Sadly I pass on the news that Bob Williams died on 22 December. Bob was a longtime promoter and restorer of Lancia, often working with Walt Spak. You can find his obituary at the following link. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazzette/obituary.aspx?pid=183265470
As has been mentioned, the annual Walt Spak ALC Fall Reunion is to be held congruent with the 2016 One Hundred Cars of Radnor Concours d’Elegance on September 9, 10 and 11th at the Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
The Concours is celebrating its twentieth anniversary and is featuring the Lancia marque!
The Concours starts on Friday evening at the Radnor Hunt Club with an informal barbeque. The club will gather their Lancia’s at a special “corral” adjacent the deck of the Radnor Hunt Club building and the festivities. This is a wonderful event, with a lot of very interesting, convivial guests and quite nice food.
We will be able to share with many other people what it is that we love about our marque.
Saturday morning the Rally starts at The Radnor Hunt Club on Providence Road. There will be a “cars and coffee” starting at 8:30 am before the departure of Rally cars leave the main gate. An informal tour of the cars and the Radnor Club is open to all. The Rally cars navigate through the beautiful countryside of Chester County. This is a very fun rally ending up at La Locanda Restaurant for an excellent lunch. The Rally is to be reserved directly with Radnor Concours. Suggested itineraries will be available for those not joining the Rally
Saturday night we convene at the “Raduno” room at La Locanda for our club dinner. This is an excellent restaurant and It will be a fine experience.
Sunday morning the gates to the Concours open at ten o’clock. Reserved parking for our Lancia’s (only Lancia’s – those not entered in the Concours d’Elegance) will be provided at the “Motorsport Park”. This Concours is as good as any in the country. There will be about one hundred fabulous cars and thirty great motorcycles. We already have a number of notable Lancia’s entered. Very notable Lancias including the only running Dilambda in the country and the only D-50 in the country! See the Introduction form on the website if you wish to enter the Concours.
Rooms have been reserved at a nearby hotel: The Centerstone West Chester Inn. A room rate of $92.65 has been negotiated for Lancia Club members. When you make your reservations, be sure to cite your membership in ALC. Call Jerry at 610-692-1900. The Hotel is on Route 202 at the intersection with Route 3. A continental breakfast is included. Make your reservations by August 15th to get the special rate.
Make sure you check out the Hundred Cars of Radnor Concours website at radnorconcours.org/.
Paul English of Chico passed away on April 4, 2016. As he remembers it, he fell on his bottom while making a pot of tea and peacefully transitioned forward. Paul was anything but ordinary. Born on May 23, 1953 in Barking, Great Britain, Paul took great pride as the eldest of the family and developed an inquisitive spirit which he shared with everyone he met. Paul was a self-taught, self-made man who became a successful businessman at a young age. He established a number of enterprises in the motorcycle industry; for the few that weren’t successful, he reflected fondly upon them as “character-building” experiences.
Paul was always keen to live his life at full throttle and take risks, on the condition that he was in control! After building their dream home in the UK, Paul fell in love with Chico and decided to fulfill his ambition of living overseas. Although he was a frequent visitor to England, he built a new set of enterprises in Chico and along with them, a large, eclectic group of friends.
Paul was at home in the garage, tending to his vast collection of motorcycles and classic cars. He was an accomplished motorcycle racer, with a career that spanned a decade. He was particularly proud of his victory at Brands Hatch in 1976, where he won the 500 production solo class on a Kawasaki. He twice raced in the Isle of Man, where he proudly finished 3rd place in the 250cc class at the Manx Grand Prix. He continued his passion for racing by sponsoring two fine gentlemen, one of whom continues to race today. Most recently, he and his wife Lily participated in classic car rallies, where they raced around the British Isles, France, Spain, Croatia and Australia.
Paul was a family man. He was immensely proud of his daughters and delighted in their adventures. He loved returning to England and catching up with family over a pint of Guinness. But most important, he adored his wife Lily; his teammate on and off the road. They were rarely seen apart, and whether a proverbial or literal push on his motorcycle, she enabled him to achieve some of his greatest ambitions.
