Saturday, August 29, 2009

Take the Futa Pass to Loiano

Last weekend was the "Motorhad Futa" event in Loiano, south of Bologna, which was sponsored by CR&S.

The road from Bologna to Loiano is called the Futa Pass, aka highway S.P. 65. This road has a wonderful racing history. It was part of the legendary Mille Miglia (thousand mile) race event that was held in the first half of the 20th century.

More recently, until the late 1990's, the Futa Pass was home to a series 19km superbike sprint events. The start and finish lines are still marked on the road. Winner of one of these events is VUNIC member (and VUN dealer for the Bologna region) Franco Cavino.

Last week I had the pleasure of riding the Futa Pass with Franco. Two VUNs riding in anger on the ultimate "Mistostretto" (tight road), it was a wonderful feeling... well, at least I felt like I was riding in anger. Franco looked very relaxed and even had time to read and reply to a text message while taking a tight left-hander... only in Italy.

p.s. The photo (above) is a still from the video series Twist of the Throttle and, unfortunately, does not show any VUNs.

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