Mr. Rosario Di Blasi is the founder and current general manager of our
For our clients and for anyone who appreciates our products, here is his
story as an inventor and an entrepreneur.
Mr. Di Blasi was an
of the Italian Air Force until 1946. During the war he flew three-engine
over the skies
of North Africa,
and the western Mediterranean.
Along with his passion for flying, Mr. Di Blasi always had a special
fondness for mechanics and anything innovative.
in 1940 he established a “Charting
Rule” which is a rule to perform the necessary calculations for
aerial navigation, in an era when it was still an art that was left up to
the ability of the pilot.
In April 1942 the now Major Rosario Di Blasi published an article titled “Operational
Diagram of a Rotary Engine” in the “Rivista Aeronautica”, official
magazine of the Italian Ministry of Aeronautics. In this study, its author
clearly set the theoretical base for the functioning of a rotary engine
which later became known as
engine. He not only indicated the advantages but also the difficulties in
building it, as the various attempts of practical production had
demonstrated. In February 1943, the same article was also reprinted in the
German magazine “Deutsche
Immediately after the war, Mr. Di Blasi lived in Rome. He owned a bicycle
which in those days was an important asset (recall the famous neorealist
film of 1948 by
Vittorio De Sica “Bicycle
Thieves”). In order to not leave his bicycle unattended, he was forced
to carry it into his home, on the eighth floor of a building with an
elevator that was too narrow to hold it. This is where the idea came from
that a folding bicycle would be much easier to transport. By the end of the
1940’s, Mr. Di Blasi left the Air Force and began his own agricultural
business in the town of his birth near
Syracuse, a city rich in the proof of its important past in the
a hobby, he started with the idea of a folding vehicle which in the meantime
had transformed into the idea of a folding scooter (remember that the boom
years for scooters such as the
were just ahead). From 1952 to 1956 he created
prototypes of various folding scooters, all characterized by innovative
solutions, such as the central freestanding hinge (because it is slightly
inclined with respect to vertical), the retractable front wheel, etc.
For the curiosity of our readers, we would like to point out that the
boy shown in one of the photos, with his finger in his mouth, is one of
Mr. Rosario’s sons: his name is Carmelo and
today he Is one of the owners.
Some past documentation of entrepreneurial interest regarding Mr. Di Blasi
brochure of that first scooter and a
press clipping with him at an Inventions Show at the Rome Exhibition
But the time wasn’t right to transform a brilliant idea into a production
The idea of the folding vehicle was dormant until the end of the 1960’s,
when it finally appeared in the form of a motorized folding tricycle (called
DIBLA 7) which was also innovative in its patented solutions. It was
equipped with a Zanetti engine, in those days a well known manufacturer in
Bologna, and an Encarwi membrane carburettor, possibly known only to our
The young man in one of the photos is another of Mr. Di Blasi’s sons:
his name is Carlo
and as well
The DIBLA 7 was shown at the
1968 Turin Auto Show
That tricycle did not effectively go into production, but we will talk
more about it after we continue our trip through time for another thirty
In the meantime, Carmelo graduated in aeronautical engineering and a few
years later, Carlo too would receive his degree in aeronautical engineering.
We are now in 1973 with an innovative idea for folding vehicles. A
quadrilateral hinged frame that reduces in size when collapsed.
This idea, protected by international patents, is applied to a folding
folding moped mod. R2:
two vehicles characterized by the extreme simplicity to fold, the completely
original lines and by the fact that every detail is innovative. For example,
the first foldable pedals ever produced were mounted on the bicycle, pedals
that were later copied by the competition. The speed and simplicity of
folding these vehicles is one of the qualities that even our competitors
recognize and still today remains unequalled.
These vehicles were exhibited for the first time at the Motorcycle and
Bicycle Show of Milan in 1973. An unforgettable date for us for two reasons:
because with that initiative our adventure as entrepreneurs began and
because it was right at the time when the first important gas shortage began
and consequently started the famous “Sunday’s without car” and the boom, or
rather the big bang of the bicycle: All the manufacturers sold out their
stocks before the first day of the exposition. Unfortunately at that
exposition we only displayed two prototypes and therefore we could not take
advantage of the enormous demand for bicycles.
In September of 1974, we were at the Motorcycle and Bicycle Show of
Cologne (Germany) where we met who turned out to be our German importer for
more than twenty years. From that moment 80-90% of our production was
destined for exportation.
That first model R2 folding scooter, known in Germany by the commercial
Donald Duck), has today become a sort of cult object among antique
motorcycle enthusiasts. It had a single gear Franco Morini engine.
In 1979 the R2 model was replaced by the R7 model which had an engine
built by us, because it was more adapted to the needs of our folding
scooter, fitting a variable speed system. Therefore the R7 model had vastly
improved drive characteristics over that of the R2 model.
Over the years, this scooter has been continually improved. Its
possibilities of use are many: as a backup vehicle on a camper, on a boat,
in an automobile, as a service vehicle for the delivery and pick-up of
rental cars, etc. It has also been used as an auxiliary vehicle on board the
of the Italian National Police. The model currently in production is the
The bicycles have also evolved: after the
model came the
in 1980, the
in 1984, the
in 1991, the
in 1995 and then the
last one with 20” wheels.
The production of the
began in 2005, a bicycle that is even more compact when folded (as a matter
of fact, the smallest on the market),
lighter and easier to fold.
In 2000 we began production of an innovative, patented pedal tricycle. The
current version is the
R31 model. We have the only foldable tricycle available on the market.
It can be
folded in 5 seconds with three very simple steps. It is also very simple
and quick to return it to being a comfortable tricycle that is very useful
for people that have difficulty using a bicycle, for the elderly who wish to
stay fit, for people with mild physical handicaps or for people who simply
want a different means for pedalling.
But the interests of Mr. Di Blasi are not limited to folding vehicles. The
sores that formed on a family member who has been confined to bed for a long
time, suggested the idea of an innovative
was created in 1993. It was made of a series of 18 independent elements, all
easily removable and some vertically movable in order to alternatingly leave
free the parts of the body subject to the formation of bedsores. The
periodic interruption of pressure on the corresponding parts of the body as
well as their ventilation not only prevents the formation of bedsores but
allows those that have previously formed to heal more rapidly.
The future? We have many projects in the works, but for obvious reasons,
we cannot reveal them. We can only say that, as always, they will be
original and innovative. We can however allude only to a folding tricycle
with an electric motor that has some improved upon ideas from the old
And finally for the curiosity of our readers, we show the photo of Mr.
Rosario on his
birthday, surrounded by the employees of our company.