Luciano Costa's Archieves

Updated  2015-12-22

Updated  2014-08-09

Dear friends,


yesterday morning Imola received the sad news of the death of Dave Bickers. It was a hard and unexpected blow to the whole world of motocross vintage. Dave was suffering for some time of cardiopathy and yesterday his heart gave out and left him abruptly. He goes so unexpectedly another great champion of the Golden Era. Everyone, sooner or later, we're leaving this world, but this time we said to our self: too soon, too much soon!

The town of Imola, after having admired him in the Grand Prix of 1964, met him again in mid-May at ASI MOTOCROSS SHOW. He had come only a few days in the city of Romagna just to celebrate with all of us, together with the world of local and international motocross vintage, and now this emptiness seems absurd, out of place, an unbridgeable chasm. Luciano Costa, organizer of the event, had revised him for the first time after so many years in Telford, in February, along with his old team-mate Alan Clough, at the Alan Wright's Show. It was a really pleasant encounter, as well as pleasing was the knowledge of Alan Clough.

Luciano Costa has found them together, united by a long and solid friendship consolidated on the race since the golden days. A friendship that has survived over time, preserved by an eternal passion for motocross and a timeless joy of living.

Located in Telford, Dave had told her adventures with great enthusiasm in the Grand Prix at Imola in 1964. A story told with his warm voice and bright eyes like those of a young champion on the top step of the podium. In the Grand Prix, the first race started with a bursting run by Dave and Don Rickman, who took the lead authority, chased by Igor Grigoriev, Derek Rickman and Alan Clough. Dave and Don were the subject of a furious battle and crossed the finish line in the order with a tenth of a second of difference and with a final sprint he did redden the uvula of the spectators. In the second race, Dave settled into third position, but on the seventh lap, while was reaching Joël Robert, he was forced to abandon the race due to a failure of the flywheel magnet. It was a real shame because, to win the Grand Prix, would have been enough to get in the top three. Imola remember that thrilling episode for his class of great champion, but who has had the honor and privilege to meet him in the event of last May, remembers him for his great kindness and for his cheerful and communicative character. Imola had also invited on the occasion of the re-union of 2012, but Dave had to give up due to health problems. This year, however, did not miss the opportunity and accepted the invitation with great pleasure. In their second baggage, Dave and Alan Clough brought their vintage motocross apparel and Sunday morning we have revised them magically reassembled in "high uniform" ready to get back in the saddle on two Greeves Challenger like the ones used at Imola in '64. The episode of 1964, was so strongly imprinted in the memory of the people of Imola who had the good fortune to attend the Grand Prix, that Sunday, May 18 the two green jerseys have reappeared in the eyes of those present like a mirage materialized from the vapors of a still vivid memory. At the head of the white Challenger, Dave and Alan have reached the Mineral Waters Park in the parade along with polychrome multitude of other former champions of the Golden Era, their friends forever. To act as a shoulder to Dave had arrived at Imola also his amiable wife Sylvia, who has followed and supported him in every moment of the event. Friday, May 15 morning, Dave had participated with the group of former champions, the historical walk in the Park of Mineral Waters in the footsteps of the old glorious motocross track. Many memories and relived many emotions, too many perhaps, for his weak heart. Certainly the four days of ASI SHOW MOTOCROSS have not helped to keep the body of  Dave at rest already tired, but what can we say ... how could we prevent the unstoppable enthusiasm?

Emilio Ostorero remembers him as a great buddy always ready to party. In a race for the world championship in Payerne, says Ostorero, in the ordinate Switzerland at the end of the sixties, Dave and Joel Robert, the winner of the competition, did not lose the opportunity to party roaming around the city prey to the fumes of alcohol on the bikes of the postmens "borrowed" for the occasion. Even the Swiss police was astonished and closed both eyes in front of such unbridled joy. But this is only one of many episodes that can help you understand what the expansive character of Dave. In the photograph in the archive traced by Gian Pio Ottone, we see him with Jeff Smith, his mentor, a great friend and teammate: an extraordinary pair of great friends and opponents.

During the farewell dinner (he wanted to be a dinner of "see you again") in May, organized by Umberto Ciompi in his country house on the hills of Imola, Dave was in the company of Peter Rietman, the grandson of Hendrik Rietman, the “Flying Dutchman” winner of the first international race at Imola on May 23, 1948. Peter, big fan of motocross Golden Era since early childhood, did not let this opportunity slip away and has engaged in a long and passionate talk with Dave. To hear them, their stories seemed the day before yesterday, cool stories fresh, just lived, just around the corner. Wednesday, May 21 morning we said “see you again” to Dave and Sylvia at the airport of Bologna, with the promise to meet them at Imola in occasion of the next meeting. Now this sad news has ridiculously and unjustifiably chilled our souls.

We reach Sylvia with a long and warm embrace in the hope of seeing her again soon to remember Dave along with all of us, a great champion, but also and above all a great and lovable person.



