Overcast skies and a shower or two failed to dampen a glorious display of some of Italy’s finest two-wheel creations yesterday, with the running of the Ducati Owners Club of Western Australia’s biennial Moto Italiane Ovest.
More than 100 bikes were on show, ranging from several small-bore unrestored singles to more than a few concourse classic masterpieces.
A relatively modern machine took out Best in Show and, no, it wasn’t a Ducati. Mark Venosi’s 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace 1400 had the audacity to attract more votes than runner-up Brian Ritchie’s 1952 Ducati 98TL and a bunch of exquisite sports bikes dating right back into the early days of Italy’s motorcycle industry.
Ducati was the dominant brand with more than 60 machines, but there was a strong turnout of 20 or more Moto Guzzis plus a handful of Laverdas and MV Agustas, plus representation from Moto Morini, Mondial, Bimota, Gilera and Italjet.
We gave the trusty Nikon a workout, and we were so pleased with the crop of photos that we’ve created two 2023 calendars – one to commemorate the event with shots of multiple marques, and another to showcase some of the many Ducatis on display. Both calendars are priced at $AUD29.95. (Postage is $7.99 for each order within Australia; overseas postage will be higher.)