Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ettalong Oyster Festival

Sunday the 13th of November, 50 members and family in 19 Italian Machines, participated in the Oyster Festival in Ettalong.

Our meeting place was McDonald's's at Thornleigh - (Thanks again Macca's!) and right on time (about half an hour late!) we were on our way, heading up the M1, What a sight! (see images and live stream on Facebook). Rob Losinno posting the live stream, a first for our IMSMC page and Elissa Losinno capturing many action shots. Thanks guys! Be sure to check our web site for images and these attached! Thanks Leo Di Rocco.

Our arrival was somewhat exciting, as security arranged (and re-arranged) our positioning - all conducive to enjoying our first refreshment.

A spectacular day by the seaside! Our cars looked great and attracted significant interest from the public, while the IMSMC crew, enjoyed the "passegiata" through "The Esplanade" where there were many stalls and of course, OYSTERS!

A special mention to member Joe Serratore who participated in an Oyster eating competition, picking up second prize! It seems Joe lost a few seconds on "start up" but he almost took out the prize!

As the "splendid day'' unfolded, (sunshine in abundance) members sought refuge in the Mantra Hotel, enjoying the air conditioning, food, refreshments and good company.

All good things conclude, with a mass exit of our stallions exiting Beach road, bound for Sydney...

A small number of members remaining behind and continued to enjoy the facilities, returning home on Monday morning.

A great event, 1000's of people, plenty to do and enjoy!

Thanks Ettalong!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Auto Festa Leichhardt 2016

 Oh what a Day!

The IMSMC contingency made up the Bulk of the cars at the combined display on Pioneer Park. A great contribution by our club, thank you!

Sunday the 30th of October, proved to be one of the warmest (and a bit humid) days of Spring 2016, thus far. But the sun was shining and our cars looked great. The front row of our display contained the Fiat 124 and The Fiat Topolino, both celebrating the 50th and 80th anniversaries, respectively.

These were the first cars to arrive, while we set up our stall, banners and flags. Then, right on cue, our stallions arrived, turning heads and immediately capturing the attention of the public. Parking “anywhere” (Italian Style), our impact and contribution to the festivities getting well underway. The local Police Force taking a particular interest in the Losinno Carabinieri Car!

There is always something special, making an appearance for the first time, Daniel Sullo in a “special” Fiat 124 CC – special in all the right places and we must congratulate member Joe Li Vaccari, presenting a recently acquired Dino Ferrari. Welcome to the stable!

At 1 o’clock, a complimentary porchetta roll was offered on behalf of Patrick O’Reilly ( The event manager). IMSMC STAFF: Rose Cara, Oriana De Iulio, Rosemary Romeo, Carmel Losinno, Caroline Portelli, Charlie and Maria Losinno, cutting, carving, and serving the people. A special effort – Thank you guys greatly appreciate your passion...just like Nonna always said, “You MUST eat!".

It was wonderful to have seen so many IMSMC members visit on the day, sharing in the experience. The royal hotel had a wonderful location, providing refreshments to the the loyal IMSMC customers. They too express their thanks.

To top off a wonderful day, as we reached home, a wonderful recognition to all, as a quick story on Channel 7 news, panning across our display with the IMSMC banner and logo , beamed across the country in our living rooms.

Let’s do it again, real soon!