Dainese open a leathers museum, and Kenny Roberts takes a comfort break
Dainese open their archive to the public with Forest Of Leathers in Vicenza (Italy)
ver wondered what goes into protecting the hides of the world’s best racers and in turn yours? Or what happens to the leathers that get scuffed and battered as the world’s finest throw themselves at the scenery for our entertainment?
Wonder no more. Dainese have opened their extensive archive of racers’ suits to the public. It’s called ‘The Forest Of Leathers’ and it’s at Vicenza, Italy.
The collection of more than 500 made-tomeasure race suits made for and worn by past and present legends from Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene, Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson to Carl Fogarty, Max Biaggi and the GOAT himself Valentino Rossi, is just part of a larger exhibit the Italian firm has dubbed The DAR or Dainese Archivio. Two-times champ Bazza helped Dainese develop the very first back protector having endured more than his fair share of unpleasant interfaces with the black stuff, as the exhibit explains in detail.
As well as leathers, boots, gloves and lids from the world of GP racing, WSB and some of the world’s top domestic series, DAR also exhibits Dainese’s innovations in the worlds of horse riding, skiing and even space travel.
At more than 900 square metres and with 20 themed sections it takes more than a brisk stroll to take in, particularly because it includes a selection of arousing race bikes too, including Ago’s MV and Rossi’s YZR-M1.
In its early years Dainese threw away damaged race suits and simply made replacements. But they soon realised they could use the knackered leathers to improve the product – and the forest was born.
“DAR is not a museum,” says Lino Dainese who started the company when he made himself a natty pair of motocross pants back in 1972. “It is an evolving archive of a company looking to the future.”
Doors to DAR open 27 July, entry is Fridays and Saturdays only. Best of all though, it’s free and no forward booking is required except for groups of 10 or more. Yet another excuse, as if one were needed, to visit Italy. Contact: dainesearchivio.com
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