Fiat Barchetta UK Owners Club
Fiat Barchetta UK Owners Club


Events on this page:

...International meeting, August 2019, event write-up

...Cotswolds tour, June 2019, event write-up 

...UK motoring events - interactive map (June 2019)

...All Italian car meets 2019 - April, June, August & October (Mar 2019)


Pre 2019 events:

...East Sussex Day Drive, 14 July 2018

...UK Barchetta Owners Club, Summer Meeting 2018 - Peak District (July 2018)

...UK Barchetta Club - Summer Meeting 2018 - Peak District

...UK Barchetta Club Annual Meeting 2017 - South West region - photos

...International Club Meeting, Germany, May 2017

...AutoItalia Day at Brooklands Museum, April 2017

...UK Barchetta Club Annual Meeting 2017 - invitations

...Silverstone Classic, July 2017 and 2016 - a fantastic event

...UK Barchetta Club Annual Meeting 2016 - Amersham

...Day drive, Mid Sussex, May 2016

...Monthly Vintage and Classic Car meeting, Kent - an ongoing meeting

...UK Barchetta Club meeting, September 2015

...International Club Meeting, Italy, July 2015

...UK Barchetta Club Annual meeting, June 2015 - Yorkshire

...Day drive at Elveden, October 2014

...UK Barchetta Bluc Annual Meeting 2013 - Suffolk

...Southend Italian Festival, August 2012

...UK Barchetta Club Annual Meeting, 2012 - Bedfordshire

UK Owners Club - International meeting, August 2019 - event write-up

David Ullathorne very generously accepted responsibility for compiling an account of our antics around South Suffolk at our international meeting. Thank you very much David for reminding those of us who were present about the event and hopefully whetting the appetites of those who didn’t join us this time. I have received numerous messages of thanks to the organisers and I am pretty confident that a “splendiferous” time was had by all.  Here is David’s article.


Martin Garrad

Membership Secretary

After virtually a year of meticulous planning, the eagerly awaited Barchetta UK Owners’ Club First International Meeting commenced on 22 August at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa in Suffolk. After the previous 2 weeks of unsettled conditions, the weather had turned into a record breaking ‘heat wave’ Bank Holiday weekend,unbroken blue skies – just perfect for Barchetta motoring and a sun tan!


A total of 64 cars attended with their proud owners. About half were from the UK (including Wales, and N Ireland – Scotland missed out!) and the rest from Germany, Holland, Belgium, Norway, France, Switzerland, Ireland and Japan (in a German car). Unless I’m mistaken, this was the largest gathering of Barchettas the UK has ever seen. A weekend of surprises, fun and entertainment lay ahead…….

 Thursday 22 August - Arrival day 


A handful of Barchettas had arrived the day before, confusing early arrivals as they approached the hotel, by driving in the opposite direction on an impromptu drive to Clacton. A steady flow of Barchettas started to arrive from about 12.30pm and continued until gone 6pm. Our dedicated team on the registration and check-in desk welcomed all attendees with expert efficiency. The registration packs included all information needed for the weekend, as well as a ‘goody’ bag containing 2 bottles of Suffolk cider, a windscreen sticker and club lapel badges.


The hotel’s bar terraces were quickly found by new arrivals and much joviality commenced, with the Dutch contingent taking the lead in having fun (and continued to do so every day)!


At 6.30pm, all met in the bar for pre dinner drinks, where new and old acquaintances were made. It was pleasing to see a good number of new and established UK club members as well as all our like-minded international friends. A superb buffet dinner with wine, (washed down by beer for some) followed.  After dinner Martin welcomed everyone and announced various travel and Barchetta related awards, which went to –  

Kyoko and Masami from Japan (not all the way by Barchetta) - Furthest Travelled 

Jarle and Anne from Norway - Furthest Driven

Big’ Dave, UK member and yet another David in the club! - Highest Mileage car

Jorg – (President BCD) Highest KM car

Rosemary - Longest single Barchetta ownership

Friday 23 August – Drive 1


After an early breakfast we collected packed lunches and met in our dedicated parking area where 3 groups of around 21 cars were formed for the drive. Each group left in quick succession arriving at our first stop in Lavenham after a 15 mile scenic drive through the narrow Suffolk lanes, passing cider orchards en route. Upon arrival, we were treated to a surprise organ recital by Ross in the stunning Lavenham Church. We learnt this particular organ had around 5,000 pipes - which is a lot – apparently! Lavenham is a uniquely preserved medieval town with an abundance of leaning half-timbered houses and cafes. After about 2 hours we were off on a short drive to Kentwell Hall for another surprise experience – a time tunnel, but not travelling in a DeLorean! We were met at the end of the tunnel by 200 of the Hall’s new temporary residents –folk who like dressing up and speaking in Olde English (‘each to their own’ I suppose - although I guess they say the same about Barchetta owners!) After ‘acclimatising’ and getting into the Tudor ‘way’ it was quite fascinating to interact with the ‘would be’ Tudor-people, who were totally immersed in their various characters. Some of us had their epiglottis attended to by the Olde Worlde medics, served the Lord and Lady of the house with food authentically prepared in the kitchen to Tudor recipes, watched a musket being fired and were greeted by falconers, blacksmiths, and bakers. 


Come 3 o’clock it was time to head back to the hotel to enjoy the pool, bar and/or sun before dinner. Dinner this evening was another first class buffet with plentiful wine once again.


