Abarth may be known for its performance hatchbacks but this time, it is bent on proving its two-wheel expertise next week at the Motorcycle Live 2012, the largest motorbike show in the UK. The high performance car brand has worked wonders on the 500, 595, Punto Evo and Punto Evo Supersport models but it also has a long motorcycling heritage. In the 1920s and 1930s, Karl Abarth was a well-respected bike racer.
Did you know that the first vehicle to bear the Abarth name is a motorcycle that he designed and built himself in 1924? Karl Abarth dared the Orient Express train to race with him in 1934. Abarth won that race. At the motorbike show, Abarth’s stand is located at 3F61, Hall 3A. It will show off the newest version of the Abarth 595 Competizione, together with the ‘Scorpione’ motorcycle, made to honor Karl Abarth.
It was built by specialist constructor Attitude Customs. The stand will also offer the Abarth Racing Bug Experience, offering guests the opportunity to drive these special radio controlled models. Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth UK, said that it’s rare for a car manufacturer to appear at a bike show but it’s a “perfect fit” for Abarth because of its lengthy motorcycle history and background.