2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering Winners, Photos & Review

Chris Carter 2nd Place American Class 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Chris Carter took second place in the American Class for his 1914 Jefferson Board Track Racer.

There was the historic, like Chris Carter’s immaculate 1914 Jefferson Board Track Racer and Gary Landeen’s 1942 Indian Pre-War Big Base Scout. There was the exotic, Virgil Elings’ pristine, unraced 1995 Britten V1000 coming to mind, the superb superbike No. 10 of 10. There was next-gen goodness in the form of John Bennet’s wicked Motus Streetfighter built by Bryan Fuller and the Fuller Moto crew, the custom Motus delivering a thunderous note you could feel in your bones.

Quail Lodge host of the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The Quail Lodge hosted its 9th annual motorcycle concourse on its grounds with over 3,000 estimated attendees. 

For the 9th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering over 350 motorcycles sprawled about the verdant lawns of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. A grey, overcast sky and cool temperatures couldn’t deter over 3,000 people from milling around the grounds to witness the moto-spectacle, a celebration of all things two-wheeled. American racing royalty Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey and Mert Lawwill added to the pomp and circumstance by regaling the crowd with tales from their storied careers. John Goldman, winner of 2015 “Best of Show” laurels, added another notch on his victory belt with his 1957 Mondial 250 Grand Prix Racer with Dual Overhead Cams and a race fairing that’s almost impossible to find.

1995 Britten V1000 #10 Significance in Racing Award 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Jeff Elings sits on the 1995 Britten V1000 #10, winner of the “Significance in Racing Award” at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering. The rare Britten superbike is extra special because it’s never been raced.

In the American Class, Kalle Hoffman captured top honors with his art deco 1937 Indian Chief.

“I’ve had the bike for about eight years. I bought it as a project and restored it. It took me about three years to get the bike on the road. I got the bike on the road for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge,” said Hoffman. His compelling back story provided further motivation to complete the restoration.

“The first civilian bike to cross the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937 was a 1937 Indian Chief and that bike was ridden by a club member. I’m in the San Francisco Motorcycle Club and club member Hap Jones so it’s very close and dear to our group as far as that our group carries on this tradition. This year is the 80th anniversary of that bike and the Golden Gate Bridge so I decided to complete the bike this year to commemorate it.

Kalle Hoffman's 1937 Indian Chief American Class winner 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Kalle Hoffman won the American Class with his beautifully restored 1937 Indian Chief.

“I got it out of Alabama from a fellow Indian enthusiast. It was in bad condition. He had been working towards a custom bobber with everything wrong. When I bought it I wanted to restore a ’37 Indian. That bike is as close to original as I can get it.

“Getting it reliable riding on the road was the most challenging part of it. After you put a bike together and get all the parts there, that doesn’t mean it’s a bike you can get on and ride. So working through the nuances and subtleties of the magneto, working through a failed bolt in the transmission, and revisiting issues I thought I’d already solved, that was the most challenging thing for me. Assembling the bike, getting the bike rebuilt, getting the motor worked on, paint, that’s easy. Getting the bike as a reliable bike you can ride, that was the most challenging. I have to admit assembling a beautifully painted bike was a bit of a nail-biter. Lots of blue tape and not my favorite task,” he added.

Wayne Rainey 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Three time World Champion Wayne Rainey has long been a big supporter of the Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

They say a picture’s worth 1000 words, so we’ll let our photo gallery tell the rest of the story that was the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering.


The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2017 Award Winners

Best of Show

1957 Mondial 250 Grand Prix Double Overhead Cam, John Goldman – California

Spirit of The Quail Award

1948 Triumph T100 Tiger, Jonnie Green – California

50th Anniversary of the Norton Commando

1968 Norton Fastback, Jeff McCoy – California

Industry Award

2015 Prototype Fuller Moto Motus Naked, John Bennet – California

Innovation Award

1991 BMW Alpha, Mark Atkinson – Utah

Design and Style Award

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T, Untitled Motorcycles – California