Then another surprise ‘artist’ appeared – Chris DJ Pearce, had brought his disco kit (and removed his “For Sale” sign from his car – has he ‘seen the light’?!) The dance floor suddenly came alive in proper ‘Strictly’ style, led by a very professional show by Susan and Eric from Switzerland.

Saturday 24 August – Drive 2


Longer drives today. The first took us to Sutton Hoo after a scenic 1½ hour drive. Owned by the National Trust, Sutton Hoo is one of the country’s most amazing archaeological finds, comprising numerous burial mounds including an Anglo Saxon King’s long ship burial site. It has recently been reopened following a multi-million pound renovation including a fantastic visitor and experience centre.


All left suitably impressed for an afternoon by the seaside, along with the rest of East Anglia’s population. A convoy of 64 Barchettas descended upon picturesque Aldeburgh, driving in convoy through the High Street and onwards to the far end of a pot-hole strewn gravel track. After some nifty steering over the uneven surface, we all got safely parked with no drama or broken springs. Fish and chips on the beach for many, beers in the pub, and crab sandwiches for others. I dare say some ice cream was also enjoyed. The RNLI also had an open day allowing access to the amazing life boat. David and Kim took to the sea for a refreshing dip in the North Sea, whilst others were buying props in readiness for our comedy dinner.

Come 3 o’clock it was time for the 1¾ hour drive back to the hotel for the English Seaside themed Gala Dinner with a Fawlty Towers comedy show, complete with a very realistic seagull display expertly prepared by Helen and Tony. Everyone made a great effort (although it has to be said, some made an extra special effort). If I’m honest, the hotel let us down a little this evening with the food, unless you have a penchant for rubber chicken and dry tuna. Maybe it was part of the Fawlty Towers show?! The dessert was good though. However, this didn’t spoil the evening, as Mike had done us proud by managing the budget to include a generous supply of wine! At 9.30pm we were treated to a spectacular fireworks display courtesy of an adjacent wedding party.


Speeches and thanks by Martin, Jorg, President of BCD (Germany), Tanja President of BCN (Holland) and Jarle from Norway followed the meal and show. Generous exchanges of gifts and mementos – a commemorative plaque from Club Netherlands, special Barchetta watches and wine from Club Deutschland and Aquavit from Norway. All UK members were also kindly invited by Club Netherlands and Club Deutschland to their joint 25th anniversary meeting next year (spaces will sadly be in limited supply).

Chris was then ready once again with his disco. Dancing into the night, it was nearly the end of a legendary meeting.

Sunday 25 August – Departure Day


After a latish breakfast, we met in the car park for a group photograph by Colin, followed by fond farewells with all looking forward to next year’s various adventures.


The organisers and all who contributed made this an amazing and successful international meeting for the UK club, made possible by the attendance of all of those who travelled from near and far– thank you.


David Ullathorne

August 2019

UK Owners Club - Cotswold tour, June 2019 - event write-up

Thank you Colin Metcalfe for not only being our “Official Photographer,” but also for producing this excellent account of our annual weekend away, this time based at Moreton-in-Marsh.


Martin Garrad

Membership Secretary


On the 7th June the UK Barchetta Club held their annual weekend drive, this year in the beautiful district of the Cotswolds. True, the weather forecast was not the most encouraging, but anybody who owns a convertible and lives in North-West Europe knows that you cannot let the elements spoil your driving and that is exactly what 18 Barchetta owners decided to do.


Arriving on the Friday afternoon at our base, the quaint market town Moreton-in-Marsh, we were greeted by our smiling (cold and wet) hosts: Sue and Dave Skelding. First up - check out the town with its little coffee bars and shops and then check into our hotel: The Redesdale Arms.

With our allotted carpark spaces now all full it was time to start the weekend properly with a guided tour of this historic location. Dave, our local guide, took us through the history in an interesting and humorous fashion and the rain stopped as well! Like all British old towns Moreton-in-Marsh boasts a rich history. The town’s famous Redesdale Market Hall was painted by Lowry and was also a favoured rehearsal room for Elton John.After the tour some members decided to use the true measure of a town – how good are the pubs? So a ‘quick one’ was had with the Friday night locals before getting back to the hotel to prepare for the evening meal. 

A pleasant sunlit walk to the restaurant was then enjoyed and the Friday evening meal, as it does every year, provided an opportunity for old friends to catch up and new friends to be found.


I’m afraid our weather break had ended on the Saturday morning as the heavens were open as we set off after breakfast for our first drive of the weekend.  Still, even in the rain, the beautiful countryside stood out and by the time we arrived at Bourton-on-the-Water the precipitation had ceased! At least the changeable weather had kept the visitors down in this picturesque little town so you could fully enjoy the streets and shops. Then we appeared to be on a bit of a roll as the weather held offering us the chance to enjoy one beautiful little village/hamlet after another. In particular the village of Icomb was charming beyond belief. Some hardy souls even put their roofs down!


We stopped at the Mount Inn at Stanton, to enjoy a hearty lunch in a marquee within the pub garden. The inn’s location is a popular beauty spot, and before we moved on we took advantage of the stunning vista.


Post lunch Saturday afternoon we pitched up at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway and we got a great parking area backing onto the railway line. The weather although cloudy was staying dry and this allowed us to enjoy some terrific views from our railway carriage diesel train. Of course the star of the show was the steam locomotive that was going to return us to our original departure point.  As well as the trains the society had museums and even interactive games.


