- A review of Lancia Motor Club events.
Classic Motor Show at the NEC, 12 – 14 November
The theme for the Lancia Motor Club stand at the Classic Motor Show was 80 years of Pininfarina. Six Pininfarina bodied cars were on display which included a Lambda, Aurelia B50, Flaminia 3B, Appia Coupe, 2000HF and Gamma Coupe S1. The high quality and range of cars on display enabled the Lancia Motor Club to beat off strong competition from the Alfa Romeo owners Club to win the award for the stand with the ‘Most Interesting Selection of Cars’. The Lancia presence at the show was augmented by displays from the Thema & Dedra Consortium, Flavia & 2000 Consortium, Beta Forum and Montecarlo Consortium displaying a total of 21 Lancia’s.
Cotswold Economy Drive 21-22 August
In the past , allowed drivers to establish the approximate fuel consumption of their vehicle by driving a specified, 120 mile route through the Cotswolds, as laid down by the organisers. To provide extra interest each crew was allowed a pre event estimate as to their performance, with gold, silver and bronze awards being presented for accuracy.
In the end, only one crew, Simon and Helen Brooks, achieved a ‘gold’, their 1955 Swallow Doretti achieving 28.267mpg and thus a mere .952 penalty, while six cars, lead by the Lancia Beta of John Jenkins and Joan Clark managed a silver with less than a two per cent error. All others that finished were presented with a bronze and most left determined to do better next year.
Silverstone Classics 23-25 July
National Rally and AGM Thame Oxford 16-18 July
A fine collection of Lancias were represented at this year's National Rally held in Thame, from Lambda to Fulvia, Beta and integrale and almost everything in between. The club's guest speaker Bruno Cena discussed with club members his memories of the cars and time spent developing them.
Scottish Transport Extravaganza, Glamis 10 – 11 July
The annual Scottish Transport Extravaganza was held in the grounds of Glamis Castle, and once again, the LMC had a presence. Despite the changeable weather conditions, the large and varied turnout of cars on display included five Fulvias, two 2000HFs, two integrales, a Dedra, a Lybra and a Nuova Delta.
Sliding Pillar Somerset UK 18-21 June
The Sliding Pillar Rally was trully an International event with cars from Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and also Lancisti from Austalia and South Africa. The Rally toured the Somerset Levels with stops. At the Fleet Air Arm museum in Yeovilton one of the Concordes is on display. Another stop was the charming town of Cheddar where Lancisti were given a demonstation of the making of the famous cheese. The rally paused for lunch at the Catherdal city of Wells.
Woking Hospice Car Show 6 June
Brands Hatch Masters Historic Festival 30 May
Goodwood Trackday 22 May
Glorious Goodwood - a reference normally associated with the horse racing, however that certainly applied to the club's annual trackday, perfect weather very warm and sunny, perfect for a a few laps of the lovely circuit in the Sussex countryside. A fabulous day with all models present on and off the track, from beginner to seasoned racers.
LMC/British Italian Society Heythop College London 19 May
Auto Italia - Brooklands 1 May
An excellent turnout of Lancias again at Brooklands, from 2x B20s, Fulvia, Appia, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Y10, Flavia/2000 and Themas of various models all present. With a lovely Fanalone going up the hill in the afternoon.
Aurelia Lunch - Weston on the Green Oxfordshire 25 April
The Aurelia Lunch was very well attended this year with 75 Aurelia owners and 25 cars present, some on the road for the first time after restoration including David Hill's 2nd series B20 and Adrian Rudler's B50 Pinin Farina Cabriolet.
Great North Weekend Guisborough North Yorks 19- 21 March
The annual Great Northern Weekend was held in the North Yorkshire town of Guisborough. Following the normal relaxed format for the weekend, there was an observational tour with lots of clues to look out for. The tour route took members through the countryside where the programme “Heartbeat” is filmed. There was a good selection of cars present, ranging from a Series 3 Appia up to the current Delta.
Pre-1973 vehicles and Car Clubs event at Brooklands 1 January
A well attended event despite the freezing conditions, we had a dusting of snow the night before, but fortunately sunshine all day. We had 12 Lancias on show amongst the wide range of other makes, from Dilambda, Augusta, Appia, Aurelia, many Fulvias (2 Berlinas, 1 Zagato and 3 Coupes), Beta VX and an integrale evo1. Many visitors too, nice to meet some long distance visitors from South Africa. A photo was taken of 3 of us holding the Lancia Banner up, with the cars behind us for Classic Car Weekly, may be in print in a few weeks time.