post regarding the Rally Fiats and my tuner Satyavrat.
Some more juicy Rally Fiats are here too.