MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
Next: the Rossi Museum!
It had to happen: VR is building his own museum in Italy
Knock down the Leaning Tower of Pisa and turn the Grand Canal into a car park, because Italy will soon have a tourist attraction to eclipse them all: Il Museo Rossi.
Work is already well advanced outside Tavullia (where else?) to create a museum that will house all manner of artefacts to trace Rossi’s career all the way from minimoto to MotoGP.
There’s no doubt that the museum will be to bike racing what Elvis Presley’s Graceland is to rock and roll: a place where devotees can gaze in wonder and pay their respects to (arguably) the greatest bike racer of all time.
“I’m organising a museum with all my stuff,” he told us recently. “We have worked on this for four or five years and now we’ve arrived very close to the end – we are 90 per cent there. The trophy part is very big and beautiful with a lot of important prizes and everything, so I’m very happy. I hope in the next few years we can open a good museum for the fans.”
The trophy room alone will surely be about as big as Heathrow airport; then there’s everything else. No other racer in history has worn as many different leathers and helmets as Rossi, so that’s probably another airport full. Although he gives away some of his kit for charity, it’s well known that he has carefully horded his riding gear and other memorabilia over the years.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.