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Written by Paul Tipler   
Sunday, 30 January 2011 10:18

I’m sure that most Gilera enthusiasts will recognise the names of DUKE, McINTYRE, MINTER, READ etc as having a connection with Gilera, but there are quite a few well known names that had a passing link that few may know of;

 

Raymond AINSCOE (Author) as a privateer, entered numerous classic street events in Italy with a Saturno and possibly other models.

 

Max BIAGGI rode a 125cc KZ during the 80s in the Italian single model Championship.

 

Luca CADALORA rode a 125SP in 1993.

 

Sete GIBERNAU rode a 125 to 3rd place in his debut in the Gilera Cup.

 

Silivio GRASSETTI had a one off ride on the 4 cylinder 1964 Italian GP (dnf).

 

Leon HASLAM 1997 winner of the Gilera Scooter Championship on a Runner (he was 13 years old).

 

Bill IVY raced a 175 Rossa Extra in 1960 and converted it to 190cc for 1991.

 

Cromie McCANDLESS  was 1st 1952 Ulster GP on a works 4.

 

Frank PERRIS 1966 rode the 4 in the Redex Trophy and 1000cc Race of the South (midfield finishes).

 

Sito PONS raced a works 250 Gilera badged Kobas in 1984

 

Jo SIFFERT in 1957 rode a Gilera 125 and was 1959 Swiss 350 Champion (not on Gilera though).

 

Remo VENTURI rode a 4 in 1964 to finish 2nd Modena and 1st Riccione and in 1965/66 2nd at San Remo.

 

Mick WALKER (Author) demonstrated Nuovo Saturno Piuma at Mallory Park 1998.

 

Ken WHORLOW 4th 200cc Brands 1958 on 175 Rossa Extra.

 

Stanley WOODS tested the works 4 at Monza 1955 and is believed to have lapped quicker than Geoff Duke.

 

And finally a real mystery which has been bugging me for quite a few years now,

 

Howard GERMAN used to race a Sheene Itom in 50cc races and later large American type drag racers but every picture I’ve seen of him riding, he has a prominent Gilera badge on the front of his helmet.  Does anyone know why he had the Gilera badge on his helmet?

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