The roots of Italian racing car and road car maker Abarth extend right back to the birth of its founder Carlo Abarth, 110 years ago. Best known for its hot Fiats, the company was re-established as a separate entity under Fiat ownership back in 2007, and since then its popularity has continued to soar. To prove the point, an Abarth Day was launched in 2016, and its 2018 equivalent was the biggest yet.
In 2016 the event was run on the same day across four locations, but for 2018, a series of meetings took place between May and October. These took place at seven circuits across Europe – Salzburgring in Austria, Ouest Parisien in France, Circuito Vasco Sameiro in Portugal, Ascari Circuit Malaga in Spain, Driving Center Baden in Germany, Autodromo Vallelunga in Italy and Rockingam in the United Kingdom.
Over 4000 enthusiasts came together at the seven locations, completing over 3000 test drives both on the road and track in the new Abarth 124 spider and Abarth 595 models. There was also room for parades of iconic classic Abarth vehicles, DJ sets, gaming areas and acrobatic and stunt displays, the pinnacle of which saw Alastair Moffatt – who recently set a new Guinness World Record in the Abarth 124 spider by completing the fastest figure-of-eight five times – perform at the UK event at Rockingham.
The days also celebrated the growing Abarth community in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This has expanded from 39 to 58 official clubs in just over a year, bringing together over 100,000 members of ‘The Scorpionship’.