CASTLEMAINE: 1985 to 2015

Vicki and I have attended “Castlemaine” 5 times over the last 30 years.  I was somewhat shocked to realize that our first event was in 1985; mind you, I am not good at record keeping. We only know this because our program lists all the celebrity guests for each event; all 23 of them (the event is bi-annual, so say, 46 years).  The special guest in 1985 was Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni;  I remember riding in the back seat of a 1919 Kappa with Sig. Anderloni. In addition to having owned Carrozzeria Touring he was a fascinating and revered icon of the Italian automotive community.

 

Fast forward to 2013 where Michael Robinson was the featured guest speaker. Michael is a most unique individual. While in High School in Southern California he dreamed of designing automobiles inspired by Bertone’s  1970 concept car which led to the production of the Lancia Stratos. Michael followed his passion to become head of styling for Lancia and eventually the creative director at Bertone.  As you might imagine his life story makes for an incredible motivational speech.

 

So, finally for 2015 another American, and this time our own longtime friend Lancia collector and passionate enthusiast Geoffrey Goldberg.  But you see, I always thought Geoff was one of us and I was just slightly concerned that perhaps he was, you know, out of his league.  But no! Geoff more than deserves to be listed with the exalted company* who have been featured at Castlemaine before him.   His book Di Virgilio at the Center is a masterpiece.  Remarkably Geoff created an intimate friendship with Di Virgilio’s son Luigi, from whom he gained access to material directly from the hand of the father and also opened doors into the historical archives of Fiat and Lancia.  When Geoff spoke at Castlemaine he kept us entranced with the fascinating story of Lancia’s development of the V-6 engine as well as Di Virgilio’s personal history at the heart of the Lancia family. He also spoke of the intrigues: life at a factory that produced some of the most spectacular and innovative automobiles of the post war era.  Geoff left us with his personal theory as to why Gianni Lancia lost control of the company and a hint that this theory may lead to another book.  We all hope so.

 

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2015 Walt Spak East Coast Lancia Reunion DATE HAS CHANGED

 

18, 19 and 20 Sept. 2015

Walt Spak American Lancia Club Fall Reunion

Over the last several years, the club has gotten away from the Reunion Picnic that was traditionally held at the Giglio’s house in Brewster, New York.  We have always enjoyed good food but once recently, we didn’t even include the great drives we had enjoyed.  There is something intrinsically wrong there. Lancia’s are made to be driven!

We decided to correct this omission this year.  We have planned an event centered in Northern Virginia and Maryland where there are a wonderful network or gorgeous winding two-lanes through many villages, most offering great food.

We will base the event at a very nice Hampton Inn in suburban Frederick, Maryland where we have reserved a bunch of rooms.  There is very nice food and a rather quaint “Tiki” style bar where one can eat and do what one does best in a bar!

We will gather there at six o’clock Friday evening, check in and share wine and cheese.  Then we will disperse for dinner.

At nine o’clock Saturday morning, we will meet in the parking lot, receive a box lunch of our preference and hit the road!  We will be released at one-minute intervals (just like the Mille Miglia) and follow printed instructions through wonderful countryside till lunch at a gorgeous park in Maryland.  It is a mountain steeped in history. After lunch, it is “on the road again” back into Virginia.

Mid-afternoon will find us at Tom Stewart’s beautiful farm in Waterford, Virginia.  We will arrange all the attending Lancia’s on the lawn for photo opportunities and arrange ourselves in folding chairs and picnic blankets for a couple of restful hours with snacks.

Then off to the hotel for mumming up and dinner on our own at the hotel or any of the many nearby restaurants.

Sunday morning we will have breakfast together and have an informal concours d’elegance in the parking lot.

Please register with Michael Kristick at 717-434-2507 and send him a check for $60 per person to cover fees and a very nice surprise to everyone from Tom Stewart. Michael’s new address is 225 Mocking Bird Rd, Wellsville, PA 17365

Make your hotel reservation for the Hampton Inn at 301-698-2500 or Frederick.hamptioninn.com.  Mention the American Lancia Club, as we have reserved a block of rooms in our name.

