The crowd milled around to hear the legendary bike speak
not speak – rumble
not rumble – roar
Roar to life as it did to awe struck crowd 60 years ago.
I wondered would it exhaust note sound different in Italian
The Italian mechanic who travelled with the bike was coaxing her to start
“iniziare per me bel bambino”
fine tuning the latin lovely
“Inizia per me bellezza italiana”
Spoken softly to the points as he caressed them softly
“Ho solleticare la vostra carburatore bene”
Then it was time to make her sing
“cantare per il pubblico la mia bella diva”
“cantare, cantare, cantare” he urged
But like all temperamental Italian divas perform she would not
The singing of otto cilindri was the spluttering of a quattro cilindri
Unfortunately on that Saturday she was not to sing
But like a true diva just before the curtain was drawn on the closing day of the Broadford Bike Bonanza she did sing the full aria of otto cilindri.
Unfortunately I had left before the lady sang.
This is her sound but unfortunately not recorded at Broadford