Tuesday, December 4, 2018

IMSMC Chirstmas Party 2018

On Sunday 2nd December, 150 members, family and friends attended the IMSMC Christmas Lunch at Manor on Elizabeth at Wetherill Park. On arrival members and guests were greeted by member Tony Campisi's white Fiat 500 in the venue's foyer, as well as the beautiful display of members Italian classics, along the glassed foyer exterior..

In the background two huge screens, showcased videos from IMSMC events throughout the year.

After a brief welcome from our club secretary, Lino De Iulio and our president  Gianni Di Rocco, all the guests feasted on grazing boards of ample antipasto followed by various pasta dishes, meats and salads. This was  followed by a a selection of grazing boards consisting of various seasonal fresh fruits. Coffee, tea and our traditional IMSMC cake followed soon after.

Santa Claus made a welcome appearance and distributed some goodies to the excited children present! 

The raffle followed, with 22  great prizes on offer. Many thanks to all our prize donors.

At the close of the event each guest received a "Pandorino" compliments of IMSMC.

What a fantastic final IMSMC event for for 2018! Thank you to all the members and their guests for taking part in our 2018 Christmas lunch.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

4 Bridges to Pittwater 500 Run

On Sunday 25th November 16 of our Cinquini gathered at La Montage at Lillyfield for our four bridges run to The Royal Motor Yacht Club at Broken Bay on the Pittwater.

We were once again blessed with great weather ideal for our 500 Classics.
Heading off in convoy toward The Anzac Bridge, continuing onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge, followed by the historic Long Gully Suspension Bridge at Northbridge and finally Roseville Bridge.
On arriving at the Yacht Club we took the opportunity of numerous photo opportunities with the breathtaking views of the marina and yachts in the background. 

Breakfast was served out on the marina right on the waterfront with 38 members and guests enjoying the exceptional food.

Another enjoyable day filled with passion, friendship and camaraderie.

Thank you to all the members who attended and it’s with your support and enthusiasm that we continue to organize these exceptional drives where we get to enjoy our wonderful cars.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Concorso D'eleganza 2018

Sunday 11Th November saw the 3rd attempt at the Annual Concorso D’Eleganza at Gough Whitlam Park, Earlwood. After 2 previous washouts it turned out to be a perfect spring day. 

At 10:59am, member Ray Beattie Sounded a whistle in preparation for the 11:00AM minute of Silence. The whistle is a Genuine NSW Police whistle, issued in the 1890's - Made in Birmingham - Our members recognised that Ray was preparing for the minute silence. He also donated an Australian Flag to our Club, truly touched by the experience and reverence that everyone showed. 

Thank you everyone who respected the minute of silence for the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day. 

Our Club exhibited 35 Cars and each member in attendance with their car received a 2018 memento, reflecting our 10th anniversary, as IMSMC. 
In order to encourage the "social aspect & anniversary of our Club", we introduced 3 categories; 

Encouragement Award went to Rino Zanello with his Fiat 2300S for his continued passion and participation. 

Special Interest went to Fabio Santarelli for his modified Fiat 500 Abarth. 

President’s choice went to Charlie Losinno for his beautifully restored and unique 1948 Topolino. 

Our sponsors were also acknowledged with presentation of plaques for their continued generosity. We greatly appreciate their generosity. 
Thank you everyone who attended to make this another memorable and enjoyable day.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Classic Yass 2018

What a wonderful weekend it was celebrating 'all things classic' at the Classic Yass on Saturday 3rd November 2018.

 21x IMSMC cars were present and overall 89 historic clubs participated in this years.This was the second year that IMSMC participated in the event  in Banjo Paterson and Riverbank Parks in the historic town of Yass.

The event featured a sensational Motor Show of 389 x Classic Cars, Motorcycles and Historic Racing Cars, as well as the thrills of the Billy Cart Derby a vintage fashion competition and many market stalls.

This is what some of the members said about this event:

"Was my first time attending this event and I was amazed to see how many classic cars there were!"" It Was great to catch up with all our IMSMC friends"" Great dinner on Saturday night and entertainment from the band playing 50s, 60s and 70s music. Was great to have a dance with friends""What a beautiful drive and weekend it was to cruise in our classic Italian cars"

My highlight of the weekend was cruising in our Alfa Spyder down the freeway, getting to see all the other Italian cars represented at this event and looking at all the different cars at the show.

I thought this was a great family day and was nice that we could make a weekend of it! 

I was so proud that, my Nonno, Charlie Losinno won the Presidents award and John Di Rocco won the Best European Car award that was presented by Jim Richards, past racing car driver.

A big thank you to our committee for organising this spectacular event. Thank you to our 58 members & family who participated with their classic cars and for your company at another great IMSMC event!

