first_imgAs 2018 marks the hospice’s 10th anniversary, however, it was decided to do something a little different to honour that milestone. That’s when Jean Quigley, a founding member of the hospice and co-chair of the 10-year anniversary committee, suggested holding an auto rally.“She has family in California who put on a rally for charity, and Jean thought it would be a great idea for our 10th anniversary,” Elliott says.The committee looked at the calendar and chose August 11 as the rally date, and then went into the community to engage local automobile enthusiasts. According to Elliott, the surrounding foothill communities are a haven for collector cars.Indeed. Nearby the hospice is the Stash, a large development designed as high-end storage for boats, motorcycles, cars and trucks – a spot where someone can store their toys and perhaps do a little tinkering. All of the hospice’s rally committee meetings have been held at the Stash.To date, more than 40 vehicles, at $1,000 per entry, have been registered to participate in the Rally 4 Hospice. Two of those are cars from Norm Castiglione’s collection. He says he’ll be driving his McLaren while his wife, Margi, pilots a 1978 Clenet.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Builder Alain Clenet based his Clenet automobiles on Ford frames, and utilized Ford running gear. Trending in Canada “Sixty per cent of our funds come from Alberta Health Services to help cover costs,” Elliott explains. “But that’s not quite enough – we’re short that other 40 per cent. So, every year, we apply for grants and rely on donations.“We also have some fundraising initiatives, and in the past, that’s included golf tournaments and gala events.”Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Dawn and Norm with the Clenet. Note licence plate, an homage to a former owner of the classic car. “I’ve been a big supporter of the hospice since it opened,” Castiglione says. “In a way, I saw it as paying it forward because I knew my family would end up needing it.“My mother was at the hospice last year at her end of life, and they were very compassionate.”While Castiglione is enthusiastic about his collection of vehicles that contains mostly exotics, he likes the Clenet because it’s different. Built in Santa Barbara, California by Clenet Coachworks, each car was specially ordered and cost around $85,000. Company founder Alain Clenet based his cars on a number of different platforms, including Lincoln Continentals, Town Cars and Mercury Cougars.Clenets were limited production vehicles with styling cues straight from the 1930s, but they incorporated pieces of other cars, including MGs. In fact, most of the dashboard is from a Midget. When new, the cars appealed mostly to Hollywood stars and famous musicians.“I bought my Clenet from Randy Hill,” Castiglione says. “When Randy drove the car over here, Margi thought it was pretty cool – plus, its original owner was Rod Stewart.”Yes, that Rod Stewart.Castiglione’s Clenet was built on a Lincoln Mark V chassis, and features Ford’s 460 cubic-inch engine and running gear. He says he can take the Clenet to any Ford dealership for service, adding it’s a very standard car with a unique look.RELATED We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. WHAT’S NEXTJuly 28: American Motors Club of Alberta show and shine in Nanton on Ball Diamond No. 3 during Bikes and Bombers at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, Highway 2 South at 17 Street. Events run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with AMC registration from 10 a.m. to noon. The Lancaster Merlin V-12 engine runs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information about the AMC event, contact Derek Seath at 403-252-8571 or email [email protected] For Bikes and Bombers call 403-646-2270, or visit RELATED TAGSVintage / ClassicClassic CarsCalgaryClassic Cars & TrucksNew VehiclesOn the RoadVintage & Collectible ‹ Previous Next ›center_img Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 This 1978 Clenet, once owned by rocker Rod Stewart, is just one of two cars from Norm Castiglione’s collection that will be driven in the Foothills Country Hospice Rally 4 Hospice event on August 11. In the passenger seat is Foothills Hospice executive director Dawn Elliott, and Norm Castiglione is behind the wheel. advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Collector Classics: Clenet cars“The Clenet kind of represents what the Rally 4 Hospice is all about,” Castiglione says. “It’s not about going fast, it’s just about having fun driving the foothills of Alberta and solving clues and riddles to get to the next checkpoint.”He laughs, and adds, “It’s all about using your brain, so Margi will be further ahead than me from the start.”The $1,000 registration fee includes rally entry for one vehicle, lunch for driver and navigator, plus two tickets to the 10 Years of Caring Gala at Spruce Meadows. This gala is where the rally winner will be announced, and the fundraising and celebration will continue.Tickets for the gala are available separately. For more information about the event or to register a vehicle, visit Williams is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Have a column tip? Contact him at 403-287-1067 or [email protected] Alberta’s foothills offer stunning scenery accessed by a network of winding roads.Taking advantage of the opportunities for great drives, the Foothills Country Hospice Society is set to run its first-ever Rally 4 Hospice. It’s all about cool cars being driven for charity, says hospice executive director Dawn Elliott.Since opening in 2008 on a donated piece of land just north of Okotoks the hospice has looked after more than 1,000 patients, providing meals and care at no charge. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img