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Happy Bank Holiday Monday :)

The weather this weekend is a bit cooler than last
when temperatures rocketed to 85 degrees in our little village  (Holmer Green - Bucks), now that's hot! We went out in 'figgy' with the roof down and fans was bliss.

This Month's Newsletter is packed with events, stories, pictures and fun stuff so go and make a cuppa and enjoy.

PS. Keep an eye out for our FATHERS DAY PROMOTION :)

Sun Factor 50! Remember Last Weekend?
'TingTong' sunbathing in an Oil Seed Rape Field
Thank you to Graham. It makes you want to reach
for the ice box and cold lemonade! (Ed
Ting Tong

A big thanks to two very special people
This month we want to give a round of applause to David and Laura from the Figaro Register who pulled off a fantastic fig10 event (more below). The amount of effort and work that goes into ensuring that we all had a great day should not be underestimated. The show attracted 170 Figaro's and raised 700 for the Macgregor Children Ward Trust Fund. 

Heroes of the day. Left to right. Boden Fig. Eve (Mrs Fig08). Jenny (Boden Fig Owner). Chris (Lapis Grey) - Laura's friend and 2nd owner on the Register and David (Mr Fig08 & Boden Top) and Laura. (many thanks from us all Ed)
fig10 team

Buyer Beware!
This is aimed more for those of you who are looking to buy a Figaro. We publish a list of Garages within our web site however we wanted to point out that these are not Recommended Garages as we cannot be seen to 'recommend' a specific garage and have never carried out any form of checks or visits but simply created a list of known garages that sell Figaro's. Having said that if we hear that a member has brought a Figaro and it was not fit for purpose or a bodged up bag of nails then we suspend them pending a right to reply. Garages, you've been warned...

Insurance Issues
I do have some interesting news regarding our own personal Figaro Insurance. For those of you who don't know, the club set up a deal with Classicline Insurance to try to get a bulk discount policy by putting our members in touch with them. They agreed 15% and since launching last November we have had some great feedback from members about service and prices so we were more than interested to see what they would do when my Son Daniel (24) applied? He completed the on-line form and 24 hours later received a fantastic quotation saving a massive 240 quid! Also they were able to add both me and Sue to the policy for FREE. Wow now that's what I call a good deal. Apply Today your Discount Code is: FIC20406  Click here

Welcome to our New Members
We had a record 146 Members join the club in May so a big hug and welcome from us all! We really are a friendly bunch so please join in the chat on our forum and contribute to this Newlstter with your stories and much more...

Hope you enjoy the Newsletter bye for now :)


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Typing on KeyboardTHIS IS YOUR CLUB and we're always looking for stories and pictures about you and your car so please don't be shy and send them in!

Picture of the Month (Is this you?)

Okay, we have a confession to make...

We have no idea who these two lovely people are! My son Daniel took the picture after he stopped and chatted to them at fig10 but never asked their names. We do know that there clearly from Wales, so keep your eyes peeled for two flamboyant characters driving a Figaro in those welsh hills!

With that flag they must be Welsh but who are they?
Ting Tong in Field

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Members Participate in Dutchball Rally

Dutchball LogoMembers Wendie and Mike Smith contacted the club this month regarding a fantastic event to raise money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

You can help them raise money by donating to this great cause (see link below)

The inaugural Duchball Rally is a trail blazing event with both modified and classic cars travelling the coast of the south west country to raise awareness and funds for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Charity.  Starting in Shoreham, West Sussex on the 29th July stopping overnight in Weymouth and Penzance and ending in Illfracombe with a big band night on the 31st of July.  The rally aims to be fun and raise money through donations, sponsorship and advertising on the cars and website.
If you see Wendy on route be sure to give her a wave!
Wendy Smith
Dominic Stacey, main organiser of the rally, hopes to attract more entries before setting off on July 29, said: "Teams will be selling space on their cars to local businesses and collecting sponsorship for the 600-mile trip back to Ilfracombe, following the coast all the way to Lands End and then up the West Cornwall coast "
Team Figaro, Wendie and Mike Smith will join the rally adding a touch of class while hoping to find a bed for the overnight stops.  "I have been touched by this inspiring family and hope to raise lots of money while enjoying my lovely Figaro on the journey" says Wendie.  Hallen Imports have already jumped at the opportunity to sponsor Team Figaro.
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Good luck Wendy and Mike it sounds like a great project to get involved in. We hope to bring you pictures of the event in September (Ed)

Car of the Month ~ Month 2010

You may recall we featured a picture last month from member Niall McCord who took his Fig off camping. Well he sent us some more pictures of this fabulous blue car. Here is his story 

"I bought my Figaro Last summer in the Distinctive Blue colour. Her first drive out was to Hadrian's Wall. The campside we went to was actually full but I think they decided to let us stay on seeing the car.  I was impressed with the storage capacity of this car, the top and lower boots accommodated everything required for a weekend of self sufficiency. Mechanically I can't fault her either, she performs brilliantly.