Imola, July 8, 2014



Luciano Costa


Dave Bickers 2014

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Nilsson has left us 
August 25, 2013. Today the heart of Bill Nilsson has suddenly ceased to beat. This date will forever be remembered by the world of motorcycle racing as a bad day. With him went a father of the motocross world. The city of Imola will remember him forever as the one who knew how to inflame the minds of the sport with his great undertakings. Even today, walking in Mineral Waters Park in Imola, those who have had the honor and privilege to witness the great carousel of world motocross, examine clearly the figure of Bill fly beyond any reasonable limit, headlong without hesitation in the steep slopes of Monte Castellaccio conclude impossible feats by beating big rivals on the edge of the finish line. In his ears still ringing clear echo of the roar of its impetuous heavy and powerful motorcycles, driven with extraordinary determination and with incredible vehemence despite the disproportion with the small stature of its rider. 
Up to his last days, Bill has never ceased to devote his energies to the restoration of vintage motorcycles practiced with masterful experience and commitment. The recent photos of december 2012 taken in his workshop together with his friends on the occasion of the celebration of his eightieth birthday, transpires clearly the passion for motorcycling accumulated in the course of his entire life. A few years ago he came to Imola for the exhibition-exchange CRAME in search of mechanical parts for the completion of its work. 
In May 2010 and 2012, the City of Imola has had the honor of hosting this great champion with the illustrious ranks of the great names of the international motocross that made the legendary competitions of Imola and in the world. Who has had the privilege and pleasure to personally meet Bill Nilsson in those happy spring days, will remember him for his playful character, for his merry irony and self-irony, but also for his humble and generous willingness to relate to all, qualities that make her even bigger figure. On 28 May last year, despite its difficulty walking with the aid of a crutch, Bill wanted at all costs to participate in a walk in the historic Mineral Waters Park in Imola along the traces of the old glorious track, together other great champions like Sten Lundin, Torsten Hallman, the brothers Derek and Donald Rickman, Otto Walz and Gunnar Johansson. Climbing uphill climb, step by step its character of indomitable fighter has allowed him to reach the summit of Mount Castellaccio. Who was with him saw his eyes shining, his face light up, perk up as his joy at the end of one of his greatest victories. Last year we had greeted him with a "goodbye", but fate decided otherwise. 
On behalf of myself and all the sports Imola, I extend to the family of Bill, and in particular to his son Jeff and his daughter Eva, my deepest condolences with the promise of giving birth to his figure in the next few events dedicated to the preservation of large international motocross. 
Luciano Costa









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Bill Nilsson's 1960 Husqvarna

Rolf Tibblin's 1960 Husqvarna

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First Luciano with his book Imola Mondiale

Sten Lundin, Luciano Costa and Bill Nilsson

 Below; Lot's of fantastic old and new photo's from Imola!

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René Baeten and Sten Lundin

Bill Nilsson

Sten Lundin

1958 Winner Sten Lundin and wife

1961 Sten Lundin on Lito

1961 Winner Bill Nilsson

1962 Gunnar Johansson och Bill Nilsson

1962 Winner Rolf Tibblin

1964 Winner Torsten Hallman

Imola 2010 Sten Lundin and Bill Nilsson







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Imola, 25-26-27 May 2012 - Mineral Water Park

Event revival of European and World Championships in Imola (1948-1965)

Edited by Paolo Castaldini, Gian Pio Ottone and Luciano Costa

It was concluded the first ASI MOTOCROSS SHOW recording a success that went beyond all expectations. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday 25, 26 and May 27, 2012, Imola has become the center of an important event revival of the European Championships and World Motocross Championship which took place in Park Mineral Water between 1948 and 1965.

ASI MOTOCROSS SHOW is the name of the event sponsored and supported by the Federation ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano), that has called at the Park of the Mineral Waters of Imola - home of one of the most famous racetrack and real birthplace of the International Motocross of Italy - machines and drivers for a revival unprecedented in this kind of revival events. The ASI is, par excellence, the organization that best represents the function of preservation of the historic Italian motorsport and, as such, could not delegate the task of supporting this important initiative. The event was well placed in the stream created by the Federation with the ASIMOTOSHOW Varano de 'Melegari (Parma) that, for eleven years, is to meet a multitude of motorcycles, samples, pilots and enthusiasts from all over Europe at the Circuit Riccardo Paletti.

The new vintage motocross meeting was organized by the Club "ALZAVALVOLA" ("lifter", "up valve") of Bologna, (federated clubs ASI) in collaboration with and under the auspices of the ASI itself. Head organizer for the Federation was the veteran driver Gian Pio Otto who participated in the Italian Grand Prix at Imola in 1960 with the shirt of the Fiamme d’Oro (Golden Flames). Joined the event CRAME (Club Romagnolo Auto e Moto d’Epoca - in 2009 and 2010 festivals, commemorations took care of motocross) and the Moto Club Santerno "Checco Costa" historical partnership Imola organizing international competitions of the old time .

Hard to believe, but to make this event possible was the book "IMOLA MONDIALE - 1948-1965 - the roots of the Italian motocross" written by Luciano Costa and Piero Mita and recently published by Bacchilega Editore of Imola. The book, which returns the entire history of the Motocross Grand Prix in Imola, is circulating in the most important seats of the motorcycle racing world and has worked as a real flywheel. From the book to the new event was a short step.

