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24

Ducati.net History DejaView – The Glass Transporter

Posted by Vicki Smith on April 24th, 2012 at 9:30 am

It’s Paul Smart Week here at Ducati.net and we thought if there ever was a photo that was worth re-sharing, it’s this one of the glass transporter that Ducati had built to bring the team bikes to Imola.  We will let Paul tell it in his own words:

Later this day Paul Smart would find himself on the roof of this, surrounded by the crowd that brought the truck to a stop in front of the Bologna central train station

“That evening we had a grand tour around Bologna in a long procession of cars honking their horns and waving flags. We stopped for what was to be minute outside the railway station, but thousands and thousands of people surrounded us and we just joined in the party.  I was still in my leathers and so tired and jet lagged, but there was no way you were going to get any sleep at this party.  It seemed an entire city came out to celebrate this glory for Ducati, Bologna and Italy.

 The next day Spairani reminded me that I would get to keep the bike, subject to me racing at some international meetings in the UK.  The Ducati 750 and I went on to win the Hutchinson 100 at Brands Hatch besting the then dominant Phil Read.

 With the Imola 200 mile race and subsequent races I developed a real affinity for the bike.  It was quick and it just didn’t do anything wrong.  If I could find a fault it would be ground clearance, but my ‘hanging-off’ riding style didn’t allow it to become a big problem.  I still own the bike and have lent it to the Ducati factory where it sits proudly in the Ducati Museum in Bologna, Italy.”