IMOC Rally 2011

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Moto Guzzi Stornello Scrambler

2 8 th Annual IMOC Rally

A Cacophony of Contrast

Photos by Steve Cote

Every September, the Italian Motorcycle Owners Club (IMOC) Rally serves as the first sign of sunset on the annual motorcycle season in the Northeast. And as with the coming of Fall in New England, it’s a glorious and spectacular cacophony of contrast.

This year was no exception. When the weather cooperates, it’s not uncommon to see some 400+ Italian motorcycles and scooters on hand, along with almost 1,000 spectators up in Sturbridge, Massachusettswhich is the way it went in 2011, as well. But that’s not to say it wasn’t touch and go.

Although it was a beautiful day, recent rains took their toll on the Show field. As did some local delinquents the night before, who decided to do donuts in a four-wheeler through what became a muddy mess.

But after 28 years of annual events, we’re used to shifting gears at the IMOC Rally. A quick relocation down to the far end of the field to higher ground solved the immediate issue. Due to that difference though, the event was a little less cohesive than usual. The Show was at one end, entry and parking for the “other” (non-Italian) motorcycles was at the otherand the Hamilton Rod Gun Club food Pavilion was in the middle. But and least everyone got their exercise.

Anda good bit of entertainment!

You see, as hard as we tried to direct incoming arrive-es away from the sloppy stuff, some just wouldn’t be detoured. Force of habit, perhaps, after all these years? Many just rode right by Hamilton Lakewhich seemed to be at high tide, with standing water in many places beside it.

A nice, new Ducati Diavel with its big, fat, 240/45 x 17 rear tire put on the best display of white-knuckled, mud slinging wanderlust.

The good news was that it also gave us a great idea for next year’s featured machine (on September 16, 2012) for the 29th AnnualItalian Dual-Sports! Benelli Enduros, Moto Guzzi Stornello and Parilla Wildcat Scrambler(s), Morini Camel, Cagiva Elefant, Ducati R/T and E900, Moto Guzzi Quota and Stelvioand the like.

By early afternoon, the relocated field was filling fast. Just like the diverse palette of Fall color, the spectacle from Aprilia to Vespaand the complete array of everything in betweenmade for spectacular event. There were Italian bikes of every variety imaginable, including singles, twins, triples, fours and sixes. The only thing missing was an eight-cylinder Moto Guzzi racer or Morbidelli.

This year’s featured motorcycles were the original, small-block, Ducati Pantah-based machinesalong with those so specified by Cagiva.

Piaggio Americas (Rick Panettieri and Michael Fiduk) went out of its way to support the event with an incredible abundance of door prize give-aways. No doubt, with the ever-growing number of Piaggio products on hand (Aprilia. Moto Guzzi and Vespa) it was money well spent.

Likewise, the numerous vendors on hand appeared to be doing a brisk businesswhich was great. A wonderful opportunity for some early Holiday shopping, no doubt? Here’s who was kind enough to come out and set up shop:


Moto Guzzi Stornello Scrambler

Dunbar Euro Sport

EMA Motorcycle Accessories

Ghost Motorcycles

Marsh Motorcycle

New Haven Suzuki/Aprilia/Vespa

Sea Coast Sport Cycle

Smart Moto

Vanson Leathers

Yet another beneficiary of all the attention was the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (J.D.R.F.). As is tradition, all the IMOC Rally proceeds beyond expenses get donated to this worthwhile cause. Due to such a good Gate this year, I can assure youthey were well taken care of.

Moto Guzzi Stornello Scrambler
Moto Guzzi Stornello Scrambler
Moto Guzzi Stornello Scrambler
Moto Guzzi Stornello Scrambler
Moto Guzzi Stornello Scrambler
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