As I mentioned in my blog on June 4th, Safford FIAT of Fredericksburg is SOOO excited to have the FIAT FreakOut 2012 right in our own backyard this year – at the Wintergreen Resort, near Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 2 – 5.
If you’re a FIAT lover – and who isn’t – this weekend is a hard one to pass up.
Well, the news only gets better. Your Fredericksburg FIAT Dealer is now giving you a chance to experience the FIAT FreakOut weekend on us. Spend the weekend with your favorite four-wheeled friend, meet tons of other FIAT enthusiasts, tour the Virginia countryside, test your driving skills on the Virginia International Raceway…. and much more.
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August 2 – Fiat FreakOut “Driven” Track Day kicks off the FreakOut weekend featuring a special Phil Wick’s Driving Academy at Virginia International Raceway just for Fiat/Lancia/Alfa owners! Legendary Abarth racer Phil Wicks has graduated over 10,000 driving school students and will personally train you. Get the most out of your Fiat and your driving skills with the best in the business. Three levels of training will be available: Novice, Intermediate and Expert. Take a look at this video from inside the car, at the VIR South Course:
There will even be an awards ceremony — medallions for Solo I Time Trials winners, certificates for all driving academy students, and a trophy presentation to the winner of the race at 5:00 pm.
For those who cannot attend, or who are not interested in the race academy, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Crash Test Facility will be conducting tours from 10:30 – 2pm.
Later that evening there will be a ‘meet and greet’ patio reception at Wintergreen, where you can check out the incoming cars and meet old Fiat friends – or make some new ones.
August 3 – IAP Open House!
International Auto Parts is having an open house at their facility in Charlottesville. See all the latest items for your Fiat, Lancia or Alfa Romeo. Meet the IAP team and see product demos, technical sessions and special displays, from 11 – 2pm.
Blue Ridge Friday Afternoon Drive (60 miles total):
Get ready to drive some of the finest roads in North America! You’ll take the long way home from Charlottesville with a spectacular drive amid the Blue Ridge Mountains! The entire run is 60 miles long. You’ll be back at Wintergreen Resort about 4 PM, just in time for a dip at the pool, zip line run or mountain tube slide before the evening activities get underway.
Welcome Party Friday Night at WGR Terrace:
Fiat FreakOut proudly welcomes Fiat USA, the FLU Membership, sponsors and guests for a big party on the patio! Cocktail/social hour starts at 6 PM, dinner begins at 7 PM.
Once again after dinner this year FLU will be playing their traditional “Italian Job Movie” (1969) starring Michael Caine and their very own Phil Wicks on the Wintergreen terrace stage. There will also be a kid’s movie (Cars 2) so the grown-ups will have some quality time out. FLU will provide a babysitter during the movie.
August 4 – The FFO12 Saturday Concours will be held at the recreational area lower parking lot of Wintergreen Resort just a two-minute drive from hotel rooms. The Blue Ridge Mountains will be a backdrop for traditional panoramic photo by Jean Paul Harris.
Saturday Afternoon Drive
After the concours you can take an “al fresco” drive from 2 PM to 4 PM to cool off. The route is an awesome blend of some of the best back roads in the country.
FFO12 Awards Banquet
Saturday night at FreakOut means something very special is going to happen, and FFO12 will be no exception! Stay tuned for a very special guest speaker to address the FLU membership! The traditional FFO Banquet will start at 6 PM with a cocktail reception at the Wintergreen ballroom. FLU has also arranged for a babysitter to take care of young children during the evening starting at 6p.m. The wonderful all you-can-eat buffet dinner starts at 7 PM and is a fun-filled evening. It gets underway with a traditional trivia contest. Compete with other tables for bragging rights and prizes. During the cocktail hour and dinner, silent auction goods will be on display and available for bidding.
Saturday Night FFO12 Parking lot
The hallmark of any FFO is quality parking lot time late in the evening. After the banquet, it’s your opportunity to just hang out and talk Fiats! What could be better? Relax, let your hair down! Lee & the Chi-FLU guys will be stirring up Margaritas in the Fiat 131 wagon again! The evening is all yours!
August 5 – Sunday Breakfast & Raffle Prize awards
After the big day on Saturday, sit down to a delicious breakfast buffet starting at 9 a.m. at the Wintergreen Skyline Ball Ballroom. Vendors may be open from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. just to give you some end-of-show bargains and special deals.
Sunday Drive to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home
Got a nickel in your pocket? Take a look at Monticello on the back of the coin. That’s where you’ll be going! Thomas Jefferson wrote America’s Declaration of Independence and was our 3rd President of the United States, serving from 1801 to 1809. He was the founder of the University of Virginia and his home in Monticello is a national treasure. Take a beautiful Sunday drive after breakfast to his home in Charlottesville.
Sunday Evening at WGR:
Join everyone for an informal Sunday evening dinner at WGR’s Coppermine Restaurant as FFO12 closes out for another year.
Are you sitting in your FIAT right now, reading all the weekend’s happenings to your baby? Then this is the contest for you!
THIS COULD BE YOU!!!!!
‘People let me tell you ’bout my best friend…..’
We want to know what makes your FIAT so special and why the two of you deserve to go to FIAT FreakOut 2012. Be as creative as you’d like – write a story, make a video, take pictures – do whatever you think it will take to get you to the finish line.
We’ll have a Grand Prize Winner, and a Runner Up – both prizes are awesome, so now’s the time to pull-out those rusty 11th grade creative writing skills.
To enter, you can post your story in the comments section of this blog – we will not publicize your story until the end of the contest.
Our Contest will officially end at midnight on July 10th, and then our team at Safford Fiat of Fredericksburg will narrow the competition down to five entries. We will then post them on the blog and let you all decide who gets to…..FREAKOUT!
“In bocca al lupo!!”
4535 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA
540 898 7200 / 800 904 4977