Friday, January 29, 2010

Motorfest 2010

On the 26th of January 2010,Australia Day, The Italian Made Social Motoring Club participated in the annual NRMA Motorfest in Sydney.

Our Club Cars created a splendid display, representing the contribution of Italian Motor vehicles to the Australian motoring Heritage.

On a hot Sydney summers day, our classic Italian made vehicles came from North, South, East & West. There were a few morning casualties, but the coolness of the sea breeze and the shade offerred by Moreton Bay Figs, ensured that the bulk of the day was cool & enjoyable.

Macquarie & College streets were lined with Classic cars of all types. Hyde park was abuzz with international food and entertainment. It was great to see many of our members , that weren't able to attend with their cars, turn up on the day to enjoy the festivities and spend time at our club display.

During the day, The IMSMC display was visited by two

gentlemen from Australian Military Vehicle Collectors Society (AMVCS).

They explained that in 2007, they took (drove part of the way) their 1940 Willys Jeep to Turkey. From Turkey, the gentlemen continued to Northern Italy and visited Garlenda which co-incided with the Celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Fiat 500. They were presented with a "Fiat 500 Club Italia" merchandise pack. These two gentlemen have decided to donate this pack to the IMSMC. We will offer this as a prize at next month’s annual ball. A real collector’s item!

Our members "Squadra Italiana" were interviewed by an NRMA camera crew; allowing us to deliver our club objectives and "tell a story" about our classics! This should be available online (with many thanks to the NRMA), shortly.

Our thanks to the NRMA for inviting our club to Motorfest. I believe that by March edition of Australian Classic Car Magazine, a comprehensive write up, should be available. We look forward to reciprocal and continued support.

Happy Australia Day.