I've found it's a great car for striking up conversations with totally random but nice people. Generally everyone I speak to is surprised to find the car isn't quite as old as they thought. I'm looking forward to the nice weather and getting the roof down."

The superb metallic blue finish of this car works well

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Greetings from Bangkok!

The club was contacted last Month from a new member based in Thailand. They informed us that there are at least 4 Figaro's that they know about (enough to form the Bangkok Figaro Owners Club!).

Mind that bike! Did you spot the other Figaro in the mirror?

Many thanks for your contribution (Ed)

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Fig10 Review

If you build it they will come... And they did. The weather was better than forecast and with 170 Figaro's Fig10 was a fantastic day out. We have two reports on the show.

fig10 picturesThe Figaro 'A Team' Left to right Sue, Kevin, Daniel and Adam >

Report by David Shaw - The Organiser


"170 Figaros, 4 PAOs, 2 S-Cargos and 2 Viewts attended the second Figaro Register event at the Heritage Motor Centre on 16th May 2010. The gloomy weather predicted failed to materialise and owners enjoyed a full day of Figaro fun. The condition of the cars on display was as one visitor put it "amazing". There were some great paint jobs which were show favorites (see winners below). Over a quarter of the cars now have non-factory colours with variations in pink being the most popular. Customising to the interiors was carried out with great taste but still maintaining the retro theme.

Highlight of the morning was the draw for the special prize of a new roof fitting which was won by an excited Sue from Crawley.

Following this Laura ran an experimental Regional Gatherings, on foot, which seemed to work very well with owners reporting back that they met people from their areas for the first time and had swapped details for future meets.

Sixty cars signed up for the afternoon driving tour which was a roof down affair (more actually went). Drivers reported back that "it was a beautiful route held in a gloriously sunny Warwickshire". A novel feature enjoyed by all was meeting half of the Figaros, S-Cargos and PAOs going in the opposite direction especially as it is rare in normal driving to see another one at all.


Those not on the driving tour continued looking around the cars in the arena, the Figaro Businesses and the Heritage Centre Museum. Four owners had new roofs fitted by Jason from figaros4sale and others watched to see how it was done whilst the organisers sorted out the prize winners entries and continued selling raffle tickets, Register Stickers, Posters and Figaro Cakes. Kevin from the Figaro Owners Club and his family had a good day and almost sold out of mugs, stickers, bags and t-shirts. A number of Figaro Fans and prospective buyers also attended and two went home with Figaro's bought on the day.


Figaro's on display adjacent to The Figaro Register HQ were the Boden Patterned Figaro owned by Jenny from Liverpool which won Car of the Show; Madeline's Pink Figaro and trailer which was the Fig08 Car of the Show; the earliest and latest Register Figaro's owned by Ruth from Swindon (Lapis Grey) and Linda from Enfield (Pink); the Figaro that had travelled furthest to get to the event owned by Martin from Holland (Lapis Grey) who enjoyed driving on the left for a change.

The runners up Figaros for Car of the Show were owned by Carolyn from Upturn on Seven (Lilac), Tina & Stuart from Cheltenham (Purple) and Nic & Alison from Wimbledon (Fireglow Red Pearl). The Non Figaro Car of the Show went to the Viewt owned by David from Stockport (Silver Blue).


Laura and David would like to thank all their friends and family who gave up their Sundays to help with the show and raise a terrific 700 for the Macgregor Childrens Ward Trust Fund.

This amount was mainly achieved thanks to the generosity of the Figaro Businesses who attended. They were:- figaros4sale, Clarion Service, Sands Imaging, Figaro Club, The Figaro Owners Club, Figaro City, Figgy Pudding.  Figaro Restore and Figaro Car Imports could not attend but send prizes. Full details for all the above, pictures and what people thought of the show can be found on the site."

