1974 Condor

This 1974 Condor was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

1957 Bianchi Tonale 175

A 1957 Bianchi Tonale 175 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Italy’s Golden Age: 1957 Mondial Bialbero

The golden age of motorcycle road racing in the 1950s brought many makes to prominence, and none achieved world supremacy so quickly as the Italian marque FB Mondial.

1956 Gilera B 300 Twin

A 1956 Gilera B 300 Twin on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Rare Ceccato Racer Takes Best of Show at 2013 The Meet at the LeMay

An ultra rare circa 1955 single overhead cam 75cc Ceccato racer took Best of Show at The Meet at the LeMay museum in Tacoma, Wash., beating out some 300 bikes for the top honor at the August 24 show. The Ceccato’s jewel-like 75cc engine was designed by famed Ducati engineer Fabio Taglioni while studying for his doctorate at the University of Bologna.

1957 Motobi Catria Lusso 175

A 1957 Motobi Catria Lusso 175 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1956 Maserati 160/T4 Lusso

A 1956 Maserati 160/T4 Lusso on display with other classic motorcycles at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175

A 1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175 on display with other classic Italian motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1957 F.B. Mondial TV175

A 1957 F.B. Mondial TV175 at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Italian Classics on Display

The California Oil Museum has opened a new exhibit, “Italian Motorcycles: Incredible Classics to Modern Marvels” running now through Sept. 27, 2009. The exhibit is a collaboration of two collectors, Guy Webster and Daniel Shoenewald. Picked from their extensive collections are classic beauties such as a 1959 Moto Morini Corsa, a 1956 Mondial, a 1955 Ducati Silverstone Super, a 1954 Bianchi Tonale, and a 1953 MV Augusta. In the modern selection we will be displaying a ’97 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS, a Ducati 999 Fila, a Donna Karen special ’98 Ducati 748L as well as many others.