Then it was back into the stunning countryside for the Snowshill Lavender shop. Lavender is pretty big in the Cotswolds apparently.

Our last port of call for the Saturday was the Broadway Tower, near Chipping Camden. It’s a historic folly created by Capability Brown and from the top offers great views.  Not all of us decided to make the climb, but those that did were suitably rewarded. Adjacent to the tower was the finishing line for a long-distance cross country event. It must have been early doors as regards finishers as the announcer latched onto us when we first pulled up and kept giving us a plug on the PA. He also had a thing about us sorting ourselves into colour order. So on our departure we decided to humour him and duly complied pulling away with all the yellow cars together and then all the red ones and so on.


That night in our hotel the club’s annual general meeting was held featuring the re-election of the committee members and a discussion over future trips for 2020. The UK drive next year could be in Northumberland, I don’t think it has ever been so far north so that will be nice to explore an area new to some of us. There were also other suggestions for drives to Italy, Ireland and Germany/Netherlands. So if you like a good run out in your ‘B’ it will be a good idea to keep an eye on the events page on this website.


The Sunday morning was bright and sunny and it was decided for our convoy to maintain our colour co-ordinated order. On the way to Dover’s Hill we also tried to organise a Mexican wave in the convoy as we drove through the picturesque high street of Chipping Camden and shake up the locals as they made their way to collect their Sunday morning papers. Unfortunately this attempted wheeze broke down halfway through. Once at Dover’s Hill we were treated to spectacular views. On a clear day apparently you can see as far as the Black Mountains in South Wales. After some group pics it was time to jump back in the ‘Bs’ and have another crack at that Mexican wave as we returned through Chipping Camden. This time we maintained the sequence from the front car to the rear one. However, how much attention we gained from the good residents of this pretty little town is hard to determine.

On the way to our next port of call an old adversary returned – the rain! At least this time it was more like a summer shower and not the deluge we suffered on the Saturday morning. Never mind our next visit lifted the hearts of many of our troupe – The Cotswolds Distillery.  With a well-stocked gift shop and copious samples available it proved to be an attractive experience for our non-driving contingent. 

On departure the skies had once again brightened up affording us the opportunity to borrow a sports field for some final group snaps. Then finally onto the Falcon public house for a great Sunday lunch. It was also time to thank our magnificent hosts Sue and Dave for a lovely weekend. They’d been kept busy what with the weather and making sure we were all in the right place at the right time (was one of them heard to say: ‘’like herding cats.’’), but had remained cheerful and organised.


Just the goodbyes were left now, although it will not be for a year as usual, as many present on this drive are also attending our International meet in August in Suffolk.


Colin Metcalfe

July 2019

UK motoring events - an interactive map

We've received details of an interactive map that enables you to look up motoring events throughout the UK.  We thought this may be of interest to members so have copied the supplier's text below.  


The map contains over 490 motoring events across the UK and Northern Ireland, ranging from rallies and races to festivals and shows. It has something for everyone and is designed to be as easy to use as possible.


We’ve also added other features to ensure users can get the most from the map:

  • You can filter the map by month by clicking the buttons on the left-hand side of the screen.
  • If you click on an event, a pop-up box will give you more details.
  • Clicking on the small magnifying glass icon (bottom left) will lead you to a calendar view, for those who want all the information laid out in a table.

You can view the map here:


June 2019

All Italian car meets 2019 - April, June, August & October

Hello Italian Car Friends
I hope this finds you all well and looking forward to the 2019 season ahead.
The sunshine has made me think about getting on and sending out some reminders for our meetings this year. 
As with previous years, this remains a free to attend event with no need to book. Most of you probably know the arrangements by now, but for anyone who doesn't, we use the solid and well draining field at The Departure Lounge Café, just outside Alton in Northern Hampshire, so we can display our cars away from the public car park. We meet on the first Saturdays of April, June, August, and October, starting at around 10am when the café opens (although some people do arrive earlier) and then attendees are free to come and go as they please. It usually tails off around 1-2pm.
This is really just a friendly and simple meet up for enthusiasts and owners of Italian cars of any marque or age, and we really enjoy the variety we have had.
Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you will make it to this year's events too - I look forward to seeing you and your cars there.
Kind regards
Ross Aylward
March 2019

East Sussex Day Drive - 14 July 2018

We only managed to gather five cars for our day drive in East Sussex; however, we were blessed with perfect top down weather and enjoyed an excellent day.  We met at Pyecombe, just north of Brighton, and, having breakfasted, drove via Ditchling and Lewes the pretty way down to the coast at Newhaven.  From here the scenery was spectacular as we drove across Cuckmere Haven and up to Beachy Head for a quick look over the 600 feet high cliffs.  It is no wonder that all of this area has now been designated The South Downs National Park.


The last leg of our journey took us down to Eastbourne Seafront, along the coast and on to Pevensey Bay, where, hey presto, member Paul Martin is the host at The Castle Inn.  Paul and Daina made us more than welcome for our lunch. (They kindly bought us all a drink!!)


Members who joined the day were Michael & Linda Cardell (Bromley) David & Helen Brenchley (Ashford Kent) David & Kim Davies (Hemel Hempstead), Kevin Galway (Seaford) and Martin & Jenny Garrad (Burgess Hill).


Martin Garrad

Membership Secretary

July 2018

UK Barchetta Owners Club

Summer Meeting 2018, Peak District

A fantastic event!