Alessandro Romeo

Junior Italian Car Enthusiast

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Auto Festa 2018

Sunday the 28th of October. "International" cuisine, drink, fashion, entertainment coffee and sweets, made up the Norton street festa of 2019. Italian Made Social Motoring Club, displaying over 40 cars... our contribution to this years event.
Our Cavlacade began on Parramatta Rd, where our classics made their way toward Pioneer Park. The videos that can be seen on our facebook page, creates imagery of scenes from the 1960's. Thanks to the expertise of many of our members, posting and sharing events of the day.
Our club cars arrived at Pioneer Park and were scattered among the pine trees (quite fitting)... some call it "Italian Style "park where you can!.
Within no time, the food and beverage began, with many members sharing in those "homemade goodies" and quickly spreading themselves among the many eateries along Norton street.
Great to see so many members share in the experience. One of the most notable things are the smiles and sharing that exists within our member base, It is obvious to friends and members alike!

A memorable event! Thank you IMSMC.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Dayelsford 2018

A Dayelsford Experience

Friday the 19th of October through to Monday the 22nd of October, 33 members of IMSMC participated in a 4 day Dayelsford experience. What a great experience it was!

An early departure down the Hume Hwy, with stops at Pheasants Nest, Yass, Yarrawonga and into Dayelsford.

A Friday Night Dinner at Rubens ,  Breakfasts at Bellinzona, A Saturday Lunch experience at "The Convent". Enjoying the sites & sights of Dayelsford - then a dinner dance  which allowed or a great nights rest.
Fresh on Sunday Morning, a full day bus tour with guide showing us so much that Dayelsford and surrounds has to offer. Our Sunday night experience was something "Truly" special. Our dinner was first class, fit for royalty. A dinner that will most certainly claim to be one of our best - fitting as we continue to celebrate our 10th anniversary!

This concluded our Dayelsford experience. In summary, a safe drive, excellent food & Drink, an eye opening experience and above all; GREAT COMPANY.

We always look forward to the next experience!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Eastern Creek and FerrAgosto 2018

Eastern Creek 2018

On Sunday 12th August 43 cars attended the annual Shannon’s CMC Classic car event at Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek.

We were once again blessed with sunshine and blue skies for most of the day.

At 10.30 in usual tradition ours cars paraded out with a lap of the racing circuit.

The day included members mingling among the vast array of exceptional classic cars and of course in Italian style enjoying the BYO coffee and biscuits.

Another great day spent with passionate and enthusiastic members in doing what we all love and enjoy

FerrAgosto 2018

On Sunday the 19th of August, 35 x IMSMC cars created a “Nostalgic” presentation of Historic Italian Cars, as a contribution to the Canada Bay Council Festa of FerrAgosto 2018.

Our members met in the morning, then cavalcaded together, down Parramatta Rd and headed toward the Festa, attracting curiosity, smiles and “friendly honks” from the public and passing traffic.

Upon arrival, all members parked with great efficiency (we’re getting very good at it now)... the colours of each car, beaming and lighting up First Avenue & Garfield streets.

The Festa offers all things Italian – Food, wine, fashion, music and the finest historic engineering. Our stall was in full swing, alongside our club sponsor stall of Casa Medusa!
A great family day. We are proud of our significant contribution to this great community event.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Porchetta @ Pangallo

On Sunday the 15th of July, 80 members and family made the trip to Pangallo Estate for a Porchetta picnic.

On arguably the coldest winters morning thus far, we met at McDonald's car park at Thornleigh, where we began our journey.

Crusing along the road toward the hunter valley, our destination Pangallo. Upon arrival, members were greeted by the friendly staff, offering preserved locally produced olives and oils, fresh fruit and wine! All for tasting and purchase.

Our members and; guests, in true IMSMC fashion, brought “appetizers” (enough food to feed a small army!), sharing their own samples of  home made goodies, for all to enjoy, whilst many basking in the glorious sunshine the day offered and meandering through the orchards.

Just prior to lunch being served, member Anthony Vecchio presented Lino De Iulio with a “green, white & red” hand made walking stick, as we commemorated Lino recently becoming a “Grandfather”. Looks like we’ll need a fair few of these, as the IMSMC community continues to grow!

Without further ado, the Porchetta was served by the wonderful staff at Pangallo Estate. A HUGE success. We should add that “their wasn’t any left over”, with each guest sufficiently satisfied with the offering.

Thank you to the staff at Pangallo Estate for a fantastic experience. Thank you to all the guests, for your contributions.

This event will definitely be repeated in the future. Certainly lays claim to be one of our best!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


On Friday Night at Club Marconi 107 guests attended the IMSMC Annual General Meeting.

On a busy Friday night ( usual Sydney traffic) we managed to commence our meeting very close to the proposed 7pm start time - THANK YOU!

After formalities, the member base was brought up to date regarding future events.

We were in the presence of Mr Lester Gough, on behalf of the Council of Motor Clubs. Lester provided an informative presentation regarding the HVS & CVS schemes recently implemented by the RTA (RMS), highlighting the importance of working within the guidelines, the reasons why and the implications of the logbook trial on all clubs.

Our appreciation of the sponsorship received, was greatly acknowledged. Where would we be without them?

At the conclusion of Lester's presentation, all guests were offered a complimentary pasta meal and a serving of our famous "Mille Foglie" cake.

