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That’s Amore!

The Italian Car Club of Ottawa (ICCO) reminds me of Italy. There are many individual Italian marquee clubs, all of which consist of small groups of enthusiasts of each respec- tive make. Each of us is very inde- pendent, but all of us have a love of Italian autos.

In 2005, Delio D’Angelo and Giovanni Centofanti decided to be the “Garibaldi” of the Ottawa Italian car scene by creating an umbrella club that welcomed all Italian makes and models. This unification of sorts is very much like Italy in that it focuses on three major principals: Food, Fun and Friendship. The club has been successful from the start due to the commitment of early founding members such as Lucio D’Orazio, Marc Grenier, Domenic Amendola and Dave Semel. It has in excess of 100 members who, over the course of the summer, get to- gether for barbecues, Pleasure Drives, Tech Nights and Pub Nights. They are gentlemen drivers and members who enjoy restoring their cars back to pristine condition. Delio & Giovanni are the owners of Frank’s Auto Cen- tre, which is one of the main meeting places for Italian car owners for well over 30 years.


The ICCO is very family-oriented. No membership fees are required. They encourage their members to not only belong to the ICCO but also to their respective marquee-specific local club as well. I was informed

that most (if not all) events are free of charge due to sponsorships and mem- bers themselves hosting the events at their homes. It’s all about family, folks, and being part of the ICCO is an extension of that Italian tradition of welcoming people to your home and being treated as such.

The Executive behind this lively group is: Delio D’Angelo, President; Marc Grenier, V.P.; Domenic Amen- dola, Treasurer; Lucio D’Orazio, Social Events; Giovanni Centofanti, Secretary; and Dave Semel, Commu- nity Liaison.

The big event for the ICCO is the Italian Car Parade, which is held every year during Italian Week. This event is celebrating its 32nd


hosted by Frank’s Auto Centre. It now includes the ICCO and the Pres- ton St. BIA as partners. It has grown to more than 120 Italian cars which attract cars from Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. Now, this year is a special year. Italy is celebrating its 150th


as a Republic; FIAT is back in North America by way of Chrysler; and, with the final touches being placed on Preston, the street is done and ready to be seen in all its glory.

If you want to see this amazing collection of cars, then plant yourself at any one of the many bistros along Preston St. on June 18 at 12noon. The parade starts at 1p.m., and it should be a dandy this year!

So how do we sum up this club? As

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