A record turnout of barchettas, new and existing members, fantastic drives through the beautiful Peak District, the best weather and good times with friends, new and old.  What more could we have wished for? 


UK Owners Club Members, Chris and Dorothy Pearce, organised this superb event.  Their write-up makes great reading:

So after all the planning, agonising and finger crossing, for once the weather cooperated and it turned out to be the best weekend of the year so far. Endless blue skies, perfect for top down motoring and the Derbyshire countryside at its most picturesque. A total of 21 cars attended, a wonderful turnout, with members driving from all corners of the country. The Sheffield Park Hilton Hotel had really pushed out the (little) boat for us and we arrived to be shown to our private car parking. It was so nice to see all the Barchettas together and shining in the late afternoon sun. Check in formalities completed ‘Scuderia Barchetta’ all arrived for pre dinner drinks on the hotel terrace with friends old and new, and so the meeting began.

Day 1 - Friday 29th June

There was a fairly early ‘reveille’ since we were expected at Chatsworth House for a ‘before hours’ private tour.  The exterior of the house, following the recent major refurbishment, looked stunning with the honey coloured stone facades and the sun glinting on the painstakingly installed gold leaf. Again, we had a private parking area and the cars formed up to the delight and interest of members of the public. We met up with our tour guides and spent two hours exploring the house and garden. There were some fascinating exhibits and artworks, both ancient and modern, in the collection amassed by the Dukes of Devonshire. The garden, with its input from various designers including Thomas Paxton and ‘Capability’ Brown, is also undergoing a sensitive programme of restructuring and upgrading. The rock garden, with immense rocks and stones balanced and supported at seemingly impossible angles was greatly admired. Given the current water shortages we were also fortunate to see the ‘Emperor’  fountain – once the tallest gravity fed water feature in Europe.


A welcome lunch was taken by all in the Carriage restaurant, the former stables, we then left Chatsworth with a last ‘over the shoulder’ admiring glance. The afternoon was spent exploring some of the prettier villages.  Many had ‘Well Dressing’ displays crafted by volunteers and local schoolchildren. We then arrived in the market town of Bakewell, home of the famous pudding, where there was an opportunity for a wander, before returning to the hotel.

Day 2 - Saturday 30th June

This morning, our first ‘port of call’ was the Derwent Dams, known for their association with RAF 617 Squadron, the famous ‘Dam Busters’. The surrounding river valleys and dam structures were used for training the aircrews in the precise manoeuvres required to deliver the innovative ‘bouncing bomb’ designed by Sir Barnes Wallis. Although the subsequent mission to destroy the dams in the industrial heartland of the Ruhr valley was considered a success, Wallis was said to have been devastated by the loss of aircrew who failed to return. Today, the peaceful and beautiful surroundings provide the ideal backdrop for quiet, private thought.


On the way to Ladybower reservoir we passed by a famous local viewpoint near Hathersage known as  ‘The Surprise’, supposedly named by Queen Victoria after she ordered her coachman to stop so that she could take in the exceptional scenery. Unfortunately, a motorist had been so surprised they had gone straight on at the bend and knocked the wall down. We then had the opportunity for some more ‘enthusiastic’ driving as the ‘Scuderia’ ascended the Snake Pass. To see the Barchettas and their drivers being (safely) extended was a joy. At the regroup point we had the almost surreal experience of being ‘invaded’ by a coach load of excitable Chinese tourists who took great pleasure in posing for endless photographs with our cars.  We then carried on to an exceptional driving road which descends in to the valley of Edale, with truly spectacular views.


Lunch in the garden at the aptly named ‘Travellers Rest’ and back to the hotel. The AGM then took place, with some lively discussion, followed by a short presentation by Lloyd Powell – a Sheffield University lecturer – who gave us his often very amusing take on the legend of Robin Hood (a local lad). There were some funny moments during the speeches and presentations at the final dinner. ‘Best Car’ was awarded to John and Anne Wright with the ‘Could do Better’ accolade (together with a car cleaning kit) going to Helen Robbins and Tony Barnes. Thanks and gifts were given to this year’s organisers, Chris and Dorothy Pearce.

Day 3 - Sunday 1st July

Another glorious day! We left for a short scenic drive which climbed the hill through the village of Great Hucklow to follow an old drovers road the course of which follows the escarpment with truly exceptional views on both sides. The brightly coloured ‘snake’ of Barchettas gleaming in the sunshine looked magnificent.  We descended in to the village of Eyam which gains its macabre fame from a selfless act by the villagers in the 17th century after the arrival of the Plague from London, supposedly in a box of cloth delivered to the local tailor, George Vicars. Under the guidance of their Pastor, Reverend William Mompesson, the village voluntarily isolated itself to avoid the spread of the dreaded disease. In the sleepy sunshine it was difficult to comprehend what had taken place in this peaceful spot. We then carried on through Stoney Middleton, which, with its rock formations, is reminiscent of a ‘mini’ version of the Cheddar Gorge visited in last year’s Devon Meet. Then a scenic and exhilarating drive, time to extend our lovely cars (and ourselves) for a last time before returning to the hotel for lunch and farewells.The exceptional weather, the friendly and fun Barchetta family and the backdrop of the Peak District scenery had all contributed to a hugely enjoyable weekend.


Thanks everyone –you’re all stars!

