Jimmy Adamo Memorial
Celebration at New Hampshire Motor Speedway October 4-6, 2013
The Ducati TT/F1 forum
www.ducatittandf1.com and New Hampshire Motor Speedway www.nhms.com
hosted their 5th annual gathering October 4-6 2013, accompanying the
Loudon Road Race Series http://www.lrrsracing.com.
http://www.lrrsracing.com final event of the 2013 season.
A gathering of like-minded
Ducati TT/F1 owners/enthusiasts, this years event combined bike displays
with on-track racing opportunities and honored one of Americaís great
racers, Jimmy Adamo, whose accomplishments made these bikes famous.
Adamo was killed competing in the 1993 Daytona 200 & this years event
was held in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of his tragic passing.
event started from humble beginnings at TTF1 forum member Lou Saif's
shop in Queens, N.Y. & is a donation-based event with many contributing
either monetarily, with their time, or both. It has grown in popularity
mainly by the efforts of Saif & forum members Steve Munro, Ralph Stechow
& Mike Weber. Weber worked with speedway official Steve Aspland to
secure a location within the facility for both garage space for several
of Adamo's ex race bikes, and to have a large event tent adjacent to the
garage area so that roughly 50 cherished Adamo-era Ducati race bikes
could be displayed, allowing the racing public to get up close to the
amazing machinery that was piloted around racetracks back in the day.
Aspland has raced various Ducati machines over the course of the last
few decades and competed with Adamo back in the day. His efforts in
working with track management paid off & allotted the organizers the
space needed to house the growing event.
Several European attendees
helped the event garner global recognition. Among them were Adamoís
legendary tuner Reno Leoni. Leoni shared many photos and memories with
the group, who loved hearing Leoniís first hand accounts of the events
of the day. Leoni accompanied fellow Italian Carlo Leoncini, who
produces his own line of parts for these legendary machines. Noted race
engineer Pat Slinn from Cheshire, England was on hand. Pat had a hand in
Mike Hailwoods famous 78' Isle Of Man win and went on to tune for Tony
Rutter, resulting in 4 TT2 world championships for Ducati. Slinnís
account of the machinery and European events of that period are still
very detailed. Slinn notes that the appreciation for the TT-era Ducatis
is no better than in the United States.
Bernd Bressel contributed
his time in working to rescue and convert a lot of racing film footage
to electronic media and also set up two separate video screens that
showed Adamo racing from the era, as well as a promotional video of
Adamo and Leoni produced by Italian TV company RAI.
USCRA racer & graphic artist
Doug Donelan designed the posters that the group had made to commemorate
the event. Donelan was at Daytona when Adamo was killed & noted that he
felt honored to be able to contribute his skills to the event.
Enzo Assainte was on hand with
a large variety Adamo-related memorabilia items including many photos,
home videos & many personal Adamo items he collected during his time as
Adamo's mechanic, as well as items donated by Adamo's widow Melanie
after Adamo's passing. Assainte's presence was a nice compliment to the
weekend in that his offerings displayed Adamo's transition from the
Taglioni based machines early in his career to the Bordi based 851 &
888, which helped to provide a complete picture of this loved Ducati
Many in attendance felt
that this years event had a more personal feel to it due to the people
involved & not just the machinery, with attendance of Adamo's two
daughters in honor of their father capping things off.
Adamo died, younger daughter Danielle was only 8 months old and her
older sister Jamie, who does have memories of her father, was three
years old. Regardless, both daughters were excited and shocked at the
level of appreciation that the group had for their dad and his
accomplishments within Ducati world. When the pair arrived to the event,
there were few dry eyes in the house. The group made sure to include the
girls in the event as it progressed.
On Saturday night, the
group presented both Slinn & Leoni lifetime achievement awards for their
work, which helped the Ducati TT garner it's notoriety; this, at a time
when Ducati themselves teetered on the brink of bankruptcy. Both men
graciously accepted their awards & spoke of how great it felt to be
acknowledged for their efforts within the Ducati community today. Slinn
was doubly appreciative as the group threw him a 70th birthday party in
which he was presented a cake depicting him standing next to a TT back
in the day. There were also cookies with the old school Veglia
tachometer face depicted on them.
group acquired two original Arai Adamo Replica helmets to present to the
Adamo girls during the Saturday evening festivities. A new Arai Adamo
replica was sourced from the collection of a member & presented to Jamie
Adamo. It featured the original red/white/green color scheme designed by
her father and included an inscription commemorating the 5th annual TTF1
Symposium, also honoring her father.
The helmet presented to
younger daughter Danielle was the rare red/white/blue scheme & was the
last Arai Adamo Replica in the inventory of legendary southern
California Arai distributor, Sammy Tanner, who generously donated the
helmet for the event after hearing of it. After the girls accepted their
helmets as appreciation for making the trek to New Hampshire, they
presented Lou Saif an original Jimmy Adamo memorial pin which were
produced by a Ducati enthusiast 20 years ago & sold to benefit Adamo's
family after his death. Adamo's widow donated one of the few pins from
her personal collection to Saif for his tireless efforts to make the
event such a great success.
The Jimmy Adamo Memorial
Twins race was held on Sunday & NHMS staff held a special awards
ceremony, with the Adamo girls presenting awards to the winners of each
class. Chris Jensen took top honors in the expert class with Rich Paxson
winning the Amateur class on his Ducati TT that he started racing in
1988. It was an emotional win for for both riders, as each have a Ducati
racing history dating back to the days when Adamo competed.
At the conclusion of the
event, NHMS staff told the group that they were happy to have them and
looked forward to having them back.
Noted contributors to
Jane Kennedy-Brithday cake &
Seth Wolins-Party tent for
Lucy Berritto-snacks and
Rich Paxson-Beer & pizza
Steve D'Angelo-I paint