Ital­ian in­va­sion for 2017 Barry Sheene Fes­ti­val of Speed

Old Bike Australasia - - BUZZ BOX -

A mouth-wa­ter­ing col­lec­tion of clas­sic Ital­ian rac­ers is head­ing for Syd­ney Mo­tor­sport Park for the 2017 Barry Sheene Fes­ti­val of Speed. At this stage around 15 ex­am­ples of Italy’s rac­ing heritage are booked to ap­pear, in­clud­ing the leg­endary Laverda V6 En­durance Racer ac­com­pa­nied by its owner Piero Laverda. Among the lineup are an ex-John Sur­tees 1956 MV Agusta 500-4, along with a 1954 Gil­era 500-4 both owned by Romano Colombo. Fausto Zanetti will be bring­ing his Gil­era 500-4, for­merly raced by the late Ge­off Duke. Two 3-cylin­der 500cc MVs, owned by Robert Anelli and Gilmo Paglini, will make some lovely mu­sic, while Re­nato Corno is bring­ing an ex-An­gelo Berg­a­monti Pa­ton twin. Gerry Meinero has a trio of 500cc Ca­giva 4-cylin­der GP bikes from 1986-91 for­merly raced by Juan Gar­riga, Randy Mamola and Ed­die Law­son. Benelli is rep­re­sented by Lu­ciano Bat­tisti’s col­lec­tion that in­cludes an ex-Kel Carruthers 250-4 and the ul­tra-rare ex-Jarno Saari­nen 500-4. Bat­tisti will also field the Mor­bidelli 250 for­merly raced by Valentino Rossi’s fa­ther Graziano. And that’s just for starters. Add Frankie Chilli, Jeremy McWil­liams, Kevin Sch­wantz and more big names and even more ex­ot­ica to be an­nounced closer to the event, you have the mak­ings of a block­buster event, so make sure you set aside the date – 23-26 March 2017.

Scream­ing soon, the Laverda V6.

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