October Calendar Photo

The October Car is the 1976 Scorpion owned by

Bert and Judy Straus from Timonium, MD.

The car is build number 17 and is looking stunning!

Photos taken during 2017 East Coast reunion.

September Calendar photo

September car is the 1966 Lancia Fulvia HF 1.2 Owned  by Leif and Barbara Neuman

Calendar photo taken during 2015 Gran Premio Nuvolari

The car was brought back from Europe this June and enjoyed in events here this summer and fall

With Steve Peterson during Monterey week                                                                                   In the Redwoods, Barbara taking photos of a Chinese girl.

Ferndale Concours on Main street

This years Ferndale event was held the weekend of September 7 – 9.

I was able to talk Barbara in to go with me and she decided that if we were going, let’s take the Fulvia! Not sure if she would have suggested that if she knew that the temp around Clearlake got up in the mid nineties! Stopped a couple of times to cool us off, but arrived in Ferndale in time for the welcoming party. As last year the get-together was held at the Victorian Inn on Main Street.

 

After dinner at the “Farmhouse on Main street” we went back to our hotel pondering the fact that I forgot to bring any warm clothes! Saturday morning was the drive and before going to the start we stopped and got ourselves a pair of jackets so we would enjoy the cool temperatures. The drive took us on back roads towards Eureka and a stop at the Harper Auto Museum, a collection of nicely restored cars.

After the stop at the museum we continued the drive and another stop at a small Maritime museum.

The last portion of the drive brought us back to Eureka and this time to the Ingomar Club Mansion where we had a lunch buffet.

The size difference between the Fulvia and Oldsmobile is making the Fulvia almost look like a kids toy!

After lunch we were on our own and took a nice drive south of Ferndale on “The Avenue of the Giants”  and made a stop to enjoy the majestic trees. A group of Chinese tourists and a local biker was enjoying the car. The Chinese girls took turns getting photos taken hugging the biker with the Fulvia as backdrop. Barbara thought it was her turn also before checking up with his companion still waiting on the bike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Concours was just a display in our case with the judges not sending a single look our way as there were a large field of qualified entrants for the awards.

To start the Concours, a Coast Guard helicopter did a flyby.

The drive back home after the event was a breeze as temperatures stayed in the low to mid eighties. Another great weekend with a chance to enjoy the Lancia.

 

 

Monterey Week recap

This years Monterey week started for me on Tuesday at the  Classic Motorsports welcome party in Pacific Grove. I thought I was going to be visiting with a couple of magazine readers but found a street lined up through block after block with anything from the latest in sports cars to some old timers from the twenties.

One crazy thing happened as a couple stood looking at my car so I asked them if they knew anything about Lancia. When they answered I could hear they had a strong accent that I recognized as Swedish so the conversation continued in that language . During the conversation I was asked if this possibly used to be Håkan Lidebjers car!! He had wondered what happened to the car as it was no longer at the garage where it was stored with some of the other rally cars. It is a very small world. I later met them again at Concorso on Saturday.

Wednesday Started with the Concorso sponsored Breakfast meeting at Black Horse Golf Course and after that the Lunch Drive that lined up a variety of both new and classic sports cars. The event turned out to be great and ended at the Pessagno Winery for a tasty lunch.

Back at the hotel Steve Peterson met up and the evening was spent at the Voboril Party. This year the celebration was for a racing career that was coming to its last race and the beginning for the next generation that is taking over. As previous years this is a great event and quite a few Lancia Club members were there to celebrate. The food and wine was excellent and the music fit the location to a tee. On behalf of the ALC members, thank you Jan and Meredith for inviting us!!

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday was the yearly “Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance” with the lunch stop on Ocean Ave.  We went to Carmel Valley and got a first glance of the cars coming down to the main road and then we went down south of Carmel to see them coming by before heading to Ocean Ave. and see the cars up close.

1932 Lancia DiLambda Viatti Torpedo and Steve Peterson educating a admirer.

Temporary check by the mechanic during the drive.

We met quite a few  ALC members between the cars and when we ended the car ogling, we stopped for lunch in a Swiss restaurant before heading to a couple of auctions to preview some interesting cars.

The nose emblem was discussed but as none of us knew enough about it, we just have to have someone pitch in with an answer if this is what it should look like.

