March 28, 2012


Fiat 500


You know how it's been ridiculously, unseasonably warm out for a couple of weeks? You know how each day, you think to yourself, "Self, you really should do something because you know this can't last, and then you'll just be complaining that you missed your sunny opportunity?"

So, to take advantage, we scheduled a video shoot with the darling little Fiat 500 you see up there. And, we got the only day in 14 that was cold.

These things take some figuring. Two videographers from the Globe (that's Amanda's leg in the pic) spend inordinate amounts of time mounting cameras, then checking them, then changing them, then remounting them. Angles are configured, lighting changes, the wind direction changes (so my hair is blowing into my mouth), then you get it all set up again and a plane takes off right behind you.

In all, we spent nearly 5 hours at the Ontario Place parking lot (I figure we paid for it; I pay a lot of taxes) to hopefully get a piece that will be 2 minutes. It was actually a blast; I was teaching videoman Adriano how to drive a stick. He was too good, actually. We had to ask him to stall it to get some footage. Then of course, once he started thinking about it, he couldn't stop stalling it.

It was cold. You don't want to film in big bulky coats and stuff, because if people see it in, say, July, it looks silly. But there was no cover out there, apart from the two cars. When numbness set in, I'd hop in a car to thaw out. But Amanda, the owner of that leg? Girl was out in the cold the entire time. Trooper.

And the Fiat? This car is beyond fun. I drove it down in New York City last year, and I knew it would be a great car for Adriano to learn on. I didn't even mind hopping on the Gardiner in it. At 5pm. In stop and stop traffic. With a stick.

3 Comments:

Anonymous buzzwhack said...

I can't believe the Americans want a bigger engine for that car. They're missing the point of it. Would love to test the Abarth Edition.

March 28, 2012 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I adore the SCION IQ. It is fun to drive. WRC

March 29, 2012 7:18 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Haven't driven the Abarth...waiting for one to come into the press fleet. But it is a very fun car. Snap it into Sport, and I dont know how you could want more.

I thrashed the Scion around an auto cross last summer. Great car. Be interesting to see what they do with it next production year.

March 29, 2012 10:23 PM  

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