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

Phone_______________________  email____________________________________

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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

June Calendar Photo

This month photo is of Richard and Dorien Lancia’s Beta Zagato.

He bought the car in 2012 as he describes; “After lusting for a car with my namesake since High School.” They spent the next five years getting all bugs worked out, thanks to a bunch of Lancisti folks and especially Kevin Harper. The car originally was a special edition with gold trim, but the previous owner resprayed it all black. They love driving it on special occasions with the targa top off and the rear window down.

 

ALC West Coast After Tour 2018

The ALC West Coast After Tour 2018

Southern Delights and (Lynn’s Frights…lots of curvy but spectacular roads!)

Dick and Judy Buckingham, Eric Lynn and John Young, Alan and Shellagh Hornsby, Jeanne and Steve Katzman, Hank Koning, Kjell Nelin, Lynn and Steve Peterson, Paul and Vicki Tullius

 

 

Day 1:Hank Koning put together a fabulous “after tour” for 14 of us  that took us from the sometimes foggy, chilly coast to the heat of the desert, traveling around 800 miles over a period of  5 days and nights. Our group and several other reunion participates left Lompoc and headed to Buellton for a fun lunch stop at Industrial Eats.

We said arrevaderci to Tina, John Richards and the Schutzbergers and headed down the road towards Port Hueneme for an overnight. On the way Hank lead us through some of the devastating mudslide area of Montecito and then to his friend’s lovely beachbeach cottage in Mussel Shoals for drinks and snacks.

 

 

 

An evening seaside dinner saw us early to bed .

 

Day 2: Our first stop was in Simi Valley at a fascinating folk art collection called Grandma Prisbey’s Bottle Village.  A light rain stopped our idea of a picnic lunch but we luckily found a great little authentic, family Italian restaurant in Sunland!  The curvy roads began here! Up we went through Big Tujunga Canyon to Angeles Forest Highway to Angeles Crest Highway down Lone Pine Canyon Road and up again (with an unexpected detour) to Crestline. What a drive! Our overnight in pretty cold temps found us in a tavern eating freshly smoked dishes and enjoying each other’s adventures of the day.

 

Day 3: Oh boy more of those roads ahead! CA 18 and 38 take you through awesome country with amazing vistas .. sometimes high above the clouds. Down we headed to the apple growing foothills of Oak Glen and Riley’s Farm for a colonial repast. We arrived in time to witness a mock recreation of the 1775 Battle of St. George’s Tavern being enacted by hundreds of students. A big bang for our buck!

We then drove to Rancho Mirage in the Palm Springs area and gladly welcomed the pool and AC at our hotel. Bill and Marlene O’Sullivan invited us to their lovely artful home for a Mexican buffet that evening.

Day 4: We now were 10 having said goodbye to Eric and John and Vicki and Paul. Up and over the Banning/Idyllwild Highway then down to Temecula with a lunch stop at a taco shop and more driving up a twisty road to the iconic facility of the still functioning 70 year old Palomar Observatory. Wow!

Down, down to the desert we arrived in Borrego Springs in time for a quick dip to cool off before a nice evening dinner.

 

Day 5: Up early with a cooler temp drive to Thermal where Lancia member Rico Varge and Chris Bergsma entertained us with morning coffee and donuts and a tour of Rico’s garage full of interesting cars!  We said goodbye to our Aussie friends Alan and Shellagh who were headed to Europe for the sliding pillar meet in England! We stopped at Oasis Date Farm for milkshakes and picnic supplies before driving through Box Canyon and Joshua Tree National Park where we picnicked. Yes, it was hot , but the temps hovering around 90 were about 10 degrees cooler than expected.

Hank finally used his self-designed Lancia car swamp cooler!  Car envy!  A stop at the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum held a few of us in awe of what Noah accomplished with sculptures entirely from junked materials on the desert floor.

We headed on to our final night at the high desert historical Pioneertown. A true western meal at Pappy and Harriet’s and then star-gazing and conversation concluded the fantastic , fabulously fun, the one and only Hank tour! Such a great group and so much fun! Thank you Hank for making this happen!                                                                                   (Hank, the Katzmans, Kjell and the Petersons drove the same way home for a bit and stopped in Lucerne Valley for breakfast. Café 247 is a hoot!)

 

 

West Coast Reunion recap

Hi all,

The West Coast Reunion is behind us and we were treated to a great event with the start in Atascadero Friday afternoon. Most of the Northern Group and some of the Southern Group got together at the hotel for some catching up and good wine and food. Met some new and old friends and as usual, had a great time.

Saturday morning with an early start we got lined up and with most of us having detailed maps of the roads, we took off with Hank in front. The roads were great and we soon were going in a speed that separated the group and of course, the leader in the “behind” group missed one turn and got separated from the front. Thanks  to what I understand GPS, they were back on track and joined us, just as we had made a stop for stretching our legs and for some others, a cup of coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the break we took off on some great roads to the Lunch stop and a bunch of Southern Cal. members. A lot of great cars were lined up along the road and lunch was catered by a local restaurant.

 

 

A chance to meet both new and old friends. After the lunch and a lot of car talk, we lined up and took off towards Lompoc where we were spending the night. This time we had more lead cars so when we were “lost” we were lucky to have a back-up to guide us back on track and to the hotel.

 

 

 

 

We had a chance to freshen up and get ready for dinner at the “La Botta” restaurant. Dinner was great with plenty of food and wine and we extend our thanks to the organizers, Hank, Adan and Ed for their work on getting it all together.

Sunday morning started with a great breakfast at the hotel and we mingled before it was time to get the cars ready for the Concours.

Because we had to race back home to greet some friends who were arriving from Europe we had to skip the rest of the day and the “After Tour”. That report will come later.

Here are a couple of pictures we received from the Concours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you again for a great event,

Leif and Barbara Neuman