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February 2016 COTM

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I’ve been in the Beretta game off and on since 1999.  I’ve owned a few Berettas, including a 1990 GT, three 1993 Quad4 GTZs and a 1993 GT.  Currently I still have two 1993 GTZs and the 1993 GT.  The GTZ featured is my Quasar GTZ which I bought in early 2013 and traveled to Wisconsin to pick up (1400 miles round trip).  It needed a fair amount of work including an entire engine, but the car was otherwise sound.  It has taken me a while to get it where I’d like it but it is an ongoing project that I can still enjoy driving during the process.  I’ve done a few modifications including:

Eibach springs
Wilwood 4-piston front brake kit
17×8 Whistler KR1 wheels
Addco Rear Sway Bar
W41 cams w/custom chip
15% window tint
Strut Tower Brace & Lower Frame Brace

My goal is to keep the car fairly stock, but still have more modern power/handling/stopping conveniences.  This car was a pretty unmolested original GTZ when I got it and I hope to keep it that way.  I do have plans for a few other modifications including Ron S. header w/ 2.5” mandrel bent exhaust, CAI, rear disc brakes as well and while I have the parts ready to go, I’ve been too busy to get those projects underway.

I’ve said it before, but my goals have shifted more towards preservation these days.  There are still some nice examples out there but the vast majority of these cars have been thrashed over the years.  I was lucky enough to find 3 fairly nice Berettas and barring any major setbacks, I plan to keep them indefinitely. I’m in it for the long haul. Oh, and by long haul, I mean LONG HAUL – just counting my last 3 Beretta purchases, I’ve traveled over 7000 miles (round trip) to pick them up.  I tell people all the time that the nice ones are still out there but you have to be willing to travel to find them.

I love these cars and really enjoy being part of the Beretta.Net community.  It’s a car community like no other – and 20 years of BerettaFest proves it!  I am thankful for the friends I’ve made here and hope to make many more.  If you have not attended a BerettaFest in the past, check out the info (locations change each year) and make plans to join us!  I guarantee you’ll make friends for a lifetime!

-Brian Kimmitt

January 2016 COTM

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I saw my first Beretta at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI in the winter of 1995 – it was a Bright Red Z26. I knew then that I wanted one and while I wasn’t able to get one for my first car, it didn’t take long for it to happen. The Z26 replaced my first car in April of 1999 and I couldn’t have been happier. I always liked the looks of the variations of the Beretta, and fell in love with the sound of the 2.8/3.1’s. Over the years, many things have changed; personal preferences, accents, stickers, wheels, mufflers, suspension, engines, transmissions, brakes, etc – but it still turns heads to this day. It’s a great feeling going to a car show and being the only one there, having groups of people stop by to ask you about it; getting thumbs up from other drivers going down the road. I’ve been through a lot with this car; ups and downs, moving several times, and have met a lot of awesome people and made some close friends over the years. I’ve learned a lot working on this car over the years – to think when I first got it; I didn’t even know how to change oil.

1995 Chevrolet Beretta Z26
Cayenne Red Metallic exterior/Light Grey interior
3400 V6 (ported/polished heads/manifolds)
OBDII Conversion
HM282 5spd swap, EP LSD
Bilstein/Eibach suspension
Euro headlights/tail lights
17×8” Axis OG Sans with 245/40/17 ContiExtreme tires, much more…

Currently working on: Custom coilover front struts with adjustable camber plates, custom rear spring perches to match front setup, revised HM282/mounts/clutch hydraulics, Wilwood front disk brake upgrade, Neon rear disk conversion, restored rear end/rear axle, Del-alum front control arm bushings Future plans: Forged internals, turbo setup

-Geoff Morrow

Bfest 2016 Location Winner.

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Beretta Fest 2016 will be held in Ocean City MD!

Congratulations to Brian Kimmit and Andy McKevitz for your winning proposal!