HVA Preservation Award

1942 Indian Pre-War Big Base Scout, Gary Landeen – South Dakota

The Cycle World Tour Award

1980 Suzuki GS1000S, Trevor Franklin – British Columbia

Significance in Racing Award

1995 Britten V1000 #10, Virgil Elings – California

Why We Ride Award

1978 Yamaha XS750, Fernando Cruz – California

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award

1983 Honda Factory RS 750 Flat Tracker, Anthony Giammanco – California

Extraordinary Bicycles/Scooter Class Award

1971 NYPD Lambretta LI150 Special, Siobhan Ellis – California

Antique 1st Place

1918 BSA Model H, Bud Schwab – California

American 1st Place

1937 Indian Chief, Kalle Hoffman – California

American 2nd Place

1914 Jefferson Board Track Racer, Chris Carter – California

British 1st Place

1939 Brough Superior SS100, William E. “Chip” Connor – Hong Kong

British 2nd Place

1936 Vincent HRD Comet, Mitch Talcove – California

Italian 1st Place

1959 Moto Parilla 99 Olimpia, Vincent Schardt – California

Italian 2nd Place

1967 Benelli Custom, Carmen & David Hearn – California

Japanese 1st Place

1976 Yamaha XT500C, Owen Bishop – California

Japanese 2nd Place

1969 Honda CB750 Factory Police Special, Peter Rose – California

Other European 1st Place

1976 Hercules W2000 Wankel, Stephan Haddad – California

Other European 2nd Place

1969 BMW R60/2, Kenneth Morris – California

Competition Off Road 1st Place

1975 Husqvarna 360 Flat Tracker, Clyde Williams – California

Competition On Road 1st Place

1957 Mondial 250 Grand Prix Double Overhead Cam, John Goldman – California

Custom/Modified 1st Place

1958 Triumph Tiger, Bryan Thompson – California

Custom/Modified 2nd Place

1968 BSA Thunderbolt, Richard Mitchell – California

What to Expect at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Spectators, sponsors, entrants and organizers eagerly await the start of the 9th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, presented by GEICO Motorcycle, this Saturday, May 6th at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

The weekend festivities kick off Friday as The Quail Ride departs for a 100-mile journey through the Monterey Peninsula, including a jaunt on the world famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Quail Ride is followed by The Quail Motorcycle Dinner, a reception and dinner that features guest speakers. Both events are sold out, but interested parties are encouraged to reserve their spot early for the 2018 edition.

The 9th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering opens at 10:00 a.m. Guests will be treated to hundreds of the most incredible motorcycles displayed on the lawn, along with a host of lifestyle vendors, live entertainment, a signature beverage pavilion, dedicated kids area and more. Among the many motorcycles will be a special display celebrating this year’s featured class: 50 Years of the Norton Commando.

This year The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is honoring Kenny Roberts as its Legend of the Sport. Roberts will take the stage with Director of Motorsports Gordon McCall to chat about the past, present and future of motorcycle racing.

Guests will enjoy the sounds of live music as they wander the grounds to examine the many motorcycles, scooters and bicycles on display. A catered “southern picnic” lunch will be served, and handcrafted ice cream from Marianne’s Ice Cream will be available throughout the afternoon.

1951 Panhead Chopper at the 2016 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

1951 Panhead Chopper at the 2016 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Along with the many motorcycles on the event field, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering has partnered with the Monterey Youth Museum to help raise money for this wonderful organization. A silent auction will be held with items donated by sponsors, and all proceeds will go to the MY Museum.

The day’s excitement will culminate with the awards ceremony in the afternoon, where The Quail Judges will announce the recipients of more than two dozen awards. From general awards like “Best in Show” and “The Spirit of the Quail Award” to top honors for specific classes, the ceremony draws crowds to see the winning machines and hear from their owners.

Following the awards ceremony, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering invites guests to The Covey Bar & Deck for an informal after party. Located in the Quail Lodge lobby, The Covey Bar was recently completed and opened on May 1st. You will find many pieces relating to the motorcycle world throughout the bar including a few bikes from the Moto Talbott Museum.

The fun continues on Sunday at the Cycle World Test Ride at The Quail. Select applicants will have the opportunity to take a demo ride on some of the latest motorcycle models from Honda. Bell and Transitions are participating as well, allowing riders to try out a Bell Helmet or Transitions adaptive face shield. The Test Ride will be staged in the parking lot across the road from the Clubhouse.

Witness this celebration only at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Attendees can save $20 by purchasing discounted pre-sale tickets online at www.quaillodgetickets.com. Full price tickets will also be available at the gate on the day of the event. Entry includes a gourmet barbecue lunch, parking, and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event. Learn more on the event website and follow the action on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

AMA Continues Partnership with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

1949 Indian Arrow at Quail Motorcycle Gathering

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award to be presented

The American Motorcyclist Association is continuing its partnership with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, which includes an AMA display and the presentation of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award at the May 6 event at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, Calif.

“We are very glad to again be a part of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, one of the premier motorcycling events of the year,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “The Quail showcases some of the finest competition motorcycles in the country and highlights the elegance of these machines, as well as their performance.”

A member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will be on hand to present the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award, which recognizes a machine that best represents a contribution or contributions that AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers have made to the growth of American motorcycling.

In addition, the AMA will be on location to greet supporters, sell memberships and provide information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Gordon McCall, director of motorsports at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club said, “Our partnership with the AMA is very important to us, as this organization represents the advocacy that all of us motorcyclists need to protect our beloved hobby and sport. Over the years, every honoree of our ‘Legend of the Sport’ has been an AMA Hall of Famer. We are looking forward to hosting the AMA once again, as well as continuing to build our relationship into the future.”

The ninth annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering celebrates the past, present and future of motorcycling. The featured themes include:

• American
• British
• Italian
• Other European
• Japanese
• Competition On Road
• Competition Off Road
• Antique
• Custom/Modified
• Extraordinary Bicycles and Scooters Class
• Norton Motorcycles – Celebrating 50 Years of the Norton Commando

AMA members receive a discount on tickets to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering by using the discount code at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/for-members/member-discount-codes.

