Friday, April 30, 2010

Auto Italia 2010

Sunday 18th April, our club participated in the annual Auto Italia held in the nations Capital.11 of our members cars joined the cavalcade down the Hume Hwy (at different stages) on Saturday morning.

First Stop, "Partridge rest area", then onto the Mobil Petrol station at Pheasants Nest. Greetings were passed onto one another & after an inspection of all vehicles and we were on our way. Our second stop was at the VC Mackay rest area, for a coffee (espresso of-course) a yak and a stretch - then it was off to the Goulburn Bakery, for a meat pie (not quite Italian but very satisfying)!

After lunch, we were onto the Federal Hwy and Canberra Bound! Our contingent arrived at the Forrest Inn; freshened up and moved into the "Italo-Australian Club", next door for a well deserved”refreshment". At 6:30pm we moved into "Lo Sfizio Restaurant".

By this stage the members were all very hungry indeed! 36 members, family & friends enjoyed an abundance of food and then dominated the dance floor for the remainder of the evening. Some of our members visited the Masters Collection exhibition at the National Art Gallery at 10:30pm, making the most of their time in Canberra!

Sunday morning, 14 of our Club cars made their way to the "Patrick White Lawns". The President of the Fiat Club of ACT, Geoff Hall, invited our club to cavalcade through the streets of Canberra and captured this on DVD (film/video). The video willl be professionally edited and will be available on You tube shortly!

Our club was extremely well represented at the display. Members Gerardo Mediati, Maurizio Puglisi & John Di Rocco were voted 1st in the class of Best Fiat Sedan, Best Fiat spider and best Exotic, respectively. Each were presented with a 1st prize trophy and a hand shake from the Consul of Italy!

Member Alessandro Di Rocco was also fortunate, taking home six bottles of Barossa Valley red for having the winning entrance ticket! All in all a spectacular day for the IMSMC!

We hope to do it all again at Auto Italia 2011.

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