LEGENDARY KARTS: THE 1987 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DAP-PAVESI OF ALESSANDRO PICCINI IN FORMULA C
Alessandro Piccini in action (with his right leg straight and the throttle wide open) at the wheel of the DAP-Pavesi in a photo of that time.read more
The original CIK (Commission Internationale de Karting) homologation plate of the DAP chassis.read more
The plate identifying registration with the federated ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano – Italian Historical Car and Motorcycle Club) club, MWVCC (Musical Watch Veteran Car Club), of Brescia.read more
Above, circular steering wheel. Below, the front number plate which was not required in 1987.read more
What makes your eyes open in amazement, before anything else, are the excellent conditions of this legendary vehicle. At 34 years of age, it is nearly perfect and in its original setup, from which it differs only for very minor elements. The differences are related to the unavailability of some components/spare parts, used/replaced as needed – over the years – during the commemorations to which it participates as a vintage kart registered with ASI. For example, in the photos you can see the kart with the front number plate, an element that was not used in 1987. The parts that have been changed are the silencer (the original one came from the exhaust of a Ford Transit), the steering wheel (replaced by one of the same time period), the tires (in line with today’s homologations) and the radiator (unpainted and larger than the original one). The second aspect that leaves the visitor astonished is that…There are pieces missing! That is right. Compared to karts as we understand them today, various components are not present. The side fairings? Not required! The front spoiler or the rear bumper? None of this. Elements which are crucial today, given the enormous progress made in the fields of aerodynamics and safety, but that at the time were not even in the manufacturers’ thoughts. What probably mattered was only one thing, performance against all the technological limits that were present at that time. Something noticeable is a considerably lower center of gravity and basically no protection around the driver who had his feet practically outside the limits of the kart’s outline. In place of the side fairings, we find a shaped tube that hooks obliquely to the chassis, a sort of weak protection on one side for the carburetor (strictly without filter), on the outer side of the engine and on the other side for the radiator.
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