The club Marconi staff worked tirelessly behind the bar, serving dinner and clearing tables all night. They are to be commended in the manner in which we were looked after. Thank you Club Marconi.

A video of 2017 was projected on the big screen, stimulating discussion and particular interest from our new members.

We are proud to advise all members that the "Ever, tireless working committee" remains unchanged. We look forward to a vibrant year ahead.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Nelune Fundraiser

Saturday Night, the 16th of June, IMSMC supported a fundraiser, for the Nelune foundation held at the Harbourview Restaurant at The Northbridge Golf Club.
125 guests, contributed to a fantastic night. The finest cuisine, great company, dancing and support, was shared among those in attendance.

Our night was opened, with a brief welcome, by our president and introduced our MC's for the evening; Elka & Thomas Whalan, Both Olympians who have represented Australia in water polo and swimming. Both are TV personalities, appearing regularly on Channel 7's Sunrise. They are HUGE supporters of The Nelune Foundation. They expressed their joy and greatly appreciate the support offered by IMSMC.
Nelune & Anna, co founders of the foundation were extremely overwhelmed by the support of our club.
Raffles, silent auctions , signed bottles of wine (1 signed by The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull!) were used to raise funds for a very worthy cause. Fighting cancer with dignity.
A Huge Thankyou to all the members, family & friends of IMSMC that attended. Thankyou to the members that donated items toward the fundraiser.

I am delighted to let you know that the Italian Festa raised $10,000 on Saturday night. What a wonderful outcome and thank you both for your enormous contribution and a huge, huge thanks to Doreen, Nina and the Italian Social Motoring Club and their members for making it the success it was.

The outreach services at the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre are in need of a car for home visits for patients receiving chemotherapy at home. With the $10k and hopefully with other end of year donations coming through they will be able to purchase a car.  Will keep you posted.

A great night - a worthy cause - proudly supported by our fine club.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Festa Della Repubblica 2018

On a glorious Autumn day, 70 members with family made up a display of 60 cars @ Club Marconi, celebrating “La Festa Della Repubblica 2018”.

All participating members are to be commended on the manner in which they efficiently arranged their cars into position with minimal fuss, creating a display reminiscent of Piazza Siracusa!

The day panned out in typical IMSMC fashion, with discussion, laughter and sharing “delights” of which were readily (and abundantly) available throughout the stalls at Club Marconi; Pizza, Pasta, Zeppoli, BBQ, Porchetta and of course the famous pannini from the CAMPISI FINE FOOD Stall.

We thank Club Marconi for offering every driver displaying

their car, a complimentary pasta (or Arrancini) lunch voucher & drink. We thank member William Nasato from CORPORATE AWARDS,  for offering the Trophies which were presented by the Marconi executive committee, on the day. Our winners are grinners;

Nat Stillone – 3rd Prize, Maserati Merack SS 1979
Robert Losinno – 2nd Prize, Alfa Romeo 1750 105 series 1971
Filippo Foti – 1st prize, Fiat Abarth 695 SS 1969

ALL OUR CARS ARE WONDERFUL – But one car deserves a special mention...(a personal favourite) Emmanuel Ziino, 1971 Dino GT Ferrari Coupe! Congratulations Emmanuel! A wonderful car – a real crowd pleaser!

Thank you to all that attended the day. Our Bancarella was in full swing with a great outcome. Thanks to our stall holders. A very big thank you to Oriana De Iulio, Rose Cara, Maria Losinno and Nina Stillone for your tireless efforts at the famous "Bancarella" throughout the day.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Weekend In Orange 2018

What a glorious weekend with perfect Classic Car Motoring weather!

37 members and friends joined us for what was a weekend filled with beautiful country roads, lovely local food and wines.
 Meeting at Glenbrook we convoyed in Classic Italian Made style to Lithgow and then onto Mayfield Vineyard set among the rolling hills of Orange. Enjoying the local wines, grazing at a table of nibbles and taking in the scenic views. 
Our next stop was Stockman’s Ridge a lovely vineyard with a stunning tree lined driveway where we settled in for a picnic lunch. Here we tasted the local wine which complemented beautifully with all the lovely food prepared by our members and guests. Spending the afternoon in and around the vineyards, soaking up the sunshine of the day!

Before sunset we all convoyed to our Hotel for a well-deserved rest before heading off to dinner at The Hotel Canoblas with more eating and drinking. 

Sunday was another spectacular day with the weather even milder than the day before. We head to Rowlee Wines, where we were welcomed by the owners Nicole and James who gave us a rundown of their single vineyard winery, tasting their exceptional wines. 
Next we headed to the Lake Canoblas Reserve where we took some lovely photos of our Classics with the lake as the backdrop. 

Finally we head to our lunch destination Borrodell Winery which is set on the picturesque slopes of the extinct volcano Mt Canoblas and is one of the highest vineyards with spectacular views over the Towac Valley.

Here we had an exceptional lunch, a 3 course seasonal menu from products sourced locally and from the Orchard in the vineyard. Here we all enjoyed the culinary delights of this wonderful restaurant. 

This concluded what was a special weekend with great weather, great drives, good food, wine and most importantly great company.