THE INAUGURAL ITALIAN CONNECTION RALLY 2008
Driving an Alfa Romeo, one of several in the event, Sydneysiders Lido and Sylvia Russo have taken out the inaugural Italian Connection Rally from a small but very classy field.
The 3-day, 1250 kilometre event which linked the Italian precinct of Sydney (Leichardt) with its counterpart, Carlton, in Melbourne, proved to be an enjoyable rally that used some of the best roads between the two capitals.
The inaugural Italian Connection Rally, designed to raise much-needed funds for a very worthwhile charity, as well as linking Sydney and Melbourne Italian communities, was voted a resounding success in more ways than one and, given the success of the first event, looks certain to be a fixture on the Australian rallying calendar.
1. Lido Russo/Sylvia Russo Alfa Romeo
=2. Lucio Cesario/Simon Chiarelli Ferrari F430
=2. Craig Walsh/Gordon Lennox Porsche 911
=4. Arnold de Antonis/John Dickson Alfa Romeo
=4. Ian Allison/Warren Smith Fiat 20V Coupe
=4. Tony Cascone/John Baressi Ferrari F430
=7. Charles Parisi/Joe Parisi Alfa Romeo Spyder
=7. Enio Briglia/John Carigliano Alfa Romeo GTV
9. Ben Doig/Peter Doig Alfa Romeo 156
10. Peter Parussolo/Rennie Vecchies Fiat 1100D
11. Vera-Ann & Ken Hannaford Triumph TR7 Pro