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Report by Madeline and Dirty Den Wilson, Baby Girl and Baby Girl too

"Our weekend started early in the week as usual with Den cleaning and polishing Baby Girl too and then giving Baby Girl a thorough check over, she needed some new brake pads, and of course she too needed a good clean as I drive her every day.  Den also bought a new cuddly companion for Baby Girl's namesake teddy and her Pink Pussycat,  Muffet, and her name is Fifi, she is a singer, when pressed!

We left home at around 11am on Saturday morning and of course chose the pretty way i.e. M4 to J8/9 and M404 towards Henley, A4130 Henley/Burchett's Green through Henley, which is a lovely little town with loads of nice shops, and on towards Wallingford and Abingdon, arriving in the Chilterns.  At Abingdon there was quite a traffic jam so we put up the satnav and went on a tour!  We drove through fields of rapeseed and a forest of bluebells, gorgeous.

We stopped for coffee and you can imagine how strange it must have looked to see, amongst 50 odd motor bikes, a bright pink car and trailer!  Whilst there we heard the distressing news that a biker had been knocked off his bike just up the road and indeed when we got back on the road we came across him laying flat out and we of course didn't know if he was OK or not. We drove through a village called Farmor Botley and had to pay a toll - 5p!

Den loves to drive through all the villages and down the single track country lanes and this trip was no different despite having Baby Girl too in tow.  Finstock is a lovely village and quite hilly, Charlbury is a Historic Market Town (toilets here 10p) and Chipping Norton is very olde worlde.

We had booked to stay at the Mary Arden 'a traditional inn with rooms' at Wilmcote just outside Stratford upon Avon.   We booked Saturday to Monday bed and breakfast 160.  We were able to park both the car and the trailer, there was good beer and wines, tea and coffee making facilities and plenty of hot water.  Our room looked out onto the street and we had a Queen four poster bed, very comfortable.  Breakfast was very well presented and tasty - bacon, beans, sausage, egg, tomato, mushrooms, black pudding and fried bread plus toast, tea, coffee, juices and jams etc.  They also are open all day for snacks and evening meals and Sunday lunch.  The inn is close to Mary Arden house and Ann Hathaway's cottage and you can take an open top bus for sightseeing and a couple we met also went horseracing so I guess there is plenty to do as well as just shopping in Stratford or sitting at a pavement cafe watching the world go by.  Many of the buildings in Stratford are very old and quaint.

Laura and David who fantastically organised Fig08 and now Fig10 had arranged for all who wanted to meet for dinner at the Ripple Bar and Restaurant .  It is next to the river and car parking is 3 for the evening/night until 8am next day.  There were 21 of us in total and the food was delicious, buffet Chinese, very fresh and plenty of it and good value at 15.95 per head, including  fruit, ice cream and sweets and my favourite marshmallows draped through the chocolate fountain ummm!  It was a very nice evening having the opportunity to meet other Figheads and especially to meet Young and Carolyn (apologies for misspelling!) who have a Fig in Holland but had flown over especially to attend our gathering and Martin and his lady who had driven all the way from Holland."

The Show

"It had rained during Saturday night Sunday morning so everywhere was fresh, it was bright and breezy and in fact very chilly throughout the day but it didn't rain again!

The show was set out differently this year with registration being nearer to the entrance.  Our Baby Girls had pride of place next to it having 'won' the car most people wanted to take home at Fig08 alongside Martin's grey Fig which he had driven all the way from Holland and indeed had clocked up some mileage since arriving in the UK apparently and next to him the also grey one with the accolade of being the oldest known Fig!

We collected our programme for the day, bought some raffle tickets for the prize of having a new roof fitted plus for the normal raffle which as per Fig08 had quite a few good prizes.  The charity this year is the Macgregor Children's' Ward Trust Fund based at Warwick Hospital and it provides chair beds for use by parents wishing to stay overnight, a very good cause.  We also signed up for the 30 mile run which was to take place in the afternoon.  It was great to see some 'old' faces both from Fig08 and Fig09 which was held in Norfolk and also to meet new Fig owners.

The next thing to do was to select and vote for our 'winner' for this year and this did take some time as about 170 Figs attended.  It is always difficult to choose as most are special and kept in original style and good condition which I think is why an 'unusual' one gets chosen such as ours, and this year was no exception as the winner was very snazzy indeed, won't lose that one in the car park and love the number plate too F9 ARO.  It was the Boden Fig - Johnnie Boden started his award winning mail order clothing company in 1991.  This Fig was given away as a prize by Boden in 2008 fully customised in his favourite Spring 2009 print.  It was driven to the show by the now owner Jenny from Liverpool, thank you Jenny for bringing this 'special' along to Fig10.

