Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Festa Della Repubblica 2019

Sunday 25th May, 45 IMSMC cars along with 67 members and family participated in the annual celebration held at Club Marconi for the occasion of Italy becoming a republic.

Our day began at our dedicated area in the Marconi carpark, where we assembled, extended greetings, welcomed our new members and discussed our display for the day. We experienced a touch of light rain in the early morning but it soon subsided and we enjoyed great autumn weather for the rest of the day.

Our cars were mainly arranged in category including , Fiat 500s, other Fiat models, Alfa Romeo, Autobianchi and Lancia.
The day unfolded with all things Italian, cannoli, torrone, cakes, sausages, arancini, pannini, pizza, pasta, wine and castagne (chestnuts). All visitors were able to enjoy the full club facilities.
Our member Anthony Vecchio, brought many kilos of home grown mandarins to share with members, whilst they sat next to our Bancarella. 

What an enjoyable way to sit, chat, drink and have a laugh. Lena Zanello and Caroline Portelli shared their scrumptious home made biscuits and amaretti, thank you! Also thank you to Lena for helping to set up the Bancarella goods.
Thank you to Marconi Club for providing the seating and tables for our members use throughout the day.

At 3pm the Club Marconi executive committee, made their way to our display to judge and give recognition to their vote for the top three cars of the day. Congratulations to our winners!
1st – Tony Castiglione – Fiat 500
2nd – Robert Losinno – Alfa Romeo – 105 series coupe
3rd- John Calcara – Fiat 1500

The judges highlighted how increasingly difficult it is to pick the winners, as the quality of our vehicles is outstanding. It was fantastic to witness the level of passion that was reflected in the presentation of our vehicles, great effort members.
A big thank you to IMSMC member William Nasato & Corporate Awards, for assistance and contribution with our event trophies.

Thank you to everyone who participated, Marconi Festa Della Repubblica is one our highlight annual events, where we can “give back” to Club Marconi, for their ongoing wonderful support over the years.

 Another great day for IMSMC members and their families.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

National Motoring Heritage Day 2019

On a crisp autumn morning, we met at VC Partridge Rest Stop on the Hume Highway as we ventured along Picton Road with views of the morning mist and clear skies.

Our convoy of 23 cars made our way along winding roads and breathtaking scenery passing the coastal town of Kiama and surrounds. Entering the Berry showground, we were engulfed by a sea of historic, vintage and classic vehicles.

In the usual IMSMC style, homemade coffee and biscotti were passed around and eagerly consumed.
As an added bonus we were accompanied by Ms Masako Fukui and Caterina Pacilaeo invited guests of Rose Cara.

Masako is an ABC Radio journalist who interviewed members and recorded audio of the vehicles’ engines for a possible program. Caterina is a Sydney based photographer and artist who is interested in photographing classic vehicles for their artistic value and took photos of the cars parading in the showground.

It was wonderful to see our members passionately talking to Masako and Caterina about their cars. The members were excited and animated as they shared their stories with both reporter and artist.

A new and refreshing experience was had by all.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Breakfast at Scarborough

Sunday the 5th of May saw 69 adults & 5 children in 33 classic Italian Made cars (moderns too) attend the breakfast at the Scarborough hotel.

Our meeting place was the Shell service station on Davies Rd Punchbowl, where the owner was very accommodating, knowing that many cups of coffee and petrol would be purchased! He also took the opportunity to take some photographs of our classics, as he had not seen many of our veterans for many years.

Right on 8am, the cavalcade exited the station, bound for Scarborough, via a 40 minute enjoyable cruise through the National Park - what a great drive!
 Upon arrival, we efficiently "triple parked" the stallions and moved inside, where the coffee's flowed and the "breakfast team" worked triple time to cater for 74 hungry members!! The weather turned for the worse (lasted about 10 minutes), then the sunshine returned. Meanwhile we were protected from the elements "inside the restaurant" - our intention was to sit outside and enjoy the view of our beautiful coast linemany ran with this option! We'll  aim to do that next time.
 Thank you to "JCJR Team Losinno" for investigating the venue and a special mention to Robert Losinno for organising the finer details - Cheers Rob!

Thanks for your attendance everyone, the numbers are significant at every event! - That's IMSMC!