The Abarth 124 Rally is an angry Italian sensory overload


We recently headed to Skip Barber Driving School at Willow Springs International Raceway for a track education day. We’d get a bit of instruction, hit the skidpad, and autocross in the Abarth versions of the Fiat 124 and 500, and then take the lessons to the Streets of Willow road course. We were in. But that was far from the most electrifying Italian experience we got that day.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/10/19/fiat-abarth-124-rally-is-angry-italian-overload


After climbing Mount Washington as part of a lunch stop during the Great Race this year, that video made me sweat sitting at my desk. In the 1917 Peerless I was behind the wheel of, it took a full 45 minutes to climb the mountain (averaged 9-10mph really), descending was quicker but a lot more harrowing.

Here is a photo from the top with a fellow competitors Auburn-


Here’s a short clip of the climb to the top in the Peerless Green Dragon