Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ItaliaAuto Grand Trip 2011 : Avventura Costa Orientale

On 23rd September 2011, ItaliaAuto made their annual Grand Trip 2011 for a 3 days 2 nights fun at Rompin. The event titled "Avventura Costa Orientale" will set to a drive to the east coast of peninsular Malaysia.

Below is the trip report (edited) written by one of the founding members of the club, Gtfan.

9 cars turn up on an early Friday morning for the Kuala Lumpur leg of the ItaliaAuto grand trip drive. Also accompanying is 1 car from the official distributor of Alfa Romeo's in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (2 representatives) who was there to meet us and flag us off the grand trip. Later, 2 member cars from Singapore met us at the Lanjut resort itself.

The drive, I think among all ItaliaAuto trips, this is the most saint drive. Everyone convoy together. As usual, Yellowtaxi and Zainframe got lost during one of the leg. Even though there was some Wiralution which try to challenge the boys, nobody took the bait while we were cruising along Karak highway. I guess we misses Uncle Botak (Lustful_69) hahaha.. he will sure challenge the wiralution.

Along the trunk road after Karak town heading towards Gemas, we were actively looking for durian stalls but alas, tada. Seems like out of season. The boys only manage to savour the durian on our trip back. We stopped in Segamat for lunch and Didi in her 156 was there to meet us up. Even though it was a short brief session as she need to rush back to work, it was great meeting up with her.

After a hearty lunch, some were complaining no bak kut teh, we drove off in convoy again along the trunk road. Luckily with the walkies on, we manage to joke about property prices in remote areas and where to retire. Not only property prices have gone nuts in KL city, the virus had spread to remote town too. Some of the project we pass thru was laughable for the price they are asking. :shock: Even our banker says, crazy.

Before we reach the resort, we stopped at the last checkpoint for regroup and realise Joe was missing. I had to backtrack to seek him out but luckily spotted him a few km down the road where his car appears to have christmas light. It's due to bad battery connection. Luckily the car is driveable till the hotel where we re-tighten the connection again. Zain red slut suffered a cracked idling valve but luckily i had a spare unit which i charge him RM1k for it :mrgreen: (ah long price). Interest of RM50 per day if he don't return my idling valve :P

After the usual check in, most of the IA folks hit the swimming pool to cool down or should i says, gay bonding session :twisted: Some wanker banker decide to go jogging instead #-o

Dinner was BBQ and the food is so-so at the resort. Xavier decide to turn the tempo up by mixing the grape juice dispenser with some vodka. We got a warning from the hotel for that coz they says, they want to charge us corkage fees. The finale of the evening was the lucky draw. Every driver is guaranteed a prize to go home with (sponsored by Liqui Moly). The grand prize a set of 17" tyres sponsored by Quick Save was won by....yes....ME :mrgreen: That gives me more reason to buy 17" rim again. Yeah, some of you out there still very sour about it....hahahaha... Some want to complain to MACC.

After dinner, some folks decide to retire to room to make babies, some decide to 'tembak cicak', while the rest decide to hit rompin town to check out the pub. Jing hao manage to convince the hotel gal to bring us out to party. We found a pub....kinda crap if compared to KL standard. While we were happily boozing, karaoke, playing pool, a few policemen decide to check the pub patrons for IC. After a lengthy 30 mins, everything is good. Some of us decide to leave while the rest still party and i heard even the police who came to check ic, joined the boozing party session too =))

Next day, it was free and easy, most of us decide to laze around. Some play golfs, some were sleeping like pigs, some were playing brokeback (psst...Taxi and Zain), some were hitting the beach. Lunch and dinner was in rompin town. Nothing fantastic except the fresh sotong which V8 sponsored for dinner. Night time was mainly casino time and boozing again. Some lost, some win the equivalent of 2 rounds in Cititel :-'' Pity sam room, look like warzone after the party.

Next day, everyone depart in the morning, some only check out late, i have to goto Kuantan to run some errands, the SG boys was planning to head down to JB for a wedding function.

Overall, it was a good trip without any major issues. Everyone arrived home safely and a memorable experiences.

A very special thanks to our sponsors, Sime Darby AutoConnexion, Liqui Moly, Quick Save, GT Radial, Emech and some individual private ItaliaAuto member sponsors for making the grand trip even more exciting.

To those who participated, thank you all for your comradeship. For those who missed this, there's always next year.

More photos and report at: www.italiaauto.net

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Friday, May 20, 2011

ItaliaAuto 2011 Calendar on Sale

The long awaited and the very first 2011 ItaliaAuto Calendar featuring Nicole Mok (babynicole) is now on sale! Don't miss out the chance and get it now!!

Login to http://www.italiaauto.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=24712 to purchase it or come to ItaliaAuto weekly TT session to get your favorite calendar now!

View the behind the scene video shoot of the calendar!



IA Calendar Photoshoot from Nik Azwaa on Vimeo.






