A replica 4-cylinder 500cc.Gilera 4-cylinder racer with a “dustbin” fairing, owned by Carl Webb who rides the machine in parades and demonstration runs.
One of the greatest racing engines of all time is the Gilera across-the-frame four. Its origins can be traced back to 1923; by 1934, Gilera’s engineers were bolting on superchargers, and generating a staggering 86bhp at 9,000rpm. After WWII, the double-overhead-cam motor went back onto the bench, and was slotted into Gilera’s all-conquering racers. The result was incredible: between 1950 and 1957, the exquisite Gilera 500 4 won six World Championship titles. And that’s despite intense competition from Norton, Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta. This bike helped put riders such as Geoff Duke, Umberto Masetti and Libero Liberati on the podium, time after time. And then, in one fell swoop, Gilera, Moto Guzzi and Mondial all withdrew from the Championship.
Taken at a Donnington Park Classic racing meeting on 2nd.May.
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