Friday was Track-day! We went early to get a chance to see the Prewar cars with Jan and Michelle testing the cars and track. The sound of some of these cars are fabulous and one that caught my ears and eyes was the  1916 Sturdevant Romano Special! The open valves and straight exhaust headers are looking great.

This car is being shown at the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance September 22.

Jan Voboril was driving his 1935 2000 cc Alta Grand Prix car and Michelle drove the 1928 Fiat 520 Torpedo. Talking to Michelle she thought that with the speed of the Fiat she could take a couple of passengers in the back seat and look as if she was on a picnic drive. However, this was her first race at the Monterey Historic so we are looking forward to the next event and hope she is able to get in a couple of faster laps.

This was the last race for Jan after competing since 1976. The photo boards were showing some great moments during his career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the races we took Steves Lambda to the Concorso for early placement and some food and wine hosted by Heacock Insurance. Friday placement make Saturday morning a bit easier when all the rest of the field of cars arrive and start competing for space. During the placement evening we found out that we were expecting 15 Lancia cars in the event with age ranging from Steve’s 1924 Lambda to a 1993 Integrale Evo2

 

 

The car that received most attention was the 1939 Aprilia displayed by the San Diego Automotive Museum. A great looking car with an interesting history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of the Lancia concours at the event were:

Third: Steve Peterson with his 1924 Lancia Lambda

shared Second: Bryan Wright with his 1968 Lancia Flavia 1.8 Iniezione and Todd Radke with his 1973 Fulvia 1.3s

 

 

Winner: Zachary Shulman with the 1960 Flaminia GT Touring

As a wrap-up of the week – it was more events than before and you really have to pick what interest you, I could have done more things but as a whole I am glad I did the events we did and look forward to next event.

Chico Concours

Paul Tullius was awarded “The Most Elegant” car in the Chico Concours D’ Elegance this past weekend.  The Lambda has a “few bugs” to work out including paint touch up but she ran well to and from the concourse venue.  There were 150 entrants in the show and the Lambda was not even entered to be judged.  She is truly beautiful!!!!   Vicki

August Calendar photo

 

The August Calendar Car is the Beautiful 1956 Aurelia B24S owned by Jim and Julie Harn

ALC East reunion registration

The American Lancia Club celebrates 62 years in 2018

 

                                                                                                    

2018 American Lancia Club East Coast Reunion

 “EQUINOX REUNION”

Sept. 21st -23rd – Frackville, Pennsylvania

·      Friday: Arrival & Welcome Wine Party!  Dine Locally.

·      Saturday: Visit the fabulous JWR Automobile Museum displaying 200+ cars of all vintages, styles and national origins (see a preview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fvIMnxKslQ), then a drive through the countryside to enjoy a picnic lunch including a ride on a 1920s Steam Train that has just completed a full renovation and an interesting adventure deep into an Anthracite Coal Mine.

·      Saturday evening: A gourmet Italian Dinner served at our Motel.

·      Saturday later: After Party with Music, Conversation and a Raffle – (5 Raffle Tickets given to each paid attendee).

·      Sunday: Concours & Farewells

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Accomodations: Comfort Inn, 1252 Morea Road, Barnsville, PA 18214 (access off I-81)

This is a very nice, new Comfort Inn with extra amenities.  Rooms are discounted to $105.00 per night for our group.  Hi-speed internet available.  Check-in is at 3:00p.   As an option, you might wish to arrive one or two days early or stay one or two nights longer at the same rate.

Please make reservations directly with Comfort Inn at 570-773-5252 and be sure to mention American Lancia Club to get the discount.

The cost of the ALC portion is 100.00 per person if received before September 1st, or 110.00 thereafter until the final deadline of September 15th. Includes the Wine Party, Saturday Rally Tour, Picnic Lunch, Tickets for the Coal Mine & Steam Train as well as the Reunion Dinner and After Party.  For those that arrive in the area early on Friday, there are free tours of D.G. Yuengling, the oldest Brewery in the USA, in Pottsville 20 minutes from the Motel.  Hourly tours from 10:00a to 1:00p.

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Closed shoes required.

Mail your Registration Form and payment to:

Richard Lynn, 19 St. Luke’s Place, Montclair, NJ 07042

Any questions please email richardlynn@paperskills.net or call me at 973-851-5209. 

