Every two years, the Australian Lancia Register hosts the Castlemaine rally. While far away from Italy, the passion for Lancia runs very deep in Australia, and there are many cars and knowledgeable people brought together for this event. Key people include Peter Renou, Bill Jamieson and Bill Smith. It is the largest Lancia event outside of Europe - with almost 100 Lancias and more than 150 Lancistas in attendance.
Starting in 1973, they have invited a speaker for each meeting. They have hosted many notable people in the Lancia community including: Piero Taruffi, Giovani Lurani, Gianni Zagato, Felice Bianchi Androni, Paul Frère, Pierugo Gabbato, Enrico Masala, Stefano Falchetto, Sandro Munari, Angela Veershoor, and Mike Robinson. I was invited to speak on the Aurelia and De Virgilio in 2015, and had a great time. For reasons still not understood, I've been asked to come this year (2019) to speak on early Lancias, for the Kappa's 100th birthday. It is an honor to be asked back, and I'm looking forward to connecting with Aussie and NZ friends down under.