"Ducati - The Story"
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- THE STORY"
The history of Ducati on DVD
for the first time on DVD, the incredible history of Ducati
told with rare movie footage, pictures and interviews from
its creation in 1926 to the 2007 MotoGP World Championship
innovative Ducati brothers and the birth of the "Cucciolo"
to the unforgettable engineer Taglioni and the Desmodromic
system. From victory in the Imola 200 to the production of
the Scrambler and from Superbike dominance to debut in
MotoGP, witnesses recount their personal experiences of a
journey that is the story of a company, a view of Italian
social history and the passion and genius that created the
Ducati engines destined to write the history of
collaboration with the production company, "Strike Video" of
Milan, has enabled director, Angelo Barberi, to achieve the
most complete and compelling account of Ducati’s incredible
heritage, and with so much exclusive material released for
the very first time, the captivating ninety-minute movie in
English and Italian reveals a fast-moving and exciting
"This is a
new way to tell the story," Livio Lodi, curator of the
Ducati Museum, proudly explains. "As if leafing through an
old photo album or speaking with a wise, old relative, the
story becomes a fascinating view not only of Ducati’s, but
also of Italy’s history. For me, it is vitally important
that we share this story with Ducati fans around the world."
and photographic material, perfectly complemented by
interviews with former employees, riders and people who have
experienced this adventure, is divided into 12 chapters. It
is the result of ten years research in Ducati and Italian
Available now, in both NTSC format for North
America and PAL format for the rest of the world....
How did a small company, originally created in a
basement in central Bologna, become one of the most
famous motorcycle manufacturers of all time? How did it
progress from making a small electrical condenser to
collecting an enviable number of race victories and
world titles? Discover how the three Ducati brothers
started the company and their insight into the future.
DUCATIBROTHERS’ INTUITION: In 1926, Adriano, Bruno and
Marcello Cavalieri Ducati founded "Società Scientifica
Radio Brevetti Ducati", a company dedicated to the
production of electrical condensers. Inspired by the
genius of famous fellow citizen, Guglielmo Marconi, the
three young entrepreneurs created a small laboratory in
the heart of Bologna, later choosing Borgo Panigale as
the location for a building that would become one of the
jewels in the crown of Italian industry. After the
Ducati factory was destroyed in a World War 2 bombing
raid, the brothers realised that Italy needed new modes
of transport to help mobilise the nation. Their answer
was to produce the Ducati Cucciolo.
FROM THE CUCCIOLO TO THE DUCATI 60:
The Cucciolo ("Puppy") represented Ducati’s first steps
into the world of motorcycling. Small and reliable, the
Cucciolo was a symbol of the Italian post-war
renaissance. By 1946 production was underway and by 1949
Ducati had progressed to its first "real" motorcycle -
the Ducati 60 - which was soon joined by the "Cruiser",
the first scooter in the history of Italian motorcycling
to have an automatic gearbox.
ARRIVAL OF FABIO TAGLIONI:
In 1954 the newly formed company, "Ducati Meccanica”
recruited a man whose name would become synonymous with
Ducati: Engineer Fabio Taglioni. Entrusted with the far
from simple task of creating a race bike that would win
right from its debut, Taglioni began to design the Gran
Sports models, which would dominate high level
competitions such as the Milano Taranto and the Motogiro
THE DESMODROMIC SYSTEM:
In 1956 Fabio Taglioni took a technical solution that
had already proved successful for Mercedes and its
winning Formula 1 cars of 1954 and 1955 and integrated
the Desmodromic system into a motorcycle for the very
first time. The system controlled the closing of the
valves mechanically - without relying on classic springs
- and consisted of a sophisticated system of camshafts
and opening and closing rocker arms. Victorious upon its
debut in 1956 with the Ducati 125 Desmo, the "Desmo"
technology continued to be developed and refined from
that year on and became one of the key features of
Ducati motorcycle engines.
FROM VOCATION TO RACING - THE RIDERS:
Throughout history, the Ducati brand has always been
directly linked to the riders who have ridden the famous
Bologna motorcycles to an incredible list of race
victories and world titles. Now, four generations of
Ducati riders describe their adventures on the track,
their extraordinary experiences with members of the team
and life in the "Ducati family".
