My 1st Fiat Experience In 1979 we bought our first Fiat Premier Padmini which was a 1974 model. Before I go down the Memory lane of my experience on the road with My Fiat I would like to Highlight how I learnt to drive a Car. A very good friend of my dad was Once explaining to my dad the Funda of driving. How one Leaves the Clutch slowly and accelerates slowly and how we steer though the Traffic similarly whilst riding a cycle on the road. How we need to keep our eyes Open and foresee the Traffic ahead of us with occasional attentive glances at the Rear view mirror. I was Fortunate enough to hear this Conversation and then I Just Knew how to DRIVE…. Once a very close friend of mine during our 10th exams said that the examination papers are available and that he was going to get it in his car. He was also underage and had flicked his father’s Car keys to go to Worli Passport office to get the Papers with his Classmate. Unfortunately his class mate did not turn up and he asked me if I knew how to drive. I like one big shot told him that I have been driving for a while. We Pushed the Car out of building premises at 2 am and hit the streets with me behind the wheel. Voila I got my First lesson of driving without any incidents on the way to Worli and back with just an explanation of how to drive in my head. Then there was no turning back, once in a while we used to take off with my friends car early in the morning for good long drives and became professionals without a License. Once we got the Car I became the official Family driver. Any event that had to be attended the family’s driver was at their service irrespective of the fact that I was not interested as I was a Teenager and also had my bike to my disposal. At times it was very irritating because the functions would clash with my dates or outings with my friends. Car racing was always and is a big time interesting hobby of all teenagers. We used to often race our cars from Breach candy through Napean Sea Road all the way up to Hanging Gardens and down Kemps Corner back to Breach Candy. Attended a lot of events at the Thane Gymkhanna and at Pawanhans. A lot of races between Khandala and Mumbai or Breach Candy to the airport and Back. I have also attended the Himalayan Rally in My Dad’s friend’s car as a co driver(Navigator) – Fiat Padmini Stock engine XXX 6008 – Blue color. Done a lot of treasure hunt events on the bike and in my car. Fortunately never met with a single accident in those days with my car, though once coming down the hanging Gardens slope I turtled a friend’s car and once a Taxi rolled back on my stationary car on a steep slope. One more accident that I remember was with My Maruti 800 – 7710 which got banged by an Oncoming car at Kalina when I was stationary at a red signal a couple of years ago. Our family Vacation spot even after getting the car remained the same Lonavala and On one of our trips I remember that I had some trouble with the Gears and someone advised to try the reverse gear. Unimaginable but true, I drove the entire last section of the khandala ghats in the reverse gear to the top and very close to Fariyas stopped and got the car repaired. The reason I remember the Last time we went to Lonavala was in 1986 is, it was exactly after my Graduation and I got a Call for the Job I had yearned for in Africa. Another very strange fact that I would like to highlight about this Fiat – MTY 3326 is that I sold it 3 times and bought it back twice. Unfortunately every time I sold the car my financials would go for a toss and every time I bought it back life would be back in the Top Gear. One more reason this car was very dear to me is because my dad had bought it for me and on the day he passed away it was this same car that drove him to the Hospital. I spent a Fortune on this car in 1990 and upgraded every inch of this car. 20mm Gauge body – Vaydoot airlines body Paint which was Rs 3000/ litre front and back spoilers made out of aluminum, bucket seats, Fancy chrome handles, chrome Window rims Halogens and Fog Lamps and Hella Horns like you all can see in the Picture attached earlier. The Hole in my pocket was Rs 25000 for the entire job. Another reason I loved this car is because it was the chariot of my honeymoon to Goa – Mahableshwar and back. One more very important factor of this Car was if I ever run into any mechanical issues it always gave trouble with a Mechanic round the bend. I have had some real good and the best of moments and times in this car with my friends, girl friends and not to forget Wife and Son. I have a lot of memories with this Fiat of mine and the list can go on forever.