The awards have come mainly from former champions guests, without exception, and collectors of vintage motocross bikes that have participated by providing their resources better. It 'was recognized by each site the value of the event as the first major international meeting of the samples that have made the Golden Era of Motocross.

From all over the world, after 47 years since the last Grand Prix in Imola Italy, moved into the city of Romagna:

- Sten Lundin, world champion in the 500 class of 1959 and 1961, winning four races in Imola;
- Bill Nilsson, world champion in the 500 class of 1957 and 1960, winner of three Grand Prix at Imola;
- Rolf Tibblin, world champion in the 500 class of 1962 and 1963, winner of three Grand Prix at Imola;
- Gunnar Johansson, Swedish National Champion 500 class of 1956;
- Torsten Hallman, World Champion 250 class of 1962, '63, '66, '67, won the G.P. at Imola in 1964;
- Leslie Archer, European Champion 500 class of 1956;
- Jeffrey Smith, champion of the world 500 class of 1964 and 1965;
- Donald and Derek Rickman winners of various Motocross of Nations with the national team and builders of the famous British brand Rickman Metisse, classes 250 and 500;
- Charles Molinari, champion French 500 class of 1952, '54 and '55;
- Albert Courajod Swiss champion 500 class of 1954, '55, '56, '57 and '58;
- Otto Walz German champion class 125 and 175 of 1957, 175 class in 1958, classes 175 and 350 in the 500 class in '60 and '62.
- Sivert Eriksson, Swedish champion 250 class of 1960;
- Emilio Ostorero, sixteen times Italian champion in Class 250 and 500;
- Lanfranco Angelini, seven times Italian champion in Class 250 and 500;
- Canzio Tosi, five-time Italian champion class 250 and 500.
- Giuseppe Cavallero, Italian champion in classes 250 and 500 of 1971.
- Many other important European and Italian riders.

A meeting of such size and stature had never been recorded in the world. The meeting was an opportunity extraordinary and perhaps unique (we hope not) for all those who love the Vintage Motocross Fifties and Sixties.

The glorious array of champions, combined with that of many other good Historical pilots, was able to catalyze around him a multitude of other veterans of motocross and a wide audience of enthusiasts. Absent was the Italian champion Lanfranco Angelini for health reasons. He deserves our most heartfelt wishes for speedy healing.

The organization of the event offered guests the best accommodation and hospitality, as is appropriate with respect to champions of highest caliber. The exhibition space "Acque Imola", located in the heart of the Mineral Waters Park, home of the glorious motocross track, has allowed the organization of the event with quality services and a very pleasant atmosphere of hospitality.

The photo exhibition, consisting of 350 images of large size regarding the entire period of the international competitions in Imola, was the frame for the exhibition and offering the public the excitement and bringing to light, in great detail, a story of great drivers and exceptional sporting events.
The exposure of 45 cross-motorcycles pre'65, coming from Italy and Europe after a rigorous selection, provided the people the chance to see pieces of great historical value and conservative. Worthy of reporting, three Gilera Saturno 500 Cross, (including a valuable restoration of an official Gilera of the italian Fiamme d’Oro - Flames of Gold), FN 1949, used by the great Auguste Mingels, the Sarolea 1954, two Lito, the Matchless, Ariel, BSA, Husqvarna, Greeves, Bianchi 400 (of Emilio Ostorero), a rare Hedlund Metisse and more. The composition of the exposed motorbikes was highly representative of the fleet of European and world competitions in Imola. The exhibits were open to the public all day from morning to evening of Saturday and 26 Sunday 27.

Friday, May 25 at 18.00, as the opening event of the event, was held the official presentation of the champions guests open to the public at the Great Hall of the Palace (Renaissance) Sersanti of Imola, the historical site where the golden age often were held award ceremonies and celebrations at the end of races. The public has welcomed the legendary guests with a long and warm applause. The presentation was conducted by the sports journalist Paolo Conti, omnipresent throughout all the stages of the event. The meeting allowed direct contact between champions and the public itself, and a comprehensive presentation of the event, supported by video projection. Refreshments to follow has created an atmosphere of warm hospitality and the first real contact between the samples, after years away.

Saturday 26, in the early afternoon, a pleasant talk show guests with all the drivers, journalists, industry experts and other characters in the sports world has returned to the people emotions, memories, old conflict, course now dormant, rebuilding climate and some salient features of the history of motocross Golden Age.

