Mon­tjuic Du­cati mem­o­ries and more

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We greatly en­joyed ‘Shin­ing Stars,’ Hamish Cooper’s splen­did ar­ti­cle about the Du­cati en­durance bikes, which raced at Mon­tjuic (CB April). How­ever, José Gazulla and Josep Maria Galindo, au­thors of Du­cati Mototrans: La His­to­ria De­portiva (a book on the rac­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of the Mototrans fac­tory in Barcelona) and José María Mal­lol, win­ner of the 1980 Mon­tjuic 24 Hours, would like to draw your at­ten­tion to some points ex­pressed in that ar­ti­cle. The 1980 win­ning bike was not de­vel­oped by NCR – it was built at Mototrans. But the fac­tory was cash­stripped at the time, so Ricardo Far­gas, its sports man­ager, got hold of a stan­dard en­gine from a crashed bike, fit­ted it with high-com­pres­sion pis­tons and 40mm Dell’orto carburettors, and pre­pared it for long-dis­tance races as the Du­cati fac­tory would. The en­gine lacked any spe­cial NCR parts, as can be seen in Cooper’s ar­ti­cle. More­over, the num­ber 26 Du­cati did not dis­play the NCR moniker on the fuel tank dur­ing the race, as can be seen in the pic­ture above, the usual place of the NCR sticker be­ing cov­ered by Miche­lin pub­lic­ity. Du­cati won the 24 Hours of Mon­tjuic five times us­ing sin­gle cylin­der bikes (1957, 1958, ’60, ’62 and ’64); three, with bevel­gear twins (1973, ’75 and ’80), and four (not five, as stated in the ar­ti­cle) with Pan­tah-de­rived en­gines (1983-1986). Du­cati was the most suc­cess­ful mar­que in the Mon­tjuic 24-hr race with 11 vic­to­ries.

Just like the 1980 bike, the ’64 win­ner was built in Barcelona, as was the ’69 pro­to­type racer. Mototrans not only built Du­cati motorcycles un­der li­cence, but also de­vel­oped and built rac­ing and road bikes in­de­pen­dently from the Ital­ian fac­tory.

I write in trib­ute to the Mototrans work­ers and rac­ers, whose ex­ploits have re­ceived such lit­tle at­ten­tion and recog­ni­tion so far. JOSÉ GAZULLA, ZARAGOZA, SPAIN

1980 Mon­tjuic 24-hr win­ning Du­cati: built in Barcelona

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