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2008 DESMO BBQ / Concours d'Elegance

ducs in a row

DESMO’s Eighth Annual BBQ was on Sunday, August 17, and it was our biggest yet.  In addition to hosting the BBQ, DESMO ran our Fourth Annual Bike Show, featuring many Ducatis from the 1960s to today.  And, for the first time, integrated our Swap Meet with the rest of the festivities.  

motogpSince the Brno MotoGP race was that afternoon, we rigged a projector and our sound system to blast the race during lunch.  While it was a disappointing race, at least everyone was able to see it and enjoy it, without fear of spoilers.


The Bike Show continues to grow, with many members displaying their bikes.  Best of Show went to a 1974 750SS, affectionately referred to as “Greenframe”.
A similar bike was the basis for the California HotRod, raced by Cook Nielson and Phil Schilling in the mid 1970s.  We were fortunate enough to have Cook Nielson with us for the day, reveling everyone with his stories, signing autographs, posing for photos, and acting as a guest Bike Show judge.

The famed Greenframe won Best in Show, while Jim Colman’s 1969 350 Desmo took Best Vintage, making Jim a multiple winner (having won Best Two Valve with his 900SS a couple years back).  This year, the Best Two Valve Sport Bike award went to Marcos Laros for his exceptional 1992 900SS.  The Best Four Valve Sport Bike award went to Tony Iannotta with his tricked out 999S, while David Jayne’s ST won Best Sport Tourer and Mike Banker’s Monster won Best Naked. (please see the below pictures)

 Our thanks to  (ATM) Allie Slocum, Terry Ciancio and Michelle Medina for running this year’s Bike Show, since Roger Chang and Kent Tam (who pioneered the event and ran it for the past three years) were unable to participate this year due to scheduling conflicts.

 Armando Petruccelli organized the Swap Meet and had the biggest spread of Ducati Parts.  While we’ve hosted Swap Meets before, this was our first time hosting concurrently with our BBQ, and we hope to see it grow some more next year.

 Metric Roadbike Magazine, who featured us as their Club of the Month back in May, sent contributing writer (and Ducati-owner and –enthusiast) Randy Ramirez, who took photos and interviewed members.  Look for an upcoming article in Metric Roadbike Magazine. 

 It wouldn’t be a DESMO BBQ without a door prize raffle, and our sponsors continue to wow us with their generosity.  Fishtail Riding School donated a trackday, while Cliff’s Ducati and Sparx Helmets each donated a helmet.  Chase Harper, a longtime manufacturer of motorcycle gear but a first-time sponsor sent us a box full of luggage, including saddlebags, a tankbag and a tailbag, plus an assortment of smaller pieces.  These all found new homes, and we look forward to spotting them on future rides.

Other repeat sponsors included Agip, Autumn Riders, Battery Tender , Ducati North America, European Cycle Services, Held USA, Rockwell Cycle, Spectro Oil, Williamsville Ducati, and Zero Gravity.

Other new for this year sponsors included Euro Moto Arizona, David Bull Publishing, DESMO Parts, and Stop N Go.

 Collectively, we gave away scores of tee shirts, hats, gloves, tools, and cleaning supplies.  Just about everything for the well-dressed rider and motorcycle, and we thank all of our sponsors for their support.

Below are a few photos, to see more please follow the below links.
Allie Slocom's photos:

Michelle Medina's photos:

Karim Mouzannar's photos:
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