Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Eastern Creek Classic 08

Sunday the 24th of August saw 20 of our members participate in the annual Shannons Eastern Creek classic. The weather was perfect with clear skies and temperate conditions, after what we thought would be a stormy day out!

19 Fiat’s lined up in the IMSMC display looking very presentable and impressive. As usual passers by were awestruck by our vehicles on show! IMSMC was represented in the president’s concourse by Gerardo Mediati in his beautifully restored Abarth 695. Although not a winner among the many outstanding vehicles, we were told by judges that the car was very impressive. Thankyou Gerardo for representing our club in the Presidents concourse, your effort is greatly appreciated!

The day was enjoyed by young and old and the president of CMC, Kathleen Toovey mentioned that there is a growing number of young enthusiasts attending this annual event. It is worth mentioning that the day never ceases to expose cars which have not been seen for a number of years and rare “imports” which have never been seen before!

A special mention goes to Peter Egan who during the week developed starter motor problems with his 850 sports coupe, but through sheer commitment and determination at wanting to be at the event and with a little help from the Di Rocco brothers and Graham smith he was able to source, repair and fit the starter. Sure enough Peter joined the fold on the day. Well done!

One of the highlights of the day is the lap of the race circuit, which for the first time this year, was in fact two! And didn’t we relish every second that our shiny classics zipped around the track! Maria “Schumacher” Lossino, looked the part in her Fiat 500F, packed to the sunroof with a carload of grandchildren!

We followed each other in a systematic and sequential manner, enjoying those tight corners. However some “spirited” members from another car club did not follow the rules on the track causing some concern to our members during our laps... always look over your shoulder!

A big thankyou to all who attended and presented their cars at this year’s 2008 Shannons Eastern Creek classic. As a result of our wonderful display/participation all indications are that IMSMC will be nominated for CMC affiliation.

We hope to see an even greater turn out next year!

Friday, August 22, 2008

FerrAgosto 08

Just 48hours after our first General meeting, 14 members of IMSMC participated in a static display at the FerrAgosto festivities at Five Dock (what a mouthful!)

This lovely winter’s day began by members meeting at the office works car park in Canada Bay.

After all the Italian made vehicles arrived the carpark looked like something out of the classic motoring era in Italy made up of Fiat 500’s, 850’s, 124’s, Abarth’s, a 128, Topolino even an Alpha!(thankyou Kings) With mighty and not so mighty roars, we left the carpark after a short briefing in cavalcade along Paramatta Rd toward Five Dock.

Our fine array of motoring history was led by local Vince Livaccari who ensured that we took all the convenient roads to get to our destination. Members who attended may have noticed that the tail car, driven by Bruno Bartolotti had a video camera mounted on the roof.... we look forward to seeing the footage!

A conservative estimate places the attendance of FerrAgosto at around 60,000 people and members are convinced that all of them passed us by at least once during the course of the day.

The festa was alive with Italian music, food, entertainers and concrete.... erm stalls as far as the eye could see! Members who attended received a commemorative “Corno” courtesy of the IMSMC to ward off evil thoughts and perhaps even evil motorists!

Canada Bay council was so impressed with our display that we have already received a verbal invitation to display our cars again in 2009! We hope to see you there next year!

Monday, August 18, 2008


Friday night the 15th of August saw our inaugural annual general meeting held at club Marconi.

42 members and guests attended the meeting where financials were presented and accepted, accolades were given and expressions of appreciation to all members were delivered by several members of the committee.

So much has been achieved in so little time which is a true reflection of effort and participation of all members of the IMSMC.

At the end of the meeting, members enjoyed wine, pasta and cake all in abundance! The pasta was provided by club Marconi with funding from sponsor Prodata pty. ltd.
Lino De Iulio and family provided the cake which was beautifully decorated with true Italian flair.

Presidents Report

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to our first annual general meeting 15th August 2008.

I'd like to acknowledge and express my deepest thanks to our IMSMC committee. in a very short time the committee have dedicated so many hours in achieving so much. the conception, evolution and implementation of our club reflects their efforts.

The objective of our club is simple- TO BE SOCIAL!! Enjoying your Italian made vehicle in the company of friends.

The Council Of Motor Clubs (CMC) has highlighted the needs of clubs like IMSMC. they have requested that car clubs and the vehicles of these car clubs maintain a high profile in the public eye. share and maintain the awareness of car clubs and keep the cars on our public roads.

IMSMC has been instrumental in meeting the request of CMC. which brings me to thank you- our members! Our social calender for the entire year has been extremely well attended by all!

I would also like to acknowledge and thank the growing number of the "younger set" of members. your participation is greatly valued and deemed essential. all members constitute IMSMC and the younger members provide the window for its perpetuity.

To all a HUGE thankyou! we look forward to a long association. please feel free to put forward your ideas and expectations as this club belongs to you.

Remember as a social club, your family and friends are all welcome.

Sincerest Regards,
John Di Rocco
President IMSMC