July 19, 2018 in
Marlengo, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
I am lying if I were to tell you that I thought the odds were
with us to make it past the halfway mark. But here we are in
Marlengo, Italy at the end of LBL day eight with three more to
go. This part of Italy is so far north most towns have two
names, one Italian and one German.
The Fiat was flawless today and I am beginning to think that the
purported original low miles of just 63000 kilometers (40,000
miles) might actually be authentic. When we bought the car, that
was the story the dealer told, but who believes car dealers.
There was also the original Italian license book going back
decades that reinforced the low miles but I still was sceptical.
Yet the way this car has preformed is the best indicator. It
pulls up the hill's better than all the other 500s and has all
manner of original bits still on her. I am now convinced the
claim was genuine.
As for the rally standings, we pretty much are crap. Yet the
overall nature of this event is a survival marathon and on that
scale we are all in. I now dare to contemplate finishing all ten
driving days of the event.