Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hunter Valley 2012

On the weekend of the 14th October, members of IMSMC partook in an excellent weekend away in the Hunter Valley. What a great weekend guys, it was awesome! After the weather conditions prevailing from the South and travelling Northwards through the Sydney Metro and into the Hunter Valley region on Thursday and Friday, Rain, hail, black ice and snow could not stop 13 IMSMC classic cars from travelling to the Hunter valley for two days of relaxing activities!

All members were determined to drive their classics and were rewarded with two glorious days of fine weather.
After meeting at McDonalds’ we moved off onto the F3 motorway, the vehicles travelled due north and into the Hunter wine area. Our first stop Tyrell’s winery, were the staff awaited our arrival; Fine wine was tasted amongst a murmur of conversation and appreciation.
The guessing competition was won by member Giovanna Romeo, she guessed that the wine barrels hold 2900 litres of wine each. IMSMC is not only a great club but very educational.
The wine tasting gave us an appetite. The picnic tables were set up and the usual culinary delights were enjoyed.
Our next stop De Bortoli winery were our guest entertained us during the wine tasting. Nothing like a few laughs over some fine wine!
 Our last stop was at First Creek, and as usual was memorable. Vice President Charlie Losinno drove his FIAT 500 from Greysteynes to Pokolbin, to commemorate this feat we parked the 500 inside the cellar doors.

After a busy day we returned to our Hotels and ready for dinner and a few refreshing ales.
 Two members attended the opera at Wyndam Estate, a fact finding mission for and on behalf. “IMSMC GOES TO THE OPERA”, start saving your pennies, possibly another future IMSMC event!
Sunday morning and all ready to attend the Hunter valley gardens “Spring Cruisin”. Cars of all shapes and sizes arrived in an orderly fashion. Some cars that attended were very special and brought back many memories especially the Holden Sandman.

Our president Gianni Di Rocco won a bottle of wine, someone liked his car!
Alas, all good things come to an end; Our table was full of goodies provided by a number of generous members for Sunday lunch, all packed and our members and cars were Southward bound.
 Thank you to all members of IMSMC who participated for making this yet another memorable event.

Monday, October 8, 2012


Friday 5th October at Club Marconi, 70 IMSMC members and family attended the 2011-2012 Annual General meeting.

Our respective committee members presented their reports, new members were introduced, we look forward to having them participate in our events and share in the IMSMC spirit - Welcome guys! Each member was given the opportunity to present their ideas, each has been noted and will each be attended to and will be reported back in forthcoming liaisons.

Some special presentations took place - with 2 members receiving a gift voucher for their 100% attendance record. Well done Robert Losinno & Sandy Stillone. There is a 3rd person too! ( Who could that be?).

Alessandro Di Rocco received a voucher for his efforts regarding the upkeep of the club Blog. Elissa Portelli was rewarded for her efforts in establishing and up keeping  the IMSMC Facebook page!

A special award was presented to Member Michael Stivala. Michael showed great initiative at this years Auto Italia in Canberra. At 5:00am in the morning Michael, washed and chamoised 5 member cars, of his own initiative, assisting with the preparation of club cars for the static display later that day! Thanks Michael and great act of kindness and comradery!

At the conclusion of the AGM, each person attending received a complimentary "famous" Marconi pasta meal!!

Our club continues to grow and it's wonderful to see the amount of "extended family" that participates in our events; a mix of young, younger & youngest equates to what IMSMC has become! We would like to encourage maximum participation at the Annual Ball of 2013, to be held at the Mediterranean House in Five Dock, Saturday Night, 2nd March, 2013. This will be a 5th birthday celebration!

Each member was reminded and encouraged to apply  for any committee position and are welcome to work alongside any of the existing committee members in the forthcoming year!

No ballot was required, as the 7 positions were uncontested. Our committee will continue to do what they do...the greatest reward for our current committee is the high level of enthusiasm and support we receive from our members. Thanks for making IMSMC, what we believe to be, the most active car club in the Country!