Ducati Archive and Museum officially recognised on region’s Cultural Heritage list
The Emilia Romagna regional section of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Events has officially announced Ducati’s Technical Archive and Museum to be of such valuable historic significance that they will be placed on the region’s Cultural Heritage list.
Rich in technical documentation and beautifully preserved examples of engines and motorcycles, Ducati’s Archive and Museum meet the criteria for cultural significance by providing a full record of the company’s heritage and an important piece of local industrial history from 1946 to the present day.
The official recognition is reward for Ducati’s dedication to its historical and cultural legacy and further reinforces its standing as an iconic Italian brand and its achievements both in Italy and around the world. Ducati Foundation President, Gianluigi Mengoli, and Museum Curator, Livio Lodi, keep the history and traditions of the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer alive, while also providing the city and region with a prestigious and fascinating local site of historic interest.
Visitors to the Ducati Museum discover the key moments in the company’s long history and the fact that Ducati has always had a passion for innovation, a ‘philosophy’ still very much evident today. The story runs from the initiation on 4 July, 1926 by the brothers Adriano, Bruno and Marcello Cavalieri Ducati and its humble beginnings as a producer of radio components, to the establishment of the current factory in Borgo Panigale, first built at the start of the World War II and later destroyed during an aerial bombing raid on 12 October, 1944.
The Ducati brothers never gave up, however, and after rebuilding the factory finally entered the era of motorcycle production. 1946 saw the arrival of the Cucciolo, an auxiliary engine for bicycles, which was a mass production success in a post-war Italy desperate for affordable transport.
From the pioneering Ducati brothers the story moves on to Giuseppe Montano, a key figure who, between 1952 and 1968 orchestrated Ducati’s entry into competitive motorsports with race-winning technical solutions that would later be used to develop successful production models. It was Montano who later secured the skills of the legendary engineer, Fabio Taglioni.
Ducati’s history was shaped by the career of this outstanding engineer who managed many innovative projects, the most enduring masterpiece being the introduction of the Desmodromic valve system and the L-twin engine configuration. With Taglioni, a whole series of milestones followed.
1954 saw the arrival of the Ducati 100 Gran Sport, known as the Marianna, plus events such as the Motogiro d’Italia and other long-distance races like the Milan-Taranto. In 1956 came Ducati’s first international victory in Sweden with the 125 Gran Prix Desmo and in the early 1960s came road machines like the Ducati 175 and Scrambler, a huge success in the North American market.
In 1972 Ducati won the Imola 200 with the 750 Desmo, a landmark achievement which introduced the 750 Super Sport production bike, later to be followed by the 900 Super Sport, a race version of which was ridden to Tourist Trophy victory in 1978 by Mike Hailwood®. The Pantah 500 in 1979 and the arrival of key figures in the 1980s such as Claudio and Gianfranco Castiglioni - the owners of Cagiva who took over the company – paved the way to the new era of Superbike and Monster families of models, which continue to this day.
In 1996, Ducati was bought by the Texas Pacific Group and later floated on the stock exchange as Ducati Motor Holding. Today, Ducati is owned by the Bonomi family and its historical and cultural heritage lives on in the people dedicated to this unique manufacturer. Thanks to the same never-ending enthusiasm and innovation that shaped the company’s history, the famous Italian marque continues to create ever-more sophisticated models.
While the versatile Multistrada 1200, the revolutionary Diavel and the futuristic 2012 1199 Panigale are all examples of modern Ducatis that will ensure Italian engineering and style continue to achieve worldwide success, the historic company in which they are built and the heritage with which they are authenticated have now been recognised officially.
About Ducati Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Their motorcycles are characterised by “Desmodromic” performance engines, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati's range of motorcycles are divided into model families which include: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter and Superbike.
These authentic icons of “made in Italy” are sold in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North-American and Asia Pacific markets. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike Championship and, with an official team, the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, and took both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.