Second Thursday of the month can only mean one thing to the lovers of Italian cars: Ace Cafe beckons. After the rather chilly meeting in March, most of which was also after darkness fell, anticipations were high that the extra hours of daylight would make the April gathering even more enjoyable.
Enthusiasm for this event is growing among the Abarthisti, and it was clear from the postings there that we would be putting on a good show. Even so, I think we were all surprised that when we counted the cars, there were 23 Abarths on site for most of the evening. Allowing for a couple of early departures and late arrivals, this means that even more than 23 cars participated. The furthest had come from Doncaster (and he was the first to arrive!), but with two from Staffordshire and one from South Wales, this was not just for locals (and as I was coming from Central London, I have to count as sort of local, I guess). There was a good mix of 500s, Grande Puntos and Punto Evos.
I don’t seem to have taken any pictures. There were a few cars, ranging from a 1950s Giulietta Coupe, through a few 145/146s, a couple of 155s to a 166, and a particularly sonorous 147 GTA.
If the A112 was the rarest, the one that everyone loved probably way beyond its actual talent was this, a Pantera.
Consensus among the Abarthisti was that this was a fun evening, and I completely agree. It was.