National Motorcycle Museum Takes Double Win at Pebble Beach

Over 200 automobiles and only 18 select Italian motorcycles graced the 18th fairway at the 61st Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Sunday, Aug. 21. When motorcycles were called to the presentation stage for awards, machines from the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa, won first and second places in the Italian Touring Motorcycles class competition. First place went to a 1957 Aermacchi Chimera, a striking blue and yellow “streamlined” machine, and second place went to a bright red 1956 Maserati 160 LM. While correctness and quality of paint, fasteners, upholstery, and plating are most of what the judges tally, elegance also plays a role in the competition. The Aermacchi attracted a lot of attention for its unique lines and striking paint scheme.

Two years ago the producers of what is likely the world’s most prestigious Concours d’Elegance decided to add motorcycles to the competition. First came a round of British bikes, then American and this year a carefully vetted group of Italian motorcycles were invited to the wonderful coastal setting near Carmel, California. “We feel extremely privileged to have been invited to attend then take such a high honor in the Concours d’Elegance world. To be among a group of such great motorcycles and take a double win is certainly among my life’s greatest experiences,” said John Parham, President of the Board of Directors of the National Motorcycle Museum. (nice to see John in good shape having a good time watching his vintage motorcycles being honored in one of the most prestigious concours)

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6 Responses to “National Motorcycle Museum Takes Double Win at Pebble Beach”


  1. 1 CALIFORNIA RIDER Aug 26th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you Jill & John for representing our industry with “Class”

  2. 2 Richard Aug 26th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    BEAUTIFUL BIKE! Incidently, the “National Mototcycle Museum” is a first class place with first class people working there. I’ve been to the downtown museum twice and am planning to ride down to Annamosa near the end of September to see the new place outside of town. If you can manage, treat yourself and visit the museum.

  3. 3 Cris Sommer Simmons Aug 27th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Congrats to John and Jill! Couldn’t happen to nicer people.

  4. 4 Scott Takes Aug 30th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I have an endless amount of respect for John and Jill and all they have brought to our industry. This museum is a MUST SEE!!!

  5. 5 Ed Gilbertson Sep 4th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Congratulations to John and Jill for their well deserved awards. John was unable to attend Pebble Beach last year due to his illness. It was great to see both he and his bikes doing so well.

    Pebble Beach will be featuring German bikes next year. I bet John already has a candidate in mind. We all miss the Legend of the Motorcycle show and the emphasis on originality and authenticity. But be assured we will carry on at Pebble Beach with the same serious approach to judging that we used at the Legend show.

    Thanks to everyone for their help and support. And let’s always remember … motorcycles are meant to be ridden.

    Ed Gilbertson

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