Learn More About Beverly Hills DucatiOur Heritage
Members of the Beverly Hills Ducati team have a motorcycling heritage that may be linked to genetics or just time and circumstance. They have a sense of humor and passion for motorcycles. Christine is a fourth generation motorcyclist. She would like to share this heritage with you not only with words but also with pictures. Her grandfather, Mr. Edward Kirby was a motorcyclist and design engineer. He frequently engineered for his personal use bikes similar to the famous Triton, a Norton frame with a Triumph engine. He may have developed his enthusiasm from his father (Christine's great-grandfather) who rode with him.
Christine's father Preston started motorcycling in the early sixties. He got his driving license on a motorcycle; he did not own a car. He relates that the examiner would not get on the bike for his driving test. They did not have a separate motorcycle examination in those days. It must have been interesting to watch him backup and parallel park!
Preston courted Christine's mother Linda on a motorcycle and they soon married. In nineteen sixty-six Preston purchased a new Ducati Diana Mark 3.
The motorcycling adventure continued within Christine's family. In nineteen eighty-two a new Triumph Bonneville Special was purchased. It was a great looking bike. Christine spent many hours as a passenger on this machine.
Christine spent a good part of her formative years living in Europe. In nineteen ninety-two her father purchased his second new Ducati while living in Brussels Belgium, a 750SS. He also found and purchased a nineteen seventy-four Ducati Mark 3 single. During that time there were many trips to the Belgium BOTT series, many of which are run through interesting small villages. Also, a number of trips were made to the UK and the trips to Caldwell Park for track days were memorable. It was while at Caldwell that Christine identified her ideal bike, a Ducati F1 - a bike she would acquire four or five years later.
When she returned to the USA Christine reached that magic age, she could get a driving license. Her first request was to get her father's 750SS for daily commuting to school. With that request denied, the Ducati 350 Mk3 was offered and that is the bike she learned to ride and used on a daily basis.
Several years later Christine earned enough money to buy her own first bike. She purchased a pristine Ducati 750 F1b. This machine was ridden on a daily basis and was her mount on a number of track days. It was meant to be ridden aggressively and she did.
Circa 1938, the English country side. Right to left, Christine's grandfather, grand uncle and her great-grandfather.
Christine's Mom on the Diana Mark 3
Christine's brother on the Triumph Bonneville Special
#139 JJ racing at Sears Point
#939 Christine racing at Sears Point