Ducati Photos and Events : Photo Keywords : bologna : "where is gone acd's smile"
This is the first "Ducati publicity photo" and is of course original and in perfect condition.
The story of the book ends here but the story of the Ducati brothers is an incredible tale of success, vision, danger and more. It includes the building of a visionary state of the art factory, with workers dressed like doctors in white lab coats, that included a university, and dental office, employed 7000 workers and had an incredible 11 miles of of parts in stock on shelves. Ducati's history during wartime was even more dramatic, from the order by the German High Command to dismantle the factory, tools and equipment, and ship it AND the workers all to Germany (a last minute reprieve stopped this), to the bombing raids that leveled an empty factory because all the tools and machines had been secretly moved by the workers at considerable personal risk to over 70 secret underground warehouses, to the terrifying moment when all 3 brothers were grabbed and put into a van by armed men, who took them to a waiting firing squad, whose leader began to accuse them of collaborating with a fascist regime when suddenly excited shouts were heard and the execution was suspended. "We froze....... they were frightening and unforgettable moments" said Bruno Ducati. Shortly after, all charges were dropped.
The fight to regain control of the firm and finance the clip-on Siata engines that would by 1946, put 4500 Bolognese back to work and in the process, transform Italian transportation, selling over 200,000 units. In 1948 the Ducati Brothers forever lost control of the company to "State Control". The motorcycles they are remembered for were still to come when the brothers were swept away by governmental politics. The irony I spoke of? Well of course it's that, but for ACD the story was just beginning, his life's greatest acheivement still to come. And here the history of Ducati, Italian and American becomes one. As part of Werner Von Braun's scientific team, Adriano Cavalieri Ducati moved to America, and became one of the core aerospace team that put a man on the moon.
And so ends the tale that began on the 4th of July and finds it's way to the moon and eventually, home again. A man immortalized for motorcycles he did not participate in building, and unknown for the truly greatest achievement of putting a man on the moon. Adriano Cavalieri Ducati returned to his beloved Bologna and in 1991, was laid to rest there.