More information about The Quail Motorcycle Gathering can be found at signatureevents.peninsula.com.

Quail Motorcycle Gathering Names Kenny Roberts as 2017 Legend of the Sport

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering has announced two-time AMA Grand National Champion and three-time World 500 Grand Prix Champion Kenny Roberts as its “Legend of the Sport” for the 2017 event. Each year The Quail Motorcycle Gathering selects a Legend of the Sport in recognition of achievements in racing and contributions to the sport of motorcycling.

“Few figures in American motorcycle racing history have been more influential than Kenny Roberts,” explained Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports at The Peninsula Signature Events. “On top of his incredible list of racing accomplishments, his success on the world stage stirred the hearts of American race fans and forever changed the way motorcycles were raced.”

With a racing career spanning 13 years, multiple championships, and dozens of race wins, Kenny Roberts has left an indelible mark on the sport of motorcycle racing in the United States and around the world. A product of rural Central California, Roberts quickly found success as a dirt track racer, earning the AMA Rookie of the Year Award in 1971. The following year he won the first of his 32 career Grand National wins, and in 1973 won the first of two straight AMA Grand National Championships. Along the way Roberts became just the second racer to complete the AMA Grand Slam by winning a mile, half-mile, short-track, tourist trophy and road race event in both the 1974 and 1975 seasons.

After winning the 1977 AMA Formula One road racing championship, Kenny Roberts departed the American racing scene destined for international greatness. In his first season, Roberts won the FIM World 500cc Grand Prix Championship, becoming the first American to win a 500cc Grand Prix title. This was the first of three consecutive titles for Roberts, who in 1979 was named the AMA Pro Athlete of the Year for the third time.

Legends of the Sport Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Clockwise from left: Gordon McCall, Kenny Roberts, Paul d’Orleans, Mert Lawwill and Wayne Rainey at the 2013 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

At the end of the 1983 season Roberts retired from full-time racing and embarked on a new phase in his career by starting a race team to compete in the World 500 Grand Prix Championship. In 1990 the team rose to dominance by producing two world champions in Wayne Rainey and John Kocinski, winners of the 500cc and 250cc titles, respectively. Rainey would go on to win two more championships for Marlboro Team Roberts in 1991 and 1992. In 2000, Kenny Roberts Jr. won the World 500cc Grand Prix, marking the first time that the son of a former champion won the title.

Kenny Roberts’ legacy is greater than his racing accolades. Known throughout his career for his aggressive riding style, Roberts changed the international road racing landscape by introducing the dirt-track technique of sliding the rear tire to maximize speed. During his years of competition, Roberts was also an advocate for racers and was instrumental in the FIM’s reforms to increase prize money and impose stricter safety regulations. Off the track, Roberts has been a longtime supporter of Welcome Home Heroes, a nonprofit that provides assistance to local Central California veterans of the U.S. military and their transition from active duty to private life.

It’s no surprise then that Kenny Roberts has been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and was named an FIM Grand Prix Legend.

“Monterey has always been a favorite place of mine,” Roberts commented. “I’ve spent many years racing there as both a rider and a team owner. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering has become the preeminent show of its kind, and I am very pleased to be honored this year as their Legend of the Sport.”

Witness this celebration only at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Attendees can save $20 by purchasing discounted pre-sale tickets online at www.quaillodgetickets.com. Full price tickets will also be available at the gate on the day of the event.

With live entertainment, lifestyle vendors, a signature beverage pavilion, and a dedicated kids area, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a true celebration of motorcycling. Entry includes a gourmet barbecue lunch, parking, and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event. Learn more on the event website and follow the action on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

2017 Dates Announced for 9th Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering

1949 Indian Arrow at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The Peninsula Signature Events has announced May 6, 2017 as the date of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, presented by GEICO Motorcycle. The 9th Annual event at Quail Lodge & Golf Club will feature an expansive selection of the finest and rarest vintage and modern motorcycles as well as leading motorsports and lifestyle vendors, food and beverages, live music and family entertainment.

The weekend’s activities kick off on Friday, May 5th as 100 motorcyclists weave their way throughout the Monterey Peninsula on The Quail Ride. Then on Saturday, May 6th, attendees will gather on the Quail Lodge lawn for the 9th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Alongside traditional classes, this year will include a special feature on Norton Motorcycles — Celebrating 50 Years of the Norton Commando. Those interested in displaying a motorcycle on the lawn should fill out the application form here.

Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual event! Attendees can take advantage of holiday discounts by purchasing online through December 31, 2016. Tickets will be available online and at the gate through the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at quaillodgetickets.com.

A limited number of rooms are available at Quail Lodge and are expected to book quickly. Rooms and rates are based on availability at the time of booking and cannot be guaranteed, and a two-night minimum stay is required. For more information and to make your reservation visit quaillodge.com.

Companies interested in event sponsorship or advertising in The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2017 Program should contact April Morris, Sponsorship Sales & Logistics Manager by phone at 1 (831) 620-8835 or by email at aprilmorris@quaillodge.com.

Roederer Champagne and Crystal Awards at the Quail