Paul’s spirit and vivacious energy will live on through his wife Lily, his daughters Bryony and Amy and her partner Gary, his brothers Michael and David, his sister Sally, his Uncle Jim and Aunty Joan, his cousins and all his extended family.
In lieu of flowers, we hope you will contribute toward a memorial fund, available through YouCaring, which will support a scholarship fund to continue his spirit https://www.youcaring.com/paul-english-550474
Please check out the deadlines in red below and send in those checks to Kjell. If you are doing the tour and haven’t made your reservations at the following locations listed at the bottom of this notice, do so by May 1 and remember to let Steve know your plans/agenda as far as if you are doing the whole tour or peeling off early.
Lone Pine, the star of many great Western films, awaits you and yours for this year’s ALC Reunion. Lone Pine is designated as a frontier town. The town sits below the spectacular Alabama Hills and Mt. Whitney the highest peak in the contiguous United States, yet desert lands surround the area. Googling Lone Pine, CA will acquaint you with many of the attractions nearby.
Our weekend starts Friday, June 4th with our usual meet and greet starting around 4ish.We will have wine and cheese leading up to pizzas as the party continues. Saturday will see us on an interesting road with some unique sights in store. Lunch will be provided. Following lunch a tour of Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp will be on the agenda. Our dinner Saturday evening promises to be a wonderfully unique experience. Sunday morning we will have a small tour of the Alabama Hills which will lead us back for a concourse, brunch and awards in town. For those of you staying over on Sunday, the afternoon will allow free time to take in some of the many attractions you won’t want to miss. That evening we will be on our own for dinner. Monday morning those of us going on the tour will depart, and we will say our arrivedercis to those returning home. If you are planning on extending your stay in this outstanding part of the world, let us know and we can provide you with more information.
Peterson know ASAP as it will be a great help in making arrangements. email@example.com 760-387-2646
A block of rooms are set aside for Lancia club people at the Best Western Frontier Motel in Lone Pine. Their phone is 760- 876- 5571 and the price includes a hot breakfast. If you can stay for Sunday you should book all three nights at the same time. Reservations should be made by May 2. The rooms are blocked under the name American Lancia Club. The rate is $116 plus tax.
Steve and Lynn Peterson and Kjell Nelin and Lo Lyness are looking forward to a great weekend with friends, some familiar and hopefully some new. And of course, cars.
The “no frills” Senwenenne Tour (Rooms are being held under American Lancia Club and deadline is May 1)Monday, June 6 Lunch at The Saddle Sore Saloon (cash only) in Glenville Overnight at the Comfort Inn, Three Rivers, 559-561-9000 Tuesday, June 7 all day free to roam Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nation Parks
Overnight at Edgewater Inn, Reedley, CA 559-637-7777
Wednesday, June 8 Yosemite Gold Country Lodge-let Steve know you want a room 760-387-2646 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 9 June-this will depend on how many are left on the tour as several will probably peel off during the event,
but the plan is back roads and over Ebbets Pass to Minden, NV. Let Steve know if you intend to peel off at some point, too.
If you’re joining us please send in the registration form and check by May 2 so we will have numbers for our caterers etc…
American Lancia Club WESTERN Coast Reunion Registration
The registration fee of $130.00 per person includes the wine and cheese reception with pizza dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, brunch on Sunday, awards, and printed materials.
Number of participants ___ times $130.00=_____________total remittance (check payable to Kjell Nelin)
Names of participants_________________________________________________________
Mail to: Kjell Nelin 58 Coyote Rd. Chalfant, CA 93514
Any questions? Please call or email 760-387-2646 email@example.com Steve and Lynn Peterson
Dear Lancia Owner,
As Vice Chairman of the La Jolla Concours I wanted to see if you would consider showing your car at this year’s event. We are featuring a Lancia Class and are making a focused effort to have some of the most important and gorgeous cars on the field. The concours weekend is April 8-10th with the concours on Sunday, April 10th.
