Unlike the outrageous World Ducati Week and Ducati Revs America celebrations, Ducati Revs New Jersey was more like a Ducati-sponsored track day than a weekend party. It wasn't even held on a weekend!
Fortunate to be invited to those WDW and DRA bashes in years past, I eagerly attended my local DRNJ event, held in mid-August at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The event came together as a partnership between Ducati North America, Doug Polen's One-on-One, the Penguin Roadracing School and various vendors. Special guests included the former AMA and World Superbike Championship pairing of Polen and tuner Eraldo Ferracci, as well as current AMA roadracers Larry Pegram and Bobby Fong.
Ducati Revs New Jersey was enriched by this colorful local: Legendary tuner Eraldo Ferracc
Ferracci was on hand to mingle with Ducatisti, sign autographs and reunite with Polen for a lunchtime Q&A session. "Doug was one 'driver' you could depend on because he was ... ah, he was pretty much-a like clockwork," Ferracci recalled in his classic Italian accent. "We did a lot of good stuff together, so it is a good memory, but you know he was the guy who left me, broke the contract, so it's a little bit so-so. But it's okay, it's a long time ago. We started this year to help each other a little bit to promote Ducati like we did 20 years ago, to help the customers and promote ourselves. This is a nice event. We have fun."
Polen kept busy each day making good on Ducati's "Fast Track" Superbike promotion, wherein 1098 and 848 buyers got a Ducati-branded wristwatch, canopy, chairs and tire warmers, in addition to taking lessons from the champ. Dan Salsbury, a new 848 owner from Washington, D.C., was one of the lucky students to wear an intercom with Polen on the other end of the line. "I really wanted to experience his live feedback," Salsbury said. "We worked on trail braking, he gave me new reference points and told me where to be on the track, all in real time."
The Penguin Roadracing School staff kept the peace on New Jersey Motorsport Park's Thunder
In addition to feeding the passions of faithful locals, Ducati brought out its 18-wheel demo rig to give dealership personnel and corporate types a chance to get some hard-core product knowledge on NJMP's 2.25-mile, 14-turn Thunderbolt race course.
Throughout the year, similar Ducati-sponsored events took place at Portland International Raceway, Florida's Jennings GP track, Indiana's Putnam Park and Auto Club Speedway in Southern California. Although Ducati hasn't yet announced a schedule, we're told more of these events will happen in 2011.