STURBRIDGE, MA – It felt more like mid-summer than early fall, but that didn’t stop Italian motorcycle lovers from gathering today at the 34th annual IMOC meet at the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club. The initials stand for Italian Motorcycle Owners Club. Models from Ducati and Moto Guzzi book-ended the show ground and the parking lot got packed with all other brands.
“The weather this year is spectacular and it’s brought out, as a result, some really incredible machines,” said event co-chair Steve Rossi.
“It’s amazing, There’s a saying, ‘You’ll see anything and everything at the IMOC rally’ and once again it’s proven true. Stuff just comes out of the woodwork. It’s amazing.”
Riding the 650cc on-road, off-road machine through Hartford on I-84 wasn’t as dramatic as it could have been. “Not too bad. I wouldn’t want to do it at rush hour, but Sunday morning is OK,” said Hatch, who found his situation more problematic once in Massachusetts. He got off of I-84 one exit too soon, stopped to see if he could assist a stranded rider, and ran out of gas.
Marty D’Apolito of Leominster, MA brought a 1974 Laverda 750 SF2 that he’s had for two years. A friend originally got the bike in 1980. “It sat in a shed from 1994 until 2015. It’s a low mileage bike. It has about 6,000 original miles on it,” he said, adding “I’m thinking of selling it because there’s another bike I have my eye on. I only have room for four bikes in my garage.”
David Cassady of Middleboro, MA could be seen kick starting his Montgomery Ward Riverside 250, made by Benelli. “It’s a great bike. Very low geared, so it’s great on the hills; not a great thing for high speed on the turnpike,” he said.
The bikes of Hatch, D’Apolito and Cassady get shown off in the above video. Here are some more pictures from a sunny and hot day at IMOC: