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29th Annual IMOC Rally
The Great State of Moto-chussetts

by Steven Rossi

Photos by Steve Cote

           New England is well known as a great destination for motorcyclists. With its scenic highways and byways, terrific two-lane twisty roads, beautiful valley vistas, idyllic shore and coastline, quaint, rural villages and abundant hills…hither and yon…the region seems to have it all. But there’s one more attraction that separates it, and particularly…the great state of Massachusetts. That being, the Annual IMOC (Italian Motorcycle Owners Club) Rally!

            The 2012 event was IMOC’s 29th Annual affair, and was held on September 16. Once again, the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge, Mass. proved to be the perfect venue. Centrally located within the New England area, it always draws enthusiasts from up and down the Eastern seaboard and beyond. And as a motorcycle mecca, it’s a destination that can be reached via an abundant array of those two-lane twisties as mentioned above…or over the super slab if time is of the essence.

            So on this special Sunday in September…with the cooperation of Mother Nature…Sturbridge, Massachusetts turned into what could be considered a mythical state of Moto-chusetts. Attendance was huge, with some 400 Italian-made motorcycles on hand along with about 1,000 participants.

            This year’s featured machine was the Italian dual-sport, and the full row of knobby-tired two wheelers did not disappoint. And the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (J.D.R.F.)…our charity of record…wasn’t disappointed either, due to the highest contribution ever received from IMOC.

           Likewise, all the dealers and vendors who exhibited, supported the event and provided door prizes made a wonderful contribution, as well. They included:

Branchville Motors  
TideMark Press
Dunbar Euro-Sport
Vanson Leathers
The Laverda Club
Marty Voker Enterprises
Marsh Motorcycles
Wagner Motorsports
Sea Coast Sport Cycles

           As always, they say “you’ll see anything and everything at the IMOC Rally.” This year was no exception and there was yet other feature that was bigger and better than ever. There were even more awards presented this year, too. Including:

The award winners were as follows:

Category Owner Bike
Best Aprilia  James Urbano RS 250
2nd Aprilia  Chris Bailey 2007 Tuono
3rd Aprilia   Ron D’Angela 

Shiver 750

1st Ducati Bevel Mike Weber 1974 Sport
1st Ducati Pantah  Mike Badgio 2001 Monster
2nd Ducati Pantah  Jay Bick

1985 F1-A

3rd Ducati BPantah Doug Baker 2000 MHe
1st Ducati SuperBike Mike Weber 1987 TT1
2ndt Ducati SuperBike Joe Buzzetta 1988 851 Tri-Colore
3rd Ducati SuperBike Joe Buzzetta

1990 888


Best Moto Morini

Nick Nicholson Morini 3 1/2
Best Laverda Jim Pelati 750S (Zane)
Best Benelli Paul Joyce 1977 750 Sei
Best Guzzi Big-Block Tom Halooupis 1983 LeMans III
2nd Guzzi Big-Block Joel Parks

1974 Eldorado

3rd Guzzi Big-Blocki Alan Singer 1973 V7 Sport
Best Guzzi Small-Block Joie Bassett V7 Classic
2nd Guzzi Small-Block Mike Visovsky V50 Monza
3rd Small-Block Moto Guzzi   Andrea Dalton

750 Breva

Best MV Agusta Adam Schoolsky Checa Sport
2nd MV Agusta George Ellis RS 150
3rd MV Agusta Todd Mazzola F4 750
Best Single Bob Vaeth 1965 Ducati
2nd Single Mike Levesque 1960 Guzzi Lodola
3rd Single Jim Barnard

1965 H-D Sprint

Best Etceterini James Urbano Bimota V-Due
2nd Etceterini Mike Weber Harris Ducati TT1
3rd Etceterini Tim Fiehler Aermacchi 125
Best Scooter (non-Vespa) Paul Chen 1959 Lambretta L.150
2nd Scooter (non-Vespa) John Ghergi 1962 Lambretta L.150
3rd Scooter (non-Vespa) Peter Reg

1963 Lambretta L.125

Best Vespa Mike Tgihicks

1963 GS 160



Best Italian Dual-Sport James Urbano

1970 Benelli Dynamo

2nd Italian Dual-Sport Bill Whitman Cagiva Gran Canyon
3rd Italian Dual-Sport Sebby Vernali Moto Guzzi Quota
Longest Distance Travelled J.P. Lamontagne Moto Guzzi California 400 miles (Canada)
Highest Mileage Award Mike Duphiney 1976 Moto Guzzi T-3 180,000 miles
People's Choice Robert Burgio 1974 Ducati GT750
IMOC Concours Award Mike Weber '74 Ducati 750 Sport


            So that’s just a little snapshot of the myriad of Italian iron that made its way onto the lush lawn beside beautiful Hamilton Lake at the Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge. As America’s biggest and longest-running all Italian motorcycle event, the IMOC Rally is such an extravaganza that it transcends itself into a state of mind…and fuels our passion for the year that follows.

            So before I forget, mark your calendar now for the 2013 Annual IMOC Rally…which will also be our 30th Anniversary event! Sunday, September 15, 2013. The featured machine will be the Ducati Bevel bike. 

Look forward to seeing you in that mythical place in New England, known as…

The 29th annual IMOC Rally was held on Sunday, September 16th, 2012 at the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

For more information about IMOC, the annual rally or to receive MOTOCICLISTA, IMOC's monthly newsletter, please contact:

Bob Andren - 401.397.4253 |
Steven Rossi - 248.470.5788




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