Vintage Vehicles Champion Motorcycles SI

Vintage Vehicles Champion Motorcycles

The Vintage Vehicles series returns this year with a block sheet dedicated to motorcycles, following the 2014 issue featuring the iconic Harley-Davidson. This time around, under the title Champion motorcycles, the block features three prototypes from manufacturers Bultaco, Garelli and Derbi that have been driven by racing champion Ángel Nieto, with which he won 10 titles. These were not the only international successes in his career; he also won three Motorcycling World Championships with Minarelli and Kriedler. The block sheet is signed by champion Ángel Nieto.

Born in Zamora and raised in Vallecas (Madrid), Nieto won, over the course of his long career from 1965 to 1985, "12 + 1" world titles, as he liked to say, given that he had a real phobia of the number 13. These include the seven he won in the 125 cc category and the six he won in 50 cc, though he also competed in the 80 cc and 250 cc categories. His record also includes 23 Spanish Motorcycle Gran Prix championships. He is considered to be a Spanish pioneer in the sport and a master of the new generations of motorcycles.

The Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix began in 1949. There were several cylinder categories, which were replaced by others over the course of the years, until the current system was finally adopted: MotoGP for 1,000 cc , Moto2 for 600 cc, and Moto3 for 250 cc. All competition motorcycles must be prototypes manufactured exclusively for the sport.

The championship is run by the Federation of International Motorcycling, which was created in 1904. The annual calendar includes 18 races in 14 different countries. Each race is held over three days: two training days to determine the configuration of the starting grid and a third day for the race itself. Each year's winner in each category is determined by the number of points won in all the races, with a wide range for each one: 25 points are earned by the winner and just one point goes to the racer who comes in 15th.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 06.11.2015
Process: Offset
Size: 40.9 x 57.6 mm + 40.9 x 28.8 mm
Values: 2 x €0.90