On Saturday, May 5, Carmel, Calif., becomes Motorcycle Mecca to serious bike enthusiasts, who come from all parts of the world to experience The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Held at the Quail Lodge Golf Club, the world-famous event is now in its fourth year, and this year’s gathering promises to be the best yet.
Featured motorcycles for 2012 will include the famous blue Vincent Rapide, a historic Bonneville Salt Flats record holder once owned and raced by Marty Dickerson; Dan Gurney’s innovative Alligator; Steve Lawrence’s 1962 BSA Gold Star Clubman; and the 1972 Magni Rocket 3, based on the famous BSA/Triumph triple. Highlighting the show is a 32-bike collection of significant MV Agusta motorcycles and a group of early and important Harley-Davidsons.
In addition to classic motorcycles, major manufacturers and dealerships will bring their latest models, while vendors and leading sponsors Breitling and Ducati North America will exhibit their products. New this year is The Quail Marketplace, a venue where collectors can buy and sell motorcycles without auction-style commissions.
Pre-event activities on Friday, May 4, include a 100-mile ride—limited to 70 participants—at $295 per rider, who will also be invited to exhibit their motorcycle at Saturday’s concours. Tickets for Saturday’s event are $65, which includes lunch. (831.620.8879; www.quaillodgetickets.com)