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christian_gates 03-11-2005 04:39 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
The CanAm cars of the early 1970s were the absolute pinnacle of unrestricted auto racing. The only things that begin to approach the magnificence on display during those races, but which are still pale shadows, are:

1) turbo-era F1 (through the late 1980s)

2) unlimited-class air racing

3) possibly some of the later IMSA GTP offerings (through the early 90s - XJR14, Eagle Mk. III etc.)

4) MotoGP, although I'm not sure which era - some late 500cc probably


christian_gates 03-11-2005 04:48 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
That's one of the most interesting motorcycles I've every seen, but I agree with the prior poster - machines are meant to be used and their beauty and elegance can only be realized when they are under way.

It's almost a crime for that guy NOT to occasionally ride that thing. I understand it's a work of art, but the equivalent would be covering a Vermeer - always - and never looking at it for fear of somehow degrading the image with the exposure to light. The artistry only exists when the thing is actually moving.

I imagine that the man in the story is a relatively miserable individual.

The bike though - wow.

One wonders where that creativity is today. Ducati, the Japanese manufacturers, Triumph, Harley - there's very little innovation and a lot of refinement in today's bikes. There are some excetions in the chassis department (Honda's unit pro-link, BMW's Hossack front, and the Buell stuff), but there isn't really any engine novelty out there right now.


Buzglyd 03-11-2005 04:51 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
The IMSA GTP cars of the mid 80s were awesome! We used to have a race here in Del Mar. The sound of a 4 rotor Mazda wailing by had to be heard to be believed. A swarm of bees on steroids for sure.

fyodordos 03-11-2005 05:03 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
That looks perfect. Gracias. I will begin the search!

yo-me-mo 03-11-2005 05:07 AM

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mscuddy 03-11-2005 05:38 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
Thanks MO. Great story and pics. Man, what a scary sounding bike.

I've got an old record (given to me by John Morton, ex-factory Jaguar racer) that has a recording of a D50 Lancia at Monte Carlo in 1955 (driven by Alberto Ascari shortly before his death at Monza later that year).

Sounds quite similar, like someone ripping a sheet of steel in two.

anrajala 03-11-2005 05:42 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
Well I am sure he you know, at least once, nobody can be so totally, you know

- cruiz-euro

mscuddy 03-11-2005 06:09 AM

Re:Retro Racer
A good inexpensive bike for competition in vintage class road racing is the 1968-1973 Honda 350 twin (CB/CL) series.

Lots of aftermarket parts are available, you can get over 50 hp with the right mods. Check out these links:

One guy in England even makes a roller-cam conversion, claims 60 hp. And since so damn many of the 350s were made, parts (and bikes) are no problem.

SRMark 03-11-2005 07:04 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
If the bike will never be started and ridden, it should be thoroughly photographed and then smashed to pieces.

sarnali 03-11-2005 07:08 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
Nah, just don't shave for a few days.

Chicks go for the stubbly bad boy look

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