After long distances in time and space, it was very difficult to make assumptions about the character and disposition of the distinguished guests. In 1965, we left the buffalo indomitable Bill Nilsson, terror off-limits to all competitors; the tenacious Jeff Smith, real steamroller of all world tracks, the elegant and elusive "stork" Sten Lundin, the avalanche Rolf Tibblin nicknamed "Iron man", able to combine style and impetus lion, the tiger Emilio Ostorero, unable to stand on ceremony with the opponents, the master of correctness Torsten Hallman, nicknamed "Mr. Motocross", able to dominate great champions like Joël Robert, the gentleman Les Archer, king of the motocross on English tracks, the brothers Donald and Derek Rickman manufacturers, which the world of motocross will be their eternal debtor, the taciturn giant Gunnar Johansson, the Swedish first actor Lito, the unpredictable angel flying Joseph Cavallero nicknamed " crazy horse ", able of bitter surprises even for the most successful champions, the sympathetic Otto Walz, closely tied to its brand of manufacturer, the tenacious Canzio Tosi, who was able to stop the monologues between Ostorero and Angelini, the tough Albert Courajod, big star of the Swiss cross, the stocky Charles Molinari, boyish face and the French master of the highest category in the fifties. Real rivals on the track, today these myths are back living in Imola as great friends. We have surprisingly meet the biting and comic irony of Jeff Smith, the more english-style Derek Rickman, the confidential nature of Don Rickman, the English fair play of Les Archer, the surprising philosophical wisdom and the gentleness of Rolf Tibblin (likely the result of the last 17 ​​years of life spent in Sri Lanka) and the dissolution of the dark features of the other Scandinavian guests dropped in hilar conviviality of fellow adventurers. Peace is made: the organizers were able to breathe a sigh of relief.

The social dinner on Saturday night in the exhibition, with 180 present, has been a particularly happy time for socializing. The video history of the Motocross Grand Prix in Imola, projected at the time of dessert, he ripped applauded by the public and guests slip back in the magical atmosphere of the sport at the time. The shadow could not hide the tears in many eyes. The dinner was also an opportunity for the exchange of honors and thanks from the President of ASI, adv. Roberto Loi and guests representing Husqvarna Motorcycle and the Moto Club of Cingoli.

Sunday, May 27 morning was dedicated to the Award Ceremony of Champions in Piazza Gramsci, in the center of Imola. Starting from 10.00 am, the ceremony, conducted by the Honor Committee formed by the Mayor Daniele Manca, by the President of ASI adv. Roberto Loi, the Moto Club President Dr. Paolo Castaldini, President of the Moto Club Santerno "Checco Costa" adv. Carlo Costa and the chairmen of other motorcycle clubs and other relevant national associations and Imola (the CRAME, the Moto Club La Stalla, the Moto Club Formula Imola, the Mobile Clinic, the Rotary Club, the Panathlon International, the Study Centre Luigi Einaudi and the Lions Club Valsanterno) was followed by an enthusiastic audience and made the honor due to champions and guests to the city of Imola.

Soon after, the old champions, along with other pilots-collectors, have created an extraordinary historical parade of vintage motocross, starting from the center, has reached the exhibition in the Mineral Waters Park, home of the glorious track. The old champions, now over seventy and over eighty, wore the clothing of the original Golden Era, with the colors of the home countries and without sponsors.

Upon departure of the nineteen bikes in the square was unleashed pandemonium. It was very difficult, in some cases to find the historical clothing for people who no longer had the weight of the past. However, without excessive formalism and weighing more than the substance to appearance, the procession started with the escort of municipal police officers and motorized followed by a trail of lovers riding motorcycles and bicycles. Along the route, residents, patrons of bars and a crowd of onlookers flocked to the streets to applaud. The most magical moment was entering the park's main avenue of Mineral Waters, the old headquarters of the paddock. At the time, during the days of Grand Prix, under the shadow of the rows of linden trees in bloom, they formed a veritable tent city, because the tents and caravans were the only living resources of which the pilots could have. In that world, made up of healthy passion away from the ominous presence of the millionaire market, there were no red carpets. Continuing, the parade has lapped the Park (now protected and made pedestrian area) to reach the exhibition grounds, where another people, who rushed for time, it was crowded to enjoy the arrival: just like old times, when the people at the last lap of the Grand Prix racing run in the finish area to watch the duel for the podium. And the times we had to run, because the track at Imola was a trip into nature that did not allow to have a point of view of the entire path, as is the case in modern fields motocross.

The Competition for Elegance motocross vintage pre-'65, in the early afternoon of Sunday, was the absolute first italian step in the specialty and awarded exemplary high-value under the age profiles, conservation, restoration, the presence into the competition (foreign and italian bikes more present at Imola), innovation and rarity. The seven collectors winners received a beautiful crystal trophy, as well as collectors participants. It's been this way a recognition of their work and the quality of work expressed. Prizes were awarded to the following motorcycle collectors and their owners:

1 - FN 500 cc model 1949-1951 – award to the senior;

2 - Lito 500 cc model 1961-1965 (belonged to Lars Gustafsson) - award for best restoration;

3 - Bianchi 400 cc model 1960-1961 (belonged to Emilio Ostorero) - award to the best preservation;

4 - 500 cc BSA Gold Star DBD 34 (belonged to Matteo Suppo) award to the foreign bike more present;

5 - Moto Gilera Saturno 500 Cross (belonged by Charles Molinari) – award to the Italian bike more present;

6 - CZ 360 double-tube - special award for innovation (the first 2-stroke 500 class in the history of motocross, who won the last Grand Prix in Imola with Rolf Tibblin, ending the dominance of four strokes);

7 - Moto Parilla 420 Cross - special award to the rarity.

