Classic cycles and culinary treats are on tap for guests of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, which returns to Carmel Valley’s Quail Lodge Golf Club this Saturday, May 5.
The fourth year of the event features the exhibition of some especially exciting bikes. Marty Dickerson’s 1948 Vincent Rapide racer, dubbed “The Blue Bike” and acclaimed as a record-breaker at the Bonneville Salt Flats, promises to be a big draw for historic cycling enthusiasts.
Designer and race driver Dan Gurney will also display a number of his innovative Alligator cycles.
“We wanted to acknowledge Dan Gurney’s contributions to the cycling world. He is already synonymous with innovation in the car world,” explains event chief Gordon McCall, who based The Quail Motorcycle Gathering on the successful The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. McCall co-founded that popular August automobile event with Sir Michael Kadoorie of the Peninsula Hotels Group.
New for this year’s motorcycle event is a Superbike category that honors experienced GP racers, along with several other pre- and post-war categories. Event organizers will highlight Indian Motorcycles and the evolution of motorcycle design, as well. Entrance includes all exhibits, along with lunch, music and a marketplace of motorcycle memorabilia and accessories.
McCall sees this springtime event as a little more low-key than its August auto counterpart, though no less sophisticated.
“All the events I’m involved with are unique in their own way. In this day and age, where so many things get cookie-cuttered, it’s nice to do things a little differently,” he says.