Mar 2, 2002
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From a press release:<BR><BR>DUCATI AND NEW LINE CINEMA REV UP FOR MARCH 22ND RELEASE OF BLADE II WITH WESLEY SNIPES<BR><BR>Limited Edition Blade/Ducati Motorcycle to be Unveiled at Daytona<BR><hr noshade size="1" width="450" align="left"><img src="../issues/mar02/ducatiblade.jpg"><hr noshade size="1" width="450" align="left">Ducati North America teams up with New Line Cinema to unveil the Ducati ST2 motorcycle designed for the movie Blade II during Daytona Bike Week. Wesley Snipes will be on hand on March 8th at 8:00 p.m. at the Corbin Showroom on Main Street in downtown Daytona Beach to introduce this limited-edition Ducati designed by Blade II conceptual artist Ty Ruben Ellingson. The new film, a follow-up to the 1998 hit , opens March 22nd. <BR><BR>"Like Blade, this motorcycle is sleek, cool and powerful," said Josh Ravetch, vice president of production resources for New Line Cinema. "We are delighted to work with Ducati in bringing something so emblematic of Blade's world to the public at large." <BR><BR>In addition to the creation of the limited edition bike, New Line and Ducati will host several sweepstakes including the giveaway of two of the specialty bikes and three of the actual motorcycles used in the film. Details of these sweepstakes will be announced shortly. Also, promotions with Best Buy and Musicland will include the giveaway of 25 Ducati Performance D-Generation Jackets.<BR><BR>Between March 8 and April 8, entrants can sign up at local Ducati dealerships or online to win a trip to World Ducati Week in Italy, which will be given away on April 17, 2002. This event, which began in 1998 with a weekend at the Misano racetrack, is now a full week celebration taking place on the beautiful Romagna coast June 14 to the 22, 2002. In addition to the exciting activities at the racetrack, like the stuntman shows, drag racing, vintage car and motorcycle rallies, and non-stop music there will also be beach activities, such as volleyball, fitness lessons, shows, museum and factory tours as well as regional gastronomical delights. To win this wonderful trip, simply visit your local Ducati dealer to fill out the WDW self addressed entry postcard and mail it in or visit the Ducati website at and fill out the online entry form starting March 8, 2002.<BR><BR>Lastly, the first 35 people to visit local participating Ducati dealerships between March 4 and 16, 2002 for a test ride on a Ducati Sport-touring model will receive either Blade screening passes or other Blade merchandise. To find your local Ducati dealer call 1-888-Ducati-2. You must have a valid motorcycle license to participate in the test ride program.<BR><BR>Join us for an immortal ride!<BR>