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IN MOTORING WORLD where carefully and jealousy protect right to the continuity of popular and range names. and numbers, one Italian, in 1907, stole the on the rest of the world by adopting the of the Greek alphabet to distinguish models — Alpha. (1909), Gamma (1910) and so on.

Lancia, son of a wealthy soup fascinated by the new expanding world of the served an apprenticeship with With the FIAT’s takeover of in 1900, Lancia was appointed inspector at FIAT and soon commenced racing their eventually starting his business and up his own factory in Turin in 1906. was his connection with FIAT he continued to race for them 1908, scoring second in the 1906 American Vanderbilt Cup and the Targa Florio.

Lancia known for his innovative specifications and not wild flights of engineering but practical problem solving at simplifying manufacture and production, the product, increasing its acceptability and in an increasingly expanding and competitive 1907’s offering, the Alfa, a 4 2.5 litre 4 cylinder was shaft had a 4 speed gearbox and three elliptic rear suspension. engines first came in monobloc form, in 1909 in 3.1 capacity to be succeeded by a 3.5 and 4.1 litre the latter having its water mounted in one of the engine brackets. In the year a 15hp model won its at a Modena race meeting on Rudge Whitworth detachable wheels.

The 2.6 of 1911 featured a 4 rear axle mounted electric lighting was introduced on the Eta and a year later a complete set of was introduced on the 4.9 litre Theta, as — electric lamps, dynamo, electric engine Klaxon horn with of these controls mounted on the wheel centre boss. significant step forward was to be the first standardised installation by a manufacturer.

Overhead camshaft V8s designed a narrow angle V configuration of 22 degrees entered the Lancia along with a 6 litre ohc V12 proved to be uneconomic to manufacture. the narrow angle allowed the V to be accommodated within a single block — it was a engine form that would be exploited by Lancia for some to come. All of this feverish design, engineering and production had happened from ‘start-up’, in more than fifteen -what an exciting atmosphere it have been.

But for the start of the Lancia would play ace. The inspirational Vincenzo had built around him a team of engineers and engineering draftsmen, like himself benefiting the experience acquired down the at Big Brother FIAT. Developed and on the in 1921, shown to the public in in production in ’23 — to the 2.1 litre single engine V4 powering the new lightweight four steel chassis body The space frame-like pressed construction was based on the chassis and the body frame being to form a single unit when panelled in steel an immensely strong monocoque.

a wheelbase of over 10ft, the laden weight was under the developed 45 horsepower propelled the at between 70 and 75 mph and gave the car a touring of around 26mpg. It was said to held the road in an extraordinarily manner. it’s exemplary and handling attributable to the Lancia / sliding pillar independent suspension.


What up to the introduction of the now famous Aprilia and Lancia’s death in 1937 was exciting, decade by decade. could never be accused of to conformity — quality of and engineering ideals were forfeit to achieve cost simplicity in design or production. The happily endured until the of ’49, thereafter the Appia and and the works of Vittorio Jano and Lancia, the first of which was the Aurelia, kept the Via Monginevro and the Bolzano plants engrossed.

Fulvia and Flavia survived the absorption by FIAT in 1969, the deservedly so, until long the Seventies.

Lancia’s history of success through the three from the Fifties into the is already well documented, that it lists wins by of the greatest names in the sport, in racing, long distance racing, international rallying and prix racing.

Sadly the is currently not present in the UK as an official dealer/trade organisation, other a small number of franchised outlets administered by FIAT UK. Its a that has only served to enthusiasm for the marque and has sporned a and parts industry’ of independents to satisfying Lancia owner Similarly this state of play has laid additional on the important part played by the Motor Club in flying the flag in the UK.

The Lancia Club was on the 21st June 1947 at the Restaurant. Bennets Hill, by a group of 17 Lancia enthusiasts from attending a hill meeting at Shelsey Walsh. The at this first meeting a Dilambda, 5 Lambdas and an Augusta.

The ‘official’ club meeting place at the Grosvenor Hotel, Reading on the 7th of September 1947. At meeting it was decided that the fee would be fixed at fifteen (75p) — including a car and that the subscription would be set at one ( 1.05) per annum. At the same Mr Neuman, the Managing Director of (England) Limited was approached to the start of the Club. Suprisingly his was unenthusiastic — all that he say was that he would not stop the of the Club and then refused to the Club to use the Lancia emblem on its

So the first club badge only the words ‘Lancia’ and Club on it, to avoid infringement of the copyright.

