The Moto Guzzi V8, aka the “Otto,” was designed by Giulio Cesare Carcano for the Italian marque’s Grand Prix racing team for the 1955 to 1957 seasons.

With its enormous engine, the beautiful racing bike proved capable of achieving an astonishing 172 mph, and it would be another 20 years before such speed was reached again in Grand Prix racing.

Unfortunately it was equally difficult to ride, and Fergus Anderson crashed the bike on its maiden run in Modena.

Nobody said making history was easy…