Thursday, 21 July 2011

Sweet Home Alabama

No, not the excellent Lynyrd Skynyrd song, but the Barber museum's NCR/Ducstock event in October to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Ducati TT2.

Much of the TT2 story has been covered in Benzina (especially issue #2, with some neat follow up pics in issue #5) because we think this is the most under-rated and misunderstood Ducati of all time. Much of our insider knowledge comes via good friend Pat Slinn, who spannered Tony Rutter's TT2 to world domination in an age that had written Ducati off. We also get access to Rino Caracchi (the C in NCR) via Vicki Smith who's organising much of Ducstock. If you've got the time and (not much) money the event's going to see some of the greatest bikes of all time on Barber's amazing track - you can ride too, and then visit possibly the world's greatest motorsport museum

Plus you'll get to learn about the TT2 and its 748cc successor, the TT1. Often (and easily) faked, maybe 20, maybe 40 or so factory TT2s were built, plus perhaps 200 customer bikes. I must've seen that many in the UK alone...Hmmm. Most telling is that the serious collectors (already up to their eyes in round case 750SSs) are moving in. If you have the cash and can find a genuine, verifiable TT2 or 1 buy it now, because in a decade whatever you paid is going to look cheap for what was the last Taglioni designed Ducati

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