In Milan.

Well I have made it here. Flight was very dull but as yet I don’t feel jet lagged.

Dad finally got the bike out of customs this morning. A bit of fuel and it started second kick! Have spent the day getting it ready for Sundays start. Fitted mirrors and race numbers and gave it a polish and clean.

We picked up the support van an hour or so ago. O’bie (one of the other guys from oz doing the race with us) having never driven a van or driven in milan he drove tins massive Fiat van through the city. He was very concerned, thank god for tom-tom satellite navigation.

==August 2010 Update==
What I didn’t realise till 4am the day after I wrote this comment is that I left my bloody motorcycle jacket on the bus that took me from Malpensa to Linate, gutted. I really loved my Aerostich Darien jacket and looked forward to it and me travelling thsi great race together, what a pisser. Luckily Dad had bought his jacket which was exactly the same as mine so I borrowed his, he had a spare so he was not going without.

Troubles with the MV

Its been a long hard road to try and get the MV inspected and out of customs but it would appear to have paid off.

Ron spoke to the agent in Milan Monday and she advised the bike has been cleared and that it can be collected from them.

There are issues still regarding who is paying the italian agent. The Italian agent wants $ before release, our local agent says that is not necessary as the italian agent bills our local agent…..confussion rains but it would appear this is to be expected. Groan.

In any event Renato will pay the italian agent if need be today when he collects the bike if they are still insisting.

I’ll rest easy when the bike has been picked up.

The race starts soon

Hello to all reading!

With luck we (ie, Renato and I) will update this blog daily.  It serves as a running commentary on our participation in the Milan – Taranto race for 2010. plus some other bits and pieces we plan to do while in Italy.

Renato will be riding a 1960’s TV175 series 3, I will be riding and 1971 MV Agusta 350B – I’m excited!

You can read about the restoration of the MV Agusta on my personal blog here http://blog.depannone.com/?cat=8

Well Renato departs Perth in about 30 minutes, bound for Milan where he will get stuff sorted before I arrive.

With luck by the time I arrive my MV Agusta will have been released by Italian Customs and will be available for collection. I will be arriving in Italy next Friday (2 July 2010).

I can’t wait to get going but there is still a fair amount to do!