Welcome to this week’s Rewind peeps! we certainly have a good one for you today. Before we start talking about cars however, we’ll give you a recap of some of the year’s highlights. In the world of baseball (for our British readers, Baseball is Americanised Cricket), the Chicago White Sox defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in the longest game in history. The game lasted an incredible 8 hours and 6 minutes. In more familiar sports to most of the British public, France beat Spain 2-0 in the final of the 1984 European football championships; and Great Britain & NI won 1 gold, 11 silver and 21 bronze medals at the 23rd Olympic Games in California. The games will be remembered for the boycott by most of the reminding communist countries, an action led by the former Soviet Union.
1984 was the year the term ‘footsie’ was no longer only used to explain the action of people rubbing their feet together under a table, it was now used to describe the Financial Times Index 100 (FTSE 100) which was launched.
We don’t usually talk about the Royal Family, but we will do in this edition because the Las Vegas party animal who likes the wear controversial fancy dress costumes was born, that’s right, Prince Harry.
Finally in the world of entertainment, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure formed the star-studded group Band Aid who topped the Christmas charts with their charity song ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ And if you’ve heard the phase ‘Don’t have nightmares’ broadcasted on the BBC, you’ve seen Crimewatch, and ’84 was the year it first hit our screens.
Ok, ok, you want the car stuff now so here you go. In 1984 it was another good one for the Italian manufacturer Fiat as their miniature model, the Uno won the European Car of the Year prize. Despite the Peugeot 205 keeping a higher market demand for longer, the Fiat claimed victory in this year’s contest. Judges fell in love with this remarkable pocket-sized motor from the get-go and their admiration only got stronger throughout the scoring process.
Judged to be the ideal car for people on a budget, the Uno was equipped with a 903cc engine and a 5-speed gearbox, so performance was more than good enough with this little gem. It was surprisingly roomy, had excellent ‘hold’ on the road and was priced to give you value for money. The Uno was in production for 12 years, 1983 – 1995, and if you keep your eyes peeled you will still see a few of these on the road.