Chris and Dorothy Pearce

July 2018


Scuderia Barchetta

Memories of the Summer Meeting - member photos

(send yours for inclusion!)

UK Barchetta Club Annual Meeting 2017 

A great time was had by all at this year's annual event with record numbers attending  Fantastic drives through the south west region in glorious weather, followed by lovely meals and social time!


There's an album of photos in the Gallery tab - please send yours for inclusion!  


International Club Meeting, Germany May 2017

Feldberg, Germany

We are grateful to UK club member Sandy Ranson for producing this account of the recent International meeting organised by the Barchetta Club Deutschland to which 11 of our members, in six cars, attended. 


We have been asked to organise an international meeting in the UK and are thinking about this potentially for 2019 - volunteers for the organising committee please step forward!


A total of 6 Barchettas from the UK made the journey over to the Black Forest region of Germany for this international meeting, hosted and organised by the Deutschland Barchetta Club. This represented the highest number of UK registered cars at any of the international Barchetta club meetings -  well done team GB! Our group was proud to note that we outnumbered representatives from France, Switzerland and the Netherlands and it was certainly appreciated by our hosts that so many of us had made the effort to cross the channel. One of our members received a special mention during the final evening's celebrations, for having travelled the furthest distance to attend. UK member Ross Williams had made a journey of over 1000km.  


Day 1: Thursday 25/5/17

This day marked the official start of the international meeting. Some UK cars travelled in convoy and others travelled separately via different routes on the day, arriving at the Hotel Feldberger Hof in Schwarzwald by mid-afternoon. There were well over 60 cars at the meeting and hence, it was a logistical feat of organisation to book everyone in. Some much needed refreshment was quickly sought out at the hotel bar, once everyone had settled into their rooms in this family orientated ski-hotel.


Day 2: Friday 26/5/17

Following a buffet breakfast, there was an opportunity to renew acquaintances for some and make new friends for others. It is fair to say, that the British lack of facility with modern foreign languages was somewhat in evidence! However, this did nothing to dampen our enthusiasm for meeting and greeting our fellow Barchetta owners or indeed, admiring the range and variety of Barchettas assembled there. Cars of every imaginable shade were in evidence, including some customised examples (metallic paintwork, vinyl wraps, personalised accessories etc.)  Following the  pre-drive briefing, we set off in convoy to drive through the beautiful wooded countryside, taking in view points along the way. The scenery was spectacular and the Italian system of using successive cars to mark each route change throughout the drive, worked very smoothly. Great fun was had by all with lots of waving and hooting along the way. After lunch, the journey continued to the Rothaus brewery, which is notably situated at a higher altitude than any other brewery in Europe. The detailed tour culminated with the traditional tasting - much welcome on a hot afternoon. The return drive to the hotel was equally smooth and again, we were treated to some wonderful views along the way.


Day 3: Saturday 27/5/17

There was a slightly earlier start for this full day of driving through the northern part of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) - yet again, our hosts had organised a superb route and the scenery was breathtaking. The weather was hot and sunny throughout the whole weekend - plenty of sunscreen required!  After a coffee stop, we travelled on to a small folk museum and traditional smoke house with plenty of hams in evidence. A lively lunch ensured, with range of cured meats and cheese followed by a scenic drive back to the hotel.


For the final evening, dinner was in an adjacent restaurant to the hotel. Speeches of thanks were made by the various national groups and gifts exchanged (many thanks to Phil and Linda Healey for organising all the gifts from the UK group).


Jorg from the Barchetta-club Deutschland was congratulated on being voted president of the German club. Unbeknown to the rest of us - our membership secretary Martin Garrad had planned a little surprise for Jorg with an 'unexpected express delivery' from Buckingham Palace, of a commemorative OBE signed by Her Majesty. Jorg was suitably impressed!


The festivities continued into the evening with a cabaret much enjoyed by the audience. A great way to relax and celebrate an excellent weekend with the Barchetta family.


Day 4: Sunday 28/5/17

After breakfast and check out, there was the usual photo-call with the assembled Barchettas looking very impressive in the sunshine. Time to say Goodbye, Farewell, Au Revoir, Ciao, Auf Wiedersehen and hit the road for the return journey to the UK.  Five  of the UK cars then travelled in convoy on a long and hot journey over the Vosges mountains and on to Reims, for an overnight stop. Our final (al fresco) meal was enjoyed in the environs of Reims cathedral and provided an opportunity to relax and unwind before the final leg of the journey back across the channel the next day.


Huge thanks to the German organising team of Baumi, Frank, Verena, Christian, Petra ,Michael and Carola - they did a great job!


Sandy and Paul Ranson.


Post-script: -We have been asked to organise an international meeting in the UK and are thinking about this potentially for 2019 - volunteers for the organising committee please step forward!

AutoItalia Day at Brooklands Museum - 29 April 2017

AutoItalia Day at Brooklands Museum took place on Saturday 29th April.  One of the biggest events of the year at Brooklands celebrating the UK’s obsession with all things Italian. This was Auto Italia’s 32nd Spring Gathering - the UK’s first and finest all-Italian car event. The site was bursting with all types of Italian cars (and a few motorbikes)!


I went along in my barchetta with myself and my car mad grandson.  We parked in the area set aside for Italian cars and were delighted to spot at least 10 other Barchettas. (And their crews!).