 

The American Lancia Club celebrates 62 years in 2018

                                                                                                               

2018 American Lancia Club East Coast Reunion

 “EQUINOX REUNION”

 NAMES OF PARTICIPANTS­                                         ALC  No.                                                                                      ________________________________________________________  _______  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

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REGISTRATION FEE

If received before September 1, 2018:

Number of participants ___ times $100.00 =_____________total remittance (check payable to Richard Lynn)

If received after September 1, 2018 but before September 15, 2017:

Number of participants ___ times $110.00 =_____________total remittance (check payable to Richard Lynn)

CONTACT INFORMATION

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 Mail to:  Richard Lynn  19 St. Lukes Place,  Montclair, NJ 07042

Any questions?  Please call 973-851-5209 or email richardlynn@paperskills.net

2018 East Coast Reunion announcement

 

2018 American Lancia Club East Coast Reunion

SAVE THIS DATE

“REUNION ON THE EQUINOX ”

September. 21th -23trh – Frackville, Pennsylvania

·       Friday: Arrival & Welcome Wine Party!

·       Saturday: Scenic Mountain Drive, Exclusive Tour of a fabulous collection of rare American & European cars from early 1900s to the end of the century, Visit to the inner workings of an Anthracite Coal Mine, A Picnic Lunch with local flavor.

·       Saturday evening: Annual Reunion Dinner.

·       Sunday: Concours & Farewells

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We are very honored to be invited to tour the fabulous JWR Automobile Museum in Frackville PA that houses more than 230 cars in an eclectic mix of racing cars, everyday cars, famous cars, commercial vehicles, one-off coachwork and intriguing technical designs.  The collection was envisioned by Jack Rich, a successful coal industry executive, who passed away in 2011.  The private museum continues to be kept up by his family.  Most marques are represented from Ford & Cadillac to Bugatti, Rolls Royce & Avions Voisin.  Our visit should encourage them to include a few more Lancias.  

MORE DETAILS TO COME VERY SHORTLY INCLUDING ACCOMODATIONS AND DIRECTIONS. 

If you are thinking to join us, please send me a quick email with the number in your party at richardlynn@paperskills.net or call me at 973-851-5209.  Send no money now – more details and directions will be available in the official announcement in mid-July.

Viva Lancia!

Thanks,

Richard Lynn, East Coast VP

American Lancia Club

July Calendar photo

1970 Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato

Owner: Jim Bandy

Jim is a fairly new member of the club and was a major player in organizing last years East Coast Reunion.

Photo taken with the Pre Civil war Antebellum Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in the background. It now function as a Museum.

2017 East coast Reunion

AMERICAN LANCIA CLUB EAST COAST REUNION 2017 – STONEWALL RESORT, WEST VIRGINIA

 

Rain, rain, rain!  It rained every day the week before our 2017 East Coast Reunion in Weston, West Virginia.  The forecast was just as bleak and we kept mulling over alternative activities all day Thursday.  Fortunately, the sun shone brightly on us Friday as we met at Jim Bandy’s Garage to celebrate the Welcoming Wine Party and to admire his marvelous collection of French, German, English and Italian automobiles.  Better still, the sun kept shining for the rest of the weekend.

Weston is the County Seat of Lewis County in the middle of West Virginia, seemingly an unlikely place for a Lancia meet, but it proved to be an ideal venue for this event both for driving and for attractive, interesting destinations.

After travelling the world with US Army Intelligence, Jim Bandy, our host and guide, retired in his hometown and purchased a large brick building in the town center that was formerly a car dealership from the 30’s.  He lives on the upper floor and houses his collection of cars in what used to be the showroom.

 

Jim has a long history with Lancia cars going back to a time when he did some work with Tom Sheehan and Bob Williams in Pittsburgh.  During that period, he also became friends with Walt Spak, our ALC East Coast Vice President for many years.

Having lived in Europe for quite a while after leaving the Military, he broadened his interests to incorporate all European cars, especially French ones.  Jim owns two Fulvias, an HF Coupe and a Sport Zagato.  Other cars that we inspected while enjoying our wine and canapes included Citroen, Salmson, Saab,  Porsche, a very rare 1960 Deutsch-Bonnet, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Jensen, Volvo and Panhard.  With the street and parking lot filled with Lancias from Aurelias to Betas it made a fitting background to renew old friendships and meet new members.

