The Quail Motorcycle Gathering offers a spectacular display of new custom, restored classic sports and racing bikes lined up on the pristine lawn of the Driving Range at Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, CA on Saturday, May 14. To debut during the event the new motorcycle built by Ian Barry at Falcon Motorcycles and the So-Cal Speed Shop’s new line of limited edition motorcycles called Miler and inspired by old Triumph racers
Falcon Motorcycles. Named The Black Falcon, Ian Barry’s new project is built using a salvaged engine from a Vincent 1951 Black Shadow and you will be the first to see it in my Blog on Monday morning May 16th. The Black underwent more than a year of uninterrupted design, engineering and fabrication. The Black is the third creation in Falcon’s Concept Ten, a collection of masterful one-off bikes designed and fabricated around the engines of iconic British motorcycles. The second was the Kestrel Falcon, which was unveiled at last year’s Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
So-Cal Speed Shop, known for custom car creations, will debut its new line of motorcycles branded the Miler. A modernized fusion of function and nostalgia, the Miler is reminiscent of flat track Triumph racers from the 1960s and 1970s and is powered by an exhilarating 78 horsepower, 865cc displacement twin-cylinder Triumph Bonneville motor in a superlight frame package. A combination of high-compression pistons, precision-engineered head porting, and exhaust tuning enhance the recreational aspect of the reliable street rider. This marks the first So-Cal Speed Shop evolution, based on the original Streetmaster and Mule Motorcycles concept bike. The Miler is the first of several limited edition bikes from So-Cal Moto Sport that will soon be in production.
This year, The Gathering will pay tribute to a century of racing at The Isle of Man, while also showcasing the top motorcycles from the past, present and concepts of the future. Key motorcycles on display will include a 1929 Sunbeam Model 90 TT, winner of the 1929 Isle of Man TT; a 1938 Brough Superior SS-80, a 1961 BSA Goldstar and 1952 Vincent Black Lightning from the Gene Brown Collection; and the John Edgar Lightning, star of the renowned “Bathing Suit Bike” photograph, shot at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1948. The Quail will also showcase the Avon Motorcycle Tyres 100th Anniversary Bike, built in celebration of its incredible milestone and custom painted by renowned airbrush artist Carlos Avelar. Additionally, for the first time, the optional full concours judging will be offered for those enthusiasts interested in entering a motorcycle and competing for the coveted blue ribbon in their class.
In between mingling with collectors and enthusiasts, attendees will view the latest products from leading motorcycle manufacturers, dealerships, accessories and lifestyle vendors, such as leading sponsors Breitling USA, and Ducati North America. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment and an All American barbeque lunch prepared by the culinary team at Quail Lodge. Attendees will gain access to Bonhams & Butterfields live auction of rare motorcycles and memorabilia, and will include Steve McQueen’s 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross, which he famously rode shirtless on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1971.
To kick-off The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, enthusiasts will participate in The Quail Ride on Friday, May 13, 2011. The Ride, limited to 50 participants, will wind through 100 miles of the backroads of the Monterey Peninsula and conclude with a private dinner. The fee to participate in the Ride is $250 per rider, and includes a gift bag, lunch, track time at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and admission to an intimate dinner reception featuring special guest speakers, and a private sneak preview of the Bonhams & Butterfields Auction motorcycles. Ride participants will also receive a ticket to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering and an invitation to display a bike as an entrant. Tickets to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering are $65 per person, $15 for children 12 and under, and inclusive of lunch, live musical entertainment and access to the Bonhams & Butterfields Auction. Event tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at Quail Lodge Tickets