Tuesday, October 29, 2013


On Sunday 27th Oct, IMSMC was one of four clubs that participated in the inaugural Auto Festa as part of the Norton Street Festa di Leichhardt. Our club display was made up of 51 vehicles, dispersed throughout Pioneer Park. The Fiat 500s (and derivatives) amongst the Pencil pine trees and the remainder of our cars parked (Italian style) amongst the Olive trees, creating a display with an "atmosfera Italiana", second to none!
Our extreme thanks to each driver who organised themselves to create this wonderful display. A huge thank you to our volunteer members and committee representatives that gave up so much of their time serving at the club stall and issuing many club profiles and membership forms.
We welcome new member Rod Barrett and his wife Dan, who joined on the day.
They bring a dearly loved X-19 into our stable. Welcome guys! It appears, with every event, a member brings something new! Congratulations to Michael and Cate Stivala with their Fiat 124 appearing for the fist time. A real credit to you guys...a wonderful car!Member Joe Lecce presented his beautifully restored Fiat 500. Nice to have Beppe back Joe!

The Norton Street Festa gives everyone the opportunity to experience food, wine, fashion and engineering from all corners of Italia and beyond! Many members were seen lining up for the famous "porchetta roll, gnocchi and pizza" (to name a few)...interestingly these same members were seen lining up at the corner pub sampling a Peroni or two.

As part of our ongoing 5th birthday celebrations, each member that attended with their vehicle received a medallion commemorating (and recognising) their participation at this event. This was offered on behalf of IMSMC, and with assistance from NRMA Vintage &Veteran Classic Car Insurance. At the conclusion of the day, the paparazzi came alive as the IMSMC members presented the "largest Italian flag" in the country! (well maybe the largest in Leichhardt)! We always look forward to participating in what has always been a major event on our club calendar since 2008. We have been instrumental in creating Auto Festa and will continue to make significant contribution to the status of this event. Thank you all!