The 3ma is an international meeting of Fiat 131 owners and their
cars. The first 3ma took place in Southwest Ireland from Friday 18th
to Monday 21st of May 2007.
The event, which was kindly supported by Fiat Ireland, consisted of
non-competitive driving with routes designed to take in some of the
spectacular Atlantic coastline and mountain passes. But it was also
a social event with plenty of time allocated for the exchange of
stories and experiences about the 131 Mirafiori. As one of the
attendees said: "There are no strangers at the 3ma, just 131
The first meeting exceeded the expectations of all present so we
decided to make it an annual event and the second 3ma was held in
Scotland from Friday 16th May to Monday 19th May 2008.
From our chosen base in Inveraray, the
Argyll region's former Royal Burgh in Western Scotland, our driving
routes stretched to the
mountainous Highlands discovering a land of lochs, mountains,
history and much more.
Participating cars came from the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands and
Germany. On Sunday 18th May we held a static display show at the
Falkirk Wheel where the 131s were lined up at the Wheel's Special
Display Quadrant for all the visiting members of the public to
3ma09 was a pilgrimage of 131s to Turin in Italy to
celebrate 35 years since the launch of the Fiat 131. There were
participants from the UK, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, France,
Spain and of course Italy.
The highlight of the four days of 35th anniversary celebrations
was our visit to the Mirafiori factory and guided tour of the
production lines as well as three laps of the test track in
our own cars. Our Mirafioris were returned to their birthplace!
In 2010, 3ma10 was in Germany's Black Forest area. Loßburg, a town in the district of Freudenstadt in
Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany was chosen as our base for
The 3ma meetings seem to get better with every year and 2010 was no
exception. The location was excellent, the organisation by our
German members was superb and we even got a civic reception with the
city of Loßburg officially welcoming us and thanking us for choosing
their city for our event and allowed us to park our 131s outside the
town hall for a photo opportunity and never complained about the oil
leaks! They even composed a poem for the Fiat 131 Mirafiori!
With two of the original three 3ma organisers living in England, it
was inevitable that the 3ma would be held there at some time. And so
it was in 2011 with 3ma11 based
in Kingsteignton, Devon, England.
Fourteen 131s were in attendance with the furthest travelled coming
all the way from Finland.
The meeting took in the sights of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset with
the drives over the four days stretching all the way to Land's End
and as far as Sparkford near Yeovil.
In 2012, 3ma12 was the first 3ma to be have
drives in two countries. Based in Bad Bentheim right on the
German-Dutch border, two days had drives within Germany and the
other two 3ma days had drives within The Netherlands. This was
because 3ma12 was co-organised by one of our Dutch and one of our
German members. "We want to show the beauty of our home countries"
the organisers Albert Brouwer and Heini Nee said.
In 2013 we returned to Germany and 3ma13
was based in Miesbach, Bavaria. Once again the 3ma was a two
country event with drives in both Bavaria and Austria.