I remember meeting the guy identified as Sr. Giro, although I didn't know quite who he was at the time, other than Santi's manager. I went along to what was probably the Gresham Hotel with Trevor Burgess to discuss a few things concerning Trevor's production bike. Sr. Giro spoke very good English and was a very charming and interesting man. I think Trevor was riding for Terryshep that same year (citation needed Terry ).
Not sure I should say any more about that particular Ossa!!
As you say Sr.Giro a gentleman.Have met him on a couple of occasions.Nothing you could say about the OSSAs in that era would shock,by the way.It must be quite galling for him to see his creations these days on display,having lost everything during the national strikes in spain in the 70s.Factory lock-ins,back door deals,all in the (misguided) hope of a brighter future.And it all came to nothing as there are no independant 'old school' manufacturers nowadays in spain.Echos of the UK eh ?
Its not over either,as the Piaggio group is trying to close down Derbi,in a (misguided) attempt to bolster the flagging fortunes of the ailing Aprillia concern! Even in their glory days,they (OSSA) were on an extremely tight racing budget.When Edouardo asked his dad if they could go GP racing,he said 'Sure,if you pay for it yourself'.I know that Gerard Rolland of france was offered a factory bike after the 1969 french GP,and I think Trevor B the same,but in truth,they had (the factory),niether resources or money.
Edouardo Giro,after the demise of OSSA waved his magic wand over the JJ Kobas 250 of Sito Pons.I think he is one of the few true genius' in the motorcycle design world.
In closing spare a thought for Esteban,driving that SEAT 1500 pick-up from Barcelona to Imatra.Arse-ache,or what !!.And at 81 years of age he's still smiling!