15Th Annual Ducati Owners Club Canada Rally — Flashback — Motorcyclist Online

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Living the sweet life the Ducati Owner’s Club of at its annual Grattan Raceway

Great motorcycles, friendly fantastic racetrack, beautiful and perfect weat

If you didn’t it was there, you’d probably right past it. In fact, the clue to its presence is a small, wooden sign sunk next to the narrow driveway. It what looks like letters—Grattan Raceway .

Driving the faded gate, you spot a house with an adjoining A little farther, and suddenly it into full view—two of snaking, rolling, undulating situated amongst thick blue-green lakes and thousands of It’s likely one of the most settings for a racetrack you’ll anywhere.

There’s another a big, wooden, two-story (the owner’s) sitting in the infield, next to the nicely pits. As we drive in, we imagine living there, jamming the with all manner of sportbikes, laps whenever we felt the to blow out the cobwebs. Pure

We found ourselves in this slice of heaven at the invitation of Fischer, president and chief of the Ducati Owner’s Club of A committed and highly enthusiastic the D.O.C.C. membership gets every year at Grattan Mid-Ohio as well) to do what motorcycle enthusiasts only about: spend an entire riding their Italian European—the club isn’t motorcycles on the racetrack. There’s plenty of fun, camaraderie and shenanigans to go along with riding, but then, that’s story.

This was the 15th year at for the D.O.C.C. folks. The original organizers just wanted to get owners together where could ride their the way they were designed to be Fischer told us. They’d about Grattan Raceway, and down to Michigan to check it he adds, and once they saw the they knew they’d a good spot for a weekend

One of the last privately owned in North America (E.J. and his family still run the place), is unique in that it can be safely run in directions. It’s a trait the uses to its advantage, running one way the other on Sunday.

The bit of misdirection spice to the weekend, as the track’s changes completely when the are reversed. And unlike most both directions are highly

Overnight camping is available, and of the attendees use the opportunity to either sit over a nighttime barbeque the family, or shoot the breeze friends over a campfire a few cold ones. The prevailing is one of friendliness and hospitality—you can walk up to campsite and be welcomed like an old There’s not much tension an easy-going bunch of people out to a great time.

Which is exactly what we Good folks, plenty of fast—motorcycles, and a seriously fun racetrack to them on can have that In fact, we’re already plans to attend later season.

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There were NCR900 Ducatis at Grattan year. They received so attention from the knowledgeable loyalists that you’d their paint would’ve to blister under the steady Gregg Rammel brought his example (never ever and John Lumley and Jerry hauled in their superb (both with racing John’s being the ex-Jimmy NCR.

These things are the biggest, most brutal-looking built, but that doesn’t for the fuss they occasioned this crowd.

Ducati is history today with its of consecutive World Superbike but it’s enjoyed an outsized for several decades, the biggest of it coming from one man’s on a Ducati 17 summers ago. One of fairy-tale-come-true stories is Mike 1978 Isle of Man victory on an an event well-documented in Mick Ducati Twins.

Arguably the greatest racer Hailwood had been unbeatable in the on factory Hondas and MV Agustas, and on to a promising Formula 1 auto career in the ’70s. But a crash left him with a bad foot forced him out of GP cars just as become a front-runner. Evidently a at heart, he went into the business, and by and by got the notion that it be fun to race at the Isle of Man just more.

Hailwood chanced to with the enterprising U.K. dealer Steve Wynne, and an was prepared for him to ride under Sports Motorcycles banner. It was an coincidence that he landed on a they were still a player in racing, but he’d them briefly early in his winning his first GP at age 19 on a Ducati in

But Hailwood had been everything wasn’t: brilliant always, always.

The NCR900s, about a total, had been built in ’78 by Ducati in collaboration Nepoti-Caracchi Racing (NCR), the independent raceshop. These production racers were a of the successful 864 endurance racers of the and they in turn had been from the 1972 Imola 750cc V-twins (Ducati the first of this series, the streetbike, in 1971).

And so it came to pass that of ’78 found an out-of-practice Hailwood back at the Isle of Man an 11-year absence, entered on an and facing the best riders of the 10 to 15 years younger and mounted on the Japanese factory equipment. were in turn well that they’d be riding a legend, whatever that actually mean on the track.

all realistic odds, Hailwood the lap record in practice, averaging 111 and won the race decisively, with the Honda (which ran second) its engine trying to catch the Duck. Hailwood credited the after his victory, and it was probably than the usual Hailwood The remarkable event resounded the motorcycling world, and some Hailwood stardust attached to Ducati, vaulting the company—and the motorcycling’s Magic Kingdom.


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Grattan rally were treated to an extremely occurrence: three NCR900 racebikes (out of the handful to exist) brought together in one on the North American continent.

rally attendees were to an extremely rare occurrence: NCR900 Ducati


I like to take a midnight through the pits on Saturday at the Grattan rally. Most have turned in, but I walk by a or so gatherings, some around others in small areas by clusters of still, silent and parked vans, enormous in the

I catch snatches of conversations, of a day of exuberance—and a night of merriment, in some cases.

Everywhere are lots of newer Ducatis, of but a healthy assortment of older BMWs. Triumphs.

Nortons. and the strong turnout of older twins and singles, some of faithful track hacks, real museum pieces. in the quiet darkness, their repose gives them such presence—perhaps it’s the to the booming and blasting they did all and will do again tomorrow. Or it’s because you know these bikes are privileged to owners who use them for the purpose for they were designed.

My ends at our area in the lower where a group of 15 or 20 sit around a just beyond Jerry NCR, Mach 1 and Montjuich, old-world shapes emerging in the Jonathan K. White has just to the circle from his van and is dispensing rockets, one each to everyone, and newly met acquaintances alike.

A couple of blissed-out souls are why they’re called bottle when they light handheld, and Jonathan resumes his of how he managed to simulate the factory paint on the Imola 750 Ducati racer that he tunes for DuHamel: scattering dime-store over wet lacquer and patting the pieces that landed Laughter brings our little to life again, all of us—everyone at the together by the mutual respect and of people who really do things motorcycles—and in some depth.

I salute the Canadians, whose this is; they seem to more about motorcycling we’ll ever learn.


Bruce Finlayson Honda twins and a Ducati in the ’60s, and won the first Nelson 24-hour race with his in 1970 on a CD Triumph triple. he heads an industrial design firm in Madison, Wisconsin.

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