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

Bob Williams Passing

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

Paul English May 23,1953-April 4, 2016

 

Paul EnglishPaul 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

Virgins in Australia

IMG_4390After meeting Australian visitors to the West Coast of the USA over the past few years, our anticipation was high for our first ever trip to Australia.

 

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