The stand was excellent, well done to Kevin and family; it certainly was a good meeting point as well as being able to buy mugs and shirts etc.  Jason www.figaros4sale was busy all day long fitting roofs and Marc had a good day too despite all the banter and haggling from Mrs North London with the Pink Figaro, yes Babe you know who you are!

The Fig10 Edgehill Tour was truly amazing and very worthwhile, especially for people who had come from afar and would not otherwise have explored the area.  The countryside and indeed the Burton Dassett Hills Country Park, is absolutely breathtaking and it was great that we were in two groups going in different directions, not really confusing at all!  Unfortunately our group got a bit lost and didn't arrive back until about 1545, missing the awards presentation!

We had a lovely weekend, much needed (credit crunch has a lot to answer for) and its all down to Laura, David, their family and friends but mostly to all the Figheads out there for making the time and effort to travel on a Sunday or a whole weekend just to spend time together, hope we can do it all again, no pressure David."

Thanks to Madeline for writing such a lovely article and again to David and Laura and to everyone who attended the event and sent in their pictures (Ed)

Classic Vehicle Event - Sunday 27th June 2010 (Registrations must be in by Monday 7th)

The club has been invited to attend the Classic Vehicle Event which takes place for the Fifth time in Haynes, Bedfordshire, on Sunday 27th June 2010.

Fancy a go?
The fifth Haynes Village 100 event will be held on Sunday June 27th 2010. It will again provide a unique opportunity to see over 100 Classic vehicles parade the 2.7 mile circuit of the village roads, part of which is open countryside, along with a static display and village gala.


The event is a celebration of motoring through the last hundred years, the highlight of which is a "closed road" parade around the village. Previous events have attracted over 150 vehicles, including some very beautiful and rare examples. Visitors have had the pleasure of seeing the vehicles parade the village circuit. This, combined with the static display, has proved to be a unique event that has attracted a great number of people.

The 2010 event will follow a similar format with exhibitors being invited to display their vehicles in the playing field from 12 noon, before embarking on the parade. Following the parade the vehicles will re-assemble on the playing field, providing an opportunity to enjoy the rest of the event.


Remember to take the kids!
We aim to reflect the past 100 years of motoring history by showing examples from as many years as possible between 1910, or earlier, and 2010. The event is open to cars, motorcycles, light commercial and light agricultural vehicles, and possibly steam. Please note that in order to participate in the parade the vehicle must be "road legal".


The wider event consists of an evening's entertainment of live music in the Village Hall on the evening of Saturday June 26th. On the Sunday, supporting the motoring display and parade, there will be a village Gala with a variety of stalls, traders, arena displays and other activities to create a family orientated and inclusive event.

They are trying to show 100 years of motoring. Full details, gallery of past events pics, event history, entry details and entry forms are to be found on our new web site.

If you want to go you need to register by Monday 7th 2010

Entry to the event and parade will cost 6.00 and will include a commemorative plaque and an event programme. The programme, which will also be on sale to the public, will, where possible, provide details of each vehicle, including specification and year of registration. Further information is available on this web site, or alternatively, telephone 01234 381466


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What about it guys? Sounds like a great event (Ed)

Lola's 5 minutes of fame...

This story was featured on our forum and was so sweet we thought it worth a mention. 

"Every year at the school I teach at, we have a May fair, where all of the children from each year group perform a dance to all the parents (300+ people). Every year a May Queen and May King is crowned by the previous year's King and Queen.

Imagine my delight when my boss decided that instead of the usual 'parade of rose petals' we break the mould and have me (complete with Chauffeur hat) drive the May Queen up to the playground in Lola with the top down for a lap of honour! Could I be any more excited????

My only concern is that our playground is a much higher level than the building, so I am doing a 'dry run' tomorrow up the side of the school and along the bank - please pray for me that Lola doesn't take a tumble!!!"

The 'May Queen' waving to her School friends. We think Lola has a job for life now!

Great story from beccaboo81 (Ed) 

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Get ready for FigFest 2010 - 16th, 17th & 18th July 2010

With only around 6 weeks to go until our next major get together we hear from organiser Paul on some exciting news regarding FigFest 2010.

