- A review of Lancia Motor Club events
Lancia Motor Clubs wins at The Classic Motor Show
Lancia Motor Clubs wins at The Classic Motor Show
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lancia, the Lancia Motor Club put on a display of 17 Celebrity Lancias from across the ages that included; 1910 Gamma Corse, 1917 Theta, 1928 Mille Miglia Lambda, 1935 Augusta Lusso, 1937 Aprilia, 1953 Appia, 1954 Ex Mike Hawthorn Aurelia B20, 1963 Flaminia 3C GT Touring, 1968 Flavia Coupe, 1974 Fulvia Coupe, 1974 Stratos, 1983 037 Rally Evo2, 1985 Delta S4 Stradale, 1986 Gamma Coupe, 1991 Thema 8.32, 1994 Delta HF Integrale Evo 2, and a 2003 Ypsilon. The stand received many favourable comments and was awarded the 'Club stand with the most interesting selection of cars'.
Lancia Motor Club National Rally, Concours and AGM 24th September
Over 200 Lancias of all ages attended the LMC's Centenary National Rally, Concours and AGM at the Autumn Auto Italia event held at Gaydon.
LMC members brought a wide range of cars, and were the only Italian marque to have any pre-war cars at the event, including Lambda, Dilambda, Astura, Augusta and Aprilia models. In addition there was a mouth-watering range of post war Lancias on display with Aurelias, Appias, Flaminias, Flavias, Fulvias, Betas, Gammas, Integrales, Lybra and Ypsilon. Part of the Centenary line up also included some very rare Lancias, such as the 1934 March Augusta, Hyena, Stratos HF and Delta S4.
2006 Lancia Motor Club Annual Driving Tests and Barbecue. 6th August 2006
This year we celebrated 20 years of Richard Thorne hosting the annual club driving tests and barbecue. It was hot and dry, and a select variety of cars took part in the challenging tests. Lancias taking part in the tests included Fulvia Coupes and a Berlina, Y10, Flaminia Touring, Aurelia Berlina and an Integrale. While in the car park there to been seen were a Lambda, Appia Convertible, Fulvias, Gamma, Deltas etc. Later competitors, marshals and spectators enjoyed a wonderful barbecue prepared by Richard's wife Nicola and family in their garden, where in between courses the class and FTD winners received their prizes.
The 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Was a first in many ways, not just because the Lancia Motor Club had a stand for the first time, but also for the impressively broad array of cars to delight any Lancisti. Not including the cars on the LMC stand, visitors were treated to: Gamma Corsa 1910, D24, D50, B24 Aurelia Spider, Fulvia Marlboro, LC2 Martini, 037 Rally Martini, S4 Rally Martini, Gp 4 Stratos Pirelli, Gp 5 Montecarlo Racer Martini, Gp A Delta integrale Repsol and the Alitalia Stratos project car by Fenomenon.
If that was not enough, the Lancia Motor Club provided even more in the form of Appia Berlina, Appia Zagato, Fulvia Zagato, Fulvia Corsa, Aurelia B20 Corsa, Delta Dealer Collection, Martini and Repsol as well as a light blue Augusta. Not just any Augusta, but the 1935 Augusta March of Mike and Cyn Wheeler. This car is one of seven and was designed and first owned by the present Duke of Richmonds (Lord March) grandfather - a nice touch which was recognised on the day by the Goodwood Management.
Scottish Transport Extravaganza, Glamis Castle, 8-9 July
Scottish members of the LMC were once again at the 32nd Scottish Transport Extravaganza at Glamis Castle over the weekend of 8th and 9th July, where our centenary celebrations continued. The threat of poor weather failed to deter our members from attending, with 12 cars on display on each of the two show days. The cars on display covered the last 40 years of Lancia’s history. Models shown included the oldest known Flavia coupe 1500 in the UK, a 2000 coupe, a Trevi, several integrales, Kappas and a Lybra.
Bromley Pageant of Motoring June 25th
Reportedly the largest one-day car show in the world. The LMC again had a presence - indeed, at the last minute the club were allocated three extra pitches and had to find cars to fill them fast! Happily J-P Lihou and Kent area co-ordinator Nick Haigh were able to mobilise an impressive array of Lancias. Particular thanks are due to evoforum members for turning out so enthusiastically with some spectacular Delta integrales. The weather stayed dry and warm, the stand attracted a good deal of interest and a good day was had by all.
