2017 West Reunion- a Great Success

ALC West reunion a success

May 13, 2017 | Leif

The Reunion was protected by the Lancia weather God and we had a great couple of days. The Friday get together at the hotel was filled with a fun group and both stories and wine was flowing. For the ones that were still open for more food after the Pizza at the hotel, only a short walk from the hotel was needed for a great restaurant.

Saturday morning had some clouds covering us but the spirit was up and the drive started with a nice trip to the Canepa museum in Scotts Valley, we were there early and had a chance to go through the line-up of cars before the museum guide arrived. We were then taken through the museum and down into the shop and side areas were some amazing cars were worked on as well as stored.

Our cars lined up outside the museum.

 

After the tour at the museum we saddled back up and drove through back roads to the Roaring Camp as the clouds started to break up. At the camp we had the lunch served and got a chance to experience the good old times when we sat by the camp fire and roasted marshmallows!


There was also time to do some service and check-up on the cars while waiting for the train ride.

The drive back to the hotel took us om some great back roads that also took us away from any traffic jam. Again the road was great and coming back to the hotel was a breeze.

Before dinner we had a chance to talk about the days event as we gathered in the hotel hospitality room for a glass of wine.

The warning about not enough parking space at the restaurant got us car pooling and had no issues finding a spot

when arriving.

Great food and friends were abundant and every body seem to have a great time!

Sunday morning started with the Concourse and most cars were made shining in the now bright sun.

After the Concourse were The beautiful Flaminia Zagato and the Aurelia B24 Spider took top honors in their classes. Niel Pering got recognized for all his work as a representative for the club around the world.

The surprise appearance of a Lancia Scorpion was a great site during the Concourse.

After a group photo we lined up for the drive north to Pescadero. Myself and Barbara did not make the stop but headed further north as a busy week was laying ahead and I needed to be back in Lincoln in good time.

The after event arranged by Hank Koning was as far as we been told also was a great success and as soon as we get the report I will post that as well.

We want to extend a big thank you to Norman and Pauline for arranging the event that was superb and look forward to yet another year of fun driving.

Lancia Loraymo Book Review

Lancia Loraymo
And the Loewy Logic of Industrial Design
By Brandes Elitch
First a caveat-writing book reviews is not one of my strong points but when Brandy asked me to do a review of his book on the Lancia Loraymo I readily agreed. I agreed because of the ALC connection which is a fascinating tale of coincidental discovery and the way good things can happen through communication shared between people who share a mutual passion, in this case, all things Lancia. It is this story that makes this book worthwhile for ALC people, especially who may be unaware of the story.
The first half of the book is a discussion of industrial design, primarily as it relates to automotive design, with particular emphasis on Raymond Loewy’s contributions. The second part starts with a brief background of Lancia which will be familiar ground to most of you. This leads briefly into the Aurelia Blue Rays then to what is less well known, and perhaps more interesting-the design and construction of the Loraymo, and finally its disappearance, reappearance and rebirth. The book ends with a short review of the Avanti, particularly in regards to those design features that were first embodied in the Loraymo
All and all, the book reads well, holds your interest and the larger than normal type is nice for those of us with older eyes. It’s not a “coffee table book” but the layout is well done, some great pictures and it gets my humble recommendation. It’s not cheap, 128pages at $59.95 but then no book is anymore. It can be ordered at www.lancialoraymo.com

2017 West Coast Reunion

Our West Coast Reunion is planned for the weekend of May 6-7 in the Santa Cruz area, at the north end of exquisite Monterey Bay. There is so much to do and see here. Details on our planned activities will be provided in the not too distant future. For now, following are the hotel details:
We will be staying at the recently remodeled Quality Inn and Suites in beautiful Capitola By The Sea (www.qualityincapitola.com), 720 Hill Street, Capitola, CA 95010. Thirty rooms have been reserved (20 king beds and 10 duel queen beds) for check in starting on Friday, May 5, 2017. They are reserved under the group name: Lancia Club, account #2810118. The club rates are $115.00 for the king and $120 for the duel queens. The hotel rates include a full breakfast daily. The hotel has a breakfast room as well as a pool and two outside decks. Please call for reservations at 831.462.3004. The rooms will be held until April 14, 2017.
We plan having our welcome reception and WINE in the hotel breakfast room on Friday evening and the dinner in a local restaurant on Saturday – more information to follow.
The Mensers, Pauline and I are so looking forward to hosting our reunion this year.
Norm Schutzberger

