March 2014 Newsletter ~ Issue No 60
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Hi ,
and welcome to our March 2014 Newsletter.
 
Thanks to everyone who attended the cars 23rd Birthday Bash last Sunday. With 32 Figs turning out it was a very successful day. It was great to blow the cobwebs of the car and meet our members, more about the rally below.

How time fly's when you're enjoying yourself. It was over 5 years ago now that we produced our very first 'Figaro Owners Club Logo' and we felt with the introduction of 'Figaro Trader' and our other existing 'Figaro' related sites an update and brand association was required to pull everything together so below are the set of new logos...

 5 NEW LOGOS - ALL CARRY THE COMMON 'FIGARO' HEADLINE  

PREPARING FOR ACE CAFE LONDON - THE BIGGEST EVER
This month there will be a high level of activity in preparation for next Months Ace Cafe Event. At the time of writing we have 4 trade companies exhibiting in addition to the usual treats. We even have a FILM CREW who will be filming the whole event for our forthcoming Figaro Owners Club Video!  

WELCOME
To all our new members. Please remember to pop over some pictures and or stories about you and your love for your Fig!!

Catch you next month.
kevincleaningfigaro
Keep polishing! This is me cleaning the Club Figaro.

Warmest Regards

Kevin

Kevin Fagan  

Figaro Owners Club Founder 

sales@figaroownersclub.com       

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IMPROVE YOUR HANDLING
Improve the handling of your Figaro by fitting a Strut Brace. The brace fits on the existing mounts and is easy to fit with NO adjustment of modification is required. When you corner, the whole Figaro chassis is twisting slightly. In the front (and perhaps at the back, but not so often) the suspension pillars will be moving relative to... read more
FIGAROBOB CLOSES

The club has been contacted by Sean Morbey regarding the well-known Garage 'Figarobobs'. Many of us who knew Bob was aware of his illness but the news is not good and he is telling us his illness continues to make it impossible to keep the business going. There were rumors last year that the garage was back in business however he is telling us that... read more 

 

 

SEEN ON 'FACEBOOK'
In a sentence tell us just why you love your Fig so much? Nicola Walton - You don't see many about, and she makes me & people smile, Jennifer Hopkins - They make me smile, they make passers by smile. There a fabulous smily car that's a joy to be in!!! Bette Wallace - Just because I love her xxx  Join in 
SEEN ON 'FIGARO TRADER'

This £3,100 Lapis Grey Figaro looks like a great buy... 'Reluctant sale of my very reliable figgy! Selling due to change in circumstances and i need something bigger! 95,000 miles MOT and TAX till May 2014 Good condition for age,chairs need attention also in the past few days ive noticed the exhaust is blowing. I dont have any money to repair it'  read more 

SEEN ON 'TECHNICAL FORUM'
How to fit a Low Coolant Alarm. Thanks to Simon for this excellent post. 'A common issue with Figaro's or head/gasket/piston damage caused failure of hoses, thereby causing loss of coolant and over heating. Figs only have a temperature gauge and no warning light, so if you don't keep an eye on it then you may miss it going right up'... read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The club promotes and attends a number of events throughout the year... 

 

THE FUN OF CONVOY DRIVING AND MEETS!
Our rallies include compulsory smiling and waving at everyone you see on route! If you've never driven in a Figaro convoy before we cannot put into words how amazing it feels. The lead car sets off and you get into line as we make our way towards our first destination. Cars of every colour snake there way through villages and country lanes turning heads as they go.

 

ACE CAFE LONDON 2014
ORGANISER: Figaro Owners Club

DATE: APRIL 12th 2014

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

ABOUT:
Ace Corner, London, NW10 7UD. Join us to kick of our first event of the year at the Ace Cafe. This superb venue with wonderful food is worth a trip without all our members Figaros! Last year we had 73 Figs squeeze into the car park so be prepared for some very close parking!

