Classic Racer - - IN DETAIL -

Guzzi’s true po­ten­tial was seen at Monza in 1956 in front of the mas­sive 160,000 crowd in a ti­tanic bat­tle be­tween Bill Lo­mas and Gil­era’s three-time world cham­pion Ge­off Duke.the two re­peat­edly ex­changed the lead in a 25min strug­gle, which ended when both were forced to re­tire, the Guzzi with a split wa­ter hose af­ter set­ting a new lap record at 153.50kph/95.38mph. “This was the first time I re­alised we might have trou­ble on our hands with the Guzzi V8,” said Duke.

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