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Moto Guzzi Formula Twins

An update of sorts, made significant headway on two projects; The George Kerker/ZDS story, and (somewhat newer) a of the Guzzi V7 Sport production Amazingly, I’ve been on the Kerker feature since More specifically, just Greg Field released his ‘Moto Guzzi Big Twins’

A good friend, I met Greg at the State MGNOC national two before, and I recall the surprise about Kerker’s involvement Moto Guzzi. Since on and off, I’ve tracked personal and professional story. a filled equally with and tragedy. Knowing the racer was to Europe from Texas in the 1990s, a recent, half-hearted on Facebook produced the unthinkable.

searching for fifteen years, a half-hour of posting I had the owner’s email and location. Co-conspirator Ross and I have been in contact with the owner with fresh new pics of the in action. All that’s left to do is it. after deciphering my notes and what I’ve forgotten, is.

Billoni figures prominently in the V7S racer study too. less than a true and Guzzi-madman, when Bill busy restoring, fixing, or up yet another Mandello missle for The he’s collecting info. is shared with a small of tuners, racers and technicians all over the globe, each to the collective informally. Some, third-generation journalist Ivar de are most knowledgeable.

Soft spoken and humble, hasn’t just read, but much of this history. As an Ivar’s relationship with key contacts at Moto Guzzi him a unique understanding. Most of out there worth reading is due to input, but there’s always to be learned. “The factory V7 racers is a complex subject” he “Much wrong has been Knowing this to be true, the you read here are mine, quoted.

This is an easy to trip over, and one doesn’t to look hard at what’s published before the inconsistencies themselves. Any research of the Guzzi must begin with its designers; Giulio Cesare and Umberto Todero. Forever it was Greg who first dispelled the that the engine powering first-issue V700 came a military tractor. An epic that’s dredged and repeated to very day.

Nonetheless, it was Carcano’s successor, Tonti, fresh from a stint at Aermacchi who stripped the clothes off the portly V7 and transformed it a 750 and 1000cc (using 757cc) record breaker at the Monza Was Tonti’s motivation sales, or the Mandello tradition of innovative Passed away for nearly a I can’t ask, but the reasons varied.

Testing durability was paramount.

Period reports say about factory involvement Kerker and ZDS headman Bob Blair. I no facts to back it, but I suspect a Pictured at the factory during the the salvaged, 1970 Ambassador was being prepared for the 1970 200 (late 1969 or early Kerker and Blair represented most important import This included a lucrative with the California Highway a domain previously enjoyed by and Harley alone.

Fresh off series of record runs in of 1969 I can only speculate Tonti shared tuning and parts. Who knows? Maybe and Blair didn’t need any help to make the Guzzi

They aren’t around to ask Nevertheless, the results produced a that was not only strong to catch the AMA’s attention, but action to ban it from the race. never know if Kerker have challenged Mann’s Honda or all those fast triples, but wouldn’t you love to?

as the old loop racers are, future was securely fastened to slimmer and stronger frame. only for myself, that’s the fascination really begins. It was (below, viewing a wind test) who initially oversaw racing V7 Sport prototypes first on his own in the actual design and of the prototype, then moving the into the race shop at after the design was embraced by

Tested at Monza, the V7 Sport its debut at the Rouen 500km race in I could type a bunch of here for effect, but suffice to say employed a good number of top even attempting to sign Hailwood. My personal favorite of is Luciano Gazzola.

Wiry thin and a fast, rider/technician, Gazzola later with Works tuner Scola to spearhead a privateer after De Tomaso closed the department before the 1973

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By then, the machine was developed to with disc brakes, Lanfranconi exhausts, 40mm and lots of streamlining. Bruno continued work was instrumental in what would later the Le Mans 1000. “24-hours of produces extreme amounts of to an engine” Scola is quoted as “Our experience in racing a line of tough, long motorbikes.” Before De Tomaso’s axe hit Tonti invited Dutch Jan Kampen to develop the twin in at his workshop in Holland, and their resulted in swapping engines and back and forth, increasing the speed, power and durability.

Not to be out, French importer Krajka also raced and the Guzzi, later teaming Kampen to promote his brilliantly V7 Sport endurance racer. By eye-witness reports saw Kampen’s twin (^ above left) by factory Honda and Kawasaki at 175-plus. Amazing.

I’ve out a bunch of people, places and but I’m still sorting known from what

Now, all these years requests for information have the remaining players still us. And unfortunately, part of the group includes yours truly. forever indebted to Ivar for all done to educate and encourage my

It’s doubtful that I, or will know everything is to know about this era in Moto Guzzi history, but has given me the road map and knows well my findings will better into words learning, not hearing. I’m to writing Kerker than V7 Sports. I need photos my own) and I’d love to get my on one. Even after the museum in Mandello twice, I recall seeing one there.

I even know where stories will be published, but see (at least) a condensed version Promise.

Similar to what was by Scola in a recent interview, last email explained if De Tomaso’s favored fours and would have met with there would have no Le Mans. While the Benelli was being carried out, a group working largely the factory walls invested own time and money to continued of the twin. When those known later to us as the T3 and Le Mans 850 needed, they were

So while many journalists to regurgitate the same biased, misinformation about Moto those who favor the facts can Lino Tonti, Bruno Gazzola, Kampen and many for not just the Le Mans, but likely the Moto Guzzi twins followed. Nolan Woodbury

Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Moto Guzzi California Vintage


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