On Sunday afternoon, the performance "THE MOTOCROSS OF YESTERDAY MEETS THE MOTOCROSS TODAY" has seen a significant number of people. It was possible to review in action, along a path bordered over a large area of
​​lawn, very valuable pieces of history like the Gilera Saturno, the Sarolea, the Hedlund, the Matchless, the BSA, the Triumph Metisse , the CZ, the Husqvarna 2-stroke, the Aermacchi Ala d'Oro and others. Together they have hurtled the two champions Andrea Bartolini (born 1968 Imola - World Champion - Class 500/Open 1999) and Alex Salvini (born in 1985 in Bologna - European Champion SX 125 2004 - runner up 2009 and 2010 MX3 – now spent in enduro Husqvarna factory team). The two champions were performed with the latest models from Husqvarna, supplied by the dealer Mr. Cesari of Bologna, on the recommendation of Husqvarna Italy, officially present at the event. For Husqvarna collaborated Martino Bianchi, Andrea Bonfanti and Gianluca Olivieri. The show, which lasted for at least 90 minutes, has proposed an original comparison (non-competitive but historic) between motocross vintage and modern motocross, especially the younger audience by offering a historical overview of the evolution of this exciting, timeless engineering specialties.

He tried again the ASI MOTOCROSS SHOW? The premises are very promising and to think so. And if he will be back, will be enriched with new surprises and novelties. With a warm goodbye and a wish for long life, the audience and the organizers have hailed the legendary veterans of motocross with the belief that it is possible to write other pages of this wonderful history and with the satisfaction of being able to say: "I was there!"


Referenti di Progetto:

Gian Pio Ottone – ASI

Via Morandi 11 – 200100 Varese

Tel ab.: 0332 28 89 58 - Cell.: 349 222 31 31

Paolo Castaldini – Presidente M.C. Ruggeri "ALZAVALVOLA"

Tel. Sede Club: 051 63 44 879 - Cell.: 347 26 51 557

Luciano Costa – Organizzatore - Imola

Viale Dante 12 - 40026 Imola (BO)

Tel ab.: 0542 01 04 62 - cell.: 338 50 70 103 - e-mail:

Profiles of the Champions guests who attended at the ASI MOTOCROSS SHOW

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The Champions that was at Imola, may also consider these to their physical and mental rust. Even with years of hard motocross behind, one of sports most grueling and exhausting, and despite his advanced age (they are all aged between 70 years to 83 years), still retain an enviable brilliance of spirit and an amazing stamina. These very old stars have that extra something that we all would have. They came from all over the world, as several of them have long since left the native land and move to other countries. From the USA came Jeff Smith, Rolf Tibblin has flown in Italy coming from far away Sri Lanka, while Archer, at the ripe age of 83 years, is arrived in Imola driving from Alicante remote, milling around a / r about 7,000 kilometers. Sten Lundin, who has just celebrated 80 years, regularly participates in motocross revival with his pint around Europe, and still knows how to open the throttle so awesome tirelessly, each time leaving the audience speechless. From New Milton (England) came the mythical Rickman brothers, pilots and builders of the famous mark Metisse, while the Swiss champion from Switzerland came Albert Courajod. Germany and northern France reached by car respectively Imola samples Walz and Otto Charles Molinari. The latter, in full swing in the world of sports, was president of the French Football Club of Metz.


Sten Lundin, Bill Nilsson and Rolf Tibblin, Torsten Hallman and Gunnar Johansson

Sten Lundin, born in 1931, has won two world championships (1958 and 1961) the highest category and has won many awards in four and twenty in ten years of career. He raced in the 500 class since the beginning, before riding the BSA (1955 and '56), then driving the Monark (1957, '58, '59 and '60), to go to Lito (1961, '62, '63 and '64) and end in 1965 with the Matchless-Metisse. Four times was the winner of the Grand Prix at Imola in Italy '55, '58, '59 and '60.

The approach to competitions Lundin was often more rational than other drivers. Without risking over-payments, has always shown great tenacity, endurance and concentration. Lundin has always attached great importance to training and physical preparation. His driving style impeccably composed and never gave space to the spectacle, but is rather based on the infinitesimal calculus, the study of the trajectories and technique. It is an example of a style highly-professional and has infected the international environment of motocross. With Lundin ended an epoch in the history of Motocross.

Bill Nilsson, born in 1932 was two times world champion in the 500 class: in 1957 (AJS) and in 1960 with the Husqvarna. In his resume boasts eighteen Grands Prix victories and four Motocross of Nations (1955, '58, '61 and '62). He raced in the 500 class with only four-stroke motorcycle. It was the first Sweden to win the world title and give the laurels to Husqvarna four times for the first time.

Throughout his career, he ran with the BSA in 1955 and '56, and '57 in the AJS. In 1960, '61, '62 and '63 passed to Husqvarna, finishing his career with the Eso. At Imola he won three races in '56, '57 and '61. Nilsson and Lundin have been dubbed the "Royal Babies of motocross" and, for many years, remained the undisputed representatives of the Swedish cross school. Short, stocky and Nilsson had a physically robust. His style was based of impetuosity, gift that enabled him to face the obstacles with extraordinary determination. With a guide often unpredictable, could invent stunts and acrobatics on a knife-winning goal. At times it seemed like an expert capable to drive the motorbike like a cowboy without being unseat. Even for this, and rightly so, has been nicknamed "Buffalo Bill".