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BRIGHTON INCARNATION 2014
ORGANISER: Ace Cafe London

DATE: APRIL 26th 2014

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

ABOUT:
With stands, displays and entertainment on the Ace stage, if the roar of an Italian V10 engine is music to your ears, or a tyre shredding drifter gets your adrenalin pumping, make sure you don't miss this unique, free to attend, seaside event - InCarNation Brighton 2014, which will also be celebrating the cafe's 76th anniversary of having originally opened in 1938.
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL
ORGANISER: Donington Historic
DATE: May 3/4/5 2014
ENTRY COSTS: 
£20 Saturday, Sunday or Monday - 1 day ticket Save £20 Two for One
£32 Saturday, Sunday or Monday - 2 day ticket Save £32 Two for One
£45 Saturday, Sunday or Monday - 3 day ticket Save £45 Two for One  
You can buy 2 for 1 DISCOUNTED tickets using your Club Discount Code FIGDHF14
ABOUT:
With close-fought racing every day, over 400 historic racing cars spanning seven decades, historic rally car and karting action and a 'living motoring museum' created by dozens of car clubs displays - plus a host of other attractions - exhilaration and entertainment is guaranteed, whether you buy a ticket for one, two or all three days! On each day of the Festival gates open at 07.30am and the circuit activity starts at 9.10am, finishing at around 6.30pm.
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HERTS AUTO SHOW 2014     

ORGANISER: Neil Castle

DATE: MAY 18TH 2014  

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

ABOUT:
The Herts Auto Show take place on Sunday 18th May 2014 at the Stanborough Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6DQ. The show is being held in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Charity http://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/ and we are seeking participants to show their vehicles. Read more about the event here http://www.hertsautoshow.co.uk/ The event will be free entry to Figaro Owners Club Members and there passengers.

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HOLLAND FIGARO RALLY 2014     

ORGANISER: Figaro Owners Club

DATE: MAY 29TH - JUNE 2ND 2014  

ENTRY COST: £359 PER PERSON  

ABOUT:
The rally has taken extensive planning and organisation to ensure its packed with stunning scenery, wonderful roads, old castles, famous cities, great food and even a mad hat dinner! Along with members from the Figaroteam Holland we hope to be joined by our members in Holland in addition to the UK, Germany, Luxemburg, Austria, France and more making it a truly one-off experience not to be missed! Furthermore each day will include compulsory 'convoy driving' with 'beaming smiles and extensive waving' Don't forget your Camera!!

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FIGAROS GO JURASSIC IN 2004     

ORGANISER: Figaro Owners Club

DATE: JUNE 29TH 2014

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

ABOUT:
Thanks to Dorset based member Suzy Compton for organising this rally which will take place on Sunday the 29th June 2014. The day will explore the stunning Jurassic Coastline of Dorset taking in some wonderful villages, lunch stop and beauty spots. Kicking off at the Smugglers Inn at Osmington Mills, Dorset at 10am and finishing (35 miles later) at the Weymouth Pavilion Theatre for a static display of our wonderful cars to the public.

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THE CASTLE HILL FESTIVAL 2004     

ORGANISER: Castle Hill

DATE: August 9TH/10TH 2014

ENTRY COST: £5 for both days to all members of the Figaro Owners Club   

ABOUT:
The club has been invited to bring our Figaros and display them at this event. The cost is only £5 per car, for two people, for both days - unbeatable value Event takes place during Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August 2014. The Festival is a celebration of classic and modern motoring and also features action on the track for motorsport fans to enjoy. We once again look forward to meeting with owners and seeing so many fabulous cars.

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HISTORIC VEHICLE RALLY/VINTAGE FARE (FIGFEST NORTH) 2014
    

ORGANISER: GEORGE WARDLE

DATE: AUGUST 19TH 2014

ENTRY COST: £5 PER CAR 

ABOUT:
Join our Nissan Figaro Car Section and 100s of beautiful Classic Vehicles on the 31st August at the stunning Wentworth Woodhouse The Figaro Owners Club (FigFest North) Display Stand will be sharing these stunning grounds with a Fun Fair and Childrens Activities, Arena for Vehicle Interviews plus Entertainment and Refreshments available. Visitors to the Historic Vehicle Rally will be entitled to Special Event Half Price Wentworth Woodhouse Tours at £5.00 per person.

