Hometown: Northwest, IL
July 9, 2008
Lee found me in 2007-- through International Auto's web site.
On my photos page, you can see the Fiats that I've owned. Currently I own a 1974 X1/9 that I purchased in 1977. This is my 37th year anniversary owning the same car - wooHOO! A number of years ago I also had an additional '74 called "Sweet Pea". I bought it from a former Fiat executive who started the now-defunct X1/9 Club of Chicago in the 70s. You can see it, alongside my current X1/9 on my members photo page.
Mid 70's I got a 128 2-door. Great front-wheel drive car. Excellent in the snow. Late 70's I got my 1974 X1/9. Then a[masked] Sport Coupe (loved the twin-cam) And then maybe another 124 that I parted-out.
Meeting my wife in the X1/9 Club of Chicago and taking my kids for rides when they were too little to see out the window. The car has gone through 3-4 paint schemes in the last 37 years of ownership-- the current one was done in the early 80s, and is a magnet for the eye of the law. It has a racing cam, large valve head, larger pistons, two Weber 40mm DCNF carbs, and a competition roll bar. In the 80s I autocrossed it & "raced" it at Road America and Blackhawk Farms. The X1/9 Club of Chicago (XCC) was formed back in the 70's. We had up to 70 or so members. We were present at a number of Chicago Auto Shows tending the Fiat display and answering questions from perspective buyers. A number of XCC members were pictured in the 6/86 issue of Auto-X magazine. The article entitled Formula Fiat- Slot Car Handling on the Street, written by Tony Silva said of our club: "They party like Grabowskis on Saturday and race like angry Rosenbergs on Sunday." The XCC club dissolved in 1989.
I've owned my '74 X1/9 for 37 years!