Spectators turned out in force at the 9th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, presented by GEICO Motorcycle, despite cool and windy conditions and a threat of rain that never materialized. More than 3,000 spectators gathered at Quail Lodge & Golf Club on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to witness the more than 350 motorcycles, scooters and bicycles on display.
Gates opened to the general public at 10am, and all in attendance began to wander the lawn to examine the diverse collection of motorized machinery. From vintage race bikes to unrestored antiques, highly modified customs to one-off prototypes, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering offered a truly unique cross-section of motorcycling history.
Amongst the many awards classes and private collections was a special display in recognition of this year’s featured class: 50th Anniversary of the Norton Commando. More than three dozen bikes were part of this extremely comprehensive exhibition of Norton motorcycles, with almost every model and color represented.
Along with the hundreds of exquisite motorcycles on display, guests were given the opportunity to see the latest models from sponsors like Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Indian Motorcycles. Several custom shops joined in on the action as well, including Austin’s Revival Cycles and Los Angeles-based Heroes Motorcycles. Lifestyle sponsors wowed attendees with the latest in motorcycle gear and accessories, with a live demonstration of Alpinestars’ groundbreaking Tech-Air™ street airbag system drawing a crowd.
This year’s event was the first for presenting sponsor GEICO Motorcycle, a top provider in motorcycle insurance. “We are excited to serve as an official sponsor for such an outstanding event,” said Ted Ward, GEICO vice president. “The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is one of the top destinations for motorcycle enthusiasts in the country, and offers a superb opportunity for us to connect with fans and actively support the motorcycle riding community.”
Live music from local artist Delany Ann filled the air as participants on the Cycle World Tour arrived from their morning ride. A southern picnic lunch was served at the culinary pavilions and guests took the opportunity to rest and recharge for the second half of the day.
At 12:30pm, 2017 Legend of the Sport honoree Kenny Roberts took the stage for an intimate conversation with Gordon McCall. The duo was then joined by former Legends Mert Lawwill and Wayne Rainey to exchange stories from racing days gone by.
The afternoon continued with the sounds of blues and rock n’ roll musician J.J. Hawg, and guests enjoyed handcrafted ice cream from Marianne’s Ice Cream while making their final rounds on the lawn.
Finally, it was time for the awards ceremony and the GEICO Motorcycle Champions Row. Chief Judge Somer Hooker welcomed to the stage the more than two dozen owners of award-winning motorcycles. Jeff McCoy’s 1968 Norton Commando Fastback was honored as the winner of the featured class celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Norton Commando, while Jonnie Green’s 1948 Triumph T100 Tiger was granted the Spirit of The Quail Award. John Goldman’s 1957 Mondial 250 Grand Prix Dual Overhead Cam race bike won the Competition On Road class and was also awarded Best of Show.
The Peninsula Signature Events thanks its sponsors, entrants and all in attendance for helping to make the 9th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering a huge success. The 10th Annual event is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018. Tickets will go on sale this October. Learn more on the event website and follow the action on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
1957 Mondial 250 Grand Prix
John Goldman – California
1914 Jefferson Board Track Racer
Chris Carter – California
1948 Triumph T100 Tiger
Jonnie Green – California
1939 Brough Superior SS100
William E. “Chip” Connor – Hong Kong
1968 Norton Fastback
Jeff McCoy – California
1936 Vincent HRD Comet
Mitch Talcove – California
2015 Prototype Fuller Moto Motus Naked
John Bennet – California
1959 Moto Parilla 99 Olimpia
Vincent Schardt – California
1991 BMW Alpha
Mark Atkinson – Utah
1967 Benelli Custom
Carmen & David Hearn – California
1957 Moto Guzzi 850T
Untitled Motorcycles – California
1976 Yamaha XT500C
Owen Bishop – California
1942 Indian Pre-War Big Base Scout
Gary Landeen – South Dakota
1969 Honda CB750 Factory Police Special
Peter Rose – California
1980 Suzuki GS1000S
Trevor Franklin – British Columbia
1976 Hercules W2000 Wankel
Stephan Haddad – California
1995 Britten V1000 #10
Virgil Elings – California
1969 BMW R60/2
Kenneth Morris – California
1978 Yamaha XS750
Fernando Cruz – California
1975 Husqvarna 360 Flat Tracker
Clyde Williams – California
1983 Honda Factory RS 750 Flat Tracker
Anthony Giammanco – California
1957 Mondial 250 Grand Prix
John Goldman – California
1971 NYPD Lambretta LI150 Special
Siobhan Ellis – California
1958 Triumph Tiger
Bryan Thompson – California
1918 BSA Model H
Bud Schwab – California
1968 BSA Thunderbolt
Richard Mitchell – California
1937 Indian Chief
Kalle Hoffman – California
The Peninsula Signature Events thanks its sponsors, entrants and all in attendance for helping to make the 9th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering a huge success. The 10th Annual event is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018. Tickets will go on sale this October.