WORLD TOUR: In
1957 two Ducati employees,Leopoldo Tartarini and
Giorgio Monetti, set out on a tour around the world
onboard two Ducati 175 machines fresh from the
production line. This "promotional tour" supported by
Ducati and never before imagined for a motorcycle,
became an incredible one year journey that saw the two
adventurers complete more than 70,000kms (43,500 miles).
FROM AMERICAN DREAM TO TWIN-CYLINDER:
The arrival of Ducati in the American
motorcycle market was a very significant step for the
company. Although not directly involved in competition,
the Italian manufacturerdeveloped two important
projects, the Apollo and the Scrambler. Both bikes went
down in history, the Apollo for being the first Ducati
to have the "L" configuration engine while the
Scrambler, initially intended only for the American
market, became the most desired motorcycle for Italians
also. In response to the influx of Japanese machines in
the early 1970s, Ducati produced its very first twins,
the 500 GP and the 750 GT.
The "Imola 200" in 1972 was the first international
competition for race bikes derived from production
machines and signified one of the most important
victories for the Ducati L-Twin. At its debut, the 750
Imola ridden by Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari,
demonstrated its incredible potential by outclassing the
competition and beating man-of-the-moment, Giacomo
Agostini aboard the MV Agusta.
THE BIKE"™: Later that decade Ducati scored
one of its most historic victories, the 1978 Isle of Man
Tourist Trophy. The win, on the notorious island track,
was to be one of the final victories for Englishman Mike
Hailwood™, the unforgettable champion who had started
his brilliant career on board a Ducati in 1958.
FROM PANTAH TO SUPERBIKE:
The need for Ducati to update the design of the
twin-cylinder engine in 1979, saw the bevel gear
cam-drive replaced by a toothed belt system. The
"Pantah" project also introduced Ducati’s famous Trellis
frame and in 1985 made the significant progression to
four-valve cylinder heads, both elements later seen as
the true beginning of the modern Ducati Superbike.
FROM MONSTER TO MOTOGP:
The 1990s signified a turning point for Ducati. In a
decade characterized by financial turmoil, Ducati passed
from the hands of the Cagiva Group to those of the
investment fund, Texas Pacific Group. Ducati was thus
renewed as a company and transformed into one of the
most respected companies in the motorcycling world.
(Ducati is now under the control of the investment group
Investindustrial, owned by the Bonomi family). The
company, strong from its successes during the first
years of Superbike, poured the experience gained from
racing into the production of two iconic motorcycles,
the Monster and the 916. The last decade of the 20th
century also saw the creation of Ducati Corse, Ducati’s
dominant racing division which first competed in the
World Superbike Championship before making a debut in
MotoGP and subsequently winning their first world title
in 2007 with Casey Stoner.
The Ducati Story DVD includes revealing
Troy Bayliss – World Superbike Champion
2001, 2006, 2008.
Alan Cathcart – International motorcycle
journalist and author.
Loris Capirossi - Ducati Motogp team
Claudio Domenicali – General manager of
Ducati Motor Holding.
Giancarlo Falappa – Ducati World
Carl Fogarty - World Superbike Champion
1994, 1995, 1998, 1999
Franco Farnè – Ducati racing team chief
Lucchinelli – Winner of the Battle of the Twins in
Daytona in 1986 and 1987.
Giuliano Maoggi – Winner of Motogiro in
Gianluigi Mengoli – Engine Director.
Mario Recchia - One of the first riders
to race the Cucciolo in 1947.
Paul Smart – Winner of the Imola 200 in
Norina Taglioni – The wife of the late
Davide Tardozzi – Ducati World Superbike
Leopoldo Tartarini e Giorgio Monetti –
Heroes of the round-the-world trip in 1957.
In addition to the motorcycles exhibited in
the Ducati Museum, the DVD presents rare footage of:
launch of the Ducati camera in 1941.
launch of the Ducati "Cruiser" scooter in 1952.
The Motogiro d’ Italia 1955 and 1957.
speed record set by the Siluro in 1956.
The round-the-world Ducati journey in
Historic and rare interview with Fabio
Imola 200 in 1972.
The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy in 1978.
Previously unseen footage of the Ducati
TT2 in action.
Ducati models presented during the 1973
Milan motorcycle show.