Rolf Tibblin, born in 1937, was one of the greatest champions along with Swedish Lundin, Nilsson, Hallman and Aberg. He started his young career in 1959 and earned his first title of European Champion in the 250 class aboard to Husqvarna. In 1960 and 1961, he raced with a new four-stroke Husqvarna Official along with Nilsson and, in 1962 and 1963, he won his two world titles. In 1965 he came to Imola with the Czechoslovakian CZ 360 winning the last Gran Prix. In 1967 he moved to California to establish the first motocross school in San Diego. Equipped with a driving style impetuous and determined, has been able to demonstrate excellent classroom supported by a powerful body and a high resistance to prolonged effort. For its determination of a gladiator, has always been feared by opponents. The British, his rivals in the race for world titles, he had been nicknamed "Iron Man." Today he is a builder in Sri Lanka where he lives happily with his wife Indira.

Torsten Hallman, born in 1939, has won many awards thirty-seven and four world titles in the 250cc class (1962, '63, '66 and '67). Throughout his long career, Hallman rode for Husqvarna and has always worked hard to promote the sport and especially the introduction of motocross in the U.S. in the late sixties. A mechanical engineer, this pilot blond and slender body, was the best runner in the world competitions Swedish class 250. His battles with Belgium Joël Robert were among the best in the history of motocross. His driving style has always resulted fluid, fast, tough and without burrs or excessive frills. "Mr. Motocross" was the nickname that Hallman has earned for her achievements, and for style and accuracy demonstrated in a decade of racing. At Imola, is remembered as the winner of the only Grand Prix 250 class. In 2000, Hallman was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.


Les Archer, Jeff Smith, Donald and Derek Rickman

Les Archer, born in 1929 and was European champion in the 500 class in 1956. He made his debut in the motorcycle at the age of sixteen. With the help of Hankins, built his first cross from a Norton Manx 500 T. This experimental prototype was equipped with a new chassis built specifically for him. Archer, throughout his career, he remained loyal to Norton and was supported by the factory with regard to spare parts, although this had announced his retirement from racing. He won a total of ten Grand Prix of 500 class. At Imola he drove almost continuously from 1952 to 1962 with results that do not reflect his value. Archer was also the commentator and journalist specializing in motocross. By nature modest, affable, generous, and with a keen sense of fair play, was very popular as a speaker. In race emerged his courage and his ability to act quickly in the most unpredictable characteristics that made it an excellent conductor of muddy ground where threatened species at peak. On 25 January 1967 at the age of 38 years, Archer crashed without serious consequences, in a scrum during the start of a race of 750 cc played in America. From that moment, he decided to leave after 21 years the sport of motorcycling. In search of a climate and a better quality of life, he moved to Calpe (Alicante) in southern Spain.

Jeff Smith, born 1934, was the most important champion of the British world of the Golden Era. After passing the BSA, where he began working as an apprentice, he won the world titles in motocross in the 500 class of 1964 and 1965 riding the BSA 441 Victor. In 1965, Smith dominated to such an extent that by mid-season, he had already won his second world title. He also won nine championships in Britain and his long career, life's beauty more than twenty years, has always remained faithful to the BSA. At Imola, aside from the '56 and '60, he competed from 1955 to 1965. In the Grand Prix of 1957, after winning the first heat, he missed the win by a narrow margin after dominating the entire race. In 1970, he moved to America. His driving style and his mental approach in racing has always been to try to win the lowest possible speed in order to preserve the motion and physical energies. A few pilots have been so tenacious as Smith. His ability to distribute the power over a race was awesome. On every track is able to win. The charisma, heart, determination, but above the total dedication to motocross, were the pillars of his long career. In 1970, Smith was awarded the honorary title of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to motorcycling. It was also included nell'AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000.

The English brothers Donald and Derek Rickman have always had racing in his blood. After initial victories, Rickman began to design and build the frames for their bikes, and started a small production for private riders. Derek was born in 1933, is older than two years of Donald. Sons of art, Rickman had lost his father at an early age, young age, have assumed the responsibility of the family workshop in New Milton. Growing up in such activities, the brothers have developed a keen sense of the mechanics of motorcycling and have success in the world of motocross. Since the end of the fifties, they realized that we needed to have lighter machines. In the early sixties built a kind of frame leaner and able to accommodate the different motorcycle engines. Born the brand Metisse ("mongrel", that is assembled from parts of different origin) who is a French term for "metisse". This idea received a significant success and the two brothers began their production so important Rickman Metisse, which were 30 to 40 pounds lighter than the standard versions, as well as very beautiful aesthetically.

When the major British motorcycle manufacturers closed their doors, the Rickman became the largest motorcycle manufacturers in England, earning the Queen's Award for Industry.

Later, it appeared to have motorcycle Rickman original request, so that the replicas of Rickman 2000 were produced by three different companies. An interesting model is the Steve McQueen replica Rickman. Steve McQueen was one of the biggest fans Rickman and visited the factory when it was at the height of popularity as a movie star.

