1969 Honda CB750 Sandcast owned by Sam Roberts–

The annual event included appearances by icons of motorcycle racing and design and a stunning display of the rarest, fastest and most beautiful motorcycles in history

CA 1969 Honda CB750 Sandcast owned by California’s Sam Roberts was awarded “Best of Show” out of more than 350 entrants today at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering presented by GEICO Motorcycle, a Peninsula Hotels Signature Event. More than 3,000 spectators gathered on the lawns of Quail Lodge & Golf Club for the show’s much-anticipated awards ceremony, which recognized the antique bike for its presentation as well as its historical and cultural significance.

The 11th Anniversary event presented a grand selection of pre- and post-war sports and racing bikes as well as live music, lifestyle vendors, local wines and gourmet cuisine by a selection of fine chefs.

Traditional classes that included American, British, Italian, Other European, Japanese, Competition On-Road, Competition Off Road, Antique, Custom/Modified, and Extraordinary Bicycles and Scooters lined The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Event Field for guests to explore.

In addition to the “Best in Class” awards given in each of the above categories, the following top honors were announced:

Spirit of The Quail Award

Chad Castle Family Private Collection – California

The Quail Ride Award

1986 Bimota DB1R owned by Adam Cecchini – California

Off Road Wonders Through the 90’s Award

1969 Cheney/Triumph 750cc Scrambler/MX owned by Scott Dunlavey – California

100th Anniversary of the Brough Superior Award

1925 Brough Superior SS100 owned by Larry Bowman – California

Spirit of the Scrambler Award Presented by Ducati

2016 Scrambler by Ducati owned by Tom Zipprian – California

Industry Award

2019 BMW Prototype BMW Boxer built by Revival Cycles – Texas

Innovation Award

1989 Norton F1 Pre-Production Prototype owned by Stephen Haddad – California

Significance in Racing Award

1967 Honda 450 Daytona Racer owned by Ron Mousouris – California

Why We Ride Award

1962 Mustang Stallion owned by Jim Taylor – California

HVA Preservation Award

1929 Brough Superior 680 OHV owned by Bryan l. Brossier, Sr – Louisiana

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award

1970 JAWA 652 owned by Chris Carter – California

Antique 1st Place

1928 Douglas 4 1/4 owned by Bill Wheeler – California

Antique 2nd Place 

1918 BSA Model H owned by Budd Schwab – California

American 1st Place

1953 Indian Chief owned by Matt Blake – Illinois

American 2nd Place

1970 Indian Little Indian owned by Clive Belvoir – California

British 1st Place

1964 BSA Lightning Rocket owned by Robert Ives – California

British 2nd Place

1952 Triumph T6 Thunderbird from the TSW Collection – California

Italian 1st Place

1972 Ducati 750 GT owned by Stewart and Renee Garrison – Texas

Italian 2nd Place

1961 Ducati Bronco 125 owned by Kenneth Davis – California

Japanese 1st Place

1974 Kawasaki H1E owned by Owen Bishop – California

Japanese 2nd Place

1978 Kawasaki Z1R owned by Trace St. Germain – California

Other European 1st Place

1976 BMW R90/S owned by Mark Francois – California

Other European 2nd Place

1968 BMW R60/2 owned by Kenneth Morris – California

Competition On Road 1st Place

1979 Kawasaki AMSA Superbike owned by Kevin McKee – California

Custom/Modified 1st Place

1981 Honda XL500 owned by Niki Smart – California

Custom/Modified 2nd Place

1966 Honda S-90 owned by Dustin Kott – California

Extraordinary Bicycles/Scooter Award

1957 Lambretta LD150 MK3 owned by Eric Lussier – Arizona

The event also showcased four featured displays unique to this year’s show. The first of these, 50th Anniversary of the Honda CB750, showcased a curated group of the finest examples of the legendary Honda CB750, renowned as the world’s first “superbike.” Standout examples from this class included a 1969 Honda CB750 from Sam Roberts, a 1970 Honda CB750 from Tim Bamford and a 1971 Honda CB750 K1 from William Horn—all of which are the first, second and third year of production in three different colors

Other featured classes recognized the rugged excitement of Off-Road Wonders Through the 90’s, the 100th Anniversary of the Brough Superior and the Spirit of the Scrambler Presented by Ducati. The number of bikes on display per class ranged from 10 to 30.

Throughout the event, guests were given the opportunity to try out the latest products from the industry’s top manufacturers, which included everything from gear to motorcycles. Shoei/Transitions offered guests an opportunity to test their new helmets during demo rides, which were offered by event sponsors Harley-Davidson, Ducati and Suzuki. Harley-Davidson also offered a unique augmented-reality experience for its new LiveWire electric bike. Alongside these, Stellar Moto debuted their men’s and prototype women’s denim armored one-piece driving suit, Helite Moto unveiled new airbag vests and airbag jackets, Corbin debuted new saddles and pillions, Clearwater Lights displayed their full product lineup and Energica held a special display for their electric sport bikes alongside a custom “Oil in the Blood” Eva sport bike.

The 2019 show also marked the world debut of the latest electric superbike from LITO Motorcycles. The new LITO SORA Generation 2 features an upgraded battery system with 50 percent increased range over previous models and is capable of propelling the bike from zero to 60 miles per hour in three seconds.

“This year’s The Quail Motorcycle Gathering was one of our best yet,” said Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “From our incredible featured classes to the amazing spectators, to our wonderfully supportive sponsors and the beautiful motorcycles on display, 2019 was a year to remember and we can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring.” Next year’s show is already scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020. Tickets will go on sale in the fall. To learn more, please visit the event website, and follow the action on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

–Photos and words supplied by The Quail Motorcycle Gathering


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