Martin Garrad

UK Barchetta Club Annual Meeting - 29 June to 2 July 2017

2017 event

Members are invited to join the registration list for the annual meeting.  At this early stage we already have ten cars registered. Further interest has been expressed by another 20 members.

This year the event is proposed for three nights, although members may join us for two if preferred.  As many members will be travelling a considerable distance to join the event  you may consider three nights makes good sense.  

The trip begins on Thursday 29th June with a night in the Webbington Hotel with spa, just south of Bristol, close to the M5 and includes dinner.  Arrive early to enjoy the free pool and spa.

Friday 30th, the planned trip is to drive through Cheddar Gorge (missing the sheep and tourists) and onto The Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford on the A303 for lunch. We will then drive to Exeter via the Blackdown Hills, to arrive at the Devon Hotel in Matford. Dinner at the hotel will be included. 

On Saturday 1st July we drive through the Dartmoor National Park (again avoiding the sheep) then stopping in the Tavistock area for lunch and onto the Barnstaple Hotel in Barnstaple for the night, again dinner will be included.

On Sunday 2nd July we will drive along the A39 (supposedly one of the best drives in England) stopping at various locations to admire the views. We will stop for lunch and the meeting will conclude.

The average driving distance per day will be in the region of 100 miles.

The cost for a double/twin will be approx. £ 500 inclusive of rooms, breakfasts and dinners per couple, excluding your booze!!

If you are interested in joining please contact Martin Garrad (barchettaclubmem@btinternet.comand your details will be passed to the trip organisers; Martin Johnson and John Capon.

Silverstone Classic 28-30 July 2017

2017 event - 28-30 July

Jane and Richard Keogh visited the Silverstone Classic event this year and had a fantastic time; you can read about their experience in the article below.  At least two barchettas are going to this year's event on the Saturday.  If you are also interested in going please book tickets using the link below.  It’s an event for the whole family and provides the ultimate annual celebration of classic cars. 

Silverstone Classic July 2016 -  a fantastic event!

by Richard Keogh

This year, I was treated to a day at the Silverstone Classic with Jane. The packed weekend of the Silverstone Classic provided spectacular classic motor racing on the world famous circuit, impressive track parades, infield displays from over 100 car clubs (we could be there next year folks!) featuring more than 10,000 classic cars, plus interactive driving activities and dynamic demonstrations. 


There was plenty of non-car entertainment to enjoy too, with live music from headline acts The Boomtown Rats and The Stranglers, aerial displays, a vintage fun fair, and a shopping village. 


On the day we visited there were 11 races to watch plus other driving sessions:


Morning 09:00 - 13:10
Race 1: Commander Yorke Trophy For Historic Formula Junior

Race 2: Stirling Moss Trophy For Pre '61 Sports Cars 

Race 3: Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy For Historic Cars (Pre '63 GT)

Race 4: Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy For Pre '56 Sports Cars Presented By Jaguar

Session: Legends Of Modern Formula One


Afternoon 14:10 - 21:00
Race 5: FIA Masters Historic Formula One

Race 6: JET Super Touring Car Trophy Session: 90s Endurance Legends

Race 7: Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge

Race 8: Maserati Trophy For HGPCA Pre '66 Grand Prix Cars

Race 9: FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars

Race 10: International Trophy For Classic GT Cars (Pre '66)

Race 11: Group C

Annual Club meeting 24 -26 June 2016 - Amersham

This year's annual UK Club Meeting weekend took place on the 24-26th of June in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire.


A huge thanks to Colin & Denise for organising a thoroughly successful club weekend, with more members attending than in recent years.   A great time was had by all, with interesting visits and wonderful drives through the local countryside, including celebrity spotting! (Photographs of the event will follow)


Members enjoyed:

  • A guided historic walk through the old town before an evening meal

  • Exploring the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and probably the last chance you will have before they start building the High Speed Rail Link straight through it!

  • A visit to a picturesque retirement home for horses

  • An invitation to 'drop it down a cog' and roar up Aston Hill (observing the highway code of course) venue for a noted hill climb event of the 1920s and inspiration for the name of the famous Aston Martin car company

  • A visit to Royal Air Force Halton House, a Rothschild built country house and now an operational officers' mess and the location for many of your favourite films! This venue is not usually open to the public, but for us, as well as a house tour there was the opportunity to park in front of this magnificent building for photos.

Mid-Sussex Day Drive 28 May 2016

Thanks to those intrepid few who joined the Mid Sussex Day Drive on Saturday 28th May. We had a total of six cars meet near Brighton for a farmhouse breakfast before undertaking an exhilarating top down spin (not literally) through the lanes and villages from Pyecombe to Ditchling, Danehill, Ardingly, Balcombe, Handcross and many more. We stopped to see the grave of Lord Nelson’s Sister, to add a little edification to the occasion, just before completing the day with a pleasant pub lunch. Two local members Paul Martin and Kevin Galway joined Andy Weeks all the way from Bristol, Chris Rocker and Sharon from Bournemouth and Kim and David Davies from Hemel Hempstead. The weather was, eventually, fine!


Martin & Jenny Garrad

Monthly Vintage and Classic car meeting - Plough Inn, Ripple Kent

Geoff Norton is the contact and would be happy to assist in finding, joining and taking part in this monthly event.


