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)