The 2012 Celebration of the Motorcycle will be held Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Del MAr Race Track Paddock, Del Mar, CA from 10 am to 3 pm (the same car event is on October 21) Now in its third year, the Celebration of the Motorcycle has set the new standard for antique and classic motorcycle events. It’s the event where “world legends really do gather.” For the past two years, the Celebration of the Motorcycle has been held in conjunction with the Del Mar Concours d’Elegance, producers of this event. This year, it will be held separately, a testament to the strength and popularity of this important day.
In 2011, over 135 historically significant, classic and antique bikes and their passionate owners converged from around the world to be showcased, judged and enjoyed. This year’s event raises the bar even higher with close to 200 motorcycles expected to participate, each hoping to win the coveted Best of Show award. Last year, it was a rare 1915 Henderson that took the top spot.
The 2012 Celebration of the Motorcycle will once again transform the Del Mar Race Track Paddock into a living museum where the finest examples of motorcycle design and engineering, spanning 1899 through the 1980s, will stand as proud as the owners themselves — each bike bringing its own story to tell and pedigree to show. It’s rich, it’s historic and it’s captivating, particularly when these incredible machines fire their engines. This year’s featured marquee will be Vincent Motorcycles. The 1948 Black Shadow was, at the times, the world’s fastest production motorcycle.
Among the other rare examples of motorcycles that will be exhibited at this event will be a 1913 Thor, a 1935 Brough Superior 100SS, a 191 Pierce-Arrow and a 191 Indian Dirt Track Racer. Once again, the Honorary Grand Marshals will be legends and AMA Hall of Famers, Ed Kretz, Jr., Bill Tuman, Dick Klamfoth and Bobby Hill who will captivate the crowd with stories, inside jokes and autographs. Also in attendance this year will be representatives of another AMA Hall of Famer, Arlen Ness, better known as the “King of Choppers.”
The Celebration of the Motorcycle is also very pleased to have Ed Gilbertson in the role of Honorary Chief Judge. Renowned motorcycle artist Scott Jacobs will also be a special guest at this event. He will be on hand to sign specially designed posters created for this event. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For tickets and complete information about attending this event and entering your motorcycle in the Celebration of the Motorcycle, the categories and judging, visit Celebration Of The Motorcycle. www.celebrationofthemotorcycle.com