The Thyme Bistro was our destination for dinner.  It was only a few blocks away so most of us walked in the summerlike evening.  Two excellent cooks were our hosts and the food was exquisite.   Fine Piemontese wines provided by our member Greg Moore were gratefully consumed during the meal.

Our lodgings for the Reunion were at The Stonewall Resort about 10 miles south of Weston.  This Resort, completed in the late nineties, was a joint venture between the State of West Virginia, the Army Corps of Engineers and some private investors as a part of a flood prevention Project that is now a State Park with a large man made lake.  It was the first arrangement of its kind in the United States and has become very successful.  Stonewall refers to the nickname of the Confederate General, Thomas Jonathon “Stonewall” Jackson, who grew up in Lewis County near Weston.  Besides very comfortable rooms the complex included boating in the lake, nature and bicycle trails, two swimming pools, a golf course and three restaurants.

It was an early start on Saturday for the Rally.  Jim Bandy had mapped out two routes with different attractions.  One went east to the town of Phillippi where the first land battle of the Civil War was fought (Western Virginia did not secede from the Union and was made the 35th State in 1863).  This route passed through one of the few covered bridges built for two-way traffic.  This “double-barreled” covered bridge is still in daily use as part of US Route 250.

The other route went west through some pretty rolling countryside and rural scenery – farms, livestock, an artfully painted barn and dense wooded areas.  Our cars taking this route enjoyed rougher, muddy patches that recalled the Lancia Rally successes in Europe of some 50 years ago.  It was much fun (with a few interesting adventures).  Everyone and all our cars survived, and the mud washed off quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both routes ended up at Lambert’s Fine Winery located in the town of Jane Lew (the hometown of the Union General, Joseph Andrew Jackson Lightburn), north of Weston, for a picnic lunch and a taste of West Virginia wines.  While there we planned the various activities for the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a small town, Weston has a wide variety of choices.  The Jackson Mill, where Stonewall Jackson spent his youth, was quite close.  The site has been restored and maintained by West Virginia University and this Saturday they were conducting a demonstration of the preserved waterwheel driven mill with wooden gearing. This ancient technology of  grinding corn and grains proved quite interesting.

In Weston, the huge antebellum Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, now a museum, attracted many to take the history tours and to view the special Halloween exhibits.  A few blocks away is a very comprehensive American Glass Museum.  Glassware manufacture of all types was a main industry in the area employing immigrants from Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Germany in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Locally made glassware as well as that from other regions of the United States are displayed in the museum while glassblowing demonstrations are available at other sites in town.  The largest Antique Store in West Virginia attracted some as did the myriad of small specialty shops.  Some paused to take a final close look at Jim Bandy’s garage.

Returning to the Stonewall Resort, it was time to prepare for the Reunion Dinner but, naturally, we first spent some time in the parking lot with our cars going over the adventures of the day.  The Octoberfest Themed Dinner, served in a private room, was excellently prepared and very welcome after our long day.  We dined to a background of music from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  After dinner and a few remarks, it was time to pick the raffle winners and continue our table-hopping conversations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday morning was the time for all to choose their favorite cars in the Concours.  The results were as follows:

Category                                              1st place                                                               2nd Place

V4 Lancias                              Stan Feigenbaum’s  Fulvia Coupe                      Mark Wolff’s Fulvia Sport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V6 Lancias                              Jim Harn’s Aurelia B24S Spider                          Greg Moore’s Flaminia PF Coupe

                                                                         

TwinCam inline 4 Lancias    Bert Straus’s Scorpion                                        Dick Lancia’s Beta Zagato

 

 

It was no surprise to anyone that Jim Harn’s 1956 Aurelia B24S Spider won both the Ladies’ Choice and Gentlemen’s Choice awards – what a beautiful car!

Despite it being mid-October, the day was still sunny and warm as we said our farewells and started our cars for the trip home.  We somewhat regretted not seeing the colorful Autumn leaves that we expected since they were still green in an unusual Summer extension, but we all enjoyed the fellowship and the wonderful weekend of dry, warm weather.

 

Written by East Coast VP Richard Lynn