We were about to leave the canteen after a splendid meal when along came the cashier with a docket for one of our assistance to sign – he clearly did not wish to accommodate her so I took the docket and signed it myself. This seemed to more than satisfy the cashier and we continued this process for the duration of our stay not knowing what might happen on our last day?
In the evening on our first day with Moto Parilla when most of the workers had already left the factory we requested directions to the nearest camp site from one of the secretaries and we were given directions to a site some distance south of Milan. One hour later we were heading out following the directions given when we came across a large city park and gardens. This park was much closer to the Moto Parilla factory than the camp site recommended to us so having seen a motor-home entering the park we decided to stop and take a look.
In the centre of the park was a children’s entertainment centre, a paddle pool, tennis courts and other general amenities. We could not find any formal camping or caravan parking area but to one side of the lake there were large gardens of rhododendrons and azaleas, all very similar in layout to the grounds at Crystal Palace, south London – driving in as far as we could go between the rhododendrons and azaleas we found a perfect parking space right up against the inside of the park high front wall completely out of sight from the other areas of the park. Here we stayed for the night and the remaining nights during our time in Milan completely free of charge! On one occasion a park attendant did find us and insisted we leave before the park was closed for the night – we obliged by just moving to another area of the park until he had gone home returning to our chosen parking space only after the park was closed.
We had a long discussion with the Eng during his first visit to the race shop when we explained our original plans; the current requirement to cut back on the plans for economic reasons and also in part due to SIL Managements decision not to proceed in developing new gearbox clusters. The Eng clearly understood our position and after, I suspected, consulting with SIL Management, came back with a number of options he thought we should consider for preparing the bikes. Shortly after this meeting, two 30 mm bore Dell’Orto SS1 racing carburettors and three multi spring racing clutches also appeared on our work bench!!
During the time we were with Moto Parilla I recorded in an exercise book every day, or during each evening, the modifications we made to the bikes and critical assembly information we obtained from the Eng and our assistance. Regrettably, the exercise book was lost three years later when our family home in Woking was sold at the time I was working and living in Portugal.