Lancia Gamma Consortium
The Gamma Consortium organises annual meetings which are well attended and enjoyed by our members.
The 2013 AGM and Rally will be held in North Devon over an extended weekend in mid-September. Details will be announced soon.
Twelve Gammas were in attendance (9 Coupes and 3 Berlinas) plus a couple of Betas and a Maserati Biturbo Spider. Those who arrived at the hotel on Friday evening took a short drive to a local hostelry with a very good reputation for food for an excellent dinner.
Click here for a slideshow of photos from the weekend.
Gamma Consortium AGM and Rally 2011
In 2011 our annual meeting was based in Blandford Forum, Dorset, England, over the extended weekend of Friday 9th September to Sunday 11th September.
Dorset is one of the oldest and most beautiful shires in the UK. The county is
largely the basin of the river Frome. For centuries it was the quietest of rural
counties, with small market towns like Shaftesbury, Beaminster, and of course
Blandford Forum, and quiet harbours like Wareham, Lyme, and Bridport.
Blandford Forum is often given as an example of a Georgian town, as the entire
centre was rebuilt at once in the 18th century, due to a fire, and is hence
All facades remain in fair to good condition, and notable
buildings include the Corn Exchange, and the 1732 parish church of St Peter and
St Paul, a classical building with a cupola on top of the tower.
The chosen hotel for the 2011 AGM and rally was the Crown Hotel Dorset in West street, Blandford Forum. Nestling on the edge of the delightful Dorset Market town of Blandford Forum, this 3 star Georgian hotel oozed charm and character. To one side it overlooked the picturesque water meadows of the Stour River and the 15th Century Bridge that enters the town from the south. The other side was the bustling town centre.
Saturday’s tour took in Sherborne (home to two castles!) and Kingston Lacey House, with some varied driving between which provided both perfect roads on which to cruise the Gammas, as well as some gorgeous Dorset countryside. The day started off with a visit to the Cerne Abbas giant, also referred to as the Rude Man or the Rude Giant. The 180 ft (55 m) high figure is carved into the side of a steep hill, and is best viewed from the opposite side of the valley. The figure's origin and age is unknown but regardless of that, the Cerne Abbas giant has become an important part of local culture and folklore, which often associates it with fertility!
After a visit to the town of Sherborne it was time for the lunch stop at the Half Moon pub on the edge of Shaftesbury before putting the Gammas to the test on the Zig Zag Hill en route to Kingston Lacey House.
The Club's AGM was held back at the hotel and that was followed with prize giving and of course dinner.
On Sunday, another picturesque drive through Dorset, most of it in glorious sunshine, took the convoy of Gammas to Wilton House where special permission was granted for the Gammas to park on the forecourt. We were also allowed to visit the Old Riding School and see the car collection which was not open to the public on the day.
The lunch stop on Sunday was at the The Ship Inn at Burcombe, a short drive from Wilton House. Gamma Consortium lunches are legendary in length so after lunch there was only time for final goodbyes and for everyone to start their journeys home.
In total 12 Gammas were in attendance (10 Coupes and 2 Berlinas) and overseas members came from Germany and as far afield as Japan!
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AGM Weekend - September 17th - 19th 2010
For 2010 we chose the Radnorshire Arms at the heart of Radnorshire's old county town, Presteigne in Wales, as our base for our annual Rally and AGM weekend.
The festivities started on Friday when most members made their way to the Radnorshire Arms for an evening check-in followed by dinner at the Hat Shop, High Street, Presteigne.
After breakfast on Saturday and when the rest of the attendees arrived, a convoy of Gammas (and a Trevi) departed for a visit to the historic medieval town of Ludlow, with its unspoilt architecture, interesting shops, ruined castle (www.ludlowcastle.com) and renowned open market. For lunch we headed to the Bateman Arms in Shobdon and on route we passed by Croft Castle where those who wanted could stop and visit the castle itself and/or walk through its grounds (see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-croftcastle).
After lunch a pleasant 30 minutes drive through gorgeous countryside took us to Monaughty Hall, another medieval pile restored over two decades by ex-Car magazine editor, Doug Blain. Although not open to the public, we had a private tour of the Hall by Doug's wife Sophie. We saw some of Doug's interesting vintage and classic cars and tea and cakes were also provided.
The Club's AGM was held at the private function room at the Radnorshire Arms at 5.30pm and dinner was served at 8:00pm followed by drinks at the bar to conclude our Saturday.
After breakfast on Sunday, we checked out of the Radnoshire Arms and then embarked on a long drive through more glorious and slightly wilder countryside which took in part of the Elan Valley with its impressive dams and reservoirs. Sunday's lunch was at the Harp Inn, New Radnor (just ten minutes from our base in Presteigne) with spectacular views across the Radnor Valley.
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Gamma Consortium AGM and Rally 2009
FRIDAY 25th SEPTEMBER to SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
started with a visit to Prodrive on the Friday evening, Bletchley
Park on the Saturday and a tour of the countryside and lunch at a local
hostelry in the Banbury area on the Sunday.
