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Moto Guzzi 100th Anniversary, 10th-12th September 2021.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by GTM®, Nov 23, 2019.

  1. Ray1150

    Ray1150 Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    I was talking to some friends at the MGOCUK Essex branch meeting last Sunday and they mentioned they had already booked accommodation. Apparently it gets a bit nutty in non anniversary years with people camping in the middle of roundabouts. (Where do you park a bike in Italy? Anywhere you want to!) I have just booked a room for my mate on his Cali and me the nearest I could get is Lecco, a few miles down the lake. Everything in Mandello is booked. For those of you from further away who are shipping your bikes and riding down don't forget to stay off the Swiss motorways, there is a flat fee of about £35. If you avoid the motorways there are some lovely roads and you'll have a lot more fun crossing the Alps. See pic (I know its a Kwaka!). I'll wear me best Guzzitech T shirt, see you there. Sept 2019.jpg
     
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  2. GTM®

    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    I feel very tortunate to be staying in Mandello for 2021. Trying to figure the best way to get a GTM build there. As we get closer, let’s work in a meeting place and time. I’ll make something special to offer up for those in attendance. Keep talking.
     
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  3. Meldrew

    Meldrew Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Well the planning has started :clap:. Leaving the UK on Saturday 4th September onwards to Mandello courtesy of the TLM Tour. I was going to book the ferry across to Hook of Holland from Dover but swmbo has said no way is she going on a 'boat' for over 6 hours (to be fair anything on water and she suffers from travel sickness :sick:) so its the Chunnel from Folkstone to Calais then a leisurely 4 hour ride to Nijmegen where the tour will start on Tuesday the 7th. Managed to get a reasonable priced hotel (Hotel Nimma) in Nijmegen so plan is to spend the weekend touring the local area before the Tour starts on Tuesday morning. Looking at the list of attendees that have signed up (200 with 28 reserves so far) its going to be a busy affair, think thats why a lot of hotels in the Nijmegen area are booked already. Only two 1400 Eldorado's on the list of bikes going though:happy:. Swmbo already asking what to pack:( :cry::lipssealed:.
    After the weekends festivities in Mandello the tour heads back towards the Netherlands with the last hotel of the tour booked in Southern Germany, so our plans are to then double back towards Italy for a bit more touring. Any recommendations for special places to visit/hotels would be appreciated. Don't plan to book anything in advance (or should I) just google and go.
    No specific areas or time frame in mind, possibly head back towards the chunnel after a couple of weeks of bimbling about.
    Hope to meet up with a few GTM members en route or in Mandello. Think we need some GTM baseball hats (or straw hats, flip-flops and shades :giggle:) to recognise each other.
    Ride safe and a Happy New Year to one and all.
    Ron.
     
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  4. GTM®

    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Fun on all, and yes(!), would love it as I will bring both my hat and flips!
    Full throttle into 2021!
     
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  5. Robert Gibson

    Robert Gibson High Miler GT Contributor

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    If you ship it to me, I’ll bring it over for you. :giggle:
     
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  6. buzglyd

    buzglyd Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I’m currently booked. Staying in Milan for the weekend near the train station.
     
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  7. David Bracey

    David Bracey Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    I’ll be there so hope to hook-up at some point.
     
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    Robert Gibson High Miler GT Contributor

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    Easy peasy, short train ride to Lecco then change for Mandello.
     
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    davidguzzi Just got it firing!

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    Hey Charley, you stole the red & white paint scheme from me, I had my mk 3 painted the same back in 1996.
     
  10. Stephen Dickinson

    Stephen Dickinson Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Although I have paid a deposit for having my bike shipped across to Europe, I dont reckon its going to happen for many of us down here.
    International travel is just too risky and while we may well have our injections by next September, the uncertainty is just too great to be able to plan. Am afraid am going to have the big trip I was so much looking forward to a miss. Realise for you Europeans and UK people it will be a little easier to get there.
     
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    Robert Gibson High Miler GT Contributor

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    Expect the worst but hope for the best. I’m thinking glass half full as opposed to half empty, so fingers crossed.
     
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    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    I've been getting depressed thinking about this because I've been waiting for years for this and now who knows...