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ISLE OF WIGHT RALLY/ 2014     

ORGANISER: Figaro Owners Club

DATE: APRIL 13TH - 14TH SEPTEMBER 2014

ENTRY COST: £20 PER CAR 

ABOUT:
Two routes will be created. One for Saturday and another for Sunday. Each route will be different and include the islands most popular attractions. As with all our rallies we try to drive in convoy which is so much fun! Saturday 13th September. The route briefing will take place at 11.00 giving enough time to catch the early morning ferry. We will set off at 11.30 stopping for lunch during the trip and will finish around 17.00.

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SURREY CLASSIC VEHICLE RALLY 2014     

ORGANISER: Surrey Classic Car Club

DATE: APRIL 21 SEPTEMBER 2014

ENTRY COST: Free to Attend 

ABOUT:
Fancy a fantastic day out with other Figaro owners and classic car enthusiasts? This event is great and there's loads to do for children & all the family. Bring your own picnic , or visit the Café.

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Auto cut-off problem     
Electric Window Relay   
Key stuck in ignition   
I've had this problem since I bought my car but it's only just becoming annoying as the weather is cold! I have serious issues getting any petrol into my Figaro at all. It can be on empty and when I go to fill up the automatic cut-off thing starts clicking straight away. It can take me a good 15 minutes to get even £10 worth of petrol in the tank as it just constantly clicks as if the tank is full. The only petrol pumps which will actually fill it up properly are the newer petrol stations (my local Morrisons is the only one round here which will work), but even then the tank gets to 3/4 full and it cuts out as if it's full. It didn't bother me too much in the summer however now I can't stand it as it's so cold! I've read about holding the nozzle upside-down, which I will try next time I fill up, however even so, surely this shouldn't be happening? I mentioned it to the garage I bought the car from when I went to get a few other bits fixed, however the mechanic just had a look with a torch and said there shouldn't be a problem filling up... Any ideas would be appreciated!

It's quite normal for the pump to cut off if you put it in the normal way, as the filler hole is so wide that you don't get the right angle on the nozzle & it "blows back," telling the pump that the tank is full. Just turn the nozzle 180 deg & you'll have no trouble. Some time ago there were restrictors you could fit to the filler hole to correct the problem but they weren't secure & came off frequently.

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I have just done battle replacing my drivers side electric window motor, which was refusing to come down, quite a frustrating task when it is stuck in the up position. Having changed the motor over it still is refusing to come down unless I swap over the polarity, I checked the old motor and it is fine....... ( frustrating). I assume that the problem is therefore with the window motor relay - is this the black box that is attached in the bottom corner of the drivers side door ? ( this is clicking when I try to reverse the window). And where do I get these from and how much ? Lessons learned Great club Regards Pete H 

Hi Pete, Yes it is in the door, but it's more than a relay. Yes, if the motor is working one way then it's OK, as the box reverses the polarity. Below is the circuit diagram.

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Hi All Gurus and Informed people. I am a new member and new to the forum we have recently purchased a beautiful new lapis Figaro (daisy) she has a few minor problems needs care and love, but one is troubling me can someone please help me ? I have a problem with being unable to withdraw the key from the ignition barrel - I can see what it is but do not know how to rectify. When the key is turned back to position 1 this should trigger the metal tag above the push button and allow the push button to be pressed, however this is not happening. I can manually move the tag on the side of the barrel back down and then withdraw but it will not happen automatically.  

 

Just to cover the obvious first - there is an interlock that prevents key withdrawal unless you are in Park. If you are in P then I'm sure a guru will soon let us know how to sort out an interlock failure...

 

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ABOUT THE CLUB 

Our Mission Statement
"to provide comprehensive advice and information to both present and future owners (in addition to having lots of fun in the process) and to ensure these wonderful cars and their providence is preserved for the next generation of owners"

So how did the club start?
My son 'Daniel' had always wanted a Figaro having seen the car at our 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 but 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 has almost 1,600 members worldwide and our website is used by over 45 countries!

Thanks to all our supporters and members for their support.

Warmest Regards

   

Kevin 

Figaro Owners Club Founder

Email: sales@figaroownersclub.com

 

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