The Portrait Series
- David Hollosi
Meet David Hollosi, a rugged guy who appreciates quality and getting his hands greased with oil. We met David in his garage for a talk about mechanics, clothing and Italian motorcycles.
So, David - what is your relationship to mechanics?
It all started at an early age. Like most boys, I loved to play with cars, trucks - well everything with wheels or a motor. When I got my first remote-controlled car, I just had to tear it apart to see how everything looked inside. I did that a lot. I disassembled and assembled everything, just to look at the parts moving and figure out how the mechanics worked and fit together. It really fascinated me and still does to this day. Today, I work as a technician at Porsche, so you can say that it is a lifetime fascination. Even in my spare time, I find myself working with engines and mechanics.
What are you working on exactly?
I’m working on my latest investment, a vintage Malanca Testa Rossa from the 60s that I am restoring. I’m cleaning valves, changing wires and getting it up to speed and ready for the road. There are not many of these left and I feel very lucky to have found this icon. It’s named in honour of the famous 1957 Ferrari series of which Mario Malanca, the founder, was a huge fan.
The original design looks just like what we today call a café racer. It is Italian design and Italian quality, built as a race bike and one of the few models that are street-legal. You hardly find any of them in Germany, so I guess that you can say that it’s one of a kind.
Do you have a special love for old motors?
I do - especially vehicles from the 60s and 70s. These machines come from a time when hardly any electronic components were built into the vehicles. It’s simple mechanics and the quality of these vehicles leaves nothing to be desired. I love the simplicity of the engines and the overall design from this period. It just fantastic being able to restore vehicles, getting my hands all oily and enjoying the wind in my hair on a vehicle, which I brought back to life.
How about spare parts? Can they be found?
The spare part market for Malanca bikes is very limited. There are only a few manufacturers in Germany and Italy, and some parts are not even made anymore. For example the spring for the kick starter that I had a hard time finding. I searched in all kinds of small shops and resellers online. But eventually I found it. Some engine parts are not made anymore and those parts you have to repair yourself or make on your own.
When you are not in your garage getting your hands dirty, you like to dress well. How would you describe your style?
I like the expression “clothes make the man”. What we wear is such a huge part of our overall expression and I prefer to look well-dressed. That is how I feel most comfortable. I prefer “slow fashion” garments. Products that can last a long time and age beautifully. The fabrics should be noticeably good and comfortable to wear. I like the looseness from the twenties, where most clothes where slightly oversized and relaxed. I prefer that look. A relaxed, preppy look you can say. I prefer good quality garments that I can wear for a long time. It makes best sense to me, both from an economic as well as from a sustainable perspective.
Malanca Motorcycles – the history in short
- After leaving Ducati, Mario Malanca started producing mechanical parts and hubs for motorcycle wheels in his workshop in Bologna. In 1956, the first motorcycles rolled out of the factory and in the following years, sales accelerated especially in the home market followed by an increase in demand from Asia and the United States.
- In 1968, the Malanca firm made its racing debut with two famous riders, Walter Villa and Otello Buscherini. In five years, the Malanca Team won six championships in the 50cc and 60cc classes.
- The “Testa Rossa” was manufactured during the 1970s, where Italy’s colours raced proud and fast all around the world.
- In 1978, Mario's son Marco stepped up as CEO of the company, now named Malanca Motors SpA.
- With peak sales of scooters in Italy in 1980, sales started to decline. The company was struggling and while focusing on research in the 50cc category, the market had moved to larger engines, and eventually the company folded in 1986.
What is your favourite piece of garment?
My oldest garment is a pair of indigo raw jeans that I bought a couple of years ago. They are cut very loosely and have a timeless silhouette. At first, they were very uncomfortable to wear because they were unwashed but over time they have softened and become my favourite piece of clothing. They have broken in very nicely and I like the personal touch that you get from a pair of unwashed jeans as wear marks develop. Furthermore, I like the ecological footprint of unwashed jeans, since less water has been used during production.
What is the brand of your boots?
Near my hometown, in Karlsruhe-Durlach, there is a men’s clothing store called “Home of Blues”. The owner introduced me to slow fashion and as I was wearing a pair of raw jeans, he showed me a pair of “Red Wings” that would look great with my jeans. It’s the “Iron Ranger” model - a boot that gets more and more comfortable and is almost indestructible. They have a long tradition in the US, especially within the mining industry and just like raw jeans, they develop individually and adapt to the wearer over time.
On the pictures David is wearing our:
- Kalk T-Shirt
- Repi Jeans
- Leopardi Gusto Blazer
- Miguel Brilliante Shirt
- Raphael Gusto Trousers
- Pieve Gusto Washed Gillet