Spensieri Lancia Appia

Photos of Luca Spensieri’s 1961 Appia For sale

Contact Luca :lspensieri@aol.com



West Coast Reunion Schedule

ALC West Reunion 2019
Oakdale, May 17-19

Friday May 17
4:00 – Motel 6 Oakdale, Registration and picking up event package
6:00pm -Meet and Greet at Motel 6 Oakdale with Appetizers and drinks

Saturday May 18
6:00am – 9:00am Breakfast menu at Ryderz Restaurant (bring meal ticket and name tag)
9:30am Pre-rally instructions in Motel 6 parking lot
10:00am Start Rally (Drive)
12:30pm Lunch at Ironstone Winery (Meal tickets and name tag)
1:30-2:00pm Leave Ironstone winery to continue Rally (Drive) to Hotel
6:15pm Firenze Ristorante, ALC Annual Report
6:30pm Dinner at Firenze Ristorante (Meal tickets and name tag)

Sunday May 19
6:00am – 9:00am Breakfast menu at Ryderz Restaurant (Meal ticket and name tag)
9:30 People’s choice car show, and mini lunch at Oakdale Cheese Factory (by now you know to bring your name tags)
10:30 Awards and photo session.
12:00 ALC After Tour start.

Event Contact numbers:
Leif/Barbara Neuman: 916-677-9811/916-677-9812
Steve Peterson: 843-513-8784
Hank Koning: 310-560-8738

Retromobile 2019 report

(Received this report from Phil after visiting this years Retromobile)

I just returned from a quick trip to the City of Lights for this year’s opening of Retromobile. It is hard to put in words the sheer scope of this event-there really is no equivalent in the U.S. It’s part celebration the golden age of French motoring (deDion-Bouton or Gnome-Rhone anyone?), and part vintage car fantasy-land, with all marques and eras well represented. The organizers really pull out the all stops for this one, and the entry fee is a very reasonable 19€ per day. While you could likely run across just about any model of Lancia scattered among the various clubs and dealer displays, if you want to cover the whole event some planning is required. Two days is barely enough time to give the show justice. Three is better. Should you linger too long in one area (easy to do, with curiosities to delight your motoring fancy at every turn) , you are in danger of missing another display entirely  I almost missed what would be the highlight of the show for any Lancisti. In a large space to the far right of the 1st pavillion is an amazing  private collection of no less than 30 Lancias, many iconic and rarely seen, and all in show condition. The display itself is prominently placed beneath illuminated Lancia signs and behind a black velvet rope manned by a pretty hostess (in a smart Lancia uniform, no less!). The rope is there just for an entry point-the cars are directly accessible. For a moment I thought Lancia (?) itself might be involved, but that was just a fantasy. I believe the collection was based in Germany, but unknown to me-perhaps other members are familiar with it. Another highlight was the Lancia Stratos Zero Concept car which the Lancia Club of France had managed to free from its hiding place for display at their stand.  Some personal favorites were the 1955 Alfa Romeo 750 Sports Racer prototype (based on Giulietta running gear) at the FCA Heritage stand, and the many beautiful and rare 60’s  DS19 and DS21 Chapron convertibles, all impeccably restored,  at the Citroen display. The show runs through this Sunday(2-10-19).






























Phil Anderson

Remembering Former ALC Member, John Cecil

It was a beautiful day in Walnut Creek when family and several friends from the NorCalLancia Group gathered at the Creekside Grill to celebrate the life of former ALC member, and our friend, John Cecil. John’s life ended on October 31st, just a week before he and his wife, Becky, lost their home in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. Family members in attendance included Becky and her Granddaughter Shiobhan (Tracy), Son Tony and his friend Robin (Red Bluff), Granddaughter Becky and her husband Steven (San Jose), Grandson Sam and his girlfriend Lauren (Tracy) and Grandson Chris Tracy).

NorCal attendees included ALC vice president, Leif Neuman and wife Barbara, Elsa and Neil Pering, Jean and Steve Katzman, Vicki and Paul Tullius, Tom Gilmore, Kent Emery and the event organizer, Steve Snyder. Becky commented, “It was  lovely luncheon and thank you to everyone who came to acknowledge John”. Steve Snyder did a great job of pulling people together and in finding a reasonably accessible location for all to meet. Becky also added, “John would love to have been there with us”. He was certainly there in spirit! We miss you, John.


