Old official motorbike plate of the 41st Giro d'Italia 🇮🇹 Ercole Baldini winner in 1958

Old official motorbike plate of the 41st Giro d'Italia 🇮🇹 Ercole Baldini winner in 1958


Motorcycle plates, mostly round and less numerous than car plates, were attached to the front of the official motorcycles of the race caravan, including those of the race officials, police and media. Highly sought-after by collectors, surviving motorcycle plates are rarely in very good condition, but their patinas go some way to guaranteeing their authenticity!

It was in 1958 that Baldini truly accomplished himself as one of the best riders in the peloton, after claiming the Giro d’Italia, vanquishing both Brankart and Gaul in the mountain stages which heavily favored his rivals, while winning titles in both the Italian National Championships and the World Championships.

Additional information:
However, winning the Giro is just one of Baldini’s many hallmarks, in his impressive list palmares.

Amongst some of his most notable achievements, were winning a Gold Medal in 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne in the Individual Road Race, the 1957 Giro di Romagna, the 1959 Giro dell’Emilia, the 1957 Giro del Lazio, the 1958 Trofeo Matteotti, the 1960 Grand Prix des Nations (time trial) and the 1963 Coppa Placci, along with several stage victories in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.

To many however, his most glorious victories, were claiming the coveted Hour Record title at Milan’s famous Velodromo Vigorelli in 1956, stripping Jacques Anquetil of the previous record, along with winning the 1958 World Championship Road Race.

French traduction:
Les plaques de moto, pour la plupart rondes, moins nombreuses que celles des voitures étaient fixées à l'avant des motos officielles de la caravane de la course, notamment celles des officiels de la course, de la police et des médias. Objets très recherchés par les collectionneurs, les plaques de moto ayant survécu, leurs patines sont rarement en très bon état mais guarantissent quelque part leur authenticité!