Ducati Motorcycles at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

| 2/6/2013 1:17:33 PM

Ducati Named “The Amelia's” 2013 Honored Motorcycle Marque

Ducati Motorcycles at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 

Jacksonville, FL – (February 5, 2013) – Ducati motorcycles will be the honored motorcycle of the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. 

Ducati is the fourth motorcycle marque to be honored by “The Amelia”, with a one class display on the Concours field of The Golf Club at Summer Beach. The Italian maker of exotic high performance motorcycle joins former honorees Triumph, BMW and Vincent as “The Amelia’s” one marque motorcycle class for 2013. 

A field of 18 rare and significant Ducati motorcycles will appear at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 10, 2013, led by the seminal “Cucciolo” that, in 1946,  began Ducati’s rise to the pinnacle of motorcycle excellence and success.

Ducati is a member of an exclusive club of motor manufacturers that grew from the rubble of postwar Europe. Like Ferrari and Porsche, Ducati has strong prewar roots. Unlike the exotic sports car builders, Ducati produced electronic equipment, most notably radios, before the war. By 1939 Ducati was Italy’s second largest company with nearly 11,000 employees. The war ended Ducati’s primary business. Revival came from SIATA, who allied with Ducati to produce small, clip-on engines for bicycles. It was the perfect product for the times. Delivering over 75mpg, the little bicycle engine changed the course of the company. 

Like Ferrari and Porsche, Ducati has a dominant central character. Designer/engineer Fabio Taglioni played the starring role for Ducati as Ferdinand Porsche did for his eponymous German engineering company. Taglioni’s first design was a small masterpiece. The 100cc Gran Sport, nicknamed “Marianna”(for the Madonna) was the first motorcycle to wear the Ducati name. When racer Giovanni Degli Anotoni won the 1955 Motogiro d’Italia on a “Marianna”, the course of Moto Ducati was set.