Lancia Motor Club Sliding Pillar Rally 2-5 June 2006 Shropshire
It is now traditional that the weather sets fair for the Sliding Pillar Rally, this year was no different as the first decent weather of the year welcomed the cars to the Longmynd Hotel in Church Stretton, Shropshire. As usual there was a good turn out of cars, the most numerous being 12 Lambdas. The Drive on Saturday took us along Wenlock edge to Ironbridge and back to Ludlow to park in the shadow of the Castle, whilst we lunched at the Feathers Hotel, one of Ludlows famous timber framed buildings. Sunday saw the cars climbing the Longmynd with breathtaking views and interesting drops! to a picnic lunch at Croft Castle. In the afternoon there were more challenging roads dropping into the Clun valley to see the ruins of Clun castle, finishing the day with tea at the Station Inn, Marshbrook. The atmosphere was one of faded elegance, most suitable for vintage Lancias.
Scottish Italian Car Day 2006
Now an annual event, the Scottish Italian Car Day was held on Sunday 28th May 2006 at Craigtoun Country Park near St. Andrews. The threat of poor weather failed to deter people from attending, and the LMC was well represented, with some members travelling from as far away as the Highlands. Lancia’s present included a 1500 Flavia coupe, Fulvia Sport, Trevi, Beta Spider, Lybra, a couple of Thema’s (including an 8.32), and several Delta’s and integrales. Also present, though not on the LMC display, was an Autobianchi A112 Abarth.
Brooklands 29th April
After an indecisive start to the weather, the sun came out and the Auto Italia Spring Car Day at Brooklands Museum, Webridge ended in a very fine show of cars. Lancia was very well presented giving the organisers many more cars to plan than they thought. Next year the facilities at Brooklands will have a new test track and so space should become much more suitable.
Not only were the LMC/L2B given pride of place in the paddock, the immaculate 1910 Gamma Corsa and the Repsol Delta integrale were also invited as the first two cars to open the famous hill climb to rounds of applause from the spectators.From Appia, though B20 Aurelia via Gamma, Delta, Dedra, Beta and Fulvia a big thank you to all our members who came out to support the Lancia stand in this centenary year. Keep watching the website and the new Lancia Motor Club forum (www.lanciamotorclub.org) for new events and pictures posted on events peopel have visited.
Lancia Motor Club Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit Track Day, 1 st April
A wide range of Lancias took part in the Club's annual visit to this historic track including a 1910 Gamma Corse and the 'Julian Jane' Lambda. This much-modified car competed in the first ever race meeting held at Goodwood, Julian Jane who created this car was the first Chairman of the Lancia Motor Club founded in 1947.
Other cars seen on track included Fulvia coupes and sport zagatos, Dedra, race prepared Kappa, Montecarlo, Delta HF Turbo and a variety of Integrales.
There was wide range of spectator Lancias in the car park including Appias, Gammas, Betas and Deltas.
Lancia Motor Club Great Northern Weekend 31st March
The 2006 edition of the GNW was based in Melrose in the Scottish Borders region. This area is rich with Scottish history from the Roman times through William Wallace and Sir Walter Scott to current horticultural activities. Continuing the popularity of this event, many visitors were "regulars" including 5 crews from The Netherlands. The event format is aimed at encouraging the guests to explore the local area and visit places of interest (and shops!). In order to promote social discussion there are some mild quizzes that present guests with a common challenge. The traditional Observation Tour took place on Sunday morning but a shorter than usual route allowed a longer lie-in and un-hurried breakfast. Sunday lunch was followed by the awards ceremony and farewells in the car park. A particular attraction was the Jim Clark memorabilia display in his home town of Duns.
International Historic Motorsport Show 24-26th February
Held at the newly named Stoneleigh Park (ex National Agricultural Centre), near Kenilworth in Warwickshire, this excellent show is now in its third year. Conveniently placed at the end of February, no other show competition and ideally timed for those taking their cars out of mothballs after the winter break, the emphasis is on taking part in historic motor sport rather than polishing museum vehicles!This year’s show was bigger than previous events, with a host of special cars present. The LMC stand was located in prime position in Hall 1, the area dedicated to historic rallying and alongside the Stratos Enthusiasts Club, which made for a true Italian feel. The cars present on the stand were the ex-works Carlos Sainz, Group A, Repsol integrale and a Stradale 037.