It's great to see and feel the enthusiasm at such a great event!
Sunday, April 18, 2021
The idea was to start serving breakfast at 8:00am, but upon arrival (at 7:45) the car park had already transformed into a typical Italian piazza - filled with historic & modern Italian machines.
Soon enough everyone moved inside and placed their order - meanwhile in the car park, they kept coming! More Italian classics completed the picture!
As we are accustomed, the morning was filled with discussion and laughter among good friends! As we know Covid limited our events and we're doing our best to catch up in 2021...it's working!
The facilities at Saluti are new and very modern. Conducive to another visit real soon!
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Saturday morning 28x IMSMC vehicles assembled at the Pheasants Nest truck stop, bound for Mackay VC. At Pheasants Nest, Mick Stivala had a slight problem, which almost prevented him bringing his beautifully restored 1970 Alfa Romeo Gulia Super sedan! In comes Tony Albanese stating, "This car will get to Auto Italia even if I have to push it there!"
Charlie Losinno was awarded as a finalist with his 1948 Topolino, coming in the top 9 finalists of the 600 cars on display and recognised as "The best in marque for Fiat 500 class".
Another significant award, was achieved by "Il Presidente" (Gianni Di Rocco) with the Italian ambassador selecting my 1963 850TC Abarth as the car of choice at this year's Auto Italia!
IMSMC is to be congratulated for the calibre of all our cars. The contribution we make to the annual event is greatly appreciated by the organising committee and is deemed as extremely significant to the overall event!
After our traditional morning tea at Mackay VC (welcoming new members Shane Franklin, Sam Pizzonia and Anthony Oliveri) Just as we thought we had eaten enough food, member Frank Roccisano presented a beautiful cake commemorating this year's event. Thankyou to both Frank & Gianni Roccisano of Siderno pasticcieria, for their donation! Thanks to Vince Calabro for transporting and picking up the food very early in the morning, from Campisi fine food deli. It's so hard to thank everyone.... so THANKYOU ALL!
A further thankyou to all who prepared the morning tea and contributed in the form of anchovies, pickled vegetables, tomatoes. eggplant and all kinds of other homemade, organic and traditional items! (We won't mention the chilli!)
59 members and guests attended our Saturday night dinner, 25 participants remained for the Sunday night dinner, all who attended were truly satisfied with the food, service and company.
On Monday morning, the remaining members, along with their Italian Machines, lead by member Brad Aitken, made their way from Canberra via Bungendore ( the south side of Lake George). We made our way through to Tarago, onto Bungonia then to Marulan ; 100km of climbing, descent and winding roads. Each car performed at peak levels. A truly memorable experience.
2021 Auto Italia, a huge success for IMSMC. Let's start planning for 2022!
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Compliments to our Covid Marshalls that made sure all complied. Thank you to the members that arrived and departed at the times they indicated, as this allowed the "private event" to go forward smoothly, not exceeding safe allowable numbers at any one time in the quadrangle. Alessandro Romeo ( future President) working tirelessly, making sure all guidelines were met! Thanks Alessandro!
At the conclusion of the day, we had a surprise visitor (on a casual basis) comedian Joe Avati paid us an unexpected visit! See if you can spot him in the group photo... he's the one not wearing the IMSMC shirt! The other guy in black is Dom! Thanks Dom, for a great experience!
must do this again!
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
The car park was transformed into a piazza environment of Italia with cars from yesterday and today. So much beautiful machinery!
Members were kept busy moving around the venue, visiting fellow members, catching up on the last 12 months. All in a Covid aware and safe manner - Thank you to all for observing the covid restrictions.
The bistro and bar were kept busy for the entire time and the CSI executive board/committee had a presence throughout the afternoon, doing their best to ensure that every visitors needs were met and realised. Thankyou to them!
We hope to utilise the wonderful facilities at the CSI on future occasions. All the facilities are in place!
See you at the next one!