October 2021 - On 17 October 2021, the fifth Worldwide Moto Guzzi Sport 15 Rally is back: the event will be held in Sanremo (Italy) for a reunion with vintage charm. The countdown began some time ago and the organisers - the “Clan del volano” and the “C.a.v.e.” (Club Amatori Veicoli d’epoca; Vintage Vehicle Amateur Club) - have laid out a detailed schedule that also includes the possibility of arriving in Sanremo as early as Saturday, 16 October, establishing agreements with hotels and restaurants for a pleasant weekend on the Ligurian coast.
INFO AND REGISTRATION: clandelvolano.it
The meeting place for the event of Sunday the 17th is at the Villa Ormond Park for a welcoming coffee. Departure is at 10:00 with participants heading to the historic Circuito di Ospedaletti; aperitif at 12:00 at the Sanremo Casino; lunch at 1:00 at Villa Ormond and the event will end at 4:00.
Of the time: poster and circuit layout.
AN EXTREMELY CHARMING NINETY-YEAR-OLD. The Moto Guzzi Sport 15 is a Gran Turismo motorcycle from the Mandello del Lario manufacturer (100 years: 1921-2021) which is now a classic international collectors’ item. The bike represents the technical pinnacle of the period for a vehicle dedicated to gran turismo. The model made its début at the 1931 Milan show as the heir to the Sport 14, another Moto Guzzi icon, a single-cylinder, four-stroke bike that sold extremely well in the late twenties.
1929, Moto Guzzi Sport 14 (source: Moto Guzzi 100 years press kit).
Despite its sporty name, the Sport 15 quickly gained popularity not as a sport bike - of which it did not have any specific features - but as a sturdy and reliable vehicle, suitable for everyday use and even long-range touring.
1931, Moto Guzzi Sport 15 (source: Moto Guzzi 100 years press kit).
5,979 units were manufactured until 1939. The most significant upgrades over the years had to do with the engine connecting rod, replaced in ‘33 with a double-T, the introduction of the Dellorto MC 25 carburettor instead of the original Amal, and the front fork replaced with a central spring.
Sturdy and tireless, Sport 15 is one of the most beloved vintage motorcycles among collectors. In the photo: cover of the book dedicated to it (Mucchi Editore), a publishing success.
Moto Guzzi certainly produced faster, more attractive, and more powerful bikes than the Sport 15, but few models like this one were able to win over and charm the motorcycle riders of its time and of today. All due to a combination of shapes, its reliability, or perhaps the reassuring popping sound of its engine. Out of this, the Clan del Volano conceived the idea of an event dedicated to its charm, which has lasted 90 years.
Image source: Clan del Volano.
THE RALLY: organisational notes. The cost to register for the rally on Sunday is €50 including lunch. €35 for passengers. For anyone wanting to arrive on Saturday, the hotels that have an agreement with the rally are Hotel Marinella (tel. 0184-500384) and Hotel Villa Sylvia (tel. 0184-505618). Single room: €65 (including garage parking for the bike); double room: €90 (including garage parking for the bike). The meeting point on Saturday is at Hotel Marinella where vehicles and motorcycles can be parked.
In accordance with ministerial regulations, please remember that a green pass is required to participate.
Info: 338.2147400 Claudio Bonalberti (Clan del Volano), or 333.4770270 Danilo Barale (Cave).
Dedicated Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/Sportquindici
(Source: Clan del Volano press release).
MEMORIES: 4th RALLY IN RIMINI, 2019 (SOURCE OF IMAGES: CAVEC-CLUB AMATORI VEICOLI D’EPOCA CREMONA).