Thursday, 26 February 2015

Another Ducati book? Oh yes - the Desmodues

Before some smart Alec points it out, I know that technically all the old bevel and pushrod Ducatis were Desmodues (two valves per cyclinder) but it was with the launch of the Pantah Ducati that started to use the label (actually retrospectively when the Desmoquatros arrived).

Anyway the book tells how Ducati rose from the post war ashes, serious contemplating giving up motorcycle producation on a number of occasions. The most hair raising thing was waiting on the Scarmbler, especially since Ducati won't let authors use their press archives in books (unless, it seems, you're called I*n Fa$100n) so for early show shots I'm indebted (as usual) to Vicki Smith of Great insights too courtesy of Pat Slinn, and the other members of the Sports Motorcycles team to whom the book's dedicatied.

It’s probably cheaper elsewhere (cheaper than I can buy it in fact - publishers, got to love them) but if you’d like a signed and dedicated copy you can buy one at   
my Big Cartel webshop adding a message in PayPal. Or just email me . Thank you!

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