Just like in those made-for-TV chopper dramas, Deja Blue was finished in the back of a rental van on the way from Florida to Alabama with Lambrechts doing the wrenching as Ducati events wizardress Vicki Smith drove through a lashing storm. Arriving in Birmingham just hours before the Friday-night banquet, the bike was not sorted but it was done enough, and it was a runner. At the banquet, an unaware Neilson kindly presented a large original oil painting of the 1955 Moto Guzzi V8, once commissioned for a Cycle feature, to George Barber. After Schilling told the spine-tingling story of these ambitious-but-quirky V8s, Neilson then recounted his last trip aboard a bevel-drive Ducati: a 1997 session on Old Blue at Daytona. There couldn't have been a better setup for Lambrechts to suddenly roll Deja Blue into the light. Neilson raised his hands to his cheeks. Schilling gaped. And for a moment, neither knew whether it was the original or a copy-it's that good. As Schilling said later, "My first thought was, 'How in the hell did they get Old Blue?'" He only figured it out after getting close enough to see that the fairing was devoid of rock chips.