Bob Williams Passing

Sadly I pass on the news that Bob Williams died on 22 December. Bob was a longtime promoter and restorer of Lancia, often working with Walt Spak. You can find his obituary at the following link. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazzette/obituary.aspx?pid=183265470

Annual Walt Spak Fall Reunion 2016

As has been mentioned, the annual Walt Spak ALC Fall Reunion is to be held congruent with the 2016 One Hundred Cars of Radnor Concours d’Elegance on September 9, 10 and 11th at the Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
The Concours is celebrating its twentieth anniversary and is featuring the Lancia marque!
The Concours starts on Friday evening at the Radnor Hunt Club with an informal barbeque. The club will gather their Lancia’s at a special “corral” adjacent the deck of the Radnor Hunt Club building and the festivities. This is a wonderful event, with a lot of very interesting, convivial guests and quite nice food.
We will be able to share with many other people what it is that we love about our marque.
Saturday morning the Rally starts at The Radnor Hunt Club on Providence Road. There will be a “cars and coffee” starting at 8:30 am before the departure of Rally cars leave the main gate. An informal tour of the cars and the Radnor Club is open to all. The Rally cars navigate through the beautiful countryside of Chester County. This is a very fun rally ending up at La Locanda Restaurant for an excellent lunch. The Rally is to be reserved directly with Radnor Concours. Suggested itineraries will be available for those not joining the Rally
Saturday night we convene at the “Raduno” room at La Locanda for our club dinner. This is an excellent restaurant and It will be a fine experience.
Sunday morning the gates to the Concours open at ten o’clock. Reserved parking for our Lancia’s (only Lancia’s – those not entered in the Concours d’Elegance) will be provided at the “Motorsport Park”. This Concours is as good as any in the country. There will be about one hundred fabulous cars and thirty great motorcycles. We already have a number of notable Lancia’s entered. Very notable Lancias including the only running Dilambda in the country and the only D-50 in the country! See the Introduction form on the website if you wish to enter the Concours.
Rooms have been reserved at a nearby hotel: The Centerstone West Chester Inn. A room rate of $92.65 has been negotiated for Lancia Club members. When you make your reservations, be sure to cite your membership in ALC. Call Jerry at 610-692-1900. The Hotel is on Route 202 at the intersection with Route 3. A continental breakfast is included. Make your reservations by August 15th to get the special rate.
Make sure you check out the Hundred Cars of Radnor Concours website at radnorconcours.org/.

Paul English May 23,1953-April 4, 2016

 

Paul EnglishPaul English of Chico passed away on April 4, 2016. As he remembers it, he fell on his bottom while making a pot of tea and peacefully transitioned forward. Paul was anything but ordinary. Born on May 23, 1953 in Barking, Great Britain, Paul took great pride as the eldest of the family and developed an inquisitive spirit which he shared with everyone he met. Paul was a self-taught, self-made man who became a successful businessman at a young age. He established a number of enterprises in the motorcycle industry; for the few that weren’t successful, he reflected fondly upon them as “character-building” experiences.

Paul was always keen to live his life at full throttle and take risks, on the condition that he was in control! After building their dream home in the UK, Paul fell in love with Chico and decided to fulfill his ambition of living overseas. Although he was a frequent visitor to England, he built a new set of enterprises in Chico and along with them, a large, eclectic group of friends.

Paul was at home in the garage, tending to his vast collection of motorcycles and classic cars. He was an accomplished motorcycle racer, with a career that spanned a decade. He was particularly proud of his victory at Brands Hatch in 1976, where he won the 500 production solo class on a Kawasaki. He twice raced in the Isle of Man, where he proudly finished 3rd place in the 250cc class at the Manx Grand Prix. He continued his passion for racing by sponsoring two fine gentlemen, one of whom continues to race today. Most recently, he and his wife Lily participated in classic car rallies, where they raced around the British Isles, France, Spain, Croatia and Australia.

