Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Bicycles of Fausto Coppi and Bianchi Reparto Corse Records

This Saturday evening the Museo dei Campionissimi in Nove Ligure (AL) is hosting a presentation focused on the bicycles of Fausto Coppi and those made by the Reparto Corse (racing department) of  Bianchi.

Two items of particular interests will be discussed:
- the discovery of the records, documents, and unpublished photographs kept by Pinella De Grandi, the most famous mechanic of  Fausto Coppi. The documents include the register of bikes made by the Reparto Corse department during the Coppi years and the final word of which were the Coppi bicycles.
Paolo Amadori and Paolo Tullini, who discovered De Grandi's papers, will dicuss how they arrived at the idea of writing a book just on bicycles used by Fausto Coppi, and during the evening the two collectors will give a preview of this ambitious project.

Also presenting will be cycling historian Carlo Delfino who will discuss the history Bianchi's Reparto Corse department. Several bikes belonging to Coppi will be on display and Delfino will discuss the Coppi-Bianchi relationship.

1948: Coppi's Bianchi on display during the Giro d'Italia

Among the speakers will also be Alberto Masi who father, Faliero, built frames for Coppi.  (Note as per a friend: It should also be pointed out that Faliero Masi never built any Bianchi-branded frames for Coppi.  Faliero did build frames carrying the Coppi brand after Coppi left the Bianchi team. He even built a jig for Coppi's frames; the jig was later lent/rented to Bianchi when Coppi returned to ride for Bianchi.)

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