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Lancia Rally

Broadcast dates : 26th September  2004
30th September 2004


To a certain band of enthusiasts the name “Vincenzo” has as much significance as the name “Enzo” has to Ferrari aficionados.

Vincenzo Lancia is recognized as one of the greatest engineers in motoring history and the Lancia Club’ South Africa’s Vincenzo Rally in late August was held to celebrate the birthday of this great Italian who died in 1937.

Innovation is the name of Lancia’s game and a glance around the line-up of over 30 cars that gathered at Kyalami for the start of the rally showed this to be true in cars from the 1930s through to the modern era.

Lancia’s history in fact goes back to 1907, but today the company under Fiat ownership is still producing finely detailed cars for a discerning market in Europe.

To many enthusiasts the glory years for Lancia were in the 1950s and this era was well represented at the rally, which took the form of a rather incidental treasure hunt traversing some of Gauteng’s scenic places of interest.

The idea, as Chairman Guy McDougall explained, was to get the cars out of the garages and have fun.

This 1955 Aurelia B20, owned by Carlo Donadel, is considered to be one of the most beautiful Lancia’s of all time. Powered by a 2,5-litre V6 engine, it features the narrow V-angle for which Lancias are famous and this example is fitted with some rather special carburetor intakes befitting a proud sporting heritage.
The Fulvia HF, produced between 1965 and 1974, was the competition version of the common coupe and just five genuine HF models are known to be in South Africa.

The Fulvia HF won the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally in 1974 and paved the way for a glorious rallying heritage established by cars like the Stratos and this Integrale four-wheel-drive hatchback built in the late 1980s.
Prestigious coachbuilders were keen to turn their attentions to Lancia models over the years and the Vincenzo Rally brought out many fine examples of special versions of production models.

Pininfarina was responsible for the 1963 Flaminia owned by Wilfred Burgener, while a red Appia Coupe from 1958 is also Pininfarina-bodied and features the world’s narrowest V-4 engine with a cylinder bank angle of just over 10 degrees.
A stop off at the Randjiesfontein Church to hunt for clues was part of the day’s fun which was to end with a relaxed dinner later that evening.

As many of the club members would agree, the treasure hunt was entirely incidental to Vincenzo’s birthday bash, when the real treasures were right there, primed with fuel and ready to be enjoyed.

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