Tuesday, November 12, 2019

IMSMC trip to Jindabyne

Who needs 1000 reasons to travel to Jindabyne?

Over thirty members and friends covered over 1000 kilometers of driving bliss, in the high country of New South Wales. What a great weekend, our first meeting spot was at the Pheasants Nest rest stop, then onto Goulburn for breakfast. 

Another stop at Hume where our cavalcade to Cooma took place, stopping at the Cooma Monaro Car Club. What an amazing place! It's a club house and museum, run by the communities passionatos where members & associates cars are stored and displayed. The hospitality extended toward us was incredible.

At the conclusion, onward to destination Jindabyne, where each of our breakfasts, lunches & dinners were all organised in the usual IMSMC Fashion! Thank you Mick & Cate Stivala for all your efforts!

Sunday morning and the stallions were bound for Perisher and Charlotte Pass, where, to our surprise we found SNOW! The Italian design engineers of the 1960's and 70's talents, were reflected in the manner in which the cars each blended into the surrounding environment with snow caps and cover everywhere! They looked awesome!

Later that afternoon, we visited the "House of Stivala"...an elite coffee house- by "special invitation only!"

All great weekends pass too quickly - homeward bound on Monday morning - The motoring experience to and from Jindabyne was 95% hassle free - as some little engined classics made their presence known, but with some help from "member experts" all arrived home safely. Thanks for your assistance Tony Albanese and Gerardo Mediati.

A great weekend and once again, one that is sure to happen again!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Concorso D'Eleganza 2019

With bated breath we awaited the postponed date of 3rd of November for our Concorso D'Eleganza 2019. It was a great day, the weather threatening to challenge us again!

Over fifty IMSMC vehicles shared in an experience, where four of Sydney's top Italian car clubs come together once a year, in great capacity, sharing in one ideal; Italian made automotive genius.  All four clubs had a great representation of Italian Automotive

As part of the celebrations, IMSMC celebrated and acknowledged the 70th anniversary of Abarth and the 50th anniversary of the Fiat 128.

A huge thank you to EVERYONE that participated and shared in the passion, sharing the significance of bringing four clubs together!

The four presidents, concured and picked one car from each club that reflected the brilliance of each club. The presidents of the three other clubs, chose the 1000OT Berlina, of Leo Di Rocco, as a fine example of Fiat/Abarth Brilliance, down to the final nut and bolt - It even has a right hand drive, drivers side windshield!

Congratulations Leo. This awarded Leo the perpetual trophy that has been donated to the club by Bob Young... the trophy has it's own historic story, which Bob will gladly explain to us all. Leo was awarded the presidents choice (combined four clubs) IMSMC Car of the day.

As another contribution, adding to the spirit of the day, member Tony Campisi, with the assistance of Gerry Mediati, unveiled a wonderfully presented/restored Fiat Abarth 695 (Period). What a delight, thank you Tony Campisi. Thank you for a significant contribution to a very special day that brings four passionate clubs together.

Our club sponsors are acknowledged every opportunity we have .We thank them for their contribution to concorso and the viability of our club, for the benefit of all. Thank you to the following sponsors;

Adrian and Rita Murer
Campisi Fine Food and Deli
Frank’s Pitstop Motors
Gladesville Auto Body Works
Napoli Excavations
Show Technology
Siderno Pasticceria
VRS Smash Repairs

Our acknowledgements go to the following members for their wonderfully presented cars;

Best Classic Fiat 500: Ross Tizzone 1969 500F
Best Modern: John Losinno. 2014 595 Arbath
Best 70th Anniverasry Arbarth: Vince Fragomeli ( 1969 1300 Lombardi)
Best 50th Anniversary Fiat 128: Cristian Parolin ( 1974, 128 Rally)
Best Sedan: Tony Campisi - Unveiled 1969 , Arbath 695.
Best Spider: Rocco Morizzi: 1969 FIAT 1500 Cabriolet

Committee encouragement: Fabio Santarelli and Joe Li Vaccari: co-owned 1964 Fiat 600
Four presidents' award: Best for IMSMC: Leo Di Rocco 1969 Arbath 1000 OT Berlina

The coupe' class was the biggest class and; hardest task to award. Over twenty cars participated in this class. We came up with two participants that could not go unnoticed nor differentiated;

Best Coupe': In alphabetical order;
Sebastian Ferla and Frank Roccisano: 1974 Fiat Coupe and; Fiat 850 1969 Sports Coupe.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all our participants – each car looked amazing!

Thank You IMSMC!