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Friday, July 22, 2011

On the Road to the 2011 Fiat FreakOut


Sunday, July 17, I packed up my Fiat 500 and headed to Nashville for the 2011 Fiat FreakOut. If you are thinking the Fiat 500 is too small for a 1,000 plus mile road trip, erase those thoughts right now. The Fiat 500 proved to be a comfortable, long journey companion. Here are some observations and a few pictures from the trip...

My wife and son came along on this journey. Those are 10 bags/cases....

plus a box of 700 postcards, cleaning supplies, tools and a bottle of wine!

9.5 cu.ft. ÷ 3 people X seven days = NO PROBLEM


We kept one bag up front along with Buddy, my son's favorite pal.


The Fiat 500 easily cruises along the highway. Down south, most highways have a 70mph speed limit. We set the cruise at 74mph and relaxed. The cruise helped because you will easily reach 80+ mph if you are not careful. Automatic climate control helped us forget the 100° outside temperature.

On the way down from New York, we stopped by one of our favorite towns, Mt.Airy, North Carolina. This is the town on which the TV Mayberry is based.

Downtown Mt.Airy. Wherever you park a Fiat 500, it always draws a crowd. The MINI went unnoticed.

We left Mt.Airy Tuesday morning and arrived in Nashville later in the day. A total of one thousand easy miles...

Nashville is a great city. Clean and good looking, there are interesting shops everywhere you turn.

5 comments:

Frankie said...

I heard from the experts here in Italy and they say the guy who designed the seats is a genius, because you don't get tired even after a long ride. Many owners of Fiat 500 say the same thing. Have fun at Fiat Freakout.
Ciao

John said...

Check out my blog on shooting the Fiats in front of the Parthenon. Good times in Nashville...

www.theshuttergroup.com/blog

John

Anonymous said...

How was road and tire noise?

Anonymous said...

Please tell us what your real world MPG was on this trip. You have a manual transmission, correct? Thank you.

billieb said...

Glad to know it is easy to travel in for longer distances.
BTW--how is it on ice and snow??