Ducati Phoenix originally started as Team Linguini back in the mid 80’s when I began vintage racing Ducati Singles with my friend Ron. This effort led to many years of racing, collecting bikes, parts and knowledge. Now, over 20 years later my hobby has turned into a profession specializing in the restoration of Classic Ducati motorcycles for those interested in riding, racing and exhibition.
Growing up in northern NJ, just 30 miles west of New York City, I graduated high school in 1970, spent two years of college at Ohio University and finally graduating from The Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1975 with a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration. Baltimore is cool but the West was calling.
Late ‘77 I moved to Phoenix, Arizona where I continued my career in the advertising arts field. In ‘83 I started my own freelance art business out of my historic home built in the '20's.
I got my first bike in '80: a '75 CB400F Honda, next was a '79 GS1000S Suzuki. I got a bit carried away on that bike and lost my driver's license for six months. I then made the plunge into something smaller but just as unique: a new '83 V50Mk3 Guzzi. This bike was my introduction to Italian motorcycles.
From that point I got into researching Italian motorcycles and their history. I loved the Guzzi LeMans but could not afford one. In '83 through Frank Wedge's national Moto Guzzi owner's club, I bought a '73 V7 Sport Guzzi which I still have today.
In '84 I bought my first of many Ducati singles: a '65 Scrambler and a Diana. At that time and still is, knowledge of these bikes is hard to find. I found a local, retired Ducati, Norton and AJS dealer. "Pete" Peterson taught me the fundamentals of bevel drive shimming and crouching like a Cambodian.
Soon I joined the Phoenix Road Racing Association. They had vintage classes. I raced in the under 500 cc class. In '86 I joined The American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association and raced in their 250 GP class at Steamboat, CO for a couple years, I then bought a 350 Desmo from Pete.
Campaigning Pete's 350 Desmo and later a modified Joe Taylor built 250 roadracer, I raced with AHRMA at Steamboat, Daytona, Roebling Road, Talladega, Mid Ohio, Barber, Willow Springs, Sears Point, Firebird, Barber, Sandia and Miller.
I built a custom 350 Ducati/Sebring Scrambler and a 250 Parilla Wildcat to MX race in local and nationial events at Steamboat, Glen Helen, Perris, Two Rivers, Speedworld, Thrasherland, Carlsbad and Casey. In 1997 I won the AHRMA Premier Lightweight Novice championship on the Parilla. In 1999 I placed third in the Premier Heavy Weight Novice class on the Ducati 350.
I have road raced bikes for other people too. For a couple years at Daytona I raced a 350 Aermacchi for Frank Giannini, at Sandia, a 250 Parilla for Paul Johnson and at Mid Ohio a Ducati Hailwood Replica for Rich Lambrects.
In the early '90s, Moto Euro Magazine published several of my stories and pics. It was a lot of fun but the magazine lasted only about 5 years. Larry, I miss ya.
In 2009 I did not renew my AHRMA license for pollitical and personal reasons.
Recent years find me working less in the advertising world and more in my shop. That is OK with me.
Phoenix is where I live and like the Phoenix bird, I enjoy bringing old things back to life.