This should be fun.  Lots of gorgeous roads, photo opportunities, good food and great Lancia boffins to gossip with!

Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car Show Featuring Lancia

Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car Show Featuring Lancia

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The highly-esteemed magazine Sport and Exotic Car published by the Hemmings Group sponsors a gathering of interesting and exotic cars at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York, every summer. This year the event celebrates its tenth anniversary, and the organizers have chosen Lancia as one of their featured marques.

The event venue is stunning, the gathering is hugely well-attended, and it should be a great day. The ALC was recently contacted to help bolster the number of Lancias on display, and we have had a resounding number of commitments from members. But we would still love to have as many cars as possible to present a truly representative selection of vintages Lancias, so please bring your cars!

The area of Saratoga Springs offers a large number of attractions and restaurants, as well as the famous Roosevelt Baths & Spa facilities, which are almost adjacent to the event venue.  Many of us are planning to stay a night or two to ease our travel fatigue and extend our pleasure.

The admission for judged vehicles is $15.00.  To register for the event, contact www.hemmings.com/saratoga or call Trisha Grande at 800-227-4373.

MARCH

ALC CENTRAL COAST TOUR May 3 – 6, 2015

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ALC  CENTRAL COAST TOUR

May 3 – 6, 2015

 A 3 ½ day Central Coast Tour will follow this years ALC Lancia Reunion in Cambria, California.  The tour has been coordinated by Hank Konig and Paul and Vicki Tullius.  We hope that you can extend your trip to Cambria to join us for the extended tour.  We are pleased to have our friend Dr. Peter Renou from Melbourne, Australia joining us on the rally and tour.

We will leave Cambria on Sunday afternoon following the reunion brunch.  Many of us have never been to the Hearst Castle in San Simeon so, our plan is to drive from Cambria to the Castle for one of the scheduled tours (information on the tour will be sent to you when you indicate your interest in joining us on the tour).  You can either visit the castle with us or drive on to Fort Hunter Leggitt where we will spend our first evening at the historic Hacienda Lodge. NOTE: YOU MUST PRESENT DRIVERS LICENSE AND PROOF OF INSURANCE TO ENTER HUNTER LIGGITT!  

 On Monday, May 4th, we will visit the sites around the Fort prior to our drive south on a scenic road heading towards Paso Robles.  We will continue on to Taft located on the east side of the coastal mountain range where we will spend the 2nd night of the tour. Our drive on Tuesday will take us through more beautiful remote California roads eventually landing us in Santa Paula where we will be staying night 3 at the historic Glenn Tavern Inn. The Inn has a Hollywood history where “visitors are offered a chance to relive the gilded days of excess and adventure in a place where spirited reviles and restless spirits seem to comingle quite amicably”.

Following our brunch on Wednesday, we will drive to the Mullin Museum in Oxnard 

where we will have a private tour (check out the article on “Yelp” and photo’s offered online for more information if you have never visited the museum).  The Central Coast Tour will conclude following our visit to the Mullin Museum.

 All expenses for the tour will be “paid as you go” unless otherwise notified prior to the event, e.g., the tour at the Hearst Castle.   We have secured a number of rooms for lodging at the 3 evening locations.  You will be responsible to make your own reservation at the various locations on this tour.

 Please let us know if you are planning to extend your reservation with the ALC Reunion to participate in the Central Coast tour.  Contact Vicki Tullius

at vtullius@sbcglobal.net  or at (530) 514-6090; Paul at  flamsport@sbcglobal.net ; Hank at hkoning@kearch.com.  Of course, this tour is available to others who are not able to join us for the ALC Reunion on May 1 – 3rd.