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Monday, May 16, 2011

ItaliaAuto Visit Good Samaritan Home Klang

On a nice beautiful Sunday afternoon on the 15 May 2011, a group of enthusiastic ItaliaAuto Club members together with BMW Club Malaysia (BMWCM) and Mitsubishi Lancer Owners Club (MLOC) combined their good heart and did a joint charity drive to an orphanage called Good Samaritan Home (Pertubuhan Rumah Anak Yatim Kristian, Selangor - 5867/96) located in Klang. 

A few months before that, the 3 clubs started to put together their efforts and collected monetary donations from fellow club members who donated very generously to help the home buy a van which could be use to bring the kids around! The collected amounted to so much that the group was able to give a brand new van instead of the originally expected used van! It was indeed a great effort by all involved and a very rewarding experience.

The group departed from their respective meet up points, for ItaliaAuto at Shell Batu Tiga Toll in the early afternoon and arrived the home in Klang in due time to present the new van to the orphanage home as well as to talk to team at the the orphanage home and to play with the kids and to socialize and have some refreshment with each other. It was indeed a good cause and ItaliaAuto plan to do more of that in the near future.

There still can be a lot of things to do for the orphanage home. There is always a need and companionship in whichever way possible. If you would like to visit or contribute to the Good Samaritan Home (GSH) in Klang, you can contact the administrator at +60-3-33722289 (Tel/Fax) or at 2, Lebuh Jelutong, Taman Selatan, 41200 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.
 
For more pictures and information as well as discussions and further activities, please go ItaliaAuto's website to see more photos!


Also view here for the article which showcased the event at New Sundays Times - CBT : Cars, Bikes, Trucks and ignition.my



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Monday, May 2, 2011

ItaliaAuto in Hypertune Magazine - Grand Trip 2010

ItaliaAuto recently appeared in the latest edition of Hypertune Magazine volume 114 for the recent grand tripto Hatyai featured in this blog at IA Mini Mille Miglia 2010 : Destination - Hatyai


Go get the latest Hypertune mag and check us out! Thank you Hypertune Magazine!


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tribute to the late Fadhil, ItaliaAuto Member

On December 19th, 2010, a few members of ItaliaAuto did a reverse Kuala Kelawang drive as a tribute to the late Fadhil (blueice), an ItaliaAuto member who passed away recently in October due to medical reasons. Also, a check from the contributions donated by the members of ItaliaAuto were given to Fadhil's wife.

Below is a write up by the club president, Samuel Lee (UlysseNuovo):

Such a beautiful Sunday morning for a run and what more a tribute run for Fadhil. Thank you to all you members that had contributed to the collection that we past to Fadhil's wife today.

Meeting point was at Shell Cheras Batu 9. There was a FRU water cannon truck refuelling at the station and IG and Dixon were scrutinising the vehicle, looking for it's weakness. Hmmm...I wonder what they are planning. :P Soon after, all was accounted for and we drove down the LEKAS highway as the name suggested. :twisted:


We stopped near the Ampangan LEKAS exit to regroup. After some chit chat, we had a slight delay. :(


Anyway, we had to continue with the drive...traffic was light and soon we were cutting through the mountains like a hot knife through a block of butter. Before we knew it, we were signalling right to turn into The Cafe@Lui. It's been a long drive and we were hungry, you should see how much dksh1892 ate. :mrgreen:


Mrs. Fadhil and Mrs. Max arrived a bit later to join in for lunch. We presented the collection to her and she was moved and tears started to stream down. You guys should be there, to feel the love that they had for each other as she walk us through the time they had with each other, the love Fadhil's had for his young daughter until his last breath. 

 
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Topic of discussion and well wishes here :  Notice

For pictures of the tribute drive, go here http://www.italiaauto.net/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=22830





Fadhil, we all here at ItaliaAuto will miss you...

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

IA Mini Mille Miglia 2010 : Destination - Hatyai

ItaliaAuto makes this year's grand trip more exciting with a Mini Mille Miglia to Hatyai, Thailand from 8th-10th October 2010. This is the first time a grand trip is made outside of Malaysia for ItaliaAuto seeing almost 30 Alfa Romeo, Fiats and even a Maserati hitting the streets to Thailand.

ItaliaAuto was represented by members from Klang Valley, Singapore, Johor, Ipoh and Penang!



The morning started early with breakfast and preparation at Sime Darby Auto Connexion in Petaling Jaya. Even those not able to make the trip did drop by for a visit and to cheer the team on. After sponsor stickers were stuck, the team flagged off heading North. A few stops were made to refresh and lunch at Gurun, KFC. After preparations for immigration at Naluri Aman, the team headed to the borders.

Finally making its way to the destination, Novotol Centara Hatyai. A beautiful hotel with a special dinner and lucky draw at their ballroom.

The second day saw a huge group of members and families (21 pax) took 2 big rented vans to see the mermaid, Songkhla Aquarium, floating market, crossing the river by ferry etc. Certainly a great way to see Hatyai Songklha area. 