"Well what glorious weather we are having- hope it's lovely where you are. We've been very busy at the Figfest camp.  This year our event is on the 16th, 17th and 18th of July 2010

As well as our record breaking fig convoy we have a lot more to offer you.  After getting let down at the last minute last year I have already booked a band to play on the Saturday Night as well as our DJ Andy Saggers. 

The band is called
The Carnabies will be playing live on the Saturday
and I saw them in a pub a few weeks ago and just had to have them for this year's event - check them out at Also don't forget Saturday night is fancy dress, with an open theme.  We already have two auto jumble stalls booked and confirmed with more to come, t-shirts, Figaro merchandise and a very generous prize from Speedy reg of a fig number plate.

Just across the road from Figfest on the Saturday and Sunday will also be a retro/antique fair going on which promises to be another attraction.  We have a licensed bar and a marquee.  Friday night is BBQ night and we are planning to have an arena on the Saturday, where you can introduce yourselves and show off your cars.  Don't forget to register your car if your planning to come as we have to let the police know about shutting the roads off for us on the Sunday for our convoy

Also attending the weekend are some of Great Yarmouth's scooter clubs and vw campers and mini's to give our whole event a sixties feel.  We're also celebrating the Figaro Owners Club first birthday, which held their official launch at our event last year. 

Download the FigFest 2010 PDF from the web site below.w

Also happening are some of the things we did last year - pop master quiz, general knowledge quiz  and hopefully some buskers to serenade you whilst you put up your tents.  For those of you that have already paid we have a list of your names as we are not sending out tickets to keep the cost down, so just keep hold of your PayPal receipt." 

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Prices this year are 5 per vehicle shown without camping, or 16 for vehicle and camping. You can save a further 20% on this if you book and pay in advance online. Look forward to seeing you all again and will keep you all updated with news of raffle prizes and what's going on. Bye for now. stay cool" 



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Help! I need answers!
Kick/Tread Plate
Which number out of the 20,000 is mine?
Dirty Seatbelts
Hi... I wonder if anyone can help me....I have a figgy which I love...i had kick plates on it similar to the one on the photo attached....It had to go into the garage after my having an accident on black ice and has come out without them....Can anyone give me some idea as to how these may have been attached....I have read the other thread which suggests double sided sticky tape...would this have been the only way? There are no glue or screw marks on there and the garage are disputing they were ever there in the first place...which I know they were!. Any help would be greatly received...Thanks a million Cat72

Hi there , thats a pain for you! yes, double sided is how they are attached usually, I suppose they could have been glued but deffo not screws.

If it were me, I would get very heavy with the garage, figgy things sell well on ebay! but firstly - did the fig go directly to the garage from the accident and was it transported by them? obviously, if the car was unattended for a while and you didn't actually see the car in the garage with its kick plates then you can't really get heavy with them, its a shame


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Hello All, This may be a ridiculous question, but is there anyway of telling out of the 20,000 figgy's made, which number your figgy was off of the production line? Just a thought that crossed my mind.
thanks a million.

The VIN number of the car will indicate the sequence of manufacture. You'll find it on the registration document or on the VIN plate on the bulkhead. It will look something like FK10-002000 - in this case it would be around about no 2000 of 20,000. Unfortunately the numbers don't start at one (manufacturers reserve the initial numbers for prototypes, pre-production cars etc) so go above 20,000.
Gareth Jones
Figaro Owners Club Technical Specialist

Can anyone tell me what is the best thing for getting the seat belts clean? I did have a go last year but the results weren't great - I can't remember what I used (age thingy!!!!). 'Bob's' are looking distinctly grubby and I bet most of you got yours sparkling for Fig10 :)
Thanks Pam

Seatbelts have been a major issue for a few years, we have tried a few methods and the best has been by removing them and giving them to the local carwash! there they are opened and jet washed results are very good!!

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2011 Calendar Version 2 Get Snapping
We are looking for you to help us create this great Calendar so get clicking and submit pictures. Don't forget we are looking for your Figaro with a really stunning background (not parked outside your house!)

Deadline for submission is 31st October 2010.

Each month the Calendar will feature a spectacular photo of a Figaro with a stunning backdrop from places around the world! The picture will be captioned with the cars name/location/photographer's name, and will have a perforation so the photos can be easily removed for framing.

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My son Daniel had always wanted a Figaro and after saving for years (plus a small contribution from his mum and dad!) he brought an Emerald Green one in May 2008. That was it - I was hooked too! Even now we spend many a happy weekend polishing her in the garage. We just love all that chrome...

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