Remember the good old days of Formula 1 Racing. Back then when a driver, immediately after finishing (and surviving) a race, was handed a cigarette and a beer. Today, young lads are holding cans of fizzy energy drinks into the camera, serendipitously in the perfect angle for the TV-audience at home. In those days races often continued off the track with words or the occasional fist fight while today the only thing you can hear is static PR-blabla and superfluous talk-show chatter. While today, pit lanes look like a sterile operating room back then one could see oil-smeared mechanics, camp stoves, worn tires and tools. Straw bales and lightly dressed racer wives instead of fat, old bigwigs and the occasional football star with a silly haircut.
But there’s something else that disappeared completely from today’s racing venues: the fuel barrel. Back then you could always spot one of these flashy colored barrels bearing the names of oil producers. For you as a kid, at the time, they were standing for real hairy chest racing and fearless men.
Maybe that’s what the guys from Vibrazioni Art Design in Italy have in mind when they manufacture furniture and lamps from used metal drums. A simple look at their products makes images from the golden era of racing pop up in your mind.
But most of you are not visiting this page to read about furniture so it’s good to hear that the guys from V.A.D. apply the same techniques to their motorcycles. After several spectacular bikes (have a look here), Alberto Dessasso and Ricardo Zanobini once again came up with something very special named Flamingo.
Starting from a 2015 Ducati Scrambler, they first chopped off the rear of the frame in order to get a much shorter silhouette. Then, the guys did their magic and equipped the bike with a handmade, polygonal Monocoque consisting of gas tank, seat unit and tail section. Used Texaco, Total, Shell and Mobil drums were hammered, bent, welded and in the end covered with several layers of polymer clear coat. The stock wheels were covered with black powder coated discs that underline the extraordinary look of the bike.
Further, Alberto and Ricardo manufactured an oil cooler, incorporated the head light and installed it as a front mask on the Ducati. The rear of the bike was lifted 3cm by installing a Bitubo shock while two additional Bitubo Flat-Track shocks have been fixed with handmade supports on the stock fork. A Moto GP style Two-into-One exhaust system was build and fitted while flatter handlebars replace the original ones.
Last year, Ducati provided V.A.D. with a Scrambler in context of their Custom Rumble Project. That bike caused quite a stir and now, with the Flamingo, it’s got a worthy sibling. Everyone knowing for the handling of Ducati’s Scrambler can imagine the fun this bike can provide.
Go have a look at the Vibrazioni Art Design website, you might find something that may awaken childhood memories. Doesn’t have to be a whole bike, a lamp or a chair should be sufficient to begin with…