PHOENIX, Ariz.—For Ducati fans, visiting the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s official museum in Bologna is like coming home. Each year a steady stream of owners, aspirants, and racing enthusiasts arrive like pilgrims to soak up the spirit of competition that has made Ducati a legendary name for more than 60 years.
Now a new book from David Bull Publishing offers readers the next best thing to a visit to Bologna. In Museo Ducati: Six Decades of Classic Motorcycles of the Official Ducati Museum, author Chris Jonnum and photographer Peter Harholdt profile 25 of the greatest racing motorcycles on display there. The tour begins with a 1947 Cúcciolo motorized bicycle and concludes with the 2010 Desmosedici GP10 ridden by MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden. Other highlights include a 900 Super Sport prepared for Mike Hailwood’s legendary 1978 win at the Isle of Man TT and the 1990 851 that Raymond Roche rode to Ducati’s first World Superbike championship.
The motorcycles seen here are authentic veterans—real race bikes in working order, often rolled straight from the podium to the exhibit. Each one is shown in stunning detail through photographs taken on site in a specially designed mobile studio. Harholdt, who has also photographed art and exhibits at the Louvre, Smithsonian Institution, and Museum of Modern Art, captures the essence of these unique machines. His carefully composed images reveal each model’s overall design as well as uncovering details of engines, frames, suspensions and other components. And the detailed text by Ducati insider Chris Jonnum explains each bike’s contribution to Ducati’s long and varied record of racing success.
The book’s large 9” x 11” format and superior design add to the impact of the images. And for the benefit of readers in Ducati’s home market, the text is rendered in both English and Italian. Finally, the retail price of just $39.95 (or €32.90 in Europe and £26.99 in the UK) makes Museo Ducati affordable to a wide range of enthusiasts.
Museo Ducati is available through book stores, specialty motoring booksellers and directly from the publisher. Orders can be made by calling 602-852-9500 or by visiting the David Bull Publishing Web site at www.bullpublishing.com. Readers can also follow us on Facebook for news about upcoming books and events, questions, as well as feedback or suggestions.
A sample page from Museo ...
A sample page from Museo Ducati
Title: Museo Ducati
Subtitle: Six Decades of Classic Motorcycles of the Official Ducati Museum
Author: Chris Jonnum
Photographer: Peter Harholdt
Format: Hardcover, 9” x 11”, 144 pages, text in English and Italian
Photos: 107 color photographs
Retail price: $39.95
About the Author
Chris Jonnum edited specialty motorcycle magazines, including the benchmark-setting Road Racer X, for two decades, and is the author of The Haydens: From OWB to MotoGP, the authorized biography of Nicky, Tommy, and Roger Hayden. He is now the MotoGP press officer for Ducati Corse. A native of Southern California, he lives in Bologna, Italy, with his wife Viviana Pezzera, and his daughter Tika.
About the Photographer
In his 30-plus year career, Peter Harholdt has photographed precious objects for clients like The Smithsonian Institution, The White House, The Louvre, and The Museum of Modern Art. In a parallel life, he has been a racecar constructor—the first built in his graduate-school studio. He has raced in SCCA and IMSA and has taught in racing and high-performance driving schools. He lives with his family and seven dogs on a canal near West Palm Beach, Florida.
About the Publisher
David Bull Publishing is dedicated to producing the best books in motorsports. Founded in 1995, the company has consistently won praise from readers and the media for the editorial quality and presentation of its titles. In 2011 János Wimpffen’s Elva: The Cars, The People, The History won the Motor Press Guild’s award for best book, and earlier this year Michael Argetsinger’s Formula One at Watkins Glen received a Gold Medal in the Transportation category in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. In 2010 Pete Lyons won both the Motor Press Guild’s Best Book of 2010 and the Dean Batchelor Award for Can-Am Cars in Detail. Please visit www.bullpublishing.com for more information.
Museo Ducati is available through book stores, specialty motoring booksellers and directly from the publisher. Orders can be made by calling 602-852-9500 or by visiting the David Bull Publishing Web site at www.bullpublishing.com. Readers can also follow us on Facebook for news about upcoming books and events, as well as questions, and feedback or suggestions.
For orders in the United Kingdom please contact Chris Lloyd Sales & Marketing Services, which distributes David Bull Publishing books, at (0) 1202 649930.