The legendary NCR workshop played a significant role in the early competition life of Ducati, perhaps most famously they built the special 900cc race bike that Mike Hailwood piloted to his seemingly impossible comeback win at the the 1978 Formula One TT at the Isle of Man.
NCR was founded in 1967 as a small motorcycle performance workshop on via Signorini in the little town of Borgo Panigale, it was started by Giorgio Nepoti, Rino Caracchi, and Rizzi with the sole purpose of making Ducatis go as fast as possible. The name “NCR” was chosen as it includes the first letter of each founder’s surname.
Each True North Spin Coin is manually machined by hand from solid brass by members of the Lawson family, proprietors of the family-owned and operated J. L. Lawson & Co. in California.
In many respects spin coins were the original fidget spinners, you keep one on your desk and spin it when you’re thinking or on the phone, giving you something to do with your hands while your mind is on something else.
The J. L. Lawson & Co. version of the spin coin has a functioning compass embedded in the top, with a 1/8″ ceramic ball point on the underside allowing exceptionally long spin times – as long as 6 to 7 minutes with a good spin.