Paul was a family man. He was immensely proud of his daughters and delighted in their adventures. He loved returning to England and catching up with family over a pint of Guinness. But most important, he adored his wife Lily; his teammate on and off the road. They were rarely seen apart, and whether a proverbial or literal push on his motorcycle, she enabled him to achieve some of his greatest ambitions.

Paul’s spirit and vivacious energy will live on through his wife Lily, his daughters Bryony and Amy and her partner Gary, his brothers Michael and David, his sister Sally, his Uncle Jim and Aunty Joan, his cousins and all his extended family.

In lieu of flowers, we hope you will contribute toward a memorial fund, available through YouCaring, which will support a scholarship fund to continue his spirit  https://www.youcaring.com/paul-english-550474

2016 West Coast ALC Reunion Lone Pine

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Please check out the deadlines in red below and send in those checks to Kjell. If you are doing the tour and haven’t made your reservations at the following locations listed at the bottom of this notice, do so by May 1 and remember to let Steve know your plans/agenda as far as if you are doing the whole tour or peeling off early.

Lone Pine, the star of many great Western films, awaits you and yours for this year’s ALC Reunion.  Lone Pine is designated as a frontier town. The town sits below the spectacular Alabama Hills and Mt. Whitney the highest peak in the contiguous United States, yet desert lands surround the area. Googling Lone Pine, CA will acquaint you with many of the attractions nearby.

 

Our weekend starts Friday, June 4th with our usual meet and greet starting around 4ish.We will have wine and cheese leading up to pizzas as the party continues. Saturday will see us on an interesting road with some unique sights in store. Lunch will be provided. Following lunch a tour of Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp will be on the agenda. Our dinner Saturday evening promises to be a wonderfully unique experience.  Sunday morning we will have a small tour of the Alabama Hills which will lead us back for a concourse, brunch and awards in town. For those of you staying over on Sunday, the afternoon will allow free time to take in some of the many attractions you won’t want to miss.  That evening we will be on our own for dinner. Monday morning those of us going on the tour will depart, and we will say our arrivedercis to those returning home.  If you are planning on extending your stay in this outstanding part of the world, let us know and we can provide you with more information.

 

Peterson know ASAP as it will be a great help in making arrangements. lspet@schat.net 760-387-2646

 

A block of rooms are set aside for Lancia club people at the Best Western Frontier Motel in Lone Pine. Their phone is 760- 876- 5571 and the price includes a hot breakfast. If you can stay for Sunday you should book all three nights at the same time. Reservations should be made by May 2. The rooms are blocked under the name American Lancia Club. The rate is $116 plus tax.

Steve and Lynn Peterson and Kjell Nelin and Lo Lyness are looking forward to a great weekend with friends, some familiar and hopefully some new. And of course, cars.

The “no frills” Senwenenne Tour (Rooms are being held under American Lancia Club and deadline is May 1)Monday, June 6 Lunch at The Saddle Sore Saloon (cash only) in Glenville Overnight at the Comfort Inn, Three Rivers, 559-561-9000 Tuesday, June 7 all day free to roam Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nation Parks

Overnight at Edgewater Inn, Reedley, CA  559-637-7777

Wednesday, June 8 Yosemite Gold Country Lodge-let Steve know you want a room 760-387-2646 or  lspet@schat.net

Thursday, 9 June-this will depend on how many are left on the tour as several will probably peel off during the event,

but the plan is back roads and over Ebbets Pass to Minden, NV. Let Steve know if you intend to peel off at some point, too.

If you’re joining us please send in the registration form and check by May 2 so we will have numbers for our caterers etc…

 

 

 

                               American Lancia Club WESTERN Coast Reunion Registration

 

The registration fee of $130.00 per person includes the wine and cheese reception with pizza dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, brunch on Sunday, awards, and printed materials.

 

Number of participants ___ times $130.00=_____________total remittance (check payable to Kjell Nelin)

 

Names of participants­_________________________________________________________

 

Phone___________________________  e-mail_____________________________________

 

Car ________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

Mail to:  Kjell Nelin  58 Coyote Rd.  Chalfant, CA 93514

 

Any questions?  Please call or email 760-387-2646   lspet@schat.net Steve and Lynn Peterson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Jolla Concours to feature a Lancia Class

Dear Lancia Owner,

As Vice Chairman of the La Jolla Concours I wanted to see if you would consider showing your car at this year’s event.  We are featuring a Lancia Class and are making a focused effort to have some of the most important and gorgeous cars on the field.  The concours weekend is April 8-10th with the concours on Sunday, April 10th.