Our website is: http://www.lajollaconcours.com/
Registration can be done entirely on-line at https://lajollaconcour.wpengine.com/registration/la-jolla-concours-delegance-registration
Our new Chief Judge is Nigel Matthews from Vancouver. He is known internationally and has attracted some of the leading judges worldwide to the event.
Please let me know if you need any assistance or have any questions.
We look forward to seeing you in La Jolla!!
Pathway Partners, LLC
4900 E Arroyo Verde Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
February 20, 2016
Lancia Club and Mike’s Friends
You are invited to join Lancia Members and fellow Italian car enthusiasts at Allenberry Resort in historic Boiling Springs, PA, located 15 minutes from Carlisle, PA.
Event will be Saturday February 20th with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres starting at 6 pm. Dinner will begin at 7 pm and includes salad, tomato basil soup, rolls, sticky buns, dessert, and your choice of entrée (see below).
Overnight accommodations are available, single and double rooms, $69 and $89 per couple, respectively, plus tax. A continental breakfast is included. Please call Allenberry for room reservations.
Come and enjoy good food and friends at this annual event. Limited space available for sale of automobilia items, contact Mike for information and details.
Start the year off right with this winter warmer.
R.S.V.P. to Michael Kristick by Feb 1st (email is preferred)
225 Mockingbird Road
Wellsville, PA 17365
Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse
1559 Boiling Springs Road
Boiling Springs, PA 17007
Roast Beef Tenderloin
Lump Crab Cakes
Honey Glazed Salmon
Dinner is $49 to be paid to Michael Kristick in advance
Arriving in Brisbane we adjusted very nicely with Paul & Jo Doumany for a few days before flying down to Melbourne and Castlemaine.
The whole Castemaine Rally weekend was a whirlwind of smoothly organised fun; starting with the Friday lunch where we were introduced to dozens of new friendly Lancia cousins, thankfully the name tags helped remind us who we, and everyone else was! The Saturday morning run and coffee stop was particularly memorable, following a great route, with some cryptic clues to keep the navigators awake. A remarkable attendance of Lancia’s of all ages was testament to the deep enduring roots our cars have in Australia. This weekend was the result of a huge amount of thought and planning, carried out by a very capable and enthusiastic team. We definitely appreciated this, as I am sure the members present did too.
The Tour was a less frantic time driving on our own program, often with a choice of routes, and still with a good sized group for a week long event. As newcomers to the country we were captivated by the variety of countryside – and climate. Having lived in the UK and USA, we found the natives very friendly and refreshingly non-PC! From sweltering heat at Castlemaine, we saw showers and some rain, and positive chill at viewpoints along the scenic Great Ocean Road. Highlights for us were kangaroos in our motel courtyard at Halls Gap – including a joey diving into mum with amazing speed and precision!
We were very grateful for Alan and Shellagh Hornsby for the loan of their lovely Fulvia Sport for the Rally and Tour. So it was all rather distressing to find myself at the roadside with no oil pressure and plenty of the latter outside the engine! My well used Book of Excuses was not needed in the end, as a fractured hose was found to be the culprit.
As a result of this I am happy to confirm that the stress test to Alan’s heart has been a total success and his blood pressure has now returned to normal. Which is 250psi.
The Tour allowed us to get to know many more of the group much better, which was very nice and less pressured than the Rally. We finished in fine style at Lorne with an excellent final dinner and speeches.
After returning Alan’s car to Ballarat, we enjoyed a few days with Chris and Anna Long in Melbourne seeing the orchestra and famous graffiti along with more conventional sights.
After nearly four weeks, we were ready to be traveling home, but full of unique memories of each different stage of our trip. None of this would have been possible without the enthusiasm of the all the Lancia Club members in Australia who organised and attended the events, and in particular our hosts (minders), Paul and Jo, Alan and Shellagh,and Chris and Anna.
We look forward to returning in the future,
Paul and Lily English
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.
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
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.