Presidents Message  - 11/15/22

Hello club members,

It looks like Fall is giving way to colder climates and I hope everyone is keeping warm and dry these last few days.  Did anyone make it to the Formula 1 race in Austin a few weeks ago?  If so, send over photographs for all to enjoy. 

New Members:  Richard Cross and Karen Phillips, an Alfa Romeo Milano plus a very new looking white Maserati Ghibli.  Richard is the president of the Lone Star Chapter of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of America.  They have been a friend of ICCNT and ItalianCarFest from the very beginning.  Thank you Richard and Karen for joining us. 

Winner’s Circle:

If you place in a car show, track event, etc., email me at jbriggs@bdo.com and let me know so we can include you in The Winner’s Circle!

This month’s winners:

CROSSROADS CLASSIC CAR SHOW, Lindale, TX
Michael and Jennifer Brenner, Import Class Winner – 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica

HARVEST FESTIVAL CAR SHOW, Kaufman, TX
Michael and Jennifer Brenner, 2nd Place Import Class – 2017 Abarth 124 Spider
Michael and Jennifer Brenner, 1st Place Import Class – 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica

DOUGLAS H THOMPSON ROAD RALLY RATTLER RUN, Santo-Jacksboro, TX

(cars were judged as they drove on the rally route – awards were given to the top 3 cars)
Michael and Jennifer Brenner, 3rd place – 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Well done Michael and Jennifer.  Keep up the good showings. 

October Meet Up at The Shop

Attached are some photographs I took at this wonderful place.  It was an all Italian car brunch.  There was a very impressive set of cars that showed up, plus mine. Thanks to those who came out. 

Events this month:

November 19th: Meet up at Hop and Sting Brewing Company at 906 Jean Street, Grapevine, TX.  They are located at the southwest corner of E. Dallas and Jean Streets, about 3 blocks east of Main Street, and south of the railroad tracks.  Let’s meet at 11:00 and socialize in the parking lot as the tap room along with Vaqueros Texas Bar-BQ open up at noon.  I spoke with them and they will open the outside beer garden for us early.  We can have some good BBQ and craft beer (or sodas) if you like and should be done by 1:00.  Topics: let’s debrief on ICF and make plans for 2023. 

Early December: charity toy run with the Ferrari Club.  These are always a blast to attend.  The actual date is not yet known but I will pass along as soon as I hear something.

As a reminder, notifications for club dues were sent out a few months ago and are past due.  A big thanks to those of you who have already renewed.  You can renew your membership at our wonderful website.  https://iccntx.org/

Treasurers Report: per Dave Chapman, the club has money in the bank and we received a $1,000 check from the City of Grapevine as our part of the proceeds for ItalianCarFest.  Thank you to everyone who helped put on an outstanding show. 

President’s Message:  To misquote John Kennedy, Ask not what your car club can do for you – ask what you can do for your car club!”  We will be trying to schedule our events for 2023 at the meeting this Saturday.  Please send ideas and suggestions.  Events on the calendar so far are:

Club dinner in either January or February

March: Fiat Spring Fling and Texas Blue Bonnet Trail tour!  Details to follow

April:   Trip to a winery?

1st Sunday in May – May 7th, 2023: All British & European Car Day, White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX

·        Online Registration Only

·        Investigate additional classes – “Modern” in addition to “Vintage” for Italian and German.  This will give the new Fiat 124’s, the 4C’s, Giulia’s and Stelvio’s a class of their own.

·        Adding sub-classes to MG, Triumph, Jaguar and Other British & Euro. 

·        Your suggestions are welcome! Email abcd@kipmotor.com

ItalianCarFest: The Saturday after Labor Day, 2023, Nash Farm.       

Club drives and meet up/lunches at interesting places are always welcome.  As is meeting for coffee in the summer months.   Michael and the Fiat Club have had some wonderful events this year and it is always an exciting time when our two groups get together. 

Thanks everyone for being a member of the Italian Car Club of North Texas.  Your support, passion and participation is what helps keep this group going and fun! 

See you this weekend.  Chao.

Jeff Briggs
Club President
214-259-1400 (Direct)
214-499-0695 (Mobile)   214-953-0722 (Fax)

jbriggs@bdo.com

ItalianCarFest

Our club produces ItalianCarFest™, an all-Italian car show held every September in Grapevine, Texas. For more information on ItalianCarFest™, please go to www.ItalianCarFest.org.

Other Events

Besides ItalianCarFest™, the club participates in several other annual events and shows.  Details will be posted on the Home page. Other club activities include an annual holiday party, Saturday breakfast gatherings, BBQ drives, winery tours and more.

The club has displayed cars at Italian festivals, Italian restaurant 'customer appreciation' events and charity/fundraising events.

Club members also enjoy attending other more frequent, informal get-togethers such as Cars and Coffee (Plano) and Cowtown Cars and Coffee (Fort Worth).