MATTHEW DEANE: AN AMERICAN STORY
We received and share with our MV family the story of Matthew, one of our American #aMVassador.
Dear MV Agusta,
In 1992, at age 19, I worked as a mechanic for Alan Docking Racing, a Formula three team. Our driver was Marcel Albers, he purchased a 750s with the intention of restoring it and giving it to his father, Jacques Albers, as a gift. Unfortunately Marcel never had the chance to start the restoration as he was tragically killed in a racing accident at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire, during round 3 of the 1992 British Formula Three season. I was devastated by his death so my boss, Alan Docking, suggested that a positive way to channel my grief was to carry out the restoration of the 750s that sat in the corner of our workshop semi-stripped and dust covered, and fulfil Marcel’s dream of restoring and presenting it to his father.
Over the next few months I took on the task of fully restoring this beautiful bike. Each nut & bolt was re-chromed or replaced, the carburettors meticulously rebuilt, the wheels re-spoked and the paintwork restored to its original condition. Before I began the build I joined the MV Agusta owners club to ensure I didn't make any mistakes. I remember talking to lots of enthusiasts to learn as much as I could about the bike, most of them warning me not to polish the crank case as so many MV’s from the era fell victims to this disastrous cosmetic modification. Finally the bike was finished, firing the engine up for the first time was truly exhilarating! the sound of the engine through the straight through exhaust pipes is a sound that I will never forget. I didn’t ever ride the bike before presenting it to Marcel's father due to my fear of falling off and damaging it, but I vowed to one day own my own MV, and 18 years later I purchased my first one a 2006 F4-1000 in Red and Silver. Sadly due to a house move and new baby, the bike had to be sold.
I have recently purchased a Brutale America RR No4 a bike that’s truly worthy of the America name! Although I’ve lost touch with Jacques Albers, my intention is to one day track him down and get a photo of the restored bike alongside my new Brutale.
Thank you so much for designing such beautiful bikes.