The 2017 Castlemain Event

The International Castlemaine, Australia Lancia Event October 2017

By Vicki Tullius

 

Castlemaine

Paul and I were introduced to Castlemaine many years ago by our good friend, Gary Byrd.  Thanks to Gary, we have made wonderful friends in Australia as well as from several European countries by attending the biennial Castlemaine rally events (our first Castlemaine event was in October1985).  We cannot say enough about the generosity and hospitality extended to us from our “Aussie friends” during this event. Upon our arrival, we were provided lodging, entertainment and tours of the amazing cities of Melbourne and Ballarat by Anna and Chris Long and Shellagh and Alan Hornsby. Paul and I were loaned Chris Long’s precious little Ardea Sedan to use for the Castlemaine rally and the following tour around the Island of Tasmania.  This is not expected, ever, but we were touched by Chris’s generosity this year and that of Peter Renou 2 years ago when he loaned us his newly restored Appia sedan.

Prior to the Castlemaine rally, we attended the Motor Classica, the International Concours d’Elegance and classic motor show where Lancia featured 110 years of Lancia innovation. It was an exceptional display of 43 Lancia automobiles that included Tricappa, Lambda, Aprilia,, Aurelia, Augusta, Ardea, Appia Saloons, Zagato, touring and Vignale bodied cars. A favorite of the show was a beautiful Aprilia Ghia sport owned by Brian and Dorothy Hawke of Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Older photo of a “young” Brian and the Beautiful Aprilia)

 

The Castlemaine event occured over 3 days beginning with a luncheon on Friday at the historic Buda House and its elaborate 19th century garden. This Victorian mansion was built in the 1860’s and is said to be the most complete survivor of its period.

 

An evening reception and social followed at the impressive art gallery in the town of Castlemaine, a home to many writers and artists from Melbourne.  Perhaps the highlight of the weekend was the rally that took us to a private estate where we had a fabulous lunch of paella that was followed by a talk from the guest of honor, Bruno Cena from Italy.

 

 

Bruno shared his experience as an engineer at Lancia in the 80’s and 90’s.  He was instrumental in the improvements in the development process at Lancia.  Participants came from all over Australia, the US, UK, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France.  The event ended with a dinner in the town hall where overseas guests were acknowledged, special honors were given and concours awards were presented.

 

The Following Two Tours Through Tasmania

Tasmania is an island with less than 600,000 inhabitants and where 1/3 of the land is not habitable with a temperate rainforest in the south-western part of the island.  There are great roads for Lancia driving and with little traffic.  Fortunately, we experienced little rain and great weather while traveling.

Alan and Shellagh Hornsby and Elsa and Neil Pering enjoying a break during the first Tasmania tour

 

No rally would be complete without a tour of car collections. Our tours included a fabulous collection at the home of Chas Kelly

( See attached photo of Jeff Hill)

and of the National Auto Museum in Launceston.  We ate our fill of seafood and drank interesting Tasmanian wines.  Our tours included overnight stays in Cradle Mountain (where we had our first glimpse of wombats), and in Strahn in the southwest wilderness on Macquarie Harbor.

 

Chris and Anna Longs in their Lambda headed towards Cradle Mtn.

 

 

During the boat tour through the harbor, we explored the convict prison at Sarah Island (established in 1821) and strolled through the rain forest on the Gordon River.

 

On the second tour, we traveled to the East Coast to the Freycinet Peninsula with its national park and the famous Wineglass Bay.  While touring the Bay, we had a great view of fur seals, little penguins, dolphins and wales.  Basically, we covered the entire area that is habitable on this amazing island.   While in Hobart, the annual “Display Day” took place on the lawns in front of the Parliament House.  This all day event is sponsored by the Club Motori Italia of Tasmania.  While our beautiful Lancia automobiles gained attention and the owners chatted and shared their stories with one another, this woman went Christmas shopping in the famous adjoining Salamanca Market!

 

The Spirit of Tasmania

The Spirit of Tasmania is a massive auto ferry that has daily routes to and from Melbourne, Australia and Devonport, Tasmania. It is obviously an essential part of the trip leaving in the evening and docking early the following morning.  The ferry provides meals during the ocean trip, comfortable sleeping cabins and plenty of time to socialize with one another. It is quite an experience in itself!

Sebastain Simon provides amore detailed account of the Castlemaine rally and tours in the Lambda World Register Newsletter January 2018.  www.lambdaworldregister.org.

 

 

 

Spring Drive

Lancia Drive 2/28/18 The Delta Tour

 

What a treat!  6 beautiful Lancias showed up for a day of exploring the Delta.  If you are not familiar with the Delta, it comprises a labyrinth of waterways east of the Bay, formed by the confluence of the San Joaquin and the Sacramento Rivers.  Often overlooked, it is a fascinating place to spend a day driving old Lancias.  We started in the tiny town of Rio Vista, and followed ‘the Sacramento’ north.  We had Tom Gilmore in his Audi; hop-scotching us so that his passenger, Steve Snyder, could take pictures. Thank you Steve!  The Lancias were: Joe Hurwich’s B24 convertible, Vicki’s and My convertible, David Word and Judi Beisler in his B20 Coupe, Gary and Holly Dowling in their Flaminia convertible, Leif in his Flavia convertible, and Neil and Elsa Pering in their Fulvia coupe. Such a treat to see such a wonderful collection of Lancias navigating the byways around the Delta.

