Monday, March 28, 2011

Walnut Run

On Sunday morning, the 27th of March Members from IMSMC gathered to participate in what has become our annual Walnut Run.

At around 8am we departed from Birkshire Park and made our way up the mountains to Mt. Irvine. Over 20 families came along and brought with them some very special vehicles. The early birds made the most of the breakfast snacks that were available in store at the SHELL service station and were graced by the arrival of a very special vehicle prepared by Mr Joe Lecce and son Robert.

Congratulations Joe on your beautifully restored 1964 Fiat 1100D Riviera sedan. Joe made his maiden voyage and first presentation to the members on this eventful afternoon. We also met with new member Kerry and Jude Terry, in their beatiful 3.2L Alfa Brera. We particular like the colour of Kerry's car, IMSMC Royal blue. Nice colour Kerry!

A special mention MUST go to member Vince Santoro. He and "buddy" his pet dog, took "The 1969 Fiat 500" for the trip to Mt Irvine. The little legs of the classic worked extremely hard as it negotiated the hills extremely well. Unfortunately, Vince experienced a slight hiccup but "All part of motoring in a little Classic" said Vince, "Nothing a good mechanic can't fix!"

Onto Kookootonga Farm, where the IMSMC visitors picked and purchased over 100kg's of Chestnuts, no walnuts!!! We should have changed the name of the event for 2011.

All done, down to Bilpin Fruit Bowl for a picnic lunch. The IMSMC restaurant came alive - An array of the finest foods and beverage. The compulsory Caffetiera was on the boil. Meanwhile, some members deciding to "kick back" and enjoy the sweet aromas, while others went into the farm and pick fresh apples! delicious!

Before we knew it, it was time to go! Homeward bound. The classics, new and older made their way down the steep descents of Bilpin.

We'll see you next year!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Waterfront

On Sunday the 13th of March. Members contributed significantly to the display at the Italian Waterfront Festa at Homebush Bay. The display created by IMSMC included 28 cars and 1 supercharged Vespa!

We were joined by our very good friends of Combined Italian Automobile Organisation (CIAO!), Ducati Owners Club, Classic Italian motorcycle association of Australia and historic cars from other clubs.

A grand total of 85 vehicles made up the display.

On a very warm, humid day - Thanks Sydney - our club was exposed to many people. Merchandising sales were up, with Maria Losinno and Oriana De Iulio working feverishly to satisfy the crowd with our club merchandise. Thank you ladies!

As the temperature rose a number of members began to share their refreshments from their “esky's”. One of the stalls had "chilled limoncello" for sale; Leo Di Rocco purchased a bottle and shared with all club members! Thanks Leo.

The day progressed with a great deal of entertainment - music, pasta, pizza, cakes and coffee!

Our members remained at the Waterfront until 4:00pm.

Just as we were about to leave, Lino De Iulio walked from one of the restaurants and shared 2 trays of Arrancini and 3 pizzas with the members. Another gracious gesture, Thankyou Lino!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

IMSMC Annual Ball

Saturday the 26th of February saw members and guests attend the annual IMSMC Ball. This year we celebrated our third birthday. The ball this year saw 209 attendees enjoy a night of fun, food, song and dance - A true "Italian Made" experience.

Guests were greeted with beer, champagne and canapĂ©’s served at 6:00pm followed by a spectacular dinner served at 7:00pm by the highly professional and efficient staff of Castel D'Oro.

Guests enjoyed the entertainment and within ten seconds of the music starting the dance floor was full and remained that way throughout the night. It was amazing to see how many remembered the Nut bush!

27 items were raffled in our monster raffle, every table picked up at least 1 prize! The lucky door prize being won by Dino Capozzi, one night in the Hunter Valley! A very big thankyou to our sponsors, their continued support is greatly appreciated.

Please visit our updated sponsor’s link on our web page. The services available to our members through our sponsors are vast!

The committee would like to thank all who attended. The results are a true statement of their hard work. It was wonderful to see the number of family and friends that came along and enjoyed the "Atmosfera Italiana".
Like all good things, it was over before we knew it! The proprietor stretching the limits and allowing the music to continue to 12:30am. Smiles, hugs and laughter concluded the evening along with many words of thanks and appreciation being expressed to the organisers and a very big thank-you to James Stillone for his incredible photography on the night!

Once again, an amazing turnout of members and guests we hope to see you all again next year.