Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Auto Italia 2022

OH What a HUGE Weekend!

Saturday the 2nd of April to Monday the 4th of April members of IMSMC enjoyed AUTO ITALIA 2022.

57 members plus family and friends, made it one of our most attended Auto Italia events to date.

Our Saturday drive began with our traditional meeting spot at Pheasants Nest where the cavalcade began onto Mackay VC rest area for our breakfast! We have many "thanks" to express,  starting with those that ensured the masses were fed! Our club sponsor " Campisi fine food & deli" the delicious array of fine meats, cheese and bread... Frank Roccisano of SIDERNO Pasticceria that donated a VERY SPECIAL cake, celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Fiat 500.

A HUGE thank you to Joe Lecce and Anthony Vecchio having "hand prepared" traditional condiments, including "green tomatoes", eggplant, pepperoni and their FAMOUS anchovies!

 Our cavalcade was NOT without incident! Our 13 x Fiat 500's making the 300km trip - 1 or 2  (maybe 3 or 4) requiring some attention by our expert mechanics along the way! A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THEM. In alphabetical order: Gerardo Mediati, Nat Stillone & Tony Albanese. THANK YOU!

Our very large group were catered for as the weekend unfolded, including afternoon snacks and a  beverage at the Ostani Bar, later in the evening, onto a bus and across town to the Woden Turkish pide house.

A presentation to the Fiat 500 drivers took place. We also acknowledged the 50th anniversary of the Fiat X-19 to Rick Capolino, our "sole X-19 member! We presented Rose Cara with a gift from the club in appreciation of her hard work & achievements while serving on our committee for 8 years! 

We extend our appreciation to Luciano Fabrizio and Geoff Hall of the Fiat Club of ACT - who arranged a Fiat 500 65th anniversary cavalcade through the streets of Canberra - passer's by immediately reaching for their phones, after a wave and a smile!

We had many of our club cars spread around the grounds of Queanbeyan Oval - and a very special presentation of our Fiat 500s on the main oval. Like bees to honey, the crowds immediately surrounded our display! We congratulate Michael Stivala, with his award - Best classic Fiat 500, 1969. John Di Rocco (El Presidente) was awarded out right winner of the Best vintage & veteran historic car of the day, with his Fiat 500 1960 Giardiniera!

Sunday night we had dinner at Belluci ristorante - where the good times and celebrations continued - Happy Birthday Anna Cara - Lino thanks for shouting the bubbles for the cheers and good wishes, which concluded a great weekend.!

Monday morning and the trip home began! It was "almost" uneventful - as 1 or 2(?) Fiat 500s requiring a little attention - but thankfully, nothing too serious! Again we thank our 3 expert mechanics, Gerardo, Tony & Nat!

As always, a GREAT weekend. Bring on Auto Italia 2023.


Sunday, February 20, 2022

IMSMC Ball 2022

Saturday the 19th of February saw 150+ members, family & friends attended our long awaited Ball at The Conca D'Oro lounge!

 OH WHAT A NIGHT! A huge effort by Elissa Losinno! Her passion, creativity and organisational skills were implemented, creating a memorable & joyful experience!

 As part of our fund raising, Elissa also introduced a "Balloon purchase" with a prize in each, which far exceeded the purchase price - One lucky participant receiving a $1300, 18ct Bangle, others receiving hundreds of dollars in prizes, Kitchen aids, Salami, Prosciutto and various vouchers. A HUGE thankyou to our sponsors! Each family received a "Media Bag" which listed each sponsor in recognition of their contribution to a great night.

 Another fund raising activity was a "Wine Bottle purchase" which contained the signature of Channel 7 celebrities! Thankyou to Tia Stillone for organising this cool prize!

Thank you to the Staff and management of Conca D'Oro, they ensured that our every need was satisfied. The photos speak for themselves - DJ Sal providing modern and classic tracks which kept the dance floor alive!

A great deal of laughter, discussion as many caught up, as we haven't seen each other for a long time. In these challenging (and somewhat confusing) times.  We thank everyone for participating in a GREAT NIGHT.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Membership Breakfast 2022

Sunday 6th of February, our club membership card collection breakfast took place at "Terranova On The Grange" in Raby.

85 members & family attended. Upon arrival, the carpark, once again transformed into an Italian piazza by the valley! Modern and historic classics, creating a wonderful scene. Most members were early ( compliments to you all) arriving well before the start time (must have been hungry!). Right on 9am, the doors opened and what a sight! The venue is fantastic. Our guests were invited to sit at a long table, on an enclosed verandah, overlooking the "Grange".

A very brief welcome and a "Brindisi" with complimentary Prosecco, led to each guest approaching the servery and filling their plates with breakfast goodies, the food was plentiful and in abundance!

A great deal of discussion ( noise!) was evident throughout the morning as many members were catching up for the first time in quite a while (Bloody Covid!).

The year has begun...we hope to maintain our "normal" quantity of events, this year. 2022 looks like being a very good year!

Terranova on The Grange, "We'll be back!"

Happy New Year IMSMC!