Known as the California Hot Rod, this Cycle Magazine Ducati 750SS was built by Phil Schilling and Cook Neilson, and is now up for sale on eBay. Yours for $1 million!
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This time of year there are a lot of “2012 Top Ten” lists and that got us thinking, what was the most significant thing that happened in the world of Ducati in 2012? Was it Rossi leaving? Audi buying? New models? All important and going forward these things will have a big impact on 2013 and beyond. But standing here, in 2012, looking back, it had to be Cook’s Last Ride…
If you follow Ducati.net you know we are students of the history of the Ducati brand. There is no more important piece of American Ducati history than the Daytona Superbike win of Cook Neilson and Phil Schilling in 1977....
My 8mm film footage of the 1977 Formula 750 and heavyweight production races at Laguna Seca racetrack in Monterey Ca. Shots of Kenny Roberts on the track and his pit. Gary Nixon sleeping in his pit. and good shots of Cook Neilson and his famous Ducati racer, and of course a crash in the corkscrew. Music by John Mayall
Almost no video footage remains of Cook Neilson, Phil Schilling and the famos Ducati racer Old Blue so this is a classic and priceless short film of Ducati history