Luigi Taveri

Old Bike Australasia - - • HAROLD GRIMES • CLUB LAVERDA • KENNY BLAKE • -

Af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke in Jan­uary, three-times World Cham­pion LUIGI TAVERI passed away on March 1st in his na­tive Switzer­land. Taveri be­gan his Grand Prix ca­reer in 1954 when he con­tested the 500cc class on a Nor­ton, but the fol­low­ing year switched to the 125 and 250cc classes where he scored wins on MV Agus­tas. In 1961 he was signed up by Honda and the next year he be­came World Cham­pion in the 125cc class. He took his sec­ond 125cc crown in 1964 and his third in 1966, af­ter which he re­tired from rac­ing. How­ever he re­mained closely con­nected with the sport and par­tic­u­larly the Isle of Man, where he raced from 1955 and won the 125cc TTs in 1962 and 1965, as well as the 50cc event in 1965. Af­ter re­tir­ing from rac­ing and tak­ing 30 vic­to­ries in World Cham­pi­onship events, he ran a mod­est mo­tor me­chan­i­cal work­shop in Zurich.

ABOVE Luigi Taveri (cen­tre) with Honda team mem­bers Jim Red­man and Ku­nim­itsi Taka­hashi. BOT­TOM Taveri’s cham­pi­onship-win­ning 5-cylin­der RC149 in the Honda Mu­seum in Ja­pan.

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