Vicki Tullius.

2019 West Coast Reunion

This years West Coast Reunion will take place May 17-19 with the after tour following

Details will be posted when all finalized.

The host hotel is the Motel 6 in Oakdale

We have reserved rooms, so refer to American Lancia Club when making your reservations.

King Bed room 104.99 +tax

two Queen bed room 119.99 +tax

the reserved unused rooms will be released on April 17

To reserve your room contact the hotel at: 209-847-8181


Questions, call Leif @ 916-677-9811 or email: leifn12@gmail.com

West Coast Reunion After Drive

Lancia Lovers,

I look forward to seeing many of you at the 2019 West Coast Reunion in Oakdale

As a couple days together is simply not enough I again am arranging an after tour.


I invite you to join me for the American Lancia Club 2019 West Coast Reunion After Tour.


The after tour will commence the afternoon of May 19th following the West Coast Reunion.

The proposed route and overnight stops are as follows:


Day 1 Sunday 19th – approximately 2.5hr drive north to Plymouth CA.

Accomodations: Rest- A boutique Hotel


Room rates: Queen, $142, Double Queen, $152, King $152

Phone Matt  209 245 6315 mention American Lancia Club


Dinner: TBD     perhaps Taste, Plymouth CA


Day 2 – Monday 20th -approximately  4 hr drive North by North East to Graeagle, Ca

Lunch stop in North San Juan -so bring your passports.

Accomodations: Chalet View Lodge.


10 rooms blocked out @157.00 under American Lancia Club

Phone 530 832 5528


Dinner: TBD


Day 3 – Tuesday 21st. – approximately 4 hr drive around the east side of Lake Tahoe then south west to Arnold,

Accomodations: Arnold Meadowmont Lodge


I was unable to have them hold rooms with laying down a 50% deposit

so If you are even mildly thinking of joining the tour book rooms ASAP – you can always cancel them up to 48 hours prior.

8 rooms tentatively reserved @$99, $109

Phone Joyce at 209 795 1394


Dinner: Lot’s of options.


Day 4 – Wednesday 22nd -approximately 4.5 hr drive south then east then south to Oakhurst, Ca


Accomodations: Yosemite Southgate


10 rooms blocked out @$129-$139

Mention Lancia Car Club for 10% discount

Phone. 559 683 3555


Dinner  – TBD


Day 5 – Thursday 23rd – drive south to Fresno Ca for lunch and see the Underground Garden then east to Three Rivers CA


Accomodations: Lazy J Ranch Motel


10 standard rooms reserved @ $145

Phone 559 561 4449

Mention Hank Koning or American Lancia Club

Dinner: TBD


Day 6- Friday 24th – return home.


As in the past this is a pay as you go event.

Book your own Hotels, and pay for you meals as you go.

Join the tour for 1 day or all days.

And if you have any suggestions for places to eat, interesting sights and sites to see let me know.


The rules:

Let me know if you are joining the after tour, for how many days and when you have booked hotels.

Stay on the Road.


Hank Koning


Todd Radke Track Car

Todd is selling his 1981 Beta Coupe Track car.

The list of improvements on the car is long and the price he is asking $ 3500.00 does not cover the parts installed.

Here is a list:

Ground Control coilovers
New rotors, pads and stainless steel brake lines
Rebuilt brake calipers
Racing seats with custom mounting plate and 4 point harnesses
Oil cooler and new oil filter mounting fixture
Custom baffled oil pan
Engine water pipe chrome plated
New spark plugs and wires
Custom strut braces front and rear
Wink wide angle inside rear view mirror
Custom rear spoiler
Fiberglass flares
15 x 7 Rota (Pansport style) wheels
Toyo R88 race tires
Battery moved to trunk
Fuel pump and filter moved to trunk
Momo style steering wheel and adapter
Gas tank removed and cleaned inside and out
All glass intact (no cracks)
K&N air filter
Windows converted to manual to reduce weight
AC and smog equipment removed
Bumpers removed to reduce weight
There are ZERO miles on all the above parts and modifications
Please contact Todd if interested or have questions.
Todd Radke

January Calendar Photo

The Calendar as well as the artist drawing on the back of the calendar is of the 1967 Flaminia Sport owned by Ari and Kristin Baron.

