This year marks the 30th anniversary of the FIAT Club America (FLU) FIAT FreakOut event, where the largest group of FIAT® owners and enthusiasts gathers among hundreds of vintage and new FIAT vehicles to celebrate the brand’s rich heritage and passion. This year, the event will take place July 18–21 on Long Island, New York
We searched our social media communities high and low and found two FIAT super-fans to attend the event as the FIATUSA official social media ambassadors. It’s through their eyes that you will be able to experience this wonderful tradition.
Without further ado, we are honored to introduce to you Ben Biver and Khalil Williams, our official 2013 FIAT FreakOut social media ambassadors.
My name is Khalil, and I am from Chester, Pennsylvania. I am currently an undergraduate student at Widener University and loving every moment of it!
I have known about the FIAT brand since my childhood, but it wasn’t until my freshman year in high school, when I saw the unique look of the 2008 FIAT 500, that my interest really took off. Fast-forward to January 2011, when I saw a group of 500 models at the Philadelphia Motor Show — that’s when the FIAT 500 stole my heart. From the moment I first saw it, it was love at first sight.
I am excited to join FIAT USA at this year’s FIAT FreakOut because it will be my first time going to a FreakOut convention, in addition to the opportunities to meet fellow enthusiasts and to share my excitement and enthusiasm for Italian cars, all while learning some new things along the way.
Stay tuned to the FIAT USA Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the weekend of July 18–21 to get the full FIAT FreakOut experience. Is there something in particular you would like Khalil and Ben to cover? Share your suggestions with them in the comments below!
My name is Ben Biver, and I’ve lived in Belleville, Illinois, close to St Louis, Missouri., for most of my life. I work as a personal banker, and in my spare time, I work on my FIAT 500 Abarth, go on long-distance bike rides, and record and mix music for local bands.
Cars have always been a passion of mine since I was child. My dad used to work on his cars in the garage, and I was always there to help and learn. This sparked a long-term fascination with cars and the desire to modify them so that I can have something one-of-a-kind. What I really like about the FIAT brand, and the Abarth especially, is the racing history the company brings to the table and how Karl Abarth’s passion can still be felt in the cars.
I’m most excited to attend this year’s FIAT FreakOut because I will be surrounded by like-minded individuals who enjoy these cars as much as I do. There aren’t a lot of FIAT owners I know personally in this area, so it will be amazingly awesome to be able to be around others who understand the love I have for these cars!