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mscuddy 03-11-2005 08:20 AM

Re: M.G. V-8 designer dies March 2nd, 2005
Moto Guzzi designer Umberto Todero dead at 82, March 2nd 2005.

Todero worked for Moto Guzzi for 66 years and had his hand in just about every motorcycle developed by Moto Guzzi from the 1950s on.

Todero is best known for his involvement in GuzziÂ’s racing machines, specifically his work as a race mechanic during the 50s and his close work side by side with Cesare Carcano on the design and development of the Guzzi 500 V8 in 1955.

(cut from MC Blog)

Buzglyd 03-11-2005 08:54 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
The Porsches weren't winning when I saw the races. It was just at the tail end of the Nissan GTP winning streak and the beginning of Dan Gurney's Toyotas. The Toyotas were 4 cylinders, the Nissan V-6, Porsche Flat 6 and Mazda Rotary. Sprinkle ina few V-8s and I think Jaguar was running a 12.

At that time the IMSA cars were faster than CART or Formula 1. They all went broke though! They made a small fortune in racing so to speak.........

Buzglyd 03-11-2005 08:55 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
At least Leno rides all his toys. I love the turbine-powered cycle!

Steven_Verschoor 03-11-2005 09:54 AM

Re: M.G. V-8 designer dies March 2nd, 2005

Hey, Matt.</p>

This thing seems your style. You seen this yet?</p>

nokneedragin 03-11-2005 10:28 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
Cool bike, awesome sound, this guy loves bikes and is rich enough to blow 300 extra large, but does not want to start it. I don't get it, but then, I probably won't be spending that much on any thing, so I don't know how to walk in his shoes.

Lets see 990cc / 8 = 123.75cc per cyl. probably make somewhere in the neighborhood of 260hp, maybe more. I don't know how many extra ponies could be pulled out with some of the GP trickery they have now, but wouldn't a Guzzi on a GP grid be great to see again.

StillJustJerry 03-11-2005 10:48 AM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
Virgil Ewing's Guzzi is generally on display at the motorcycle museum in Solvang. It isn't there right now. According to the staff he took it to Willow Springs Raceway to run it, and broke it. So he sent it back to Mondello to get fixed.

christian_gates 03-11-2005 12:26 PM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
You were probably watching in the post-Porsche period, then. Porsche did well in the mid-80s with the modified 956/962; Jag, Toyota, Nissan et. al. (Cadillac?) did well in the late 80s / early '90s.

The Toyota (Dan Gurney) and the Jag were the fastest, and I believe Jag eventually pulled out or was outlawed or something.

The Jag was a 12, and it was awesome.

Just think how much more amazing the real unlimited CanAm and Interserie cars from the 1970s were, though.


mscuddy 03-11-2005 01:18 PM

Re: M.G. V-8 designer dies March 2nd, 2005
Oooh, thanks, calling him now. Maybe I can trade something...

mscuddy 03-11-2005 01:24 PM

Re: M.G. V-8 designer dies March 2nd, 2005
Looking at it tomorrow. It's a 250, but WTF. Thanks.

SeanAlexander 03-11-2005 04:23 PM

Re: 1956 Moto Guzzi V-8
Once again, EBass proves that he just doesn't get it.

I wonder: Is Eric serious? -or- Is he just applying for the KPaul replacement position?

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