2019 FIAT FreakOut

TGR Staff

FIAT Club America is preparing to host its 36th annual “FIAT FreakOut” (FFO) national convention from July 10 – 14 in Greensboro, North Carolina. This year’s event also coincides with the 120th anniversary of FIAT and the 70th anniversary of Abarth high-performance vehicles.

Building off of last year’s event, which was one of the most highly attended national conventions in FIAT Club America’s history, this year’s FFO promises to be an action-packed four-day adventure.

Located amongst the rolling hills of the Carolina Piedmont and halfway between the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains, the luxurious Grandover Resort in Greensboro will provide a stunning backdrop for FIAT Club America’s signature event.

“This year is special as it marks the 120th anniversary of the FIAT brand and the 70th anniversary of Abarth,” said Doug Von Koenig, president of FIAT Club America. “Our close family of FIAT owners are passionate about the brand’s Italian-designed, fun-to-drive vehicles and we’re looking forward to reuniting and celebrating the occasion.”

Created and executed by FIAT enthusiasts, the FFO event is a fun-filled, annual four-day event that rotates throughout the country on an annual basis. This year's event is scheduled to include a full autocross course for owners to show off their vehicles and driving skills, as well as an opportunity for members to run their street or race cars on the world-famous Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

Other highlights will include taking a scenic road trip to the Richard Petty Museum, as well as a visit to the historic town of Winston-Salem.

Members will also be treated to a drive-in movie under the stars for an outdoor screening of the 1969 classic “The Italian Job,” with commentary and introduction by original stunt driver Phil Wicks. In addition, members will have the opportunity to head down to the historic Bowman Gray quarter-mile oval track, NASCAR’S first and longest running weekly track since 1949, in downtown Winston-Salem to take in Saturday Night at the Races, featuring Modified, Sportsman, Street Stock, and Stadium Stock racing.

The weekend’s main event, the Concorso Di Eleganza vintage car display located on the grounds of the Grandover Resort, will take place on Saturday, July 13. The event will be followed by a banquet and award ceremony that will highlight show awards and special recognition.

Previous events have featured new and classic FIAT vehicles from far and wide, including a 1952 Fiat 500c Topolino, 1977 Lancia Scorpion, 1984 Pininfarina Spider Volumex, 1986 Bertone X 1/9 Dallarlra, a highly modified 2008 Fiat 500 Abarth Meifestofile and an original factory-raced Fiat Abarth 131 rally car to name a few.

Also, continuing an FFO tradition, at the conclusion of this year’s members banquet, the club will announce the location of the 2020 FIAT FreakOut event.

Owners and participants who are interested in attending have until June 10 to register. Full details are available at FiatClubAmerica.com.