Through their work, the two English brothers have focused mostly American manufacturers in the seventies and eighties, encouraging improvements to the design.

Both have represented Great Britain in the 1960 Motocross of Nations and have won numerous national and international competitions. At Imola, participated in the Grand Prix World Championship in 1959, '60 and '64. In 1959 they classified the 2 nd and 3 rd place behind Sten Lundin. In 1960 Donald was ranked the 3 rd place in 1964 and participated in the Grand Prix 250 class riding two red-Bultaco Metisse Rickman. After a hard fought first round, Don finished second behind Dave Bickers.

Donald Rickman was distinguished by a style quite spectacular even at the expense of yield.

Derek, but expressed a smoother ride, less flashy, but more profitable.


Charles Molinari, was three times National Champion 500 class in 1952, '53 and '54. He participated in the Grand Prix at Imola in Italy in 1952, '53, '54, '55, '56. It is without doubt the leading French rider of the fifties in the highest category.

Originally an Italian, Carlo Molinari was born in Villerupt, France, in 1933. During the war the family returned to Italy, his father was a carrier and Charles rode on the same road to Varese in Naples the heavy trucks of 40 tons. In 1948 the Molinari are back again in France, and Charles had almost forgotten the French language ... While Charles played football in the team of Metz, his father, who in his youth he had dreamed of being motocross, bought a motorcycle. At 17 years, Molinari began competing in motocross with DKW. His career began immediately with success and, in 1952, was French champion in the 350 class with a BSA Gold Star, ahead of famous names such as Godey, Klym, Hazianis and others. Carlo Molinari, moved to the superior class in 1954, won the second title of Champion of France in the 500 class riding a Gilera Saturno. In the role of rider, the 500 also retained the title in 1955. At age 24, full of motorcycle racing and long trips from Thursday to Monday, the Frenchman gave up motocross to pursue a professional activity. He has founded the company Sodima, who marketed the Iveco trucks. But despite this lifestyle choice, the bike was present in his work and Molinari became an importer for France of the Italian Cagiva motocross. But Molinari, not just motion, but also football! In 1967 he became chairman of the Football Club of Metz as a successor to Paul Mayer, a position held since late 2009, with an interlude between 1978 and 1983, giving way to Bernard Serin. Now Molinari retired from sports, but has remained a key figure both in football, and in the French international motocross.


Emilio Ostorero, Lanfranco Angelini, Joseph Tosi and Canzio Cavallero.

Emilio Ostorero, Class 1934, has earned a nickname of "The Lion of Avigliana". The legendary racer of Piemonte was the most important Italian champion in the years of motocross Golden Era. In his long career, lasting more than twenty years, has won a total of sixteen national titles and many international competitions. In total, his victories amounted to more than three hundred fifty. His debut in motocross is dated September 25, 1955. Starting from 1958, and for many years to follow, he found his chief opponent Lanfranc Angelini. At Imola, Ostorero has almost never had the luck on his side and got results below its real possibilities. In 1963 he finished in sixth place, while in the Grand Prix of 1965 proved to be the height of the big world of motocross, unleashing all his skill and determination. Equipped with great stamina and a profitable way, has always managed to deploy the best forces during the race. His confidential nature, hardened by toil and sacrifices, was rewarded with a unparalleled popularity in Italy. His career of rider ended in the mid-seventies. Ostorero was awarded the title of Knight of the Republic by President Giuseppe Saragat in 1971, and Commander of Merit of the Republic by President Luigi Scalfaro in 1992.

Angelini Lanfranco, 1936 class, throughout his rider career began in 1957 and ended in 1970, was the rider more representative group of Fiamme d’Oro (Golden Flames) of the Traffic Police. With Ostorero, its main rival, has made the history of the Italian motocross, winning seven national titles and competed at the highest levels. Five titles were won in the 250 class and two in 500. Angelini has continuously participated in the Grand Prix at Imola 1957 to 1965 without obtaining specific results. Despite its slim physique, with impeccable style and balanced, the Roman rider was able to drive easily and successfully as the heavy bike Gilera Saturno, BSA Gold Star, and the Husqvarna 500, showing remarkable resistance qualities physical and psychological. His style and his technical approach led him to focus his efforts in the 250 class, where he made school to new generations of Italian drivers. Even in defeat is always marked with the sportsmanship that characterizes the great champions.

Canzio Tosi, born in 1937, was one of the most representative of off-road riders and Italian has always stood for honesty, professionalism and commitment throughout his career. Since 1957 he has competed regularly in and joined the Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme d’Oro della Polizia Stradale (Sports Group Golden Flames of the Traffic Police) who did not leave until the end of his competitive. In 1963, he made his debut in motocross, winning the Championship Cadets IMF riding a 250 Aermacchi Ala d'Oro. Since 1964, he participated in all national and international senior competitions, completely devoted to the cross. In 1965, the BSA Gold Star available by the importer Italian Gino Ghezzi, has participated in the last Grand Prix in Imola where he finished ninth in the first round. In 1967, '68 and '69, riding the CZ has won the Italian championships of 500 class, while in 1968 and '69 he won titles at the same time 250. His career ended in 1972. Tosi had a particular style, and made profitable. Stocky and robust, was endowed with remarkable physical strength and endurance in the guide. As a sociable character, the race has always maintained good behavior.

