By Bernard Martin
The Macchina of Lancia have been selected as our 2021 Proiettore Macchina!
At the very first year of the Cortile, Lancia was our "unofficial" Proiettore Macchina. Walt Spak promised that if we did an all Italian show he would make sure we got some amazing Lancia cars to the show. He redelivered! Our first show in 2009 was an amazing success and I have held off for over a decade until we could really honor Walt's effort that first year. Lancia is why the Cortile still exists. It was what made theC Cortile a success.
Lancia is renowned in the automotive world for landmark innovations. In 1913 the Theta was the first production car to feature a complete electrical system as standard equipment. In 1922 Lancia introduced the Lambda: the first car with a monocoque chassis and an independent front suspension.
In the World Rally Championship, Lancia remains the most statistically successful marque, winning constructors' titles with the Fulvia in 1972, the Stratos in 1974, 1975 and 1976, the 037 in 1983 and the Delta 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992! The Lancia Delta is the most successful individual model designation ever to compete in rallying. All this gave Lancia a total of 11 Championships over the years!
About the Cortile
The Cortile has been described as the "Crown Jewels" of the car shows at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
Cortile is Italian for “Courtyard,” and it’s befit- ting the name because of the gorgeous Italian cars that are displayed in front of The Pittsburgh Golf Club. The Cortile features the best of Ital- ian design with sports cars from Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia, Lamborghini and Maserati. Saturday at the Grand Prix is when the Cortile Cup is awarded for best in show and for each Italian Marque. On Sunday, the Car Show Partici- pants move to the Westinghouse Pond VIP Area for “Wine on Nine” to watch the racers negotiate the exciting hairpin at Turn 9.
On Saturday, State Farm Insurance will be pro- viding coffee and biscotti and by lunch time, Concours LLC will be announcing the winners of the Cortile Cup as well as hosting some of the PVGP Italian Race Car Drivers. The newest Ferra- ri’s from Algar Ferrari and Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo, and will be on display.
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