April 2017: Finding my way back “home”
I remember as a young kid how I filled up binders and binders with my hot rod and sports car drawings. I remember as a teenager the magazine stands I visited regularly and the articles saved from classic sports car magazines that animated my imagination. I remember the hours as a young man spent restoring that first great Ferrari racecar and the first time the engine roared on the track after winning numerous concours d’elegance trophies for a job well done. I remember the amazing adult friendships that I have formed with the great metal fabricators and race car drivers of previous eras — guys that I had read about and who had pursued their own dreams. These are what motivated me and inspired me to take a leap of faith and build my Ducati powered DesmoDevil thirteen years ago and the desire to build something different from the mundane norm.
These are the memories that inspired my dream of being in business for myself was built on. A business that has allowed me to make reality out of my imagination. It’s been a hard journey, but a rewarding one as well. I’ve learned so much and come so far. However, part of me has been wanting to find my way back “home”. Back to the imagination behind those drawings of my youth. The reality is the last ten years or so I have become sidetracked more and more on the Ducati motorcycle exhaust business. I’ve enjoyed it but 2017 is the year for me to find my inspiration again. The exhaust business will be wound down in the next few months — but my focus is going to be more on trying to find my way back to creating and building unique projects (artwork) and parts (motorcycle and automotive). It’s what I do best and it’s what I love more than anything. And with this new journey comes this new Partopia website. I want to share this renewed enthusiasm with others. I want the new website to tell my future story and projects while also sharing the great memories of the past. Plus, it will highlight the new parts and products available for immediate purchase and custom ordering.
Sometimes we need to go back to our roots to find inspiration for a new journey. I hope to do that in 2017. I welcome you to join me on this new adventure.
Mark / April 2017