A race that really raises the roof!

In Turin, Italy, the original Fiat automotive factory still sits.  It was at one point one of the largest automotive factories in the world, and had in it a unique problem:  In Turin, the population is so dense and the traffic so congested that Fiat had no space to test their products. 

Solution? build a track ON THE ROOF!!

Time has passed and Fiat no longer uses the factory, but Red Bull and their zany group of motor-driven marketers somehow got permission to run a scooter race on TOP of the factory on the old track.  Participants had to pass a “mechanical” test before being allowed to race by testing their skills with a front tire removal and replacement.  The slowest 50 were eliminated, while the fastest 100 were then allowed to continue on with the actual race portion of the competition.  After each lap, the slowest rider was eliminated until there remained a single one. 

Congratulations to Giacomo Tiberti of Tuscany!  (A Vintage Vespa rider as well)

Vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters were in attendance, but not much mention of other makes.  No word on if this will remain a seasonal event.  If so… I think I know where the next Slow Kids Scooter Gang field trip is going to be!

Here’s the original article for more pictures.

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About neotrotsky

A Technical Director at a somewhat-sorta-prestigious live performance studio, audio engineer and secondary engineering student (the second time around) by day. But, by night I am a daring (if not slightly melancholy) motorscooter enthusiast and gearhead searching for a garage and steady paycheck. View all posts by neotrotsky

2 responses to “A race that really raises the roof!

  • wendemachete

    I think I’m making an executive decision, if I were such an executive, of course…. if they do this annually, WE ARE GOING. I’m not sure about all the details, like bike transport and funds, but I swear…. it. will. happen.

    I mean, how awesome would that be??? Just picture it, the Slow Kids wearing our snazzy whatevers, racing. In Italy. Holy crap the awesomeness. 😀

  • Foam Roofing

    hey such a great blog.. i really liked it..

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