Lancia “Heaven”

Lancia Heaven –John Campion’s Aladdin’s Cave
John Campion , co-founder and Chairman of APR Energy, graciously opened the
doors of his pristine and private showroom in Jacksonville, FL on Monday,
November 12 th ,2018 to his fellow Irishman ,Tom Gilmore ,wife Barbara and their
good friends Dale and Debbie Newcomb all visiting from the San Francisco Bay Area
and proud standard bearers for The American Lancia Club.
I had heard of this Lancia collection for a few years and with a vacation planned to
see the wild horses on Cumberland Island in Georgia a quick look at the map
confirmed that Jacksonville was less than one hour away. A few emails back and
forth with John’s executive assistant , Stacie Mirabella, and the visit was on!
John and I grew up rabid rally fans watching Paddy Hopkirk , Roger Clark and Billy
Coleman compete in the International Circuit of Ireland Rally held annually over the
Easter Holiday on closed sections of public roads…racing against the clock on
tarmac !…needless to say the speeds were barking crazy.
Billy Coleman was an Irish privateer from Co.Cork ‘showing up’ the Ford ‘works’
drivers in a tatty Ford Escort twin cam in 1969 when I was spectating and by 1977
when John was watching, Billy Coleman was driving a Lancia Stratos sponsored by
‘The Chequered Flag’ of London. Billy was driving with house money at this stage of
his career and the memory of this Stratos sliding through the early morning mist
seared the Lancia shield on to John’s brain.
Leaving Ireland in the mid 80’s to seek his fortune John started a mobile power
generation company to supply the needed power for the massive amplification and
light shows of U2 and David Bowie as rock concerts moved into arenas and
‘ShowPower’ ,co-founded by John, was acquired by GE and so having faith in their
business model John and his buddy went a few rungs up the ladder and founded
APR Energy the company that today provides mobile peak and off- grid power
around the world.
Yup!..with a wee bit of discretionary income coming his way “It was time to ditch the
Ferraris and get some real cars…competition Martini Lancias! “ said John.
The lobby of John’s showroom is furnished with aluminum shelving made from
aircraft wings , automotive posters beautifully framed and lit and the nose cone of a
Michael Schumacher Ferrari mounted on the wall and wonderful seating…..it all
looked so cool and not in the least ‘over the top’
‘Thanks for coming” says John bounding towards us giving us all a very warm
welcome. A brief discussion about the various artifacts on display and then “let’s go
and see the cars’!
Well I was not prepared for what we saw.
We were shown into a magnificent showroom and if the lobby was a ‘wee bit busy’
the showroom was an exercise in Italian minimalism.
The cars were presented against a red wall complete with recessed lighting on a
grey epoxy polished floor and are all beautiful prepared and in full running

We were captivated by the following Lancia
competition cars:
LC 2 ..chassis # 0001












Beta Monte Carlo
Fiat 131 Abarth –Alitalia
Fulvia ‘Fanalone’
Fiat transporter.
Out of picture was a Delta and out of the shop was a Martini LC 1 and a few odds and
ends….Ford GT, Ford Escort Twin Cam and a Mazda Sports Racing Car for John’s

John’s cars are featured in the October and November 2018 editions of Italia
magazine out of the UK.















I was delighted to present John with an honorary 2019 membership of our club, a
forty-five year old Lancia key fob and a model of a Martini Delta….he was most

Shannon , another assistant, presented each of us with shirts and jackets
representing CJJ Motorsports that promotes and sponsors young drivers in the US
and Ireland. ( thanks to Leif Neuman and Steve Snyder for the certificate and the
key fob)
John has done an incredible job in collecting these Lancias and has now started to
show them at major events around the US…Amelia Island and The Quail in 2018.
But there is more!…John is a major philanthropist in Northern Florida giving
extensively to local schools ,universities and to cancer research.
He is a complete and very nice guy and a fabulous host and now a member of our
A great visit.
P. Tom Gilmore
Lafayette, CA