Guido has been out playing in the snow. Can't you see the smile on his face?
This weekend, it was sloppy, but Monday turned cold and Tuesday morning we woke to cold, powdery snow, the kind with good grip. ;-)
This naturally got me thinking about time spent with my friend, Guido. He recently outran his extended warranty and is pushing 5 years. Hmmmn. Normally, I should be thinking about a new car. Yet strangely, I'm not.
Two recent experiences came to mind.
Out in New York state, we pulled into a toll plaza and the guy in the window calls out, "Fiat Sighting!" It was like he was playing "red car, blue car" and seeing a Fiat was something special. I guess I was the red car.
Around Detroit, I mainly expect to see cars from the Big 3. Even though the Fiat is technically a "Big 3" car, it really isn't main stream. Plus, if you see another Fiat, you can bet it's an employee lease car.
I spent time with family in Chicago over the holidays. There, you barely see a car from the Big 3. Most everything is a Honda, Toyota, or a Hyundai. I found it interesting that there were even fewer Fiats than in Detroit. They certainly weren't as common as Mini's and other affordable but different cars. I'm coming to the conclusion that the Fiat is really a rather unique and special car. Not for everyone, but for those who understand and appreciate it...........
It reminds me of the story that my friend Doug told about riding his Aprilia motorcycle. Someone unfamiliar with the brand asked what it was. Paraphrasing, he told him that the Aprilia was an exotic Italian performance motorcycle. Kind of like a Ducati, but far more exclusive.
That's Guido for you in a nutshell. Different, special (to those who appreciate it), tons of personality, and great fun to drive. Not expensive, but exclusive and individualistic in spite of a low price. How could I turn my back on that?