Exciting as it is, the 3rd day saw the team returning back to KL with a total of more than 1000km made.

Special thanks to the generous sponsors of Advanti (YHI), Quicksave, EMech, LiquiMoly, M-Audio (Thrace), Alfabob, Studmuffin, Ballerina, and all that supported. Their contribution has certainly made this a fantastic event and road trip.

More pictures and videos can be found here.

For future ItaliaAuto events, stay tuned and visit us at www.ItaliaAuto.net

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Alfa Romeo Centennial Celebration Drive 2010

ItaliaAuto Club together with a few other local Alfa Romeo clubs came together and organized the Alfa Romeo Centennial Celebration Drive 2010 for Malaysian and Singapore. Alfa Romeo, a marque well loved for its performance and character sure bring lots of emotions in it owners and on-lookers. This year, Alfa Romeo celebrated their 100 years - from 1910. A historical event which ItaliaAuto Club certainly have to put together.

The event brought together lots of enthusiasts and owners from Malaysia and Singapore. The drive started from Sime Darby Auto Connexion in Jalan Ipoh to Genting via Ulu Yam old road. After the photoshoot, the group drove to Awana Genting for lunch buffet. It was a memorable drive and certainly a great way to celebrate Alfa Romeo's 100 years birthday.

A picture by Zambug.

Catch more at : http://www.italiaauto.net/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=20388

Write-up by Zerotohundred : http://www.zerotohundred.com/newforums/features/342417-malaysian-fans-celebrate-100-years-of-alfa-romeo.html

Write-up by Traffic Magazine Online : http://www.trafficmagonline.com/italiaauto-celebrates-alfa-romeo%E2%80%99s-centenary

Write-up by WeMotor.com : http://www.wemotor.com/blog/2010/07/1910-%E2%80%93-2010-alfa-romeo-%E2%80%9Ccentenary-celebration-drive%E2%80%9D/

A video by Gilaman


Here is an article on New Straits Times - Cars, Bikes, Trucks section on 11 July 2010

More videos here:



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Friday, March 19, 2010

Alfa 156 2.0TS vs BMW 328i

ItaliaAuto's Stevo was featured holding the ItaliaAuto flag high recently in Ignition.my video. Check it all out here at http://ignition.my/2010/03/12/video-review-alfa-156-vs-bmw-e36-328i






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Sunday, December 27, 2009

ItaliaAuto In CBT, NST.


Our Grand Trip to Penang was in NST and our beloved ex - president was interviewed as well.

More here.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

IA Grand Trip to Penang, 30 October to 1 November 2009

Hi all,

The once a year Grand Trip is back. This time we are heading to Pearl of Orient for a smashing 3 days 2 nites trip. Do not forget to wave at us if you see us around. Sponsors are welcome.

More information here.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

THE COMMITTEE FOR ITALIAAUTO 2009.

Committee -

1. Maxcobmara - Committee Member
2.
Desin - Northern Representative
3. Warped - Southern Representative
4.
Imppie - Singapore Representative
5.
Stevo - Webmaster

more info

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

New ItaliaAuto President, Vice President and Committee Member for 2009/10.

After 3 weeks of election, we finally got a new committee for 2009/10

President:
Ulysse Nouvo
Vice President: Jtan
Committee Member:
maxcobmara

Congrats to all new committee and thanks to old committee

More info here.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Dyno Session - Saturday::27June09::10am

Hi all, Italiaauto recently organised an event for its passionate members to have a medical check-up for their babies. Held at;

GT Auto
14 & 16, Jalan PJS 11/22,
46100 Bandar Sunway,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
MALAYSIA

Telephone: +603-56316636
Fax: +603-56322636

Information: Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10.00AM to 7.00PM
Saturday: 10.00AM to 6.00PM
Sunday: CLOSED

http://www.gt-auto.net/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Each dyno costs MYR 100.00 for 3 runs.
preparing the car

checking

members mingling around

kpc

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

IA 2009 Tshirt, Singapore Edition

Ok, is a little late to order now but fear not, good news is coming. This is our Singapore Edition t-shirt for 2009 collection. Of course any members can have it. Its costs SGD 30/piece and the good news is we are producing more in Malaysia. Stay tuned at ItaliaAuto.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

ItaliaAuto 2009 Polo Shirt.

ItaliaAuto has recently launched it new shirt for its loyal members. Price at only MYR 40.00/piece. The polo shirt is made from comfortable cotton and is white in color. The reason for white that the members like to mingle around under our cozy sun during the club's outings and runs. And it is suitable for a game or two in the highland.

For more info, please click here

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Monday, March 16, 2009

ItaliaAuto Grand Trip 2009 in Photos

Below are some photos from the grand trip. For more pictures, go to www.italiaauto.net or specifically www.italiaauto.net/viewtopic.php?t=13490 for trip report and pictures.

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