 Phone numbers and/or websites to contact lodging under the American Lancia Club reservations are as follow:

 The Historic Hacienda Lodge at Fort Hunter Liggett on Sunday May 3rd,

phone: 831-386-2900 (a credit card # will be required to reserve your room). Room selections range from $75/night to $150/night.   (You can go online to see the room selections or Vicki can email them to you)

 Night 2, Monday, May 4th – Taft, Calif.  The Holland Inn and Suites (5or 6 rooms available at this time)  $69/night – phone: (661) 763-5211

Alternative lodging – Topper’s Motel $45/night for single, $55/night two beds.

Phone: (661) 765-4145

 Night 3, Tuesday, May 6th.  The Historic Glenn Tavern Inn, Santa Paula. glenntavern.com. Phone: (805) 933-5550. $89/night.

 We hope to hear from you soon if you are planning to extend the reunion by participating on the Coastal tour and the Hearst Castle in San Simeon.               

 Vicki Tullius vtullius@sbcglobal.net

FEBRUARY

East Coast Winter Warmer

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Our fourth annual winter dinner party is scheduled for February 28 at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.  To help dispel the winter blues, about 40-50 of us meet for cocktails, dinner and good fellowship – gossip.

The event is organized by Mike and Michael Kristick and is a real favorite of Lancia enthusiasts. The hospitality provided by the Resort is terrific.  Most of us stay up too late and spend the night.  After a leisurely breakfast, we dribble toward home Sunday morning.

The winter weather is often dodgy so we don’t get too many examples of our favorite marque:  3-5 maybe.

I like to drive my precious Fulvia Sport up there.  Two years ago, on my way it began to snow rather vigorously.  After 5-10 miles I noticed the ammeter slowly dying – generator failure surely.  After a few more miles I turned off the lights and things improved for a bit.  Then I had to turn off the wipers and I got a little nervous and carried on.  The car got very anemic just as I saw the sign for the Resort.  It died totally exactly as I arrived.  I coasted a U-turn and then rolled backwards into a space in the parking lot.  I locked the car and checked in.  How I love my faithful little Fulvia!!  Always gets me where I’m intending!!

For all those who might join us, contact Michael Kristick at kristickm@aol.com.  We’ll be thrilled to see you.

FEBRUARY

2015 West Coast Reunion

 

2015 West Coast Reunion

2015 West Coast Reunion

                          American Lancia Club West Coast Reunion 2015 AND TOUR   

 Thanks to the hard (and quick) work foisted on John Dimock in the last hour, we have a date, location and venue for the Spring West Coast Reunion. It will take place on the first weekend in May in Cambria on the beautiful Central Coast of California. We will be staying at the Bluebird Inn the nights of May 1 and 2, and they will be holding rooms for us at a discounted rate until the end of March. You can check out the different rooms they offer by going to their website www.bluebirdmotel.com . Then call them at 1 800 552 5434, tell them you are with the American Lancia Club to get your discount and reserve your spot.

 The basic itinerary starts with our usual wine and cheese greeting on Friday. Saturday will see us on some great roads, beautiful countryside, and perhaps a winery or two. We will have a catered lunch at the Estella Warbird Museum and see the museum’s offerings which are not limited to Warbirds. Then it’s back to Cambria. Our semi-traditional Throat and Carwash may have the car washing limited by our drought conditions, but our throats will not go dry. Our dinner is next door to the motel and the Sunday Brunch will be catered on the grounds of the Inn so everything will be convenient. Looking forward to a great weekend with friends, some familiar and hopefully some new. And of course, cars.

 AN ADD ON, INFORMAL TOUR IS IN THE PLANNING STAGE AND DETAILS WILL BE FORTHCOMING. AT THIS POINT WE’RE LOOKING AT HEADING A BIT NORTH AFTER SUNDAY’S FINALE TO OVERNIGHT AT FORT HUNTER LIGGETT. MONDAY WE WILL CIRCLE BACK SOUTH SPENDING 2-3 NIGHTS AND STAYING ON GREAT SMALLER ROADS. 

 If you’re joining us please send in the registration form and check by 10 April so we will have time to get back to you with menu choices for Saturday dinner.