Giuseppe Cavallero, born in 1942, is the youngest Italian presence. This pilot from Torino was twice Italian champion in classes 250 and 500 of 1971. Cavallero (for the fans, "Crazy Horse") is, with Ostorero, Angelini, and Tosi, an emblem of the Italian motocross. This pilot had time to perform on the track at Imola in 1962, participating in the National Race of Cadet Class 250 class riding a Greeves Hawkstone. His long career began in 1963 by Senior and completed in 1978. In sixteen years, the pilot Turin has accumulated a large haul of trophies. After eight years and a long series of important national podium placings and in 1971 drew the claws winning national championships in both categories 250 and 500 riding the legendary Husqvarna. His style spectacular knew aflame the hearts of the audience and its human character and incredibly warm emerged in its competitive events. Cavallero had many fans: people who liked, beyond the results, its evolution and the understanding of motocross. This sport, according to his own theory, is not reduced to fixed patterns, but is made up of creative and brilliant insights. On the track was an instinctive, though it is built as a pilot with a long and severe sacrifices. Generous in the race, was daring and bold enough to endanger their physical safety. Thirty incidents have punctuated his career and endless fractures represent the most painful part. The bravery and impetuosity were his flag, hence his nickname "Crazy Horse".


Otto Walz, born in 1935, is a five-time German National Champion. Participated in the Italian Grand Prix at Imola 500 class in 1963. After obtaining the age of sixteen years, the driving license for the bike in April of 1952, the month after this was the first off-road championship. His first motocross race was in 1954 with the Maico. After winning several regional championships, in 1957 he participated in the German championship in the 125 and 175. Since 1955, he participated in the international motocross races throughout Europe. The national titles won them in 1957 in the 125 and 175 in the 175 class in 1958 with Maico in 1960 in classes 175 and 350 cc with the Maico and 1962 in the 500 class with a Wabeha-Maico 365.

WA-BE-HA was the name of the special motocross designed and built by himself. The initials of the brand came from the surnames of the three pilots Otto Walz, Hauger Betzelbacker Fritz and George Hauger with whom he shared the project. Since 1961, the three drivers have raced motorcycles WABEHA, first with Maico motors, and since 1964 of Montesa engines. In 1964 he signed a contract as a factory rider for MONTESA in Spain and has competed internationally in motocross championships in both the European and World Championships until 1972.

In 1969 he started his own small business to build racing frames for motorcycles intended for private pilots with the special mark WABEHA, using Montesa engines. Simultaneously, the pilot reduced the German participation in international competitions.

Otto Walz has stopped running in 1972, when the company began to expand and became an importer Montesa and Yamaha and BMW in Germany in 1973.

Today Walz still loves driving motorcycle, riding a Moto Guzzi GTV, 1939, a Gilera Saturno and Sport, 1947 BMW R 67/3, 1953.

The motorcycles are still his life.


Albert Courajod, born in 1932, was five times National Champion in the 500 class. He participated in the Grand Prix at Imola in Italy in 1956, '57, '61 and '63.

14 years old, he decided to devote himself with enthusiasm for motorcycling. In 1952, he began his career in motocross riding a modified road bike. In 1953, he started racing seriously, and in 1954, became Swiss champion with a 500 AJS. In 1955 he did 35 races in France and Holland, with more than 10 victories.

The '50s were fertile for Courajod. He became Swiss champion in 1955, '56, '57 and '58, after 116 races through Ariel, BSA and Gilera. During the early '60s, he used a Norton 500 procured by the great Leslie Archer. In 1966, he abandoned the 4-stroke engine and bought a CZ 360. With this bike has no part in the championship in Switzerland, but has engaged in numerous competitions abroad. He travelled all over Europe: in France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Austria and Hungary. But the experience of Courajod with the CZ 360 was not very happy. So he decided to abandon it in favor of the sidecar, while bringing the CZ always with himself on the trolley. At the Sidecar Meyrin, the adventure began with Michel Bugnon! This experience has gone well and, in 1970, he finished first in Berchères, second in Wohlen... In 1972, now runs on a Triumph WASP-11 and scored the first place. The mid-'70s, it meant the advent of young drivers Grogg, Haller, Lübers, Ulrech, Rüegg ... Nevertheless, Albert won the Spanish Grand Prix at the Youth. Courajod's career ended in 1974, Meyrin, a race where he finished second behind Klauser, but before Dirkx Broer and Schneider: a good performance. Famous pilot, Albert Courajod has always been a competitor profoundly human. Friendly, smiling, humble and correct, Albert is a man emblematic of motocross Switzerland, which has brought much satisfaction to an audience that still loves to meet him today on the edge of the slopes.

Introduction of the drivers

Rolf Tibblin, Sivert Eriksson, Gunnar Johansson, Torsten Hallman, Les Archer, Bill Nilsson

Sten Lundin, Jeff Smith, Derek Rickman, Donald Rickman

Sten Lundin instructing

A satisfied Rolf Tibblin with a Hedlund bike!

Much more to come!