How did a small company, originally set up in a basement in central Bologna, become one of the most famous enterprises in the motorcycle arena? How did it progress from making a small condenser to collecting an enviable number of racing victories?
In this DVD we discover the creation of the company by three Ducati brothers and their insight into the future.

In 1926, Adriano, Bruno and Marcello Cavalieri Ducati founded a company, dedicated to the creation of electrical condensers. Inspired by the achievements of fellow citizen, Guglielmo Marconi, the three entrepreneurs created a small laboratory in Bologna, later choosing Borgo Panigale as the location for a building that would become famous in Italian industry. After Ducati was destroyed in a World War 2 bombing raid in 1944, the Ducati brothers realised that the public needed new modes of transport to mobilise the country.
They produced the Ducati Cucciolo.
The Cucciolo represented Ducati's first step into the world of motorcycles. Small and reliable, the Cucciolo was a symbol of the Italian post-war renaissance. By 1946 production was underway and in 1949 Ducati completed its first real motorcycle, the Ducati 60, that was soon joined by the Cruiser, the first scooter in the history of Italian motorcycling to have an automatic gearbox.
In 1954 the newly formed company Ducati Meccanica recruited a man that would come to represent the Ducati product: Engineer Fabio Taglioni. Entrusted with the far from simple task of creating a race bike that would be a winner right from its debut,  Taglioni began to design the Gran Sports that would dominate in such high level competitions as the Milano Taranto and the Motogiro d’Italia.
In 1956 Fabio Taglioni took a technical solution that had already proved successful for Mercedes and its winning Formula 1 cars of 1954 and 1955 and integrated the Desmodromic system into a motorcycle for the very first time. The system featured a sophisticated system of camshafts and opening and closing rocker arms to provide a controlled closing of the valves without using normal coil springs. Victorious upon its debut in 1956 with the Ducati 125 Desmo, the ‘Desmo‘ engine technology continued to be developed and refined from that year on and became one of the key features of Ducati’s tradition.
The Ducati brand has always been associated with the performance of the riders who have ridden the Borgo Panigale-made machines to competition wins and international titles. Building an incredible history, four generations of Ducati riders describe their adventures on the track, their extraordinary experiences with members of the team and life in the Ducati family.
In 1957 two Ducati employees, Leopoldo Tartarini and Giorgio Monetti were supported by the company on a tour around the world onboard two Ducati 175 machines from the production line. This ‘promotional tour‘, never before imagined for a motorcycle, became an incredible adventure that saw the two protagonists complete more than 70,000 kilometres over a period of twelve months.
Ducati’s entry to the American motorcycle market was a significant step for the Italian manufacturer, which started by developing two important projects, the Apollo and the Scrambler. Both bikes created history, the former for being the first Ducati with an ‘L‘ configuration engine while the Scrambler, initially intended only for the American market, became the most desired bike of the moment for Italians. In response to the influx of Japanese machines in the early 1970s, Ducati produced its first twins, the 500 GP and the 750 GT.
The ‘Imola 200’ in 1972 was the first competition for race bikes derived from production machines and signified one of the most important victories for the Ducati Twin. At its debut, the ‘750 Imola’ ridden by Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari, demonstrated incredible potential by outclassing the competition and beating man-of-the-moment, Giacomo Agostini on the MV Agusta.
Later in the 1970s, Ducati scored one of its most important victories in the 1978 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. That win on the notorious island track was to be one of the final victories for Englishman Mike Hailwood™, the unforgettable champion who began his brilliant career on board a Ducati in 1958.
The need for Ducati to update production of the Twin-cylinder engine meant that in 1979 the ‘L‘ shaped engine advanced from using a cam drive system that involved shafts with beveled gears, to one driven by toothed belts, thus initiating the ‘Pantah‘ project.  This modernisation of the engine came at the same time as the introduction of the Trellis frame, and in 1986 went on to introduce the first four-valve engine, which would later contribute to the birth of the Superbike family.
The 1990s saw Ducati further strengthened by its success in Superbike competition and that experience used in the production of two iconic motorcycles: the Monster and the 916. This decade brought the creation of Ducati Corse, dominance in the Superbike championship and the debut in MotoGP, which then produced a world title in 2007 with Casey Stoner.
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