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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

27th annual Fiat Freak Out 2010

What has to be the premier event for Fiat enthusiasts in this country is the annual Fiat Freak Out national convention held by the Fiat Lancia Unlimited car club. Fiat Lancia Unlimited (FLU) is the the largest Fiat car club in the United States and has held this convention for the past 27 years. You can check out my post on last year's event here.

This year's event is being held in Asheville, North Carolina, July 8th thru July 11th. The four day event includes a great concours car show, scenic drives (including the exciting Tail of the Dragon mountain road and Blue Ridge mountain area) in a really beautiful part of the country, a Go Kart auto cross, Island Paradise Beach & Pool Party, poker run, Fiat related movies, swap meet, a vendor area and lots of time to meet people, look at cars and just have a great time.

From Fiat Freak Out 2009 Gallery

The car show features Fiat's from all decades, from daily drivers to concourse quality machines.

From Fiat Freak Out 2009 Gallery

In the past, Euro version Fiats have also been displayed and other Fiat Group autos such as Lancias, Alfa Romeos and Ferraris also show up.

There will also be a new Fiat 500 from the Lane Motor Museum on display. Last year Chrysler also graciously brought down a 500, which was really great.

One thing that strikes you about the Fiat Lancia Unlimited club is the friendly and open, unpretentious atmosphere. Just good people who love their cars and like having fun. I've been involved in a lot of car clubs and shows, the Freak Out is the most enjoyable.

As a long time Fiat enthusiast, I would like to thank FLU and all the other Fiat clubs in this country for keeping the Fiat brand alive here. They have been on the front lines spreading the real story about these great and exciting cars.

If you get a chance, come down to Asheville and see what it's all about.

There is registration required for some events so here are some Links:

The 2010 Fiat Freak Out website

Below is part of the 2010 Fiat Freak Out press release put out by Fiat Lancia Unlimited.

Fiat Lancia Unlimited (FLU) proudly presents the 27th Annual Fiat Freak Out in beautiful
Asheville, North Carolina, July 8th to 11th, 2010. FLU’s International show returns
to the Blue Ridge Mountains, America’s Largest home at Biltmore Estate and
Crowne Plaza Resort with an array of activities and sponsor opportunities.

The Fiat Freak Out (FFO) brings together the largest collection of Fiat and Lancia
automobiles in North America to swap stories and tips, show off the cars, and
share our passion for these wonderful automobiles. The FFO is four days of
events that include a concours car show, coordinated scenic drives, a Go Kart
autocross and lots of socializing.

The FFO is not just about show cars, it is a great opportunity to talk to knowledgeable people and sponsoring vendors about your vehicle. You must be a current member through July 11th, 2010 (or immediate family) of Fiat Lancia Unlimited to participate in Fiat Freak Out.
Membership is available online at for $35/year ($48 Canadianor International).
“Walk up” member registration is available at the event, but meals require pre-registration before July 1, 2010.

The Crowne Plaza will be our base and host hotel. Room reservations are
available by calling 1-888-233-9527 or clicking on the FFO link at

"Yeah... I guess this one will do"

2009 Fiat Freak Out Panorama photo courtesy of FLU


Anonymous said...

This will be THE place in 2010 for enthusiasts to experience FIAT!
Video from the 2009 show from PBS:


Chris said...

Last year I couldn't believe the variety of cars at the show. The old and new Multiplas, 500s, 600s, a Barchetta, the OTAS, Scorpion, a 126, etc. It was great to see.