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The three “Parmigiani” the Dakar 1983

Taken from an article in the 1982, an abstract presenting the team “Parmesan cheese” who participated in the Dakar 1983.
Note the language with which it is treated the subject Paris Dakar, that at the time, the 1982, It was still an unknown argument to large crowds of fans.
We thank the friend Alfredo Margaritelli who sent us the material of this article.

A great big adventure among the most fascinating and challenging slopes of Africa. On the one hand the natural elements and their laws on the other riders, the bikes, the machines, trucks and their technique, create a great challenge.
It's a test of moral and physique of each participant, more than just a rally, is first and foremost a race "total", especially not a raid. Among the events of this kind is undoubtedly the most important in the world. A race of great prestige to both racers and automotive motociclstiche homes, in its preparation and as it unfolded with passion by sportsmen, with more and more interest and curiosity in the press and from television. The next edition of this incredible ride will also be attended by Alexander Freeman., Paolo Bergamaschi, Vinod B. Driven by a passion and supported by a great motorcycling experience these three pilots will address the 10.000 Km. the race with the intention of bringing a prestigious result. If the race is difficult, preparing to deal with it will be absolutely accurate.. Well trained and reliable motorcycle riders are the conditions that will. But not enough: will be prepared and entered the race a car 4×4, that will take place an experienced driver of African roads and a mechanic can intervene both on bikes on the car. This car will be very important. It will be entrusted with the care and transportation of spare parts of motorcycle. Bike, cars and men will be tested beforehand in a survey in Algeria next October (1982 NDR.).
No detail will be overlooked; a small defect becomes a big problem in aggravation of a ride i n Africa. The costs of preparing for and participating in this race must be covered by adequate sponsorships.
Hence the concern to make this event very well known and interesting.
There will be a presentation through both the local and national press either directly in an evening that will be projected slides and movies of last year. A national industry magazine will publish a report directed by three pilots and a photo shoot by a professional after the race.
Who are the 3 pilots? First of all they are three great friends: they know each other's strengths and weaknesses of each. Circumjacent, they understand each other and seamlessly; There should be no need to stress the importance of these things in certain situations.

ALEXANDER ZACHARY
Born in Parma on 10.1.1960, student in engineering. Motocross and enduro rider from q974, When he won the Italian Championship of motocross youth games.
Regional Champion in 1980. Great motorcycling experience obtained in raids in Europe and Africa.
Stopped by an accident when it seemed were to explode, After two years of inactivity has been able to start over with great willingness and enthusiasm. Fast driver, whimsical, spectacular, of great presents of mind, is considered to be the Joker of the Group.

PAOLO BERGAMASCHI
Born in Parma on 20.1.1959, student in architecture. In 1976 He began to devote himself to the ropes of enduro that alternated some motocross race. After a few seasons of little commitment, increasingly plagued by the "illness" of motorcycle wanted to jump the gun in order to engage in the most important races and challenging.
Regional enduro champion in the 1980 and in 1981 He played all the Italian championship competitions, enduro European and world.
While not seizing yield spectacular results, demonstrated, clasping regularly completed also most difficult races and getting regular placements, great reliability and capacity. It's methodical, very accurate and determined: a safety.

VINOD B
Born in Parma on 2.5.1959, student in economics. Regional Champion and Italian enduro in the cadets 1979. Regional Champion, Runner up in the Championship's junior national champion Italian enduro and motocross of University students 1980, 13St place at the European Championships and the World Championships of enduro 5° 1981. So much experience and so many results: confirmation for a rider who showed great skill and great will to arrive at these levels.