Morbidelli: A Story Of Men And Fast Motorcycles
Morbidelli: storie di uomini e di moto veloci
(a story of men and fast motorcycles)
Wednesday, January 15th
Film starts at 8pm
Lady Jay’s, 633 Grand St (Leonard St & Manhattan Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11211
Free Popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, and $2 Bingo for Prizes, PRIZES!
Join Cine Meccanica and filmmakers Jeffrey Zani & Matthew A. Gonzales this Wednesday, for a screening of Morbidelli: A Story Of Men And Fast Motorcycles, their recently completed documentary follows the amazing story of Giancarlo Morbidelli and the Morbidelli race team and is not to be missed.
Morbidelli is Jeffrey Zani’s second motorcycle related documentary, the first being Scuderia Filibusta which features Ennio Zani, a former rider and mechanic, remembering the story of the first motorcycle racing team ever in the Republic of San Marino. Jeffrey also writes for Cafe Racer Italia regularly and some of his articles can be seen on his website, Jeffrey Zani: Something About Motorcycles.
See you at the flicks!
P.S – Stick around after the film for DJ Coach (of the band Two Man Advantage) spinning 70’s hard rock, punk rock and the sounds of Juke Box Meccanica. This will be the first installment of DJ Coach’s residency at Cine Meccanica.
Before the speed, the risk, the adrenaline and the roar, there was only one thing: passion. When Giancarlo Morbidelli went to the back of his wood machine company in the city of Pesaro, Italy, to start building his first racing bike, passion was the only thing he had in his mind, hands and heart. The rest came later: the riders, prototypes, mechanics and world championships. A small team of four guys led by Morbidelli won against the great world champions of the Seventies such as Yamaha and Kawasaki, both made up of thousands of technicians. The team’s success surprised everybody including Enzo Ferrari, who became good friends with Morbidelli and often would invite him to Maranello to talk about technological innovations in motor sports.
Far from popularity, money and glory, these people simply followed their passion. Compared to the sport nowadays, it’s hard to believe that Morbidelli won eight world titles. Not all of the riders where professional racers, but all had the same passion for riding and winning. Mario Lega, 250cc world champion in 1977, was employed by the Italian National Phone Service. Paolo Pileri, 125cc rankings leader in 1975, once escaped the hospital while he was injured to participate in a world championship race.
Morbidelli himself didn’t come from a motorcycle racing background. He was a wood machine manufacturer who always dreamt about motorcycles since he was a child, something that was very common in Pesaro, the headquarters
of the Benelli and Motobi motorcycle factories. Everything he learned was self-taught. He would spend hours in his workshop trying to perfect his bikes, and making them the fastest that they could be. This attitude was something that the team and the racers embodied; it is the Italian way of life, culture and skills.
Morbidelli, born in 1934, founded his wood machine company during the Fifties using 30,000 lire. His business grew progressively year after year, until, in the late Sixties, he decided to extend his challenges to motorcycle racing. After participating in the Italian championship and finishing with good results, Morbidelli decided to enter the world championship in 1969. Three years later the racing team was in contention for the title, when the ranking leader Gilberto Parlotti died during the most dangerous race ever: the Tourist Trophy of the Isle of Man, England.
After the tragic event, Morbidelli thought about giving up, but everybody around him suggested that he continue. He took the advice, and in 1975 won the first of three consecutive world championships, finishing with back-to-back championships. In 1977, in fact, Morbidelli won the titles in two different classes. After winning titles in 125cc and 250cc classes, Morbidelli focused on winning the world championship in the top category: the 500cc class. This is the only dream unfulfilled by Morbidelli. After a few years of non-competitive racing, he decided to dedicate his attention to his son’s Formula 1 racing career. In the early Eighties Morbidelli dissolved the team
and resigned from racing, but continued his passion of building bikes in his workshop. During the 90s Morbidelli turned heads and grabbed headlines with his innovative street motorcycle, “V8”. Because of its exotic design, the bike was displayed in the Art of the Motorcycle exhibition at the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao and Las Vegas. Even to this day, Morbidelli is recognized as one of the world’s best motorcycle builders and innovators. – Morbidelli, the documentary
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