July 12, 2006 - Ducati has announced the availability of a
limited edition, fine art print of Paul Smart on a Ducati at Imola in 1972.
Why Imola in 1972? This setting and date are engraved
Ducati's racing heritage.
When Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari came first and second in
the inaugural 200-mile race, the Superbike era had officially arrived.
Engineer Fabio Taglioni's unproven desmo 750 twin was
catapulted to stardom, and in 1973 the production SuperSport model was
unveiled. The benchmark victory is now honored in this one-time
limited-edition print, showing Smart in action at Imola and a pictorial
lineage of the sporting twins from 1972 to the current Ducati Sport
Only 100 of the prints will be made and will be signed by
Paul Smart, who will also be on the Ducati Island at the Laguna Seca MotoGP
to sign copies of this very special commemorative print.
Limited Edition prints are available online at
The Ducati prints are made using a high quality process
called Giclee printing. Archival inks and archival paper or museum
quality canvas is used as a basis for each print.
Prints, murals and custom sizes are available for use in a
living room, office, garage or showroom. ArteHouse says that they will
carefully number each print and pack it for worldwide shipping, framed or
The ArteHouse factory is blocks from the ocean in Santa
Barbara, California, where Richard Weedn and his team work each day
surrounded by two of Weedn's prized Ducati motorcycles - an ex
Milano-Taranto Mach I and a 1961 twin spark, rigid framed 250 Flat Tracker.
The Paul Smart 1000 Announced at
the 2005 Motogiro D'Italia
At the opening of the classic motorcycle road race, the
Motogiro d'Italia, Ducati gave a surprise preview of two of its three new
This unique 70's-inspired range of Ducati
motorcycles reflects the beauty, timeless style and sporting roots of the Borgo Panigale manufacturer.
Ducati has borrowed the best style features of
the past and combined them with the latest technology and engineering.
There could be no better backdrop than the Motogiro d'Italia
for this first public appearance. The honor of riding the first two
examples was reserved for Federico Minoli, Ducati President and
CEO, and Gianluigi Mengoli, President of the Fondazione Ducati. Minoli and
Mengoli are not only key figures in corporate Ducati, they also are
motorcycle enthusiasts riding in this tough historic and legendary
Paul Smart 1000
Limited Edition pays homage to the
legendary Ducati 750 Imola Racer and its rider, Paul Smart, that together
won the now famous 1972 Imola 200 mile race.
Fans will be pleasantly
surprised to discover that production will begin in September, well before
the publicized schedule. The appearance at the MotoGiro is also the first
time the public will see the production sea green frame and silver bodywork
as inspired by the 1974 Ducati 750SS.