The Walt Spak American Lancia Club Fall Reunion
Gladstone, New Jersey
The Reunion was a great success, blessed by perfect weather. Here are two fabulous videos of the Walt Spak American Lancia Club Fall Reunion very generously hosted by Tomas LaCosta. The event included several intriguing chapters such as a barbeque surrounded by magnificent Lancias, a visit to an amazing auto restoration facility, an afternoon at a grass airstrip with a number of historic biplanes offering rides to ALC members, and a wonderful Italian dinner back at the home of Signor LaCosta.
Many thanks to Greg Thrall, our brilliant videographer, Pamela Adams, who enabled this exciting documentation to happen, and the organizers of the event, the late Walt Spak, Michael Kristick and our gracious host, Sig. LaCosta. The guests all agreed that it was a superlative event, and everyone looks forward to seeing each other again.
Paul Guttman 1941-2013
A very dear friend and wonderful human being died recently in the crash of his private plane. When I first met Paul (at a Lancia Club Reunion–where else), I thought he was a "blow hard" and "full of it." But as I came to know him, I realized that he was one of the most intelligent, worldly, well-rounded individuals I had ever met. He did "pontificate" a lot but I came to realize that I should "pay attention and learn something." Our friendship matured and reached the point where he let me drive one of his race cars at Sears Point, and I encouraged him to come to the Pacific Northwest Historics and loaned him my Lancia B20 to race––greater TRUST there can't be! Paul had a knack for finding special, unique and unusual cars such as the "Pirotta" engined Lambda, the Parson Maserati and an ex-factory Fulvia Rally car. Paul was always "UP" for an adventure as evidenced by his shipping the Maserati to New Zealand for the 1991 Southern Festival of Speed. He threw himself into projects as evidenced by his work in teaching children Astronomy and learning to fly his own plane––the only thing in Paul's life that I wish I could change.
LANCIA CLUB AT RADNOR
By Harlan Hadley
The 100 Cars of Radnor has for fifteen years been as good a concours as exists on the east coast. All marques are featured. This year there was one of the ‘drop of water” Talbot Lago and an Isotta Fraschini boattail coupe that would bring tears to your eyes. Lancias have always been a part of the show. This year the theme was Rally Cars; what brand has ever matched Lancia in the world of Rallying so it was appropriate that our favorite marque be specially featured.
Four wonderful Lancias were accepted to be on the lawn. A particular honor was the attendance of Ed Levin from Los Angeles who brought his gorgeous, just restored, brilliant red Fulvia HF coupe. Michael Kiristick brought his factory-built Flavia racecar. It is a car that displays its competition pedigree in large type. Don Schwartzkopf brought a very, very nice Flaminia drophead and Walter Miller brought his Aurelia B-12 which has a long European and South African rally history. The club was honored with a Lancia “raduno” at the Friday night outdoor BBQ at the Thorncroft Equestrian Center. My Fulvia Sport and Ed’s Fulvia Coupe were parked nose to tail in the only two spaces visible from the area of congregation. They had a small crowd around them all night!
Greg Moore competed in Saturday’s Road Rally in his Flaminia coupe and Ed Levin and his oldest friend competed in the Road Rally on Saturday. He received the award for “The Most Intriguing Rally Car”. Well deserved! Mr. Schwartzkopf and Michael Kristick were awarded “Spirit of Radnor” trophies.
Ed Levin is a very gregarious, knowledgeable maniac for detail and his delectable Fulvia HF shows it. The under hood is immaculate and sports a number of rather rare parts including a valve cover oil filler cap. Ed’s fuse box is worthy of special examination. This car attracted closet Lancia enthusiasts out of the crowd.
We can be very proud of the way our club and our favorite brand were represented at Radnor. Also remarkable was the way our western faction and our eastern factions were united at Radnor.
All up, Lancia and the American Lancia Club made a very significant impression at Radnor this year.
The Hundred Cars of Radnor
One of the best displays of automotive pulchritude on the East Coast takes place September 6, 7 and 8 and is the ‘100 Cars of Radnor’ at The Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern, PA. The site is about eighteen miles west of Philadelphia in beautiful Pennsylvania hunt country. The concorso is featured on Sunday the 8th and is quite a spectacular show of all sorts of cars selected carefully through an invitation only process. Each year there is a theme to about one-third of the show cars. This year ‘rally cars’ are one of the featured themes. (you see where I’m going: What marque has so succeeded in a rally pedigree other than our favorite?) The Eastern American Lancia Owner’s Club will have an informal ‘raduno’ for fellowship and much Lancia gossip among a number of our cars. (Check the website at www.radnorconcours.org and plan to attend.) All Lancisti are welcome. We plan to have a ‘corral’ for club members’ cars.
An informal BBQ dinner will occur on Friday night. Lancia people will be special guests for this event. Weather permitting, we will dine together on the covered deck.
A very special attendee will be Edward Levin from California with his beautiful Fulvia Coupe. Ed was responsible for the gorgeous look and feel of Lanciana for several years under Don Osborne’s editorship.
By the way... the chairman of the event, Michael Tillson, raced a factory Lancia Fulvia at Sebring in 1969 and 1970 and is a very serious Lancia appassionato. Hope to see a crowd of you there