We're very pleased to be able to offer to the market straight from the Collezione-Giappone bike No 4 of the 5 NCR bikes built in 1979 complete with the Hailwood connection! The following are the words from the previous owner.
1979 NCRTT-1 950 ENDURANCE
1979 NCRTT-1 950 ENDURANCE IOM TT CLASSIC USED 1979 MIKE HAILWOOD RIDE. FACTORY MADE FIVE BIKE. THIS BIKE NO #4 This motorcycle which Ducati-Factory prepared for Mike Hailwood and his participation in the Isle of Man classic TT was made in 1979. For Mike and George Forgaty, however, it was hard to run by a test in a Mallory Park and a practice in the TT Classic. In fact, Mike recorded only 89.97 mile/h in a practice run. In consequence, she started with George in the TT classic, instead of Mike. In that race, she was fallen down intensely at Signpost Corner (We heard this from Rino Caracchi in 2001). After that, she returned to Italy by Ducati, from the donation by Franco Farne and Rino. The mark on head pipe in Navy and yellow-gold color would be a verification of MOT in the Classic TT. When we got her, she had an extremely long front- fork, a quite hard suspension, and an angled handle which was used for the TT-1 in 1978. A fork inner tube and the original handle would be buckled, because of an accident in the classic TT, by George. Originally, she had a front folk, 600 mm in length, with an overhang of 35 mm and a handle with 20o angle which was made in 1979. Now, she has an original handle, but a grounding of front tyre is bad, as we mentioned above. Because a top york had an engraved mark of #2, it would be converted. A front wheel would also be from some one of #1, #3, or #5. In a green color at the lower left of a petrol tank, it has a repair by brush painting for a fixation of crazing in an accident of the classic TT. Rino had an overhaul of her engine by himself. Otherwise, whole parts including a shield and painting are genuine. In a front fairing, there is a handwriting signature "Mike Hailwood". After such repairing and restration by Ducati, she moved to a garage of G-Carniel, the Vald'oise Competition, France. She would be displayed in a showroom of the Vald'oise Competition, as the most featuring motorcycle. At that time, Ducati gave the Vald'ois e Competition due respect, because they had a vigorous race activity. Actually, they organized a race competition on a chartered NCR. We can see a picture of her arrival at France in 1981, on the book written by Ian Faloon; we also confirmed this by Ian, directly. Because G-Carniel and his wife had a close friendship with Mike and Pauline, Mike's wife, and Mike had gone in an accident of 1981, G-Carniel inherited her. After passing away of Carniel, she moved to the Collezione-Giappone and stocked in our garage from 90's.