Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pangallo Estate Winery.

Viva Pangallo!

On Sunday the 21st of June, 60 members and family visited the Pangallo Estate Winery in Richmond Grove. Our day began with our traditional rendezvous at Thornleigh, where "double shot" espresso and cappuccino's were in order.

At 9:00am we set off Northbound on the M1 with a  cavalcade of 20+ cars bound for Pangallo...incident free, our machines arrived to be greeted by Lyn & Mick Pangallo for wine tasting (very good!) , olive oil and marinated olives to sample and purchase.

We assembled at the Pergola, within minutes enough "nibblies" to last a month was spread over the tables, with everyone sharing and sampling each others specialties!

We were entertained by a singer on guitar singing a few "traditional Italian songs" which were popular amongst our members, all in chorus.

Shortly afterwards we were served pasta with spare ribs cooked in red passata tomato sauce (with parmesan cheese and chilli!). The afternoon unfolded with great company, as members and friends mingled and shared a laugh. Meanwhile, Leo (registrar) set up his portable coffee Bar (2 of the biggest Moka caffettiere you ever did see!

and served the crew! some opting for the  "corretto" option of-course!)

All great days conclude and happy to report that all went extremely well. Lyn Pangallo expressed her thanks for our presence. Committee member, Rose Cara, WE THANK YOU FOR ORGANISING A GREAT DAY!

See you next time!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Festa Della Repubblica 2015

Sunday the 31st of March our club presented 36 cars in static display at Club Marconi for our annual contribution to "La Festa Della Repubblica".
Our cars looked fantastic and generated a great deal of interest, all day, from the public. Everyone has a story to tell about where they went, what they did in their Fiat, Alfa in 1963, 76, 84 etc! Always interesting and wonderful to offer some "nostalgia!"
Our members were offered a lunch voucher, courtesy of Club Marconi. Member Tony Campisi also offered a tray of "excellent pannini" made up of salami, prosciutto, mortadella, provolone, pepperoni and carciofi!... the bread is some of Sydney's best! Thank you Tony. A fine gesture!

Food, wine, pasta, Italian cakes and entertainment was all in abundance.
At approximately 2:00pm, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, walked around the grounds. As he past the IMSMC bancarella, our president strategically approached his entourage, called out his name, "Mr. Abbott!". They shook hands. Mr Abbott was handed a club cap. He looked at it and read out aloud, "Italian Made!" The Prime Minister then proceeded to put the hat on, and the Papparazi went mad!... one of those memorable moments ladies and gentlemen of IMSMC!!
At 3:00pm, our cars were judged by the Marconi executive. Firstly thank you everyone that participated, creating a fantastic display. Our winners on the day are as follows; ( a hard job for the judges). The trophies being donated by member William Nasato form Corporate Awards Australia. Thank you William!
 3rd  Vince Li Vaccari 2005 Enzo Ferrari
2nd Rino Zanello 1966 Fiat 2300 Coupe'
1st Pat Marando 1969 Fiat 695.

The afternoon progressed with an abundance of all good things, Italian.

At 6:00pm a Fireworks display concluded the celebrations. A great day. Thank you everyone!