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August 25th article in the Cloquet "Pine Knot"

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August 25th article in the Cloquet "Pine Knot"

Moto Guzzi state convention held in Cloquet: Italian bikes converge on Big Lake

by David Mclaughling (Pine Knot Reporter)

This 1951 Super Alce was one of many Moto Guzzi motorcycles on display at a rally last weekend. Photo by Dave McLaughlin

Cloquet - It seems as though more and more motorcycle rallies have been making their way to northern Minnesota. This past weekend there was another first-of-its-kind cycle rally at the Big Lake Campgrounds.

The Minnesota Chapter of the Moto Guzzi National Owners Club held its first-ever state convention at the campgrounds. It is the second motorcycle-based gathering at Big Lake in less than a month. This one gathered approximately 100 people riding more than 80 cycles.

The Moto portion of Moto Guzzi is pronounced just like it sounds. Guzzi with the double "z" is pronounced gutzi much like pizza which is pronounced peetza. The company is based in Italy, and still manufactures motorcycles.

One of the most stunning bikes was a 1951 Super Alce that was used by an elite police force in Italy. The name alce translates to elk and there are only six restored in the country. The Alce was restored by Paul Brannon of Racine, Wis.

Brannon said that he enjoys going to the more family-oriented Moto Guzzi gathering, rather than other rallies which can be party oriented.

Sheldon Aubut of Esko assisted in the organization of this rally and brought the North American Russian Motorcycle Association rally to Big Lake on July 31. Aubut said that he would like to continue to see more rallies held in Cloquet.

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We were expecting 60-75 people and by 9:00 p.m. Friday we had almost 120!!!!! And more were expected to arrive later tonight, and some in the morning. Weather is cooperating, with temps in the 70's during the day and 50's at night.

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Evening pontoon boat ride with early arrivals
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The Clevans and Maurice Buck
The Clevans and Maurice Buck
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Peter & Sarah Youngblood
Peter & Sarah Youngblood
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