 

Driving the Delta always creates a challenge for me.  The river twists and turns so much, that in short order I cannot tell which side I am on (Vicki: “that bridge took us over a tributary, not the river”, Me: “Oh, . . . never mind”).  There is much to see. Numerous historic draw bridges, highlighting a myriad of engineering solutions to facilitate maritime navigation on the river.

The Historic Grand Island Mansion, where next time we will have our lunch.  And two wineries, where we had a chance to talk, drink some wine, and eat some cheese and crackers, generously supplied by Leif.

 

The drive back took us across a few more waterways, and then to a ferry, and a short run into Rio Vista for a late lunch.  From the Ferry stop, I could see the high towers of the Rio Vista drawbridge.

 

As I started to pull out of the queue waiting for the ferry. . .  you see, I thought I would just run down to Hwy 12 and into Rio Vista beating the crowd for lunch, Leif explained that we were on an Island, “either wait for the Ferry, or drive miles back to the bridge that got us on the island”, (Ryer Island).  As I said, the Delta challenges me.

Well, the Ferry ride was interesting, and we had a fine lunch, with great people, and wonderful cars.  Can’t wait to do it again.

Paul Tullius

March Calendar Photo

The March Calendar Photo is of the 1964 Lancia Flavia Vignale 1.8, owned by ALC Member Malcolm and Karen Harris of Seattle Washington. The car is fully restored and we look forward seeing it on future events

February Calendar Photo

1937 Aprilia Berlina belonging to Noel Macwhirter from Venus Bay, Victoria, Australia
photo taken at Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia

January Calendar photo

1923 Lancia Lambda Airway Saloon at the Torino Lancia meet 2006

This is the only remaining in the world, restored in Australia by Brian Hawke.

This photo was taken during the Restoration in 1993, with Brian showing the progress.

Current owner: ALC Member Tina Byrd

Concorso Italiano

August 21, 2017

 Success!

Just came back from Monterey weekend and the Concorso Italiano.

We did a lot of promoting with the organizers and it worked out past our expectation with a full spread of the winning Lancia from last years Pebble Beach  Concours D Elegance.

 That was followed by the write-up we supplied and in the club section was the American Lancia Club info.

 

With that and the “large” field of Lancia cars on the field we are happy to conclude that the Lancia cars are making a comeback. 

 

 We had 17 cars registered and a spread from Steve’s 1924 Lambda to a 1992 Delta Integrale.

A special honor was given to the Aurelia Spider America with not only best in class but also Best Paint in show!!

 The Lancia cars displayed were:

1924 Lambda, 1954 Aurelia B20S,1955 Aurelia B24S Spider America,1961 Appia S Zagato, 1962 Appia GTE Zagato, 1963 Flavia Vignale, 1965 Flavia, 1966 Fulvia, 1967 Fulvia sport 1.3 Zagato, 1973 Fulvia 1.3S, 1974 Stratos, 1974 Fulvia, 1977 Scorpion and 1992 Delta Integrale 

Registered but missing were:

1960 Appia, 1977 Scorpion VX and 1990 Delta Integrale.

The group seemed to have a great time even though the weather was both windy and sometimes rather chilly.

 

Voboril Party 2017

August 21, 2017

 This years Voboril party on Wednesday evening was as good as it gets! Live music, Good food, good wine and most of all great people!

 

 

 The Location at the Holman ranch is fabulous and comes with great history. The courtyard  with its grand entry invites you back in time and the night was just as last year, warm enough to be comfortable.

Jan was the perfect host together with Meredith and Michelle and all made sure we had a full glass and a plate of food.

 

Finally, after all the main courses, a home made cobbler was just the perfect way to end the meal and for us the evening.

The shuttle to and from the parking area made the hill a breeze to conquer.

We can’t thank you enough for the hospitality and for inviting us again to your group of friends and family.

Thank you again,

The ALC members

Monterey events update

Greetings,

This update cover a few items related to the Monterey Car week in August.
1) For you who missed the great party hosted by the Voboril family on Wednesday evening (8-16-17), here is the chance to enjoy a great evening once again.
Attached is the invitation so please RSVP to Meredith or Michelle as requested.
2) The Lunch gathering on Thursday (8-17-17) after the Pebble Beach cars on Ocean Ave.
We are reserving space at the Il Fornio Restaurant at 1.30pm. The space is limited to 20 persons so please e-mail me to reserve your space asap.(leifn12@gmail.com)
3)  The Friday (8-18-17) drive and lunch on back roads to San Juan Bautista. We have secured space at the local Italian – American restaurant “Happy Rooster” and will need a head count to let the restaurant know.
We will gather at the Chevron station next to Walmart just off the Reservation Road exit off Hwy 1 at 9.30am.
4) And of course don’t forget to register your car for the Concorso Italiano on Saturday (8-19-17). We are doing  a push for getting recognition in the magazine and hopefully get some renewed interest and new members.

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