BerettaFest 2016: OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND.  June 23rd – 26th

Ocean City MD

Welcome to Ocean City, Maryland, an oceanfront vacation destination along the Atlantic coast that features 10 miles of FREE, clean beaches and world famous Boardwalk. With a variety of accommodations and things to do, there is truly something for everyone in Ocean City! Stroll the three-mile Boardwalk along the seafront, enjoy shopping and games while sampling salt water taffy along with other old fashioned treats. The summer season explodes with special concerts, beach bonfires and kids’ activities. Nature enthusiasts will love nearby Assateague Island, home to deer and wild ponies.

BerettaFest 2016 will mark the 20th Anniversary for our national event! We want to make this one an extra special event and have a few surprises in store for the group! One of the things we are going to TRY and make happen is a slight change in accommodations. We are currently investigating the feasibility of renting a block of condos or perhaps some type of large rental home(s) in lieu of a traditional hotel/motel as we’ve done historically. We cannot promise anything yet as many of the 2016 rental contracts do not renew until the end of the current season. If the condo idea proves impossible, we will have our tried and true hotel accommodations as a fallback. We welcome your input! Please give us your feedback on this idea.

A Sample of Local Attractions Includes:

Proposed BerettaFest Itinerary:

  • Wednesday, June 22nd (Unofficial)
    • Early Arrival and Taco Night!
  • Thursday, June 23rd
    • Official BerettaFest Registration until 12pm
    • Settle in and get acquainted with new friends and old
    • ~5:30pm – Group Dinner @ Hooper’s Crab House or On The Bay Seafood (group size dependent)
    • ~7:30pm – Amusement Park (Jolly Roger at the Pier) and Boardwalk Attractions
  • Friday, June 24th
    • 10:00am-12:00pm – Group Photo
    • 12:00pm – ~3:00pm – Ziplines and Aerial Rope Course @ Frontier Town High Ropes Amusement Park
    • ~3:00pm – Poker Run (We will be traveling by car to various sites along the way)
    • Evening – Relax on the beach until dark (bring coolers and camp/beach chairs)
  • Saturday, June 25th
    • AM – 11:30am – Prep/Clean cars for car show
    • 12:00pm to mid-afternoon – BerettaFest Picnic and Car Show @ Park (Location TBD)
    • ~6:00pm-? – Sunset Ocean Cruise (TBD)
    • Evening – Take time to relax at the hotel/beach or take time to possibly help repair the “BFest or Bust” winner’s car!
  • Sunday, June 26th
    • Get packed up and say goodbyes until next year!
    • Convoys are encouraged!

Thanks for taking the time review our proposal and cast your vote! If you have questions or comments regarding this proposal, please contact us:

  • Brian Kimmitt (DanteGTZ on BerettaNet)
  • Andy McKevitz (yellow3800 on BerettaNet)

January 2015 COTM

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Chad Loniello’s 1989 Beretta GT 3400/5-Speed

I was 16 years old in 1995 and I wanted my own car. So I looked in the paper and found this 1989 Beretta GT. As soon as I saw the car I KNEW it was mine. The love affair had started. It had 76,000 miles on it. Since then it has had deer damage, break ins, etc. I never would let the car go. It always took care of me and I will always take care of her. It has gone through the factory 2.8 and a brand new crate 2.8 from GM. At 286,000 miles I pulled that crap out and put in a custom built 3400 that only had 16,000 miles on it. I have spent over $2600 on the interior ($98 sq ft for cloth= $1950), 3 paint jobs and lots of upkeep. I have spent enough on this car over the years to have bought it brand new twice at the original MSRP of $13,500 in 1989. You name the part on the car, it has been replaced….at least twice. I could spend HOURS talking about all the history me and this car have but I will save you the time. With all the money I have spent on this car, I do NOT regret it at all. Not a penny.

Custom 3400

Spec Stage 2+ Clutch

Sprint Springs, Koni Adjustable Rear Shocks, KYB Struts. Sway Bars (5)

HID Headlights.

and so much more!