    However, I yank myself back into reality when I contemplate those in Italy and elsewhere who have died as a result of this horrible pandemic. It truly is heartbreaking.

    Realize though, the last thing Italy is going to allow, is a giant celebration of thousands of world travellers in the tiny town of Mandello del Lario. Count on it.
     
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    kenrover Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I gave myself until the New Year to make a firm decision on what to do about the Centenary event in Mandello. I'd booked Air BnB in Rome, Mandello and Paris (to catch up with mates). So Jan rolled around and this morning, the refunds dropped into my piggy bank here in NZ. My partner and I are really sad but I'm looking at the reality here. Additionally, I was made redundant in March '20 so the Guzzi fund has taken a big hit. However, lucky us, we live in NZ which to a great extent and for various reasons hasn't been hit with the effects of Covid like many other countries have. So maybe here's to Sept 2022!
     
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    I stumbled upon a wonderful website for the Centennial celebration; https://motoradunomandello.com/ -- and added the words below to the first post of this thread now...


    “If, by good fortune...”

    Mandello del Lario, 1910s. A young engine mechanic begins to take an interest in engines at the Ripamonti garage, well-known in the area. His great curiosity and sense of practicality lead him to design a new motorcycle that fit his ideals. 500 cc, horizontal cylinder in order to expose the head to cooling, 4 valves, double ignition, gearbox in block, external flywheel and a low frame, finally a motorcycle that no longer appeared to be a modified bicycle.
    This victorious vision, which includes two Air Force officers as passionate about engines as he, that the great war will bring together with that randomness of life that often magically combines destinies. Carlo Guzzi (the design engineer), Giorgio Parodi (the financier), Giovanni Ravelli (the rider) become friends and agree to produce that bike. And they will not stop, not even after the death of Giovanni in an airplane test. Giorgio asks his father Vittorio, a prudent and shrewd Genoese shipowner, for the financing to leave. Vittorio agrees: "... ... If, by good fortune, I should like what I see, I am willing to go a long way without limitations of figures".

    March 15, 1921: The Anonymous Moto Guzzi Company was born, with registered and administrative headquarters in Genoa and a production plant in Mandello del Lario. Vision, prudence, rationality and passion.

    Mandello del Lario, 2021. 100 years have passed since those magical days: 100 years of vision, prudence, rationality, ingenuity that generated an infinite, throbbing, reckless passion. 100 years of Guzzismo straddling wonderful, pulsating motorcycles, companions of adventurous journeys as well as of joyful everyday life; 100 years that we will celebrate together, through that magical rite that is celebrated every year with the whole of Mandello del Lario congregating around the factory where dreams are created.

    Mandello del Lario, September 6-12, 2021: here are the definitive dates of the Centenary International Motorcycle Rally City of Moto Guzzi, where Mandello, as usual, will once again irresistibly attract every Guzzista who, like a moth to a flame, will turn the handlebars of Moto Guzzis of every generation towards that shore where each was born: Lake Como. There the celebrations will be complete with a full calendar of events that will begin on September 6, and then carry on to September 9 for the GMG 2021. Moto Guzzi together with the International Motorcycle Raduno Committee are preparing an unforgettable event.

    But not only that: many other events are in progress throughout the year that will warm our hearts with two and four valves, single or twin cylinders, until the final apotheosis of September.

    It will be a great, unforgettable party.
     
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    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    Wow, thanks a million Todd! Here's hoping the pandemic goes away and does not get in the way!
     
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    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Welcome Scott, hope not also. I think we'll have to do a local celebration and ride here for the 15th of March... that (to me) is the real day of birth!
     
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    And my wife’s birthday, so double celebration:party:.
     
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    Stephen Dickinson Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Given the impracticality of making a trip to Lake Como in Sept, Guzzi owners in Tasmania are planning a pleasant ride to the Great Lake Hotel on Sunday March 14. The Great lake is central to the Island so owners can come up there on great roads from all over the State. Hopefully the weather will be OK. Snow is not unheard of at any time of the year up there.
     
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    Here in NZ, a group of Guzzi owners are meeting at Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury on the weekend of 13th & 14th March. Hanmer is a great area and just like everyone else in these strange times, we're really looking forward to it. Just need to book the weather......
     

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