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    What are these tank loops for?

    Take a look a the enlarged pic adn note the loops on the tank.....what are they for?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Other...ayphotohosting

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    my guess is to tie a tank bag down. possibly for giro competition?

    dunno, but it is an awesome looking machine. thanks for the link!

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    my guess is to tie a tank bag down. possibly for giro competition?

    dunno, but it is an awesome looking machine. thanks for the link!

    tex


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    Those are attachment points for "cintura di corragio".

    Back in the early 1950's, the Mondial factory was determined to win the Rimini Motogiro, the most prestigious race in Italy at the time. Mondial had competed in the race for several years, but never finished better than fifth. Rumors swirled that factory rider Fausto Alighieri was riding too conservatively. He was criticised for not tucking in well on the high speed sections and for sitting upright too early at the end of the straights.

    When Fausto arrived for the 1954 Motogiro, he noticed that there were metal loops welded to the top of the fuel tank of his bike, but thought nothing of it. Just moments before the race was to begin, the Mondial pit crew firmly strapped him to the fuel tank with thick black canvas straps (the "cintura di corregio") and cheerily slapped him on the back. Just then, the riders at the front of the grid were starting off in a roar. There was no time to think. Fausto let out the clutch and was hurtling toward the first turn.

    After a few laps, Fausto got used to riding in a full tuck. It felt odd in the low-speed off-camber chicanes, but he was excited by the noticeable increase in top speed. As the race went on, he began passing riders and vying for the lead. He had an aerodynamic advantage, and he was gaining on the leaders with every lap.

    As the race was nearing its end, Fausto was riding at the limits of his little machine. The crowd had never seen anything like it; they cheered wildly for the rider so deternmined to win that he stayed in a full tuck for every kilometer of the race. Finally, Fausto passed Guglielmo Franchetti, the Benelli factory rider, on the very last lap. He had taken the lead!

    Fausto led the last lap, with the pack on his tail. The racers screamed down Rimini's long front straight at top speed. Just then Fausto's rear wheel was lightly grazed by Franchetti, and Fausto went into a wobble. He reflexively tried to sit up to gain control of the bike, and to his surprise, the fuel tank popped off its rubber mounts, and was still firmly strapped to his chest! The handlebars slapped back and forth, and the bike pitched Fausto into the air in a graceful arc, fuel flowing freely from the open petcocks.

    Fausto skidded for dozens of meters directly in front of the main grandstands, the steel fuel tank on his chest making an extravagant spray of sparks.

    Today, older folks in Rimini will tell you they heard a soft "whoosh!" that day, and saw a ball of orange flame rise into the air above the track. And they swear that not a trace of Fausto was ever found.





    Edited by - steve barker on Sep 06 2007 3:05:33 PM

    Edited by - steve barker on Sep 06 2007 3:09:20 PM

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    Those are attachment points for "cintura di corragio".

    Back in the early 1950's, the Mondial factory was determined to win the Rimini Motogiro, the most prestigious race in Italy at the time. Mondial had competed in the race for several years, but never finished better than fifth. Rumors swirled that factory rider Fausto Alighieri was riding too conservatively. He was criticised for not tucking in well on the high speed sections and for sitting upright too early at the end of the straights.

    When Fausto arrived for the 1954 Motogiro, he noticed that there were metal loops welded to the top of the fuel tank of his bike, but thought nothing of it. Just moments before the race was to begin, the Mondial pit crew firmly strapped him to the fuel tank with thick black canvas straps (the "cintura di corregio") and cheerily slapped him on the back. Just then, the riders at the front of the grid were starting off in a roar. There was no time to think. Fausto let out the clutch and was hurtling toward the first turn.

    After a few laps, Fausto got used to riding in a full tuck. It felt odd in the low-speed off-camber chicanes, but he was excited by the noticeable increase in top speed. As the race went on, he began passing riders and vying for the lead. He had an aerodynamic advantage, and he was gaining on the leaders with every lap.

    As the race was nearing its end, Fausto was riding at the limits of his little machine. The crowd had never seen anything like it; they cheered wildly for the rider so deternmined to win that he stayed in a full tuck for every kilometer of the race. Finally, Fausto passed Guglielmo Franchetti, the Benelli factory rider, on the very last lap. He had taken the lead!

    Fausto led the last lap, with the pack on his tail. The racers screamed down Rimini's long front straight at top speed. Just then Fausto's rear wheel was lightly grazed by Franchetti, and Fausto went into a wobble. He reflexively tried to sit up to gain control of the bike, and to his surprise, the fuel tank popped off its rubber mounts, and was still firmly strapped to his chest! The handlebars slapped back and forth, and the bike pitched Fausto into the air in a graceful arc, fuel flowing freely from the open petcocks.

    Fausto skidded for dozens of meters directly in front of the main grandstands, the steel fuel tank on his chest making an extravagant spray of sparks.

    Today, older folks in Rimini will tell you they heard a soft "whoosh!" that day, and saw a ball of orange flame rise into the air above the track. And they swear that not a trace of Fausto was ever found.





    Edited by - steve barker on Sep 06 2007 3:05:33 PM

    Edited by - steve barker on Sep 06 2007 3:09:20 PM

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    Steve,

    You must be an advertising copywriter by day, or maybe you pen political speeches......

    Loved the tale of Fausto!

    The early Jelly mold ducatis have similar hooks on the tanks.


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    Steve,

    You must be an advertising copywriter by day, or maybe you pen political speeches......

    Loved the tale of Fausto!

    The early Jelly mold ducatis have similar hooks on the tanks.


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    ...dude, you're a fuckin genius!

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    ...dude, you're a fuckin genius!

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    I dunno whether to laugh or cry at that.........<img src=icon_smile_blackeye.gif border=0 align=middle>

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