"The number of classic/vintage car and bikes attending has been increasing lately so plenty to see and friendly company. I always get questions about the Barchetta and most people are interested in what is becoming a rare car."  Geoff Norton Jan 2018

Club Meeting in France September 2015

For the second time this year, UK Barchetta car club members enjoyed an excellent club meeting. Following on from the very successful Yorkshire weekend in June, this slightly extended meeting saw 7 Barchettas getting together for some serious driving and sight-seeing as we headed down to the Charente-Maritîme region of France. The meeting was organised and facilitated by club members Jerry and Hilary Larthe de Langladure who are local residents - huge thanks to them for all their hard work in making this trip so enjoyable.


Day 1: Five Barchettas and their passengers met at Newhaven on 23 September for the cross channel ferry to Dieppe. Our destination was Angoulême with an overnight stop in Chateauroux on the way. For this first stop, we stayed at a lovely family-run guest house on the outskirts of the small town. Our host prepared a delicious evening meal which was served in a family setting at one large round table in very stylish surroundings and was just what we all needed after a long day's travelling.


Day 2: - Weather was fair and we had time to explore the local town with its pretty shops and cobbled streets. There were references to WW2 resistance activity in the town and some interesting 18th and 19th century buildings. After a quick lunch, we started on the second leg of the journey and headed off for Angoulême. We arrived in good time thanks to sat-nav (and passenger map-reading skills!) and spotted hosts Jerry and Hilary outside the hotel as we drove up - perfect timing! After check-in and time to unpack - we headed off for aperitifs and the customary Italian meal, out of respect for our Barchetta heritage. In the restaurant we met up with another club member, who had travelled separately via the Cherbourg ferry, thus completing our party of 7 cars and 13 club members for this trip.


Day 3 - Beautiful drive through the rolling countryside as we headed over to Brantôme, known as the Venice of Perigord, via a coffee stop in La Tour Blanche, a typical Charentais village, where we had the first photoshoot (of many). Parking up near the riverside in Brantôme we were intrigued to spot another Barchetta in the car-park. It had obviously been there a while, so probably hadn't made an appearance just in our honour. For the style-conscious, it was a fetching shade of teal and would certainly have added something to our line up!

After an excellent al fresco lunch by the river, we drove on to visit the Chateau De La Rochefoucauld. This was particularly interesting as the chateau houses archived documents dating back hundreds of years, all neatly kept in numbered boxes. The evening was spent back in Angoulême. We really enjoyed this vibrant and exciting town with lots of street music, bars and restaurants and another good evening was had by all.


Day 4 - Again - we enjoyed the beautiful 'top-down' weather that was to characterise our whole trip. We took a scenic drive to Cognac through the vineyards, and more pretty villages criss-crossing the Charente river. We arrived at Domaine Remy Martin where our guide Margot gave us a very informative and interesting tour of the domaine. We sampled two cognacs (unfortunately not the Louis Treize at +6000€ per bottle!) accompanied by canapes made by their personal chef ... lovely. After lunch in Cognac we drove west to the Île d'Oleron - where we were able to walk along the seashore and enjoy visiting the port and fish market. Again - a superb evening meal was enjoyed by all on the last evening of our organised trip.


Day 5 - Fond farewells and a final car photo-shoot after breakfast and then return journeys began - 5 cars drove up to the north of the island where we swapped 4 wheels for 2 legs and walked along the coast and and up to the lighthouse. Views from the top of the lighthouse were spectacular and everyone enjoyed the fresh air and chance to stretch our legs before making the return journey. This time our overnight stop-over was based just outside Angers.


Day 6 - Angers is the central town in Anjou and proved to be fascinating. There was time in the morning to walk around the historic centre of the town and to visit the cathedral and the 12th century castle with its 17 towers, roof gardens and vineyard and stunning Tapestry of the Apocalypse which is housed in an extensive hall. It was a real privilege to see this amazing piece of history.Our 5 cars made perfect time in reaching Dieppe for the return ferry back to the UK.


This was a very memorable trip continuing the high standard set by the UK Barchetta club members. Thank you once again to Jerry and Hilary for their superb organisation and to everyone for their friendship and contribution to making this a great trip away. We're already looking forward to next year's ventures!


Webmaster Note:

With many thanks to Sandy & Paul Ranson who wrote the visit report and to all the photographers who provided a wealth of pictures of which we can only show you a few.

International Meeting July 2015 - Italy

Day 1. After a 2 day drive and 850 miles, we arrived in Modena the night before the meeting. (Check out Hotel Costello on trip advisor, fabulous place and great value)


Day 2. As soon as we arrived at the restaurant in Marenello and met the Italian crews that had driven up from Rome and Naples, we enjoyed the Ferraris being tested along the highway, so we knew we were in for a good time. We had a superb lunch followed by a visit to the Ferrari museum, then a drive in convoy to the hotel (minimum speeds of 70 mph!) on the shores of lake Garda. Dinner of unlimited pizza and beer before late bedtime.


Day 3. Up for a 9 am Briefing - the convoy of now around 80 cars drive right into the centre of Verona, Piazza Bra - what a magnificent sight - made even better when our friends from Holland and Germany arrived making a line up of now 100 Barchettas. Great photo opportunity for many tourists of all nationalities curious as to the car and its history . We flew the Union Jack with great pride.


