Fiat FreakOut rolls out in the motor city

Thousands of Fiat enthusiasts expected to descend on Detroit area

Published: July 27, 2016, 5:15 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:25 PM

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth

The annual Fiat FreakOut is scheduled for Auburn Hills, Michigan, this weekend, with thousands of Fiat enthusiasts expected to descend on the Detroit area for the annual exhibit of iconic Italian cars old and new.

The gathering is the largest collection of Fiats in North America, and this year includes the newest and oldest versions of the Fiat 124 Spider, with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) displaying the 2017 version and several owners expected to show up with their vintage cars.

Other models slated to make an appearance are the Fiat 500X Mobe Concept — the crossover named after a kite-surfing move (hence the name) and a type of pearl (hence the body colour) — and the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio — the 160-hp performance city car that opens up for summer enjoyment.

Among the events for the weekend are a visit to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, for a FCA welcome reception on Friday July 29 and a concorso on the landscaped grounds at Plymouth’s Inn at St. John’s — Michigan’s upscale golf-hotel located about 45 minutes from the Canadian border crossings.

Scenic drives to historic places around the motor hub of Detroit have also been coordinated throughout the weekend, with several day and evening events at which owners and enthusiasts can get together to swap stories, share tips and generally indulge in the passion of all things Fiat.

Registration for the weekend is still available at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac, the hub for the weekend’s activities that also includes a Poker Run today, starting at 10:30 am, followed by an evening welcome barbeque at the Marriott.

Friday sees an Autocross at Schoolcraft College in Livonia or a bus tour of Detroit’s historical districts for non-drivers, followed by the welcome reception at the museum, and Saturday stages the concours show in Plymouth followed by an awards banquet.

It all wraps Sunday with a good-bye breakfast. FCA executives are expected at several events to mingle with Fiat aficionados. More information is available at