2022 Laconia Motorcycle Week Race Event Celebrates 100 years of Moto Guzzi
The United States Classic Racing Association, an AMA affiliated club, is pleased to announce “The Gathering of Moto Guzzi” a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the marque, will take place as part of the 2022 FIM North America Vintage Road Racing Championships event June 11th and 12th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.
Founded in 1921 by Giorgio Parodi, Moto Guzzi has produced some truly outstanding and advanced racing motorcycles and continues today to produce some of the world’s finest motorcycles in the Italian tradition.
Moto Guzzi in the mid 70’s through the late 1980’s enjoyed much success in AMA National road racing. The marque won several National championships under the tuning prowess of Reno Leoni and Dr. John Whittner. Over the years, their riders included top AMA National riders like Mike Baldwin, Jimmy Adamo, Larry Shorts, Doug Brauneck, Greg Smrz, and Al Philips. Reno’s and Dr John’s riders scored many victories at the AMA nationals on the old Bryar track that is now the site of the NH Motor Speedway.
“The Gathering of Moto Guzzi” on June 11,12 takes place the first weekend of the 99th anniversary of the famous Laconia Motorcycle Week. The “Gathering” will celebrate not only the 100th anniversary of Moto Guzzi but will reunite the tuners and riders from the glory days of the AMA Nationals at Loudon. Along with a full program of outstanding vintage motorcycle races that will include historic Moto Guzzi race bikes ridden in anger.
“The Gathering” will feature reduced admission for Guzzi riders, Moto Guzzi displays, a Moto Guzzi corral and give Moto Guzzi riders attending the event an opportunity to take several parade laps of the famous speedway road course. All Guzzi riders are also invited to participate in the annual police escorted AMA sanctioned Gypsy tour ride from Laconia to the Speedway on Sunday June 12.