Day 4. Another early briefing, then " make your own way" to Torino, 3.5 hours away down a very fast moving motorway. Joined a small convoy "cruising" at 90mph on the motorway - hair raising! Then to the old Fiat Lingotto factory, now a hotel, for a drive up onto the famous rooftop test track, sadly no longer used. The drive up much like that of a multi storey car park was exhilarating in itself but the view from the top was second to none and another photo opportunity. From there all 100 cars now moved across Turin City, in the rush hour and 34 degrees of heat, to Hotel Art Olympic, where it became a work of art to fit us all into the underground car park! Evening meal outside on rooftop, great food, but very late, and up again early tomorrow!


Day 5. Another early briefing. Organisers abandoned the usual convoy system due to so many cars, so those with a "navigator" (Sat Nav) told to use it! We Followed a small group to the Museo Automobili i Torino - fabulous- interactive! Then after lunch off to Piazza Vitoria in Torino for another exhibition of cars, and 1.5 hours free time. That evening was a gala dinner in a Riverside Restaurant in Turin - it was amazing what evening clothes people produced from the boot of their Barchettas! Guests of honour were the three ex-Fiat Design team who designed the BARCHETTA and who signed autographs all night like rock stars.


Day 6. Last day of the trip. Briefing at 9.30 then off (by navigator) to "Centro storico fiat" in Torino, a great little fiat museum, including cars, boats, planes. Finally off to Mirafiori motor village for a final lunch with our new "amici Italiani", followed by two laps of the test track following a 595 Abarth! By then it was late afternoon, so after our goodbyes we set off for SUSA in the Italian Alps, then a further two days through France to the joys of Calais and the port workers strike! But a wonderful trip with lifetime memories of the heat, food and mad Italians in their Barchettas!

A great celebration of the "little boat " we all love.

Philip Healey




Annual UK Club Meeting 26 - 28 June 2015

Friday 26th June saw 12 Barchettas and their crews (20 all told) gather together at the Holiday Inn near Wakefield. After freshening up, we congregated in the hotel bar to meet friends old and new until our transport arrived to take us to dinner at Miller’s Restaurant in Ossett. The restaurant is attached to the Brewer’s Pride traditional real ale pub which has a large selection of beers to choose from - these went down well particularly with the men in the group! After an excellent dinner, we returned to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep ready for the main event the following day.


Saturday morning was sunny and warm, definitely top-down barchetta weather. Our convoy (flotilla?) of little boats made the five mile trip to the National Coal Mining Museum for England at the former Caphouse Colliery which ceased production in 1985. After being kitted out with hard hats and safety lights, all but two of the group made the 140 metre descent into the mine in the cramped “cage”. All the tour guides at the Museum are former miners, all have a very dry Yorkshire sense of humour and all have appropriate nicknames; our guide was Trevor, initials TC, so is nicknamed “Top Cat”, while another who had an unfortunate accident underground is called “Kebab” (he commented that his daughter wasn’t impressed “… her name is Donna”). During the 90 minute tour, Trevor was a “mine” of information (sorry!) about how hard life was underground in the early 1800s when whole families worked together, including children from the age of 5 upwards. He explained how mining is the origin of several everyday phrases, for example “shut your trap”, “not worth a light” and “falling off the perch”. The tour moves forward through the 1800s into the 1900s and ends with the massive modern machinery which took a lot of the back-breaking manual work off the miners. We emerged from the darkness of the mine into brilliant sunshine and then had an impressive lunch/afternoon tea in the Museum’s café - every car took away a “doggy box” containing all the cakes which we couldn’t eat.


After a 30 minute drive through some beautiful West Yorkshire countryside, our next visit was to The Carding Shed and Oil Can Café at Hepworth near Holmfirth. This quirky venue, formerly a large textile mill, has something for everyone. There’s a classic car restoration workshop, a small display of interesting vehicles and motoring memorabilia, shops selling arts, crafts and retro clothing and of course the eponymous Oil Can Café itself. After an hour or so here, we left in convoy back to the hotel. Dinner on Saturday evening was at the superb Bella Roma Italian restaurant in Wakefield - it was just a pity that we couldn’t take the barchettas to show to Felice, the restaurant’s very enthusiastic owner.


On Sunday morning our convoy made its way through varied scenery - rolling green hills and vales and barren moorland - to Holmfirth Vineyard. You would probably expect a visit to a coal mine in Yorkshire, but a vineyard? Once again, our tour guide Luke had a typically droll sense of humour - many of us thought he could have a second career as a stand-up comedian. Luke was very enthusiastic and informative about the vineyard and by the end of the tour we all wanted to meet the mysterious “man from Luxembourg”! Moving indoors he told us all about the production and bottling process, and then it was time to taste the wines themselves. Everyone was surprised by how good the Yorkshire wines were and most people bought at least one bottle to take home. Lunch was in the vineyard’s restaurant with its impressive panoramic view over the Holme Valley. All too soon it was time for the Meeting to end and for everyone to say their goodbyes before setting off for home.


Jenny and I would like to thank everyone who attended the Meeting for making it such a memorable weekend - even the Yorkshire weather behaved itself! We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2016.

Steve Auty & Jenny King


The Day Meet at Elveden 12 October 2014

Paul is Very Pleased to announce that the re-scheduled summer day meeting went ahead on Sunday 12 October. Seven cars, including 4 new recruits, completed the 50 mile trip taking in parts of Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. It was great to welcome several new members to the Barchetta owners' club. The day started at Elveden and covered Thetford Forest and parts of the Cambridgeshire levels, passing through Brandon, Mundford, Lakenheath and Lode, where the journey concluded at the National Trust's Anglesey Abbey.


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