Thursday, 23 July 2009
The birth of Euro flat track
A while ago I was emailing back and forth with Jan-Willem of the Dutch Brothers. We were talking about Carlo Talamo, the super-influential Italian Harley, Triumph and Bentley importer. J-W pointed out that if anyone is the father of Euro flat track it could be the late Carlo T. It's a shame he's no longer with us. I know there were one-off races in the UK, but this was a series. GI
'Regarding the father of european flat track, once Jacapo [Monti] was explaining me that him and Marco used to race short track in Italy. From what I can remember they had 25 years of shorttrack in Italy!
it started in 1979. The italian Harley importer was crazy about flat track and he had a whole batch of Wood-Rotaxes made. There were probably more real Wood-rotaxes in Europe then in America!
At some point they even had an 883 class, all on the Italian speedway tracks.
In the glory days they even had up to 3000euro prize money for a race win!!
Marco [Belli] was champion there a couple of times and Jacopo too. The real fast guy was a guy named Elvi or something. I rode with him ones in Badia Calavena.'