April 2013 Newsletter ~ Issue No 49  
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HAPPY EASTER and welcome to our Easter Weekend Newsletter!

After what feels like the longest winter in history the Ace cafe London event is almost here. Let's hope the weather warms up and the sun comes out as  registrations are still very strong and we're expecting 70+ cars on the day...

If you own a Nissan Figaro the event is well worth the drive. In addition to a car park full of Figs the day features Trade Stands, Figaro Surgery (new), Expert Help, Owner Advice, Raffle, Car Competition, Group Photo, Great Food, and a chance to meet other owners and chat with Sue, me and the team!  Oh and we almost forgot to mention that the event raises money in aid of CLIC (Cancer Care for Children) Sargent. Register Now



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Keep polishing. This is me cleaning the Club Figaro!
Hope you enjoy the newsletter and don't forget to get in touch if you need any advice or help. Oh and almost forgot welcome to all our new Members, catch everyone next month :)     

Warmest Regards

Kevin

Kevin Fagan  

Figaro Owners Club Founder 

figaroownersclub@o2.co.uk      

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MEMBERSHIP BOOM!
March has seen a bumper number of people joining the club. Most of which were from the UK, however we did others from Norway, Northern Ireland, Germany, France, America, Canada and even Japan! Obviously this is excellent news following our new pricing structure and we're very pleased that this has not effected membership entry.   
 
HOLLAND FIGARO RALLY 2014?
Never a one to rest on our laurels the clubs already started to look at next years rally options. To get things moving we have commenced dialogue with our dutch friends 'Figaro Team Holland'. The hope is that we can arrange a 'joint event' and have members from both clubs attend. This will increase the numbers and add to the mix. Watch this space! 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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The club promotes and attends a number of events throughout the year. If you've never attended a get together or rally before we urge you to give it a try!  There is something very special about joining other Figaro owners and showing off these great cars!  

 

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NEXT EVENT

 

EVENT: Ace Cafe Meet

NUMBER OF FIGARO CARS REGISTERED AT PRESENT: 65 

ORGANISER: Figaro Owners Club

DATE: APRIL 13th 2013

ENTRY COST: Free to all members of The Figaro Owners Club 

ABOUT: Our first event of the year kicks off at the superb Ace Cafe London. Last year we had over 70 cars attend. It' well worth the drive if you've never been to this venue.   

 

Latest Raffle Prizes (for CLIC Sargent)  

Replacement Roof (£120) - Thanks to European Trimming Company  

CD/Radio Upgrade (£275) - Thanks to Clarion  

10 x Figaro - Thanks to Speedy Registrations  

2 x Ice Bags Flask  

2 x Picnic Chairs  

Chocs/Wine Car Cleaning Bucket  

Car Blanket  

Plus more to be donated...   

 

Companies Attending  

Figaro Owners Club  

The Figaro Shop  

Figaro Doctor  

 

Merchandise Available  

T-shirts, Keyrings, Car Stickers, Mugs and other goodies all ordered today!

 

BOOK PLACE NOW 


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EVENT: 3rd Annual Incarnation Brighton 

NUMBER OF FIGARO CARS REGISTERED AT PRESENT: 18

ORGANISER: Ace Cafe 

DATE: APRIL 28th 2013

ENTRY COST: Free to all members of The Figaro Owners Club

ABOUT: Join us to convoy down to the event! We intend to meet up somewhere south of London and make our way down to the event in a long snake of Figgy's.  

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EVENT: Cherished Vehicle Show Chippengham 2013   

NUMBER OF FIGARO CARS REGISTERED AT PRESENT: 9 
ORGANISER: Lions Club  

DATE: JUNE 2nd 2013

ENTRY COST: Free to all members of The Figaro Owners Club

ABOUT: hosting a Cherished Vehicles Show near Castle Combe race track in Wiltshire to raise money for Lions Charity work.

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EVENT: Dutch 2nd Figaro Tour 2013   
NUMBER OF FIGARO CARS REGISTERED AT PRESENT: NA
ORGANISER: Figaro Holland 

DATE: JUNE 2nd 2013

ENTRY COST: £10.50 per Person 

ABOUT: This 2nd tour will include a beautiful drive through the Province of Overijssel. Starting in Province of Gelderland. Between 10.45 and 11.00 the participants gather at "The Gallery" in Brummen. There is a reception with coffee and cake, of course you can look around, we would like to start between 12.00 and 12.30 for the 1st stage of the journey...

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EVENT: Normandy Figaro Rally  
NUMBER OF FIGARO CARS REGISTERED AT PRESENT: 30 

ORGANISER: Continental Car Tours / Figaro Owners Club

DATE: June 10th - 14th 2013 

ENTRY COST: £349 per person (two sharing)  

ABOUT: Following on from our successful Jersey Figaro Rally 2012 the Figaro Owners Club has joined forces with Continental Car Tours to bring you the Normandy Figaro Rally 2013. The Rally will take place during the 10th -14th June 2013 in the beautiful and ancient port of Honfleur providing an excellent base for exploring the delights of Normandy.

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EVENT: FIGFEST 2013   
NUMBER OF FIGARO CARS REGISTERED AT PRESENT: 0  

ORGANISER: Paul Atyeo 

DATE: July 5th - 8th 2013 

ENTRY COST: £TBC per person 

ABOUT:We invite you to attend what will be a fantastic weekend of 100% pure Figaro fun! The team who brought you FigFest 2011 will be working hard in the background to create an unforgettable festival to be enjoyed by present and future owners of these wonderful little cars.

