Sport: Father's Day

For the 150,000 Italians who jammed the city of Monza (pop. 69,000) one day last week, the final of the world championship motorcycle race was the sport event of the season. They got their lira's worth out of the race; it was a thriller. They also got an unscheduled added attraction in the performance of Flagman Giovanni Curli, official in charge of signaling the start and finish. Flagman Curli literally stopped the show.

When Curli flourished his flag at the start, 39 speed-happy cyclists roared off around the treacherous four-mile asphalt course. Soon, as expected, the race settled down to a duel...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!