The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Presented by TUDOR takes place Saturday, May 16. This day-long celebration of motorcycling heritage and performance continues with its “Legends of the Sport” series, honoring seminal figures in the sport of motorcycling. There will be more than 200 pre- and post-war motorcycles on display. The Quail Ride, a 100-mile motorcycle journey throughout the Monterey Peninsula, takes place the day prior on Friday, May 15.
This year, two legends of the sport will be honored at The Gathering: 1969 AMA Grand National Champion Mert Lawwill and 1970 AMA Grand National Champion Gene Romero. Lawwill won 17 National Championship races and amassed an incredible 161 AMA Grand National finishes during his 15-year racing career. He is also one of the featured riders in the 1971 motorcycle classic “On Any Sunday,” in which he co-starred with Steve McQueen and Malcolm Smith, and in which Romero also appeared. Romero’s career spanned 16 years. He won 12 AMA National Championship races and the 1975 Daytona 200. He was one of the first racers to attract sponsorship to the sport of motorcycling. Both Mert Lawwill and Gene Romero were inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998.
In its seventh year, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will honor both pre- and post-war eras of the world’s finest sports and racing bikes. The Gathering will feature A Tribute to Military Motorcycles, paying homage to the men, women and machines that helped defend our country. The military display will feature a 1942 BMW R-75 Wehrmachtsgespann. Additional categories on display will include: Chopper, Formula 750 Group, Scooter, American, Antique, British, Japanese, German, Italian, Other European, Competition On/Off Road and Custom/Modified.
The fee to participate as an entrant at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is $140 and includes two tickets, the opportunity to show one motorcycle, an entrant plaque and an event gift bag.
On Friday, August 14, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, will honor Long Tail Cars of Le Mans, Coachbuilt Ferraris and Iconic Pre-1965 Porsches. In addition, the traditional classes will include: Pre-War Sports and Racing, Post-War Sports, Post-War Racing, Supercars, Sports and Racing Motorcycles and The Great Ferraris. Now in its 13th year, this mainstay of Monterey Car Week is known for its exclusive display of the past and present’s most elite luxury automobiles, complemented by fine cuisine, wine and spirits, all in a festive garden party setting.
Bonhams‘ 18th annual motorcar auction will be held in conjunction with The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. At the 2014 event, Bonhams grossed $108 million in auction sales, which included the record-breaking sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at $38,115,000 – the highest price ever paid for a car at a public auction.
Event tickets can be purchased at www.quaillodgetickets.com.