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As my friend Danilo says, the easiest way to boost a car’s appearance is to change the wheels.

Our S3 was fitted with the original 6 wide & flat spokes Audi/Ronal Avus alloys (7.5 x 17  ET32), very original look, but not sporty enough for my taste.

The previous owner had lowered the suspension 2cm at the front & 1.5cm at the rear using Eibach springs and also fitted spacers all around to fill the fender gap. I don’t like spacers, unless absolutely needed and I prefer to widen the track using wheels of appropriate specifications.
After an extensive search I decided to go for the american XXR wheels type 530 in chrome black finish (8.25 x 17 ET25), that would match the dark silhouette of the car and need less care to look clean.
The reason I chose them, apart from the attractive cross-spoke design, was the fact that this reputable company produces wheels of 1/4″ width increments, allowing a very precise sizing to suit your needs. In our case, instead of  having to choose only between 8 and 8.5 inches, I had the great option of 8.25″, which in combination of some less negative offset, extend the outboard wheels reach by 17mm.
Having been an importer of wheels for many years, I did not buy them on the internet directly, but ordered them from a Greek importing company autopartsnow, based in the city of Drama and I was very pleased to find out that my order was handled efficiently.

The result met my expectations and I share some photos.:)

 All photos have been created for Hitthewave blog  and are copyrighted.
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A BBS wheel sad encounter

Last weekend, I was walking along the port of Poros, when an unusual portable road sign caught my eye.

The temporary sign forbidding cars from going down to the port during restricted hours, was using as a base a BBS – Bugatti wheel. What a sad retirement for a glamorously branded , once object of desire…BBS - Bugatti abuseBBS - Bugatti abuse mourningbbs bugatti brochure 1992  p2-3bbs bugatti brochure 1992 - p 4,5

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The contribution this time, comes from my friend Paul Hourdakis, crowned racer of that era, who was also distributing these items through his company HourSpeed.

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Whenever we feel the desire for a short trip abroad, Italy is the first destination that comes to our minds.

People are charming, the country is flooded with antiquities and attractive places that take you back in history, while at the same time it is the birthplace of high automotive technology and unsurpassed design in general.

Considering these, we decided to spend Easter in Trieste.

We have never been in Trieste before, but having heard a lot, we were curious to find out more. Trieste was the fourth largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (after Vienna, Budapest, and Prague and was a seaside Vienna and a fluid borderland where Italian, Slavic, Jewish, Germanic and Greek culture intermingled, it emerged as an important hub for commerce and arts, while the flourishing Greek community greatly contributed to the glamour of the city. The seafront view and the famous picturesque Piazza dell’Unita, would definitely look poorer if the fabulous palazzo Carciotti & the palazzo Stratti were not erected by these wealthy men of Greek origin. Piazza della Unita - Triestepalazzo CarciottiTrieste became part of the Italian nation just in 1954, having undergone severe population exterminations starting from the rise of fascism, until well after the Second World, as it was an important area of the struggle between the Eastern and Western blocs.

Through my blog, I come in contact with quite a few people, but this was the first time I arranged a meeting  in person.

It was as if Danilo & his wife Doris were friends of ours since many years. The fact that we share common interests, raised the barriers of speaking different languages, and allowed us to enjoy their great hospitality, Danilo’s insatiable mechanical/ electronics projects focused on their 2 well pampered X1/9s, Doris tasty cooking and a wonderful visit to the nearby historic site of the Roman Aquileia, after stopping at the Miramare castle.Miramare castello - TriesteMirabello - our companyAquileia cathedral

Danilo, wishing to prepare his ideal X1/9 versions, goes to extreme modifications, assembling engines and gearboxes, chosing the best possible components the Gruppo has to offer (and in many cases rectifying inherent design weaknesses)- in this last project I saw, the internals of Fiat Tipo/Tempra, doing also of course all proper weight reduction & balancing and upgrading like, wilder camshafts, extra carburation and free flow exhaust systems, topping these with plenty of accurate electronic modifications, like fuel measuring and programmable CDI ignition-all of his own design and construction (after all electronics is his major field)!

In a very modest way, Danilo tried to underrate his work, so he wrote to me:

My tuned engine does not have anything particularly innovative: many manuals contain much higher levels of preparation.

My CDI + static programmable advance, is a project of mine that dates back some 30 years ago: at present it is not very interesting …

Perhaps, noteworthy, may be the Tipo/Tempra gears transfer into the X1/9: but those who are not familiar with these
gearboxes, cannot appreciate the usefulness of such a change.

I, having followed  his laborious and deeply knowledgable projects, I will include some photos, while I’m sure Danilo will not turn down technical requests any of you may have concerning projects similar to his… Impossible to present everything I have seen, but you have to understand that even the absence of a spare part cannot stop our man from achieving his goal!

Side windows rebuilt

Corrosion worn-out glass supportsrebuilt X19 glass system ready to fit again

Digital dashboard display & electronically measured data upgradeDig_Instr & LightingMod_tach_elettr_digitRinvii & Trasmett_cambio_2rev-counter digitalizationDanilo & Doris X_1_9_1500Tempra 1.6 engine transplantcamshaft housing & upper engine support modification to fit Tempra engine 1.6home-made programmable electronic ignitionMod_motore_73

Gearbox upgrade with Tempra parts (too many modifications to list & show!)Mod_cambio_45Mod_cambio_6Mod_cambio_41_b

The beginning of an ongoing story of love X1_9_USA_74_1.3

We were lucky the weather was fine during our visit, because the BORA freezing stormy wind of the place is no joke.bora

Not forgetting my sailing interest, I learned that Trieste hosts every October the famous Barcolana sailing gathering & regatta.Barcolana race

And of course, windsurfing is great in Trieste as you can see from this photo just in front of the Greek church!

windsurfing in front Greek church

As you understand, we look forward to our next visit to D & D’s Trieste.departing Trieste 2015

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