Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ICT- Leichhardt

Sunday the 22nd of May, 13 of our club cars created a wonderful display at the Italian Forum in Leichhardt, to welcome the participants of ICT - this year a rally from Lygon Street, Carlton Victoria, to Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW.

Accompanying out 13 member cars was a large contingent of family members that waited patiently at the restaurant "Sapore della Vigna" awaiting the arrival of the competitors cars. IMSMC cars created a typical classic Italian setting, reminiscent of the classic 60'-70's period. Cars of the IMSMC display included 500's, 600's, a 124, 128, Topolino's, Alfa 105, and a special mention to member Domenic Ardino who presented a unique 1967, FIAT 206 Dino Spider.

Thank you to Mastertouch Automotive , who offered wine to the members and Gladesville Automotive, for coffee later onin the afternoon, while standing around in the piazza it really felt like you were in Italy!

We were joined by a number of members throughout the afternoon - with one young visitor from Italy exclaiming, "It's difficult to find such wonderful examples of these cars, in Italia!"

Members from IMSMC made a wonderful contribution to the Italian Connection Trophy, an event that our club was part of at the first rally and has continued to support since 2008. We have had 2 members participate in the past and from some discussions it looks like some more may well participate in the Sydney to Melbourne rally!

Once again a big Thank you to all members and friends who participate and visited us on the day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

National Motoring Heritage Day: Wollongong

On a cool Sunday morning, sixteen IMSMC cars with double the amount of members and family, assembled at the Patridge VC rest area at Narellan. A brilliant array of classic colours! Members Tony & Giovanna Romeo, presented their latest acquisition, a 1960 Fiat 600, for its maiden voyage! Quite fittingly, they also won a bottle of wine in the member raffle, held just before departure!

All sixteen vehicles kept pace and stuck together all the way to our destination, with three Fiat 500's (deserving special mention) setting the pace; Charlie Losinno as the head car (we couldn't catch him!), Leo Di Rocco keeping an eye on things in the middle in his 695 and Lloyd Jamieson keeping a watchful eye just in front of our tail car, Maurice Puglisi in his Lancia - thanks Maurice!

Upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised to find another two "new" members, Graham Chegwidden & Bob Teece, already at the Fraternity club, having driven two wonderful examples of a Fiat 124CC & a Fiat1100.

The organisers graciously offered each member a Barbeque lunch and also presented us with "Castagne". A very kind gesture.

Our club stall was in full swing, with many people obtaining a Club profile & request for membership sheet.

In amongst the many visitors asking questions to many of our members, about their cars, you could often hear an outburst of group laughter (certainly the mark of an IMSMC event).

Like all good things, the day came to a conclusion. The machines fired up and we headed north to Sydney for a wonderful drive that capped off a very memorable visit to the Capital of Southern Sydney - Wollongong!