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