Monday, November 30, 2020

Berrima Weekend

On the weekend of the 28th of November, Chapter III, of the Covid restricted events was held in Berrima.

17 of our FIAT 850 members and family,  gathered for a great weekend event. Well... it started off as an 850 event, but due to the hot weather forecast for the weekend, it became a gathering of Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Fiat and Abarths! (each of these brands have 850 technology, somewhere right?)


Our Lunch experience and wine tasting  was held outdoors under thick pine trees of the Bendooley Estate Winery. The pine trees shaded us from the sun and created a cool and pleasant atmosphere. The wine wasn't a bad drop, some opting to purchase a dozen or 3 of Bendooly's finest wines after the tasting!


From there we checked  into our accommodation, the Berrima Bakehouse Motel. Members freshened up and then made their way across the road to the Surveyor General Inn, where we were entertained in the garden by two fine musicians. Later that evening members enjoyed a great meal in air conditioned comfort!


The following morning's breakfast was served at the Berrima Bakehouse. Two Italian Brothers, recently arrived from Italy creating a taste & texture that is rarley found outside of Italy! Amazing crusty bread and excellent cakes! The coffee was pretty good too! 


We really hope to do this event again... driving our Classic 850's ( many variations) in the cooler months of 2021.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

St. Albans Part 2

Sunday the 15th of November, Chapter 2 of the Classic 500's "Covid restricted numbers" event was held in St. Albans. In order to reach our destination, a river crossing was required! There were so many 500's, that the punt's Captain couldn't accommodate us in one crossing! He said he'll do better next time! Maybe next year, in the cooler months - as the conditions were quite challenging! None the less,we did extremely well.

Once again our lunch was excellent - The beverages were ample, having discovered a new way to transport the delicate drop!


Prior to  driving  the 30 km track along the banks of the river, many felt it would be safe to "fill up"... the local Petrol station "just" had enough for our thirsty high powered 500's.


Our day concluded at the CSI Club in Schofields for refreshments with some members opting for an afternoon snack. Each highlighting that the facilities , food & drink  are certainly worth visiting again and again!


Thank you to our 500 members, family & friends for your enthusiasm  and participation over this "memorable" Covid restricted event.


Monday, November 9, 2020

Lunch At St. Albans

Sunday the 8th of November, saw a small group of "Cinquecentisti" make their way to Settlers pub at St. Albans for a great cruise and fantastic lunch!

 Our day began at our meeting place at McGraths Hill Mc Donalds (Thank you sponsor) where we followed Pitt Town Road to Wisemans Ferry. We crossed on the "punt" and cruised to our lunch spot. Busy place!


Upon arrival, our little machines attracted the attention of other patrons. Our Covid marshall quickly expressed 

"Do not touch the cars, take a photo and move on!"

At the conclusion of lunch, we made our way westward along the banks of the river to Sackville and then onto the CSI Club in Schofields for cake, coffee, ice cream and refreshments. Wonderful to have seen some friends at this club. We will be frequenting the CSI quite often in the future, once all logistics are sorted.


This was the first of our "Covid events" where only less than 30 people can participate.. is was "cosy".


A great day had by all.


Thanks to our participants. We look forward to more!