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One of a trio of important Motorcycle shows for Ducati in Italy (after Milan and Bologna) photos include what appears to be a display from the Spanish builder/tuners Radical
DANA POINT, Calif., May 31, 2012
The Dana Point Concours d'Elegance(R) will celebrate 86 years of Ducati high performance, one of the world's leading motorcycle manufacturers, during its 30th anniversary, June 23-24, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach golf links in Dana Point, Calif. The premier celebration of automotive elegance in Southern California will feature some of the best motorcycles and automobiles, each competing for top awards during the event.
"Initially, we included collector motorcycles at our event in 2010 as a one-time feature," noted Jeff Spellens, Dana Point Concours d'Elegance president. "The response was so incredible that collector motorcycles have become an integral part of the two-day event."
The Italian manufacturer will be represented on the golf links with a 1955 Ducati 125 Bialbero Gran Prix. The bike features a 125 cc Twin Cam engine, which was part of the original group of motorcycles with the first Twin Cam motor designed by Chief Engineer at Ducati Fabio Taglione.
A 1966 Ducati Monza 250 will also capture attention. Manufactured for the American market, the Monza 250 was only built in 1966 and 1967. This '66 was a barn find in Indiana before the current owner purchased and restored the motorcycle.
One Ducati is a showcase for the company's superior engineering. Introduced in 1970 and designed by Chief Engineer Taglione, the Desmo head opens and closes the valves using the camshaft, without valve springs. Today it is a trademark of the Ducati brand and is featured in a 350 cc single cylinder 1970 350 Desmo that can be viewed just inside the entrance of the motorcycle pavilion. Another Ducati that will feature a Desmo head is a 1965 Ducati 250 Mach I Desmo. The bike has a 250 cc engine and is restored to excellent condition.
"Much like owning a Shelby or a Harley-Davidson, owning and riding a Ducati is a lifestyle decision," added Spellens. "It is fitting to celebrate an Italian manufacturer at our event, who understands the meaning of good taste, class and sophistication."
To see these Ducati's and more, guests can purchase a general admission ticket for $30 online or $35 at the gate. Motorcycle and car exhibitors can download a registration form and send to the appropriate chairman as noted on the documents. For more information about the event, please go to www.danapointconcours.org .
SOURCE: Dana Point Concours d'Elegance
Vintage motorcycles drummed to life and rumbled through Carmel Valley then headed to the Quail Lodge for a concours the next day at the budding affair known as the Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
Morning mist hung just above the tops of the green rolling hills on a crisp Carmel Valley morning. Slowly the solitude was broken by the burble of bikes trickling in, from the raspy exhaust of revvy MV Agusta Singles to the deep-seated growl of Ducatis. The multitude of riders arrived in weathered Vanson jackets and Dainese race suits, wearing their worn-down knee pucks and road-rashed leathers as badges of honor. Many of the motorcycles gathering for the fourth annual Quail Motorcycle Ride have competed in numerous Giros, while the other participants also have their own unique story of ownership to tell. Soon, this eclectic group of motorcyclists, some 80 strong, rumbled out of the lodge as they embarked on a 110-mile ride through the scenic central Californian countryside.... For the rest of the story and photos, click on the headline link above.
Ductalk editor's note - We are here with Arrick and the rest of the Ducati North America gang setting up for the biggest motorcycle show of the year. Coming out? Make sure you stop by the Ducati area for a coffee, and check out the Ducati vintage superbike display and the new 1199 Panigale!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
10:00am – 3:30pm
Now in it’s 4th year, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a world class international motor sport event offering a spectacular display of classic sports and racing bikes lined up on the pristine lawn of the Driving Range at Quail Lodge Golf Club. This year the Quail celebrate’s The Evolution of the Motorcycle featuring Indian Motorcycles, but that’s not all. They have added a new Superbike Class just perfect for showing off your modern Ducati superbike. And DucatiUSA will be there in true Ducati fashion with the latest models from the 2012 line up, staff members from the Ducati North America Team and some delicious espresso and snacks to share with those who attend. Add a special ticket package with gear check and Ducati VIP parking and it’s a weekend not to miss!...More Here: http://www.ducati.net/2012/04/ducatiusa-at-the-quail-motorcycle-gathering/
The fourth annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering keeps getting better adding The Quail Marketplace and the US debut of Magni Motorcycles 1972 Magni Rocket 3.
Enthusiasts are invited to participate in the full concours judging with the Best of Show winner receiving a Breitling watch and bottle of Roederer Estate Brut. The Breitling Circle of Champions Awards Ceremony will be immediately followed by a press conference where media attendees will have the opportunity to interview Gordon McCall and winners....more here: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/4/12838/Motorcycle-Article/Quail-Gathering-Adds-Marketplace--Magni-Debut.aspx
Ductalk Editors note - We are looking for modern Ducati Superbikes for the Quail display - contact Vicki @ Ducati.net if you would like to be included in the Ducati display at Quail