 

American Lancia Club West Coast Reunion Registration

 

The registration fee of $140 per person includes the wine and cheese reception on Friday, coffee and pastry Saturday morning, entry and lunch at the Estrella Warbirds Museum on Saturday, dinner on Saturday, brunch on Sunday, awards, and printed materials.

 

Number of participants_____X $140=_____________total remittance (check payable to Steve Peterson)

 

Names of participants­_____________________________________________

 

Phone___________________________  email__________________________

 

Special dietary needs: vegan, vegetarian, Kosher, no red meat, gluten free,

allergic to _______________________________________________________

 

Mail to:  Steve Peterson 17 Sierra Vista Circle   Bishop, CA 93514

 

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

JANUARY

2014 East Coast Reunion

American Lancia Club Walt Spak Fall Reunion

 

Although the Fall Reunion is a traditional event of the East Coast Club, this year was of a very different format. We usually do an eat/drive/eat/sleep/drive but this year we dropped the drive components. We focused the event at the Simeone Foundation Museum near the Philadelphia Airport. Many members had never been to the museum is spite of its being honored by Motorsport Magazine as being the best motorsport museum in the world. Fred Simeone and his catering staff hosted us to a very luxurious Saturday evening, including tours of the incomparable car collection, wine and hor d’oeures and a very, very high quality dinner in front of the gorgeous Lancia Lambda Torpedo. During the salad course Fred spoke to us about the collection and his philosophy of correct stewardship of important vintage automobiles. His philosophy is comprehensively described in his new book: “The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles”.East Coast reunion 2014

During the desert course, Mike Tillson, Director of The Hundred Cars of Radnor, spoke of his adventure at Sebring driving a works Lancia Fulvia HF with Innes Ireland – a great Lancia story not known by many. DSC_4380

We had a wonderful group of about thirty-nine ALC members and several guests. The club awarded Michael Kristick a gift of appreciation for his constant support of the club and Lancia owners everywhere. Member Greg Moore (Flaminia) brought cases of a variety of nice red and white wines. We consider him to be a particularly fine gentleman member! The elaborate table centerpieces were conceived and fabricated by Garnet Hadley, each including many car maintenance goodies and were given at random to eight lucky attendees.

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What an interesting bunch – these attendees. All are certifiable boffins that really enjoy each other’s company and discourse.

Of particular interest at the event was the amazing new book “Lancia and DeVirgilio – at the Center” written by ALC member Geoffrey Goldburg. It was generally agreed that this book is as good as any other motorsport book out there. You need a copy!

The Reunion was as always, a lot of fun. Many thanks to Fred, Alan, Milanee Gary, Greg, Garnet and Mike!

 

Thanks also to all who attended!!

Harlan W Hadley

 

 

JULY

Mike Space

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.

-Steve Katzman

JULY

2013 East Coast Reunion

The 2013 American Lancia Fall Reunion is being hosted by Tom Lacosta
at his beautiful home in Gladstone, New Jersey. Tom has a wonderful
facility that houses his eleven Fulvia’s. Tom hasn’t had much of an
opportunity to attend reunions because he is incredibly busy racing
his Fulvia’s during the summer and fall. The Gladstone area has quite
a network of good driving roads, many of which we will get to
experience. Our Saturday drive will include a stop at Van Sant
Airport in Bucks County where the daring can take a ride in a Biplane
( weather permitting) Please see http://866mustfly.com.
We will also be in very close proximity to Gladstone Equestrian
Association, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, and Hacklebarney
State Park. There are also many quaint towns on these back roads.

The reunion cost will be $ 70.00 per person, $35.00 per child and will
include Friday night wine and cheese at the hotel and a Saturday
evening barbeque banquet at Scuderia Lacosta.

I have arranged to have rooms held for us at the Hotel Indigo, 80
Allen Road, Basking Ridge , N.J. 07920 – 908-580-1300. We have been
given an excellent rate of $ 109.00 per night. The rate includes a
full hot breakfast buffet for 2 persons per room, per day. Please
make your own reservations prior to August 26 2013

SEPTEMBER

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.