Cook Neilson Meets "Deja Blue" At The Barber Museum

Two legends in Ducati history are reunited at the Barber Vintage Festival

Cupertino, CA (20 October 2008) - This past Saturday at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum legendary racer Cook Neilson was reunited with the bike on which he won the Daytona Superbike race in 1977.

As the guest of honor at this past weekend's Barber Vintage Festival, Cook recounted his legendary racing feats at the gala dinner. Always the eloquent speaker, there was nary a dry eye in the house by the time Cook's story was finished. Immediately afterwards, Cook received a big surprise as the museum pulled the cover off of "Deja Blue" - a piece-for-piece replica of Cook's 1977 Daytona Superbike race winning Ducati 750 SS "Old Blue."

With the help of master tuner, fellow editor and good friend Phil Schilling; Old Blue was born when Cook's personal Ducati 750 SuperSport was transformed into a bike light enough and fast enough to beat the competition. The duo bored the original 748cc engine to 883cc and reduced weight using revolutionary techniques such as plasma-spraying aluminum rotors and fabricating titanium axles - all technology that was previously off limits to a privateer team. The two Cycle magazine editors captivated readers month after month as they chronicled their pursuit of victory at Daytona. When Daytona arrived they won the race; creating a moment in Ducati history that stands out to this day.

With "Old Blue" locked up and hidden from the world in a collector's bedroom; the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum commissioned a replica of the famous bike for the world to enjoy. "Deja Blue" is an exact copy of Cook and Phil's Daytona winner using vintage Ducati parts.

"The Barber Museum is motorcycling's grandest cathedral. For Phil and Ducati and me to be represented here is the greatest honor we could imagine. "Deja Blue" is a masterpiece which perfectly captures not just the look of Old Blue, but its heart, sound and soul. This has been a very emotional weekend for Phil and me and all our friends. The people who knew about "Deja Blue" hoped when it was done that it would be worthy of George Barber and the Barber Museum. Phil and I know it is."

Deja Blue has found a permanent home at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and can be admired by all who visit the famous facility.

For more information visit www.ducatiusa.com or contact:
John Paolo Canton
Public Relations Coordinator
Ducati North America
Ph. 001.408.343.4414
jcanton@ducatiusa.com

Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall technical excellence. The company produces motorcycles in six market segments which vary in their technical and design features and intended customers: Superbike, Desmosedici RR, Monster, Multistrada, SportClassic and Hypermotard. The company's motorcycles are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European, North American and Japan markets. Ducati competes in the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In World Superbike, Ducati won both the 2008 Manufacturers' and Riders' titles, bringing the total to 15 of the last 18 Manufacturers' titles and 13 Riders' titles. Competing in MotoGP since 2003, Ducati won both the Constructors' and Riders' world titles in 2007. For more information, please visit our web site at www.ducati.com