Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Trip to Griffith 2016

On the 26th of august our trip to Griffith and Leeton began in earnest, our meeting place at the service centre on the Hume highway was attended by 19 members and friends of IMSMC.
a cold and clear morning presented itself as we moved down the Hume highway and onto our destination, Griffith.|

Our first stop was Yass where we had a traditional breakfast of pannini con salame, cake and coffee with a "sweetener". The next stop was Temora was lunch where we stretched our legs and indulged in some well made sandwiches.

Onwards to Griffith as we passed kilometers of picturesque canola fields. We arrived in Griffith and settled into our hotel. after a a period of well deserved rest. members and friends met at the Griffith Leagues club where we settled and a number of drinks were imbibed. After a wonderful session we ordered our dinner and retired to the banquet room which was specially prepared for us and we affectionately renamed and referred to this room as the bouquet room, go figure!

Saturday morning our bus was waiting to take us on a tour of the Murrumbidgee irrigation area referred to as the "Riverina". A very educational tour indeed . Did you know that 50,000 hectares will be sown with cotton this year? All cotton is being shipped to China. During the tour we were treated to a number of locally produced home grown treats including sauces, olives and pickled onions.

Leeton Council together with the staff of the visitors centre put on a seminar including a video explaining how the Riverina works. The visitors centre a magnificent period building, was the managers quarters during the construction period of the waterways in 1912.
The MI (Murrumbidgee Irrigation) area is such an important and integral part of the NSW economy. It is a vast farming area which I believe should be taught in schools, they employ many people and use the latest equipment and technology.. Lots happening in rural NSW!

At this stage let me mention the wineries we attended: Calabria wines, Lilli Pilli and De Bortoli. Great deals, exceptional tasting, good company and a bus to drive us around needless to say a rather “Full Filling” day.

Sunday the sausage festa was attended by 1100 people, under a huge marquee, we were protected from the elements. At one stage we needed to improve the ventilation due to a rise in temperature! (couldn't have been the wine!)

The food, wine and entertainment was awesome. Peter and Ivana Perri’s son Anthony won first prize in the raffle, a mountain bike, he was last seen peddling back to Sydney on the Hume Highway. Well Done Anthony!

The Red Cross collected money from the crowd for the recent earthquake victims in Italy, the donations were started off by Griffith council with $1000. The IMSMC table Raised over $150!

All in all a great (long) weekend away! The festa was well attended and booked out well in advance of the event, and is well worth attending!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

FerrAgosto 2016

Sunday the 21st of August, 37 Italian Made Social Motoring Club Cars, presented themselves at the FerrAgosto Festa in Five Dock.
What a splendid Day! Dante Giacosa providing one of the best Winters days in 2016. Our members are each to be commended for the manner in which they gathered, organised and presented their vehicles for this iconic Sydney Italian Festival.
With great efficiency and organisation, the "Italian Stallions" moved from Croydon to the "main drag" of Five Dock, parking their cars and creating immediate impact to the public. Our cars, our members, attracting immediate interest in our Italian engineered cars, which was obvious ALL DAY LONG!
We were blessed with the weather! What a glorious day. Our members were able to enjoy the "multicultural" cuisine which extended for Kilometers along Great North Rd.
A special mention to member David Mirabella, who presented for the first time, his wonderfully restored 1960 Fiat 500N. A real credit to you David - Congratulations!
Congratulations to everyone who participated. Thank you to the number of members who attended with and without their cars. A wonderful and noticeable contribution to the FerrAgosto celebration!
Happy FerrAgosto to All! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shannons Sydney Classic 2016

On Sunday the 14th of August, IMSMC participated in the SHANNONS SYDNEY CLASSIC, held at the Eastern Creek Motorsport park.
It was wonderful to see over 35 of our beautiful machines assembled together, as the weather turned on one of the best winters days that we have seen in a while!
Our usual morning greetings were plentiful. At 10:00am, our cars enjoyed the traditional lap/parade of the raceway. All on board, the rumble of Italian fine tuned motors were away.
Upon return to our Area C, morning tea was shared! Bread Rolls, pizza, olives coffee and refreshments, creating a perfectly relaxing remainder of the day.
We were surrounded by approximately 2000 classics of all makes and models,eye candy for every motoring enthusiasts.
Charlie Losinno, entered his recently restored 1948 FIAT Topolino in the Presidents concourse on Pitt Lane. CONGRATULATIONS CHARLIE. The car is a real credit to you. The TOPOLINO achieved 1st Place in the the category of 1941 to 1950 & was also placed as "THE JUDGES CHOICE OF THE CONCOURSE!"
Well Done Everyone. The preparation of our vehicles and enthusiasm is obvious to fellow enthusiasts. What a Day!