From its headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama Confederate Motors, Inc. (OTCBB:CFED) announced that celebrated Italian-based motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche has joined the company to lead its product development division. The company’s founder and CEO, H. Matthew Chambers, described the former Ducati design chief saying, “Terblanche is a rebel who by nature is dissatisfied with the status quo, and this is imperative in advancing Confederate’s iconoclastic design precepts. He’s also intimidatingly intelligent, fiercely courageous, and outspoken to a fault, so as far as Confederate is concerned, what’s not to like?”
Now regarded as one of the world’s top motorcycle designers, Pierre Terblanche – born in South Africa – graduated with a Masters in Transport Design from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Upon graduation, he took a position in Volkswagen’s advanced design studio – Design Dusseldorf – where he worked on interiors for the Golf and Polo projects. Terblanche is now best known for creating Ducati’s iconic Desmo V-twin models, including the Multistrada, Hypermotard, Supermono, MH900e, the acclaimed trio of Sport Classics, as well as the revolutionary 999 Superbike, which has since become a prized icon of motorcycle design.
“As a designer, I’ve admired Confederate from afar for a long time, producing a series of motorcycles that have been truly groundbreaking and individual,” Terblanche says. “It was too good a chance to pass up, to be involved in taking the company further forward, as it expands production but without losing one iota of its unique character. After working for large companies where you have to have a committee meeting before you add another bolt or washer, joining Confederate will bring real creative freedom to do some great design work in an unfettered, unstructured environment. I’m relishing having the man who takes the big decisions being in his office just the other side of the factory floor from where I’ll be working. Plus, in doing business, Americans have a refreshing can-do attitude where the glass is always half-full, and people here in the South are also extremely friendly and open, as well as courteous.
Chambers reinforces that excitement for the future saying, “Pierre will continue to make an indelible and lasting mark on global motorcycle design culture, but now expressed through Confederate’s products rather than anyone else’s. We look forward to his journey with much curiosity and the anticipation of great fun, as he nails contextual 21st century American motorcycle design in a way nobody else has ever done before.” (Photo: Pierre Terblanche (left) with Confederate Motorcycles founder and CEO, H. Matthew Chambers.)