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EVENT: Lake District Rally
NUMBER OF FIGARO CARS REGISTERED AT PRESENT: 32
ORGANISER: Figaro Owners Club
DATE: September 7th/8th 2013
ENTRY COST: £10 Saturday / £10 Sunday or £15 for both days 

ABOUT: Make a date in your diary for this rally which combines some of the Lake Districts magnificent highlights - such as the Kirkstone Pass (one of the most stunning roads in Europe), Ullswater, Thirlmere, Coniston Water and Lake Windermere - with a few places you might never have come across before. Have you ever visited the beautiful Brothers Water? If not, then this drive is for you, and, by way of a bonus, you will be sharing this experience in the company of other club members and their cars!

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EVENT: Surrey Classic Vehicle Meet 
 
NUMBER OF FIGARO CARS REGISTERED AT PRESENT: 5  

ORGANISER: Surrey Classic Vehicle Club 

DATE: September 15th 2013 

ENTRY COST: Free to all members of The Figaro Owners Club 

ABOUT: A Fantastic day out for classic car enthusiasts loads to do for children & all the family Bring your own picnic , or visit the Cafe.

BOOK PLACE NOW

 

KEEP AN EYE ON THIS DIARY FOR MORE EVENTS TO BE ADDED

 

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POSSIBLE 2014 RALLIES?


HOLLAND FIGARO RALLY 2014

In association with the Dutch Figaro Owners Club we are planning to organise a rally to this beautiful country.


ISLE OF WHITE FIGARO WEEKEND RALLY 2014

Steeped in history with 60 miles of stunning unspoilt scenery and a wealth of attractions, the Isle of Wight is the prefect destination for our Figs! With some great clifftop roads, historic sites it would make a great destination.

 

SEND YOUR RALLY/MEET SUGGESTIONS - CLICK HERE 

 

HELP MY BATTERY IS FLAT! 

This is one of the most frequent distress calls that Figaro owners make - especially if the car is in "Park" when the battery goes flat. The problem is that you will need to put the car into neutral before you can move it or manoeuvre it onto a tow truck for example. Fortunately, we can help you.

 

So, this month, our helpful Hints and Tips video shows you exactly how to release the gear level and also how to open the boot.

 

Nissan Figaro Hints and Tips, Flat Battery By The Figaro Shop
Nissan Figaro Hints and Tips, Flat Battery By The Figaro Shop

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Newbe question: Turbo lag- what is normal?
Door won't open
Drain Pipes      
I finally picked up my first fig and he runs well but I am not sure about how bad his turbo lag is. He seems terribly slow getting moving again when slowing down for spread bumps etc. any advice?  

  

Figs shouldn't be slow on acceleration if they're running correctly. It's impossible to guess the problem, but a good garage should be able to sort it. Figs don't have turbo lag as it's running all the time. Baz

I've recently had to have my passenger door lock seen to as it had seized as the previous owner didn't use it often. Which now works perfectly but now the actually door handle bit won't open, it's like the mechanism won't open fully. The garage had a look and said they'd have to strip it down and see if they need any parts. Has anyone else had this and if so what parts did they need? Thanks in advance Nikki

Assume the inside handle is OK to open? Did they strip the door to fix it initially? Just wondering if they didn't put it back together properly. It's possible the linkage isn't right but without taking the panel off you won't be able to tell. From what I recall there isn't much to them.

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I had a similar problem as posted on here where I had water in the passenger footwell after heavy rain. It lead me to check my drain pipes and realised that my rear drain pipe is blocked. I have tried to clear with a pipe with no luck. Water was going through but very slowly so I tried some coloured water to see where it was coming out and it was dripping from somewhere underneath (but not the drain pipe) and also coming out from the brake light at the back. So obvious the pipe is disconnected somewhere. Can I fixed this myself or do I need to go to a mechanic? Its the rear drain in the gutter (not in the boot).

 

I would check yourself first as it may well be a simple fix, open up both boots and you should see the drain holes and the other side should be attached the to the pipes. They may just have come off or are damaged. Note there are two drain holes each side one in the bottom edge of wet boot and the other in the corner of top boot gutter and they join to the same pipe, pic here:

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About the people behind the Figaro Owners Club
MY CARThe Figaro Owners Club was launched in March 2009 to provide comprehensive advice and information to both present and future owners. Today the club has over 1,600 members worldwide. Our aims are simply to promote the preservation and use of the Figaro (Only 20,000 were produced from 1989 - 1991).

How it all started
"My son 'Daniel' had always wanted a Figaro having seen the car at his local garage when he was just 16. After saving for a number of years (plus a small contribution from his mum and dad!) he at last brought an emerald green model in May 2008. Following the purchase we searched on the internet for a club in the hope we could attend events with other owners. We were amazed that no club existed so the Figaro Owners Club was born! We decided to build a website and forum which took 6 months and on the 1st March 2009 we pressed the publish button and waited to see if anyone wanted to join? Within a week we had 10 members, a month 35 and a year 478!"

Today
The club now has almost 2,000 members worldwide. Unlike other car clubs we don't employ a committee of people such as company secretary, treasurer, events co-coordinator, web-designer, marketing assistant etc...

Warmest Regards

   

Kevin 

Figaro Owners Club Founder

Email: figaroownersclub@o2.co.uk  

 

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