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WHAT a hotel, lovely guys, and look at their lovely motorbike collection wow!

I have been visiting a lovely town in the north of Italy called Fiorenzuola d’ Arda quite often recently. As it is a fairly long drive from Roma (about 500km each way) I prefer to stay overnight a and just look at the lovely hotel I found https://www.mathis.it/en/

The Hotel Mathis is an amazing find! The service is really something from the old days, friendly and welcoming. All of the staff are really kind and seem to enjoy meeting folks so I was made to feel at home straight away and the beer is good too, as well as the EXCELLENT food.

When I returned very late one night after attending a basketball match and then dinner with the team there was a graduation party in full swing, I was not tired so I stayed up for a couple of beers. And chatting to the hotel owners, a lovely young couple, he then took me to view his collection of motorbikes and here below is a selection wowowowowowow, I could not believe my eyes!!

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Have a look at this lovely little classic car…..

You may love or even hate the original Fiat 500, but you cannot deny that they form a part of the European motoring heritage. When Italy came out of the Second World War, the first cheap and mass-produced contribution to get the Italians mobile again was possibly Piaggio with their little mopeds, and then Fiat with their small cars.

The original Fiat 500 was introduced in 1957, see this excellent Wikipedia article for the full story https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_500 and was a truly amazing achievement. Today in 2020 you can still find these cars but accidents, rust and age have of course taken their toll.

Recently a mate of mine asked me to advertise his 500 for sale, so I put it on Ebay UK as although the car left hand drive, there are many UK collectors looking for these fairly rare cars and as very few were made in rhd they are prepared to purchase the lhd cars as well.

This all happened at about the time that this terrible virus closed down Italy and of course Europe, so a potential customer John was unable to fly over to see the car and instead asked me for many many photographs, which I supplied. Transport was of course the next problem and I found to my suprise that a freight ship sails from Salerno to the UK every week, and it takes about a week to arrive. We asked for a quote and the price is fairly reasonable, so if our UK mate John decides to go ahead then I will take some pics when we take the little car to meet the rather large ship!!! Watch this space.

UPDATE! I eventually submitted the car to Catawiki and she is sold.

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You just godda see what this man can do with a damaged car or van or whatever…….

I recently started a part time job at a local bodyshop. My mates are convinced that my lady pays him to pay me just to get me out of the house, which of course could be true but I don’t really care cos the experience is amazing.

Mr Cioffi has been plying his trade in the Ravello area for about 45 years and he is still going strong at almost 70. He is one of the few remaining craftsmen true to that name and he has repaired more cars than I have had hot dinners for sure. Now I am starting to understand something of what he does, I help out in the office, collecting and delivering cars and customers as well as visiting scrap yards to collect spares.

His work has changed dramatically over the years, he tells me. In the old days his customers used to keep their cars for many many years and so would come to him every few years for some repairs and even to have a new colour! These days instead most of us keep our cars for a much shorter time so the work is now mainly accident repairs. Also, airbags greatly complicate things these days as a car can be written off if too many air bags have exploded cos the cost of replacement air bags is prohibitive.

I am also now his paint mixer, another really interesting job. But first lets see some photos I have taken recently…