Italy shows how to keep classic bikes alive, kicking and FUN!

Old bikes don’t handle? Mervyn Stratford’s fiery cornering style on his Rudges could put many a lardy modern bike to shame!

Based at the Autodromo di Varano de’Melagari, close to Parma in northern Italy, the three-day track event is a superb festival of motorcycling that’s totally free to view, yet as I discovered at the beginning of May, it’s visited by very few Brits.

According to main organiser Palmino Poli, president of the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI), the idea is to encourage people to preserve classic machines and come out and ride them so that others will follow in their wheel tracks.

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ASI has 250,000 members and 220 affiliated clubs in Italy, so wields some serious influence!

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