GLI AMICI DI CLAUDIO 2014
Varese - At Schiranna, the home of MV Agusta, it's all coming together for
the grand gathering to be held on 18 May at the legendary factory on the shores
of Lake Varese. “GLI AMICI DI CLAUDIO” is a massive event that will see
enthusiasts of Aermacchi, Cagiva and MV Agusta - three awesome motorcycle
brands that have succeeded each other since 1950 - descend en masse on the factory near Varese. First started by Aermacchi,
the tradition of excellence was successfully continued by Cagiva and is now
being carried forwards by MV Agusta with superb sales and racing results.
Moreover, the production plant will also be opening its doors to fans of
Husqvarna and Ducati, two brands that were bought, saved and put back on the road to success by the company
headed by Castiglioni.
18th May will, then, be a day of festivities dedicated to the memory of Claudio
Castiglioni, the President of MV Agusta and founder of Cagiva who passed away
in summer 2011. In November 1978 Cagiva arose from the ashes of the glorious
Aermacchi, which had been manufacturing at Schiranna since 1950. Cagiva
continued the dual Aermacchi traditions of mass production and competitive
racing, winning over the market thanks to models that proved to be outstanding
on account of their excellent technical features, handling and style.
the success of Cagiva, Claudio Castiglioni proved his unique entrepreneurial
skills yet again by bringing the glorious MV Agusta brand back from the brink
and relaunching it on the market. He also achieved his dream of mass producing
the only Italian 4-cylinder bike, the F4, characterised by unmistakeable
styling, which many tried - and failed! - to imitate. The models that came in
the wake of the first 750 cc version retained the same refined styling,
technology and chassis design, making them the new category benchmark.
Similarly, the innovative F3, with its in-line 3-cylinder engine, was an
instant success, as were several more recent models, such as the Rivale 800 and
Brutale 800 Dragster. Moreover, the F3 has also proved to be a winner in the Supersport World
event has been organised by MV Agusta together with the Moto Club Internazionale
Cascina Costa, Cagiva Club Lombardia and the Registro Storico Aermacchi.
“GLI AMICI DI CLAUDIO” organisers have put together a packed programme that
includes an exhibition of Aermacchi, Cagiva and MV Agusta bikes (plus Husqvarna
and Ducati bikes manufactured up to 1996) in the main factory courtyard. An
indoor area, instead, will host the most important road and race models to be
produced at Schiranna since 1950.
rally will also feature a photographic exhibition with some stunning images of
yesteryear; there will also be plenty going on both in and outside the factory,
even for the youngest of enthusiasts. The ride-pasts will start at 3 p.m. with
the racing bikes, ridden by living legends such as Giacomo Agostini, Marco
Lucchinelli, Gianfranco Bonera and Carlo Ubbiali; they'll be followed by the
procession of superb vintage bikes and modern road bikes. Prize-giving will
take place at 5 p.m. Awards will be given to registered bikes in the following
categories: the best-looking, the oldest, and the one that has come from
furthest away! And that's not all: at the “GLI AMICI DI CLAUDIO"
get-together you can also contribute to a worthy cause by purchasing charity
raffle tickets. The proceeds will go to the IEO (European Oncology Institute)
Foundation. Ticket holders stand a chance of winning an amazing first prize: an
MV Agusta Rivale 800 Special Edition.
racers Claudio Corti and Vladimir Leonov will also be on hand, giving
autographs and posing for photos with the official Team MV Agusta Reparto Corse
– Yakhnich Motorsport bikes, now being used so effectively in the Superbike and Supersport
World Championships. The rally will end at 5.30 p.m. with a
roaring rev-up in memory of the late, great President Claudio Castiglioni.