At this meeting it was ageed competitions should be organised. but that the RAC’s Rule 20 that a club was restricted to one race meeting annually, to other clubs could be This led to committee man Dr Tom Smallhorn with Holland Birkett of the and Berks Motor Club who to arrange the first competitive at Overstone Park, Northampton. meeting was the first of the ‘8 Meetings’ which are still annually.

During 1948, Mr accused the Club of being a rival and because of this two members who were both ion the motor trade and who had been the force behind the formation of the — stood down. In places, Air Commodore Buckle was President and Murray Austin The latter gentleman used his powers of negotiation to help import new cars into in time for the 1948 Motor Problems were experienced at this time, technically, was still at war with Italy in the before the Peace Treaties had signed.

The gesture improved between the Club and the manufacturer’s and in 1949 the Club was finally by Mr Neuman.

During 1948 the assisted in the formation of the Eight organisation in support of Holland who had appropriately been elected its chairman. Two years later the Motor Club withdrew the Eight Clubs to allow the One Make Car Clubs to take its thus increasing the prospect of to an even more extensive of events. The Club’s relations Lancia (England) improved further when Mr Neuman to become a Vice President of the

The culmination of this improvement was the event, a joint celebration at Loughborough and Donington Park in 1978, to celebrate the 30th of the club and 50 years of Lancia Limited.

The Lancia Motor Club has its 50 years gained a reputation as the Friendly Club’ and has grown to a of over 2600 including a number of members abroad. which is on the increase has apparently unaffected by Lancia’s decision to from the UK market. Upwards of 30 centres organise monthly ensuring that club have reasonable distances to to their local events, in the UK and

For those who enjoy the competitive the Club has always encouraged and in this aspect of motoring, numerous invitations to compete in a range of motor competitions and promoted events.

Over the the Club has developed a number of events aimed at the broad of members’ interests. Amongst proven and popular events are the days at Goodwood and Castle the combined National Weekend and driving skill tests, rallies and a rally which place in the north west, the east and Scotland — the ‘Great Northern Weekend’. The International Festival and other events always attract a Club presence, as do the major classic car shows. For the record, the has organised purpose celebrations of the marque here in the UK and has been to numerous prestigious Lancia in of course — Italy and in Europe, notably ‘Forbello — a rally to celebrate 90 of Lancia.

In September ’97 the Motor Club celebrated its own 50 of establishment with a very weekend at the Royal Agricultural Society at Cirencester and Prescott Climb, witnessing the largest of Lancias seen in one place at one — enthusiasts coming all over the world — USA, Australia, South and Japan. In an outward facing the Lancia Motor Club has a leading role in the formation of The Association of Lancia Clubs the Association’s first meeting at Cirencester 50th, during it stated its aims — to the activities of the various Lancia activities, covering all matters avoiding event/date clashes to the of obsolete parts.

The Club claims to be the oldest and Lancia club in world, for Lancia enthusiasts and owners of made from 1906 to the day. The proliferation of models for more than the usual of ‘in-house/ club’ technical spares advisors. Close on individuals comprehensively maintain service to club members, well over twenty model or range categories.

group can offer first advise based on their own and experience, further supported within the group by model who coordinate the production and procurement of in addition to organising events of a and non technical nature specific to model.

A very comprehensive Library provides the member the authoritative written word on specifications, work shop and other technical information. is bolstered by access to a number of including a special tool scheme which enables to actively involve themselves in the repair or restoration of their

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The ‘LMC’ has become respected for the of its publications. The monthly magazine, Lancia . received by members the annual subscription cost has a number of awards from the automotive press for its quality and keeping the diverse club fully informed regarding all — Lancia. In particular a of the ‘model special feature’ have been sold the specialist automotive book

Membership rates for the current 1999, are as follows: 28.00 ( if paying by Direct Debit) UK membership; 31.00 ( 29.00 if by Direct Debit) UK family 33.00 for Overseas membership; for Overseas family membership

CMM like to take this to thank Chris Long, Motor Club’s Press and Officer for his help in preparing edition of Club Call.

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