July 9, 1948 - Dec. 17, 2013
We mark the loss of our dear friend Mike Space, who passed away in his sleep on the island of Vieques, where he and his wife Judi had retired for the winter.
Mike realized he was Not Normal at an early age, and never tried to conform. His first car was decidedly not normal, an Austin A35. His second car was a primer red Aurelia B20 (ex-Olivetti family, it turned out), followed by a brand new Fulvia 1.3 HF in 1968 (which he successfully raced), still in High School.
An ardent and tireless advocate for our marque, he introduced countless people to Lancia over the years. Mike embodied, he was, HF, High Fidelity to Lancia, though in his own inimitable style. His pride and joy was an Aurelia Convertible, fit with a Flaminia motor, that he’d gently restored after I’d sold it to him twenty years ago, as well as his barn-find Appia Berlina. His vintage racer was an ex-Bob Dudley Fulvia 1.3 that he’d made into a Faux-HF.
That said, Mike was an automotive omnivore; he owned, drove, and worked on damn near everything, from construction equipment to Ferraris. An accomplished driver, as at home on the track as he was on the road, in Sept. he’d spent a day in his all-original 1275 Cooper S leading pace car laps of both Watkins Glen courses.
A near life-long member of the ALC and contributor to Lanciana, he also belonged to a number of other car clubs over the years, and in particular was an active member of FLU. He had organized and put on the Hellertown Italian Car Show for the last two years, all for the greater glory. It has been resolved that it will be continued, in his name.
Mike was a skilled and talented artist, musician, and craftsman, with eclectic interests and an unbounded curiosity, one of those people whose infectious joy of life left others smiling, and made him friends wherever he went. He had more energy than he knew what to do with, and was always ready to dive in and give a helping hand to friends and strangers alike. Over the years he had an auto parts store, worked as an automotive line and independent mechanic, and as well as having his pilots license was a certified aircraft and helicopter mechanic.
Although most people reading this know him through cars, music was another major part of Mikes’ life. His relationship with the Philly Folk Fest dates back to the 1970’s; among other positions they held there, he and Judi still belong to the Groundz Crew that sets up and breaks it down each year. For a dozen years Mike was musical director, a board member, and a soundman for Godfrey Daniels, one of the longest running (way more than) folk music clubs in the country, and had just stepped back. He had his own radio show, the Blend, on WDIY, Bethlehem Pa. public radio station. Mike and Judi also held house concerts for musical friends at Space Mountain, the home he had designed and built. The next one had been scheduled for April, right after their expected return in the spring.
But there were times when his life’s work seemed to be reanimating automotive orphans, and in fact it continued to the very end. In spite of promising Judi he wouldn’t be doing any automotive work on Vieques, he immediately made friends with someone whose car needed “a bit of help”.
I was 17, newly arrived at art school in Philadelphia, when I met Mike, and it was through him that I met Jeanne, his ex-girlfriend, who became my wife. We are grateful to have had Mike in our lives for so long, and are the poorer for his absence. My words do him little justice. We miss him greatly.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Judi, and many friends spread across the face of this Earth.
Friends, Cars, and Food
February 22, 2014
Lancia Club and Mike’s Friends
You are invited to join Lancia Members and fellow Italian car enthusiasts at Allenberry Resort in historic Boiling Springs, PA, located 15 minutes from Carlisle, PA.
Come and enjoy good food and friends at this annual event. Limited space available for sale of automobilia items, contact
Mike for information and details.
Event will start Saturday February 22nd with a cash bar from 3-6 pm. Dinner will begin at 6 pm and includes salad, soup, rolls, sticky buns, dessert, and your choice of entrée (see below).
Overnight accommodations are available, single and double rooms, $69 and $89 per couple, respectively, plus tax. A continental breakfast is included. Please call Allenberry for room reservations.
Start the year off right with this winter warmer.
Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse
1559 Boiling Springs Road
Boiling Springs, PA 17007
R.S.V.P. to Michael Kristick by Feb 10 (email is preferred)
3561 Willow Road
Dover, PA 17315
Roast Beef Tenderloin
Lump Crab Cakes
Honey Glazed Salmon
Dinner is $39 to be paid to Michael Kristick in advance.
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.