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#1 GD66

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 13:57

In 1999, the NZCMRR's annual festival at Pukekohe featured Giacomo Agostini and a quartet of MV racers from Ubaldo Elli's stable. With a couple of school buddies who were like-minded bike race fans, we combined forces to capture the weekend for a video. It wasn't without some difficulty, and minimal support from the NZCMRR, but turned out a moderately-successful labour of love, and the chance to meet and interview Ago, and to get our mitts on an MV to fit up an on-bike camera, made it all an unforgettable weekend. Here are a few of the still pics captured by our sound man, Barry Raynel.

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Ago was a few minutes late for the Assen-style group ride into the Pukekohe township on the Friday afternoon, so made the trip alone on the delectable 500/3.



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Vision Productions CEO Murray Maunder captures the tuneful arrival of the MV.



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Ago settles in for the display.


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Shooting the breeze with multiple NZ champ and IoM rep Len Perry, still racing into his eighties.



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The Elli machines were freshly repainted and looked factory-new.




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Ago struts his stuff, while behind the 500/4 Murray, with camera, and I stress about how we're going to capture it all.
Brother Clive on the left, quietly fizzing about walking around multiple MVs...



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At the hairpin, Ago demoes the 350/4.



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Ex-works race mechanic Lucio Castelli rides the rare 350/6.



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The Sunday morning on-track parade. Finally got my mitts on the delectable 500/3. If you look closely, you may detect drooling...
On the left, ex-Revs editor, and Kiwi Biker mag head honcho Mike Esdaile.




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I fit Ago up with a bum-bag full of batteries and sound gear for some on-bike footage (FAR more compact these days !)
Ago was a great guy, lots of fun and very helpful and co-operative throughout the weekend.
In the background, Romano Colombo, who rode the 500/3 all weekend. Lucky bloke...


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The review by Hamish Cooper in Classic Racer #79.


Lovely colour pics from Barry Raynel.

Edited by GD66, 14 November 2012 - 05:24.


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#2 exclubracer

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 20:11

Super piece of work Glenn, very well done! Looks like it was much enjoyed by all involved. :up:

Also nice to see you 'in the flesh' so to speak! :p

#3 twotempi

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 20:28

Hi GD66,

Now I know what you look like !!. If you know where to look I appear in one segment but I am not going to say where.

Yes , the video was excellent and i still watch my ( purchased with money ) copy every now and again.

Have you thought of a "re-release" on DVD as my tape copy won't be able to be played when the video recorder dies ??



#4 picblanc

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:12

Yes please a DVD! nice to put a face to a valued forum member too! :eek: :wave:

#5 275 GTB-4

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:24

Hi GD66,

Now I know what you look like !!. If you know where to look I appear in one segment but I am not going to say where.

Yes , the video was excellent and i still watch my ( purchased with money ) copy every now and again.

Have you thought of a "re-release" on DVD as my tape copy won't be able to be played when the video recorder dies ??


Why do they call him twotempi?? :rotfl:

TT...You do also realise that it is perfectly legal to make a back-up copy of your VHS tape to DVD for your own personal use????

Would love to have heard the 350/6 :up:

Edited by 275 GTB-4, 13 November 2012 - 21:25.


#6 twotempi

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 21:55

"Twotempi" - simple - Italian ( kind of ) for two-stroke motorcycle.

I have used a Hauppage USB to transfer my tape to a DVD but you don't get a "professional" copy due to the old tape deck.

Hence a DVD copy produced from the original broadcast quality should be a lot better.

Edited by twotempi, 13 November 2012 - 21:57.


#7 GD66

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 22:19

Thanks, guys. I had a word to Twinny before I posted these pics to ensure I wasn't breaching the forum rules, and his advice was to pm the info between ourselves, so let's do that. Or you could Google Murray's company up, bearing in mind that it's in NZ...

Edit : just occurred to me that Murray contributes to the Racing Comments forum, so you could pm him direct under his forum name, Muz Bee.

Edited by GD66, 14 November 2012 - 00:31.


#8 Russell Burrows

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:32

What wonderful pieces of engineering they where. Thanks, Glenn.



#9 johnyC

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:41

Would love to have heard the 350/6 :up:


gtb, Ago' took her for a spin up the prom in '05:
Ago, mv6 tt05

Edited by johnyC, 15 November 2012 - 05:43.


#10 275 GTB-4

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:06

gtb, Ago' took her for a spin up the prom in '05:
Ago, mv6 tt05


Bellissimo! Simpatico!! Molto benne johnyC :wave: :up:

Edited by 275 GTB-4, 15 November 2012 - 08:24.