Castlemaine 17

Dates 17 – 19 October, 2003
Guest of Honour Dott. Ing. Stefano Falchetto
Feature Stefano accompanied by wife Maura and daughter Gloria presented a talk with handout notes on the life of his father Battista Falchetto




Rally Notes

Friday 17th – An informal garden lunch gathering at Paul Vellacott’s family home saw about 180 people making new acquaintances and renewing old ones. The official start was the reception on Friday evening where past rally films were shown.

Saturday 18th – The assembly of cars from a 1919 Kappa to the 1987 Thema 8.32 proceeded a drive to Killara Park for morning tea and a shearing demonstration, and then on to Redesdale for lunch. This was followed by a talk, illustrated with slides and film, by Dott. Ing. Stefano Falchetto (who has become the new ‘patron’ of the ALR) on the life of his father Battista Falchetto who worked with Gianni Lancia on the development of the Lambda. Some of his paintings and poetry showed that he was much more than a talented engineer and his work on motorcycles and tractors displayed his non Lancia skills. A fascinating talk. The evening rally dinner at the town Hall was a great end to the day, with many people from interstate and overseas.

Sunday 19th – Some early rain during the morning assembly and drive to the Castlemaine Rodshop & workshops of Rod Hadfield to see his car collection, including a 57 Chev fitted with a V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engine*. Then a drive to the Fryerstown oval for lunch, display of cars & judging of the 106 cars entered. The day finishing for about 80 people with the N.S.W. Club’s post-rally dinner at the Railway Hotel.

* It is about to merit an entry in the Guiness Book of records as the most powerful road registered car in the world

Notes provided by Alan Hornsby


Class Winner Category Information
Pre-Lambda Tom Ivory, Kappa Saloon
Don Wright Shield Phillip Schudmak, 7th Series Torpedo Best Recent Lambda Restoration
“A” Series Award Neville Anderson, 1st Series Appia Artena, Augusta, Astura, Appia, Ardea
Fobello Trophy      Simon Ramsay, 2nd Series Best Aprilia
Clive Beattie Award Ken Palmer, B20 Coupe 3rd Series Best Aurelia
Flaminia Trophy Michael Wapler, GTL 3C Coupe
David Murphy Memorial Trophy Sestilio Angelone, 2nd Series Coupe Best Flavia / 2000
Fulvia Trophy Neil Peering, 3rd Series Coupe (owned by Alan Hornsby)
Beta Trophy Stuart Grainger, 2nd Series 2000 HPE
Post Beta Trophy Graham O’Connor, Thema 8.32
Gerald Batt Trophy Neville Anderson, 1st Series Appia Long Distance Award, Aurelia or earlier – 1330 Miles from Dulong, North Queensland
Norman Stewart Shield Warren Pitstock, Aprilia Special Best personal effort by a member
Committee Award Robert Bienvenu Organizing Victorian day events
Angela Verschoor Award Ian Campbell ‘Where Lancia’s Meet’ anagram

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