The ultimate classic and vintage bike track day
The 16th ASI Motoshow was a well-seasoned Italian cheeseboard of classic motorcycling
With over 700 motorcycles on the track at the ASI Motoshow, there was more variety than toppings on a Reggio Emilia pizza. But if you’ve never been to the Autodrome di Varano before, nothing would prepare you for the feast in store.
If your palate prefers early vintage machinery, there were Peugeot and Griffon singles from the dawn of motorcycling, but if spicy pepperoni is more your style, how about the 1938 supercharged four-cylinder 500cc Bianchi that was making a rare appearance from a private collection or an ex-loris Capriossi Ducati Desmosedici Motogp racer?
As usual, some of the greatest riders in the world joined the party including Giacomo Agostini, Freddie Spencer and Carlo Ubbiali. “I’m too old to ride today,” laughs Carlo, who was born in 1929 and won the first of his world championships for Mondial in 1951 before moving to MV Agusta, where he racked up another nine titles in the 125 and 250cc classes. Known as ‘La Volpe’ (The Fox) for his cunning race strategy, Carlo relaxed in the shade of the paddock, enjoying catching up with friends and reliving the glory days.
Regulars Peter Egloff and his brother Bruno were there with their equipe of Swiss-made racers, with Bruno riding a Motosacoche and Peter on a handsome Condor D50. “We have to come back every year,” says Peter. “It’s not just the track and all the different motorcycles that we see here. It’s the people. We’ve made so many friends. There’s always a great welcome!”
Instead of choosing pizza toppings why not pick the bike you’d like to take home? A red Guzzi single? An MV Triple loud enough to melt the wax in your ears? A weird but wonderful front-wheel-drive Megola or Ago’s Yamaha TZ? As usual at ASI, we were spoilt for choice.
‘MORE VARIETY THAN THE TOPPINGS ON A REGGIO EMILIA PIZZA’
MV triple: If you need ear defenders, you’re nowhere near macho enough... 3 Translation of legend on lid: ‘As long as you see me alive’ 4 No self-respecting Italian show would be complete without Ago, this time on a Yamaha TZ750 5 Alessandro Mengozzie on a 1922 Megola 6 Peter Egloff giving it some on track on his gorgeous Condor D50 7 Rudge enthusiasts show their hands at the show 1 Giansilvio Perissinotto gets lively in a 1938 Rene Gillet 1000cc outfit 2