We’ve chosen Banbury because it’s the home of Prodrive (http://www.prodrive.com) who most will know as the team responsible for the Subaru Impreza rally cars over many years, and more recently for the Aston Martin Le Mans cars, as well as numerous other racing motors over the years including Alfa 155 Touring Car preparation in 1994 winning the BTCC with Gabriele Tarquini.
had a private tour of the Prodrive facilities on Friday evening. The tour included the museum, body shop, engines, preparation
areas and even a glimpse of as yet still partly secret projects which we
were not allowed to photograph and we are not allowed to mention!
Sunday 27th September, the last day of the Gamma Consortium 2009 Rally, saw us take a leisurely drive in the Cotswolds to Bourton on the Water where we spent some time exploring and enjoying its many attractions (and of course coffee!). A further picturesque drive through the Cotswolds took us to our lunch stop at the Kings Head in Blenington.
Click here for a slideshow of photographs taken at the Gamma Consortium 2009 AGM and Rally.
AGM and Rally - 19-20 April 2008
The 2007 Gamma Consortium Spring meeting took place in North Wales over the weekend of 21-22 April although most members arrived on Friday 20th April. We chose the the Bryn Howel Hotel as our base for the weekend.
On Saturday we set off at 10.00am on what must be some of the best and most beautiful driving roads in the country through Llangollen with its picturesque setting on the river Dee, steam railway and canal, on to lake Bala and the Snowdonia National Park to arrive at Portmeirion where we spent some time looking around this extraordinary village described as “a glorious medley of Italy, Wales, baroque, reason and romance” (could also be a description of the Lancia Gammas). Portmeirion is famous for the 1960’s TV series the Prisoner. After our tour of "the Village" we had an excellent lunch at the nearby Castell Deudraeth and then continued our drive through Blaenau Ffestiniog with its slate mines, Betws-y-coed, the North Wales coast and returned to our hotel for dinner.
On Sunday we visited Chirk castle where the National Trust agreed to allow us to photograph the cars outside the main Castle entrance. No visit to Wales would have been complete without visiting at least one castle!
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The weekend of 21-23 April saw lovers of "The Last True Lancia" converge on the west country for a programme of visits to local attractions interspersed with some spirited cross-country drives. The weekend started with a tour of Concorde number 216 (G-BOAF – “Foxy”) currently at the Airbus UK Filton Site in Bristol, proceeding to the ancient Cathedral City of Wells via the spectacular scenery of Cheddar Gorge, where the twisty roads allowed the cars’ precise handling to shine through. Following lunch in Wells and a photo session on the Cathedral Green, the tour moved on to the renowned Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford and then to Saturday night’s base in Westbury. Sunday the tour re-started with a convoy drive to Bath for lunch at a hotel in Queen’s Square. The Gammas seemed quite at home in Bath, their sharp Pininfarina lines in perfect harmony with the restrained grandeur of the elegant Georgian architecture of the city, a UNESCO world heritage site.
However, this was not the sole purpose of the weekend. Saturday night in Westbury saw a business meeting leading to the re-founding of the Lancia Gamma Consortium, with the adoption of a new constitution and the appointment of officers to the positions of Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Press Officer. Long-term Gamma stalwart Jack Romano was confirmed in post as general manager of the Consortium, and awarded lifetime membership in recognition of his past achievements in ensuring the survival of the Gamma in the UK and sometimes abroad!
The re-founded consortium will now be looking to further safeguard the future of the Lancia Gamma in the UK. In particular, this will mean taking steps to ensure the continued supply of now rare parts to members - including the possible re-manufacture of some parts no longer commercially available - as well as developing closer links with other Gamma clubs in the world to share knowledge and resources.
13 cars and 22 Gammisti attended the event. Tony Robinson from Harrogate travelled the greatest distance. Of the cars, 10 were Coupés, and 3 were the now rarer Berlinas (saloons). Despite the Gamma’s somewhat troublesome reputation, only one small breakdown was suffered. This was due to a fuel pipe having become full of dirt over the winter and was soon repaired.
First established in the late 80s and re-founded in April 2006, the Lancia Gamma Consortium is the UK grouping for owners, drivers and admirers of the Lancia Gamma, in both Berlina (saloon) and Gran Tourismo (Coupé) forms. The Consortium operates under the umbrella of the Lancia Motor Club, alongside consortia for other Lancia models. Membership of the Consortium is available on application and the payment of a joining fee (currently £50.00) and, in the second and subsequent years of membership, payment of an annual subscription (currently set at £40.00 p.a.).
The objective of the Consortium is to secure the survival, use and enjoyment of the Lancia Gamma in the UK through sharing experience and knowledge of the cars, acting to ensure the continued availability of parts and raising the public profile of the Gamma generally. A well-sorted Gamma is a sophisticated, precise, ultra comfortable head turning tourer that is capable of eating continents and the Consortium exists to ensure that this continues to be the case as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the model’s launch in 1976.
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