Our website is: http://www.lajollaconcours.com/

Registration can be done entirely on-line at https://lajollaconcour.wpengine.com/registration/la-jolla-concours-delegance-registration

Our new Chief Judge is Nigel Matthews from Vancouver.  He is known internationally and has attracted some of the leading judges worldwide to the event.

Please let me know if you need any assistance or have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in La Jolla!!

Best regards,

Harry Clark

Managing Partner

Pathway Partners, LLC

4900 E Arroyo Verde Dr

Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

C: 951.901.5088

 

www.PathwayPartnersLLC.com

Winter Warmer

                       

                          

                             Winter Warmer

                                                                                  February 20, 2016 

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.

Event will be Saturday February 20th with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres starting at 6 pm. Dinner will begin at 7 pm and includes salad, tomato basil 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.

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.

Start the year off right with this winter warmer.

 

R.S.V.P. to Michael Kristick by Feb 1st (email is preferred)

Kristickm@aol.com

225 Mockingbird Road

Wellsville, PA 17365

(717)-434-2507 (cell)

 

Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse
1559 Boiling Springs Road
Boiling Springs, PA 17007

http://www.allenberry.com

1-800-430-5468

 

Dinner Options

Chicken Picatta

Roast Beef Tenderloin

Lump Crab Cakes

Honey Glazed Salmon

 

                                       Dinner is $49 to be paid to Michael Kristick in advance
kristick2

Virgins in Australia

IMG_4390After meeting Australian visitors to the West Coast of the USA over the past few years, our anticipation was high for our first ever trip to Australia.

 

Arriving in Brisbane we adjusted very nicely with Paul & Jo Doumany for a few days before flying down to Melbourne and Castlemaine.

 

The whole Castemaine Rally weekend was a whirlwind of smoothly organised fun; starting with the Friday lunch where we were introduced to dozens of new friendly Lancia cousins, thankfully the name tags helped remind us who we, and everyone else was!  The Saturday morning run and coffee stop was particularly memorable, following a great route, with some cryptic clues to keep the navigators awake. A remarkable attendance of Lancia’s of all ages was testament to the deep enduring roots our cars have in Australia. This weekend was the result of a huge amount of thought and planning, carried out by a very capable and enthusiastic team. We definitely appreciated this, as I am sure the members present did too.

 

The Tour was a less frantic time driving on our own program, often with a choice of routes, and still with a good sized group for a week long event.  As newcomers to the country we were captivated by the variety of countryside – and climate. Having lived in the UK and USA, we found the natives very friendly and refreshingly non-PC!  From sweltering heat at Castlemaine, we saw showers and some rain, and positive chill at viewpoints along the scenic Great Ocean Road. Highlights for us were kangaroos in our motel courtyard at Halls Gap – including a joey diving into mum with amazing speed and precision!

We were very grateful for Alan and Shellagh Hornsby for the loan of their lovely Fulvia Sport for the Rally and Tour. So it was all rather distressing to find myself at the roadside with no oil pressure and plenty of the latter outside the engine! My well used Book of Excuses was not needed in the end, as a fractured hose was found to be the culprit.

As a result of this I am happy to confirm that the stress test to Alan’s heart has been a total success and his blood pressure has now returned to normal. Which is 250psi.

 

The Tour allowed us to get to know many more of the group much better, which was very nice and less pressured than the Rally. We finished in fine style at Lorne with an excellent final dinner and speeches.

After returning Alan’s car to Ballarat, we enjoyed a few days with Chris and Anna Long in Melbourne seeing the orchestra and famous graffiti along with more conventional sights.

 

After nearly four weeks, we were ready to be traveling home, but full of unique memories of each different stage of our trip. None of this would have been possible without the enthusiasm of the all the Lancia Club members in Australia who organised and attended the events, and in particular our hosts (minders), Paul and Jo, Alan and Shellagh,and Chris and Anna.

 

We look forward to returning in the future,

 

Paul and Lily English