The Evolution of an International Rebel

Though now famed for his motorcycle designs, Pierre Terblanche – born in South Africa in 1956 – began his career in advertising, working on the Ford Motor account with Young & Rubicam in Cape Town.

His passion for automotive design soon led him to enroll in the Masters in Transport Design program at the Royal College of Art in London. Upon graduation, he took a position in Volkswagen’s advanced design studio — Design Dusseldorf (Germany).

 

1986 to 1989:  VW Advanced Design: various projects for the VW Group

1989 to 1992:  Mr. Terblanche traded four wheels for two and joined Ducati Rimini, where he worked with Massimo Tamburini on the Paso restyling and the Ducati 888.

1992 to 1994:  Created the landmark Ducati Supermono and the Cagiva 600 Enduro – the “Canyon” in Morazzone Varese (Italy) — the Cagiva Design Center

1992 to 1994: Created the landmark Ducati Supermono and the Cagiva 600 Enduro – the “Canyon” in Morazzone Varese (Italy) — the Cagiva Design Center

1994 to 1997:  As Design Director under Tamburini, he designed the bigger capacity Canyon 900 in San Marino at Cagiva Research Center (CRC)

1997:  Joined Ducati as Director of Design for the independent Bologna company.  His first work in this position is the new Supersport 900.

1997: Joined Ducati as Director of Design for the independent Bologna company. His first work in this position is the new Supersport 900.

2006:  Left Ducati to work as an independent design consultant.

 

Spoils of the Rebellion

  • The Supermono became one of the most important motorcycle designs of the modern era, and is the inspiration for the powerhouse Superbike winner, the 916.
The neo-classic MH900 Evoluzione presented at the 1998 Munich Show was the first motorcycle successfully sold on the internet.  It was also voted, in the December 2000 issue of Time Magazine, as one of The Ten Best Designs that year.

The neo-classic MH900 Evoluzione presented at the 1998 Munich Show was the first motorcycle successfully sold on the internet.  It was also voted, in the December 2000 issue of Time Magazine, as one of The Ten Best Designs that year.

  • The Ducati Multistrada presented in 2001 created a new niche for practical sporting motorcycling.
One of his most important design achievements was the Ducati 999, the successor to the multi-world championship winning 916, launched in July 2002. Awarded best of show by the Motorcycle Design Association in 2002.

One of his most important design achievements was the Ducati 999, the successor to the multi-world championship winning 916, launched in July 2002. Awarded best of show by the Motorcycle Design Association in 2002.

  • At the 2003 Tokyo Motorshow, Ducati presented a range of Sport Classic show-bikes - with no plans to put the designs into production.  The overwhelming popularity of all three designs subsequently led to their full scale commercial production – a fitting tribute to their designer.
The latest project that he designed for Ducati was the Hypermotard, which was presented at the 2005 EICMA show in Milan.  It was awarded the best of show by the Motorcycle Design Association.

The latest project that he designed for Ducati was the Hypermotard, which was presented at the 2005 EICMA show in Milan. It was awarded the best of show by the Motorcycle Design Association.

  • Working for Moto Guzzi, he designed three universally acclaimed motorcycles – the V-12 concept bikes –  that won the Motorcycle Design Association award for Best Design at the 2009 EICMA show in Milan.

In 2014, Pierre Terblanche brings his heritage as a rebel to the design and execution of the Confederate C2 Fighter.  A more formidable pair could not possibly exist.

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