2023 Quail – No Rain, No Ache

California has been swimming an atmospheric river so lengthy its residents are traumatized, bored with getting moist, and pulling U-turns on the first sight of an orange cone.  That may be a proof for the dozen empty spots on the grass at this yr’s Quail Bike Gathering, or it may merely be fortunate yr #13 parsing the solidly dedicated from the those that let a 20% probability of rain persuade them to overlook a reasonably wonderful weekend.

Favourite rig of the weekend: a 1961 Willys L6-226 4×4 pickupu owned by Anthony Drago, with a Greeves scrambler within the mattress. Excellent patina, even after a second repaint! [Paul d’Orleans]

Regardless of these lacking Concours entries, the precise numbers of bikes at/across the Quail was effectively up, partly because of the presence of Carry-A-Trailer (BaT), who put out a name for an alumni gathering, and had been heard.  The BaT zone simply exterior the Quail’s entry gates was full of bikes that had been bought on their website, balancing out the general Quail numbers, and prompting strategies they need to convey the social gathering contained in the gates subsequent yr?  They do attain an unlimited viewers of automotive/moto lovers who gather classics with two and 4 wheels.  Keep tuned for an interview with BaT founder Randy Nonnenburg and Public sale Crew Supervisor Tyler Greenblatt.

However first, the day earlier than: the Quail Experience, a tour of the implausible California coastal vary, in full bloom after a really moist yr. Quail founder Gordon McCall personally swept the apexes of corners earlier than the tour! [Paul d’Orleans]

Can all of us admit that motorcyclists are sorta cheapskates, besides in relation to shopping for bikes?  Yearly our native classic bike boards resound with gripers who assume $150 or so for a spectacular occasion devoted to their lifelong ardour is pricey. Sure, you’re underpaid, received payments ‘n youngsters, however an entire lot of oldsters – practically 50, together with the volunteer judges – spend an entire lot of time making the Quail the best motorcycle-only present within the nation, if not the world.  And so they succeed, yearly, so act such as you actually like bikes, and present up.  Dwell slightly.

Want a donut earlier than your trip? I selected chocolate! And hey, dig my Paul Cox Berserker jacket by Vanson, and my El Solitario Rascal pants! The final word classic using go well with (together with my outdated Gucci motorbike boots). [Courtney Ferrante]

Full disclosure: I’ve emceed the Quail since 2011, so have my attachments to the place and the wonderful employees that make it occur. However the massive draw for me is the magic of the occasion, which has little to do with which bikes are entered, and far to do with the individuals who attend.   Wish to speak to Bubba Shobert, Wayne Rainey, or Eddie Lawson?   No bodyguards, handlers, or velvet ropes right here – simply say hello, and begin a dialog.  Or builders: Max Hazan is an everyday (and an everyday winner), who brings his beautiful household; and proficient of us like Dustin Kott, Hugo Eccles (Untitled MC) and Taras Kravtchouk (Tarform), amongst many different heavyweights within the design, customized, and electrical scenes.  It’s an ideal place to speak with of us within the trade, when you have questions or simply need to know who’s accountable for good design.

Selection, peeps. On the vanguard of future design, Taras Kravtchouk and his Tarform production-ready prototype. And, isn’t it time the Quail had an electrical bike class? [Paul d’Orleans]

We’ve had a Vintagent X Motor/Cycle Arts Basis sales space on the Quail for a few years now, and this yr we had been book-heavy.  We gave half our sales space over to the brand new Taschen ‘Final Collector Bikes’ e book, and invited a writer’s rep (thanks, Creed Poulsen) to be available and clarify why the e book is so particular.  Because of the various who ponied up on the day, particularly for the High-quality Artwork Version ($850), which is essentially the most lavish e book ever printed about bikes.  We additionally had deeply discounted books by your actually, all of which can be found in our Store, plus some rarities like Legend of the Bike Concours brochures and tees.  We’re the one place on the planet to search out these, and the one place to purchase signed copies of my books: if you’d like a personalised inscription, let me know.

Creed Poulsen, a Director at Taschen, repping the brand new Final Bike Assortment: we offered fairly a couple of! [Paul d’Orleans]

So, what bikes gained?  Better of Present was an ultra-rare 1939 Miller-Balsamo 200 Carenata, with totally enclosed monocoque bodywork and a two-stroke engine beneath, owned by SF architect/arch collector John Goldman, who’s been supporting motorbike reveals for many years together with his wonderful Italian and now Artwork Deco masterpieces.  This was the primary yr I saved my nostril out of the decide’s chambers, however apparently the futuristic Italian light-weight was a agency favourite throughout the board.  For the opposite 25 winners within the 18 judged classes, try the Quail PR web page.  You’ll additionally get a free eyeful of the metallic leopard Tom Ford blazer I discovered in Milan, as emcee means giving out the prizes, and being entertaining is my job, ma’am.

Better of Present: John Goldman’s 1939 Miller-Balsamo Carenata, with a monocoque chassis. [Paul d’Orleans]

Do your self a favor subsequent yr, and attend the Quail.  Higher but, shine up your bike and park it on the grass: Tyler Greenblatt from Carry-A-Trailer talked about that bikes proven on the Quail are inclined to promote for a premium, and even for those who’re not planning on promoting your machine, it provides slightly provenance.  My private faves?  They’re largely in these photographs, however I did miss taking photographs of some nice bikes; lustrous Italian lightweights, gnarly grime observe champs, fierce Nineteen Eighties two-stroke GP racers, and customised bikes that seemed very tasty certainly.  If you happen to can swing it, I’d additionally suggest becoming a member of the Quail Experience on the Friday, a 100-mile tour by means of the attractive Carmel and Salinas Valleys escorted by hotshoe CHP bikes (six this yr!), and some scorching laps (and I imply it, I used to be flat out on my ’65 T120SR Bonneville and couldn’t catch the tempo automotive!) of legendary Laguna Seca raceway.  High recollections of the weekend positively embrace the sensation in my nether elements cresting the hill into the Corkscrew exhausting on the throttle – a thrill that by no means ages. You possibly can too: should be current to win.

Greg Arnold, Bike Division Director at Mecum Auctions (a Vintagent sponsor), with a exceptional authentic paint 1918 Henderson Mannequin H 4 developing on the market at their Monterey public sale in August. [Paul d’Orleans]
Little bike, massive crowd. View from the rostrum on the Quail, with the Why We Experience ‘child’s selection’ winner: a 1976 MV Agusta Minibike produced to commemorate their final World Championship, owned by Marilyn Wiersema. [Paul d’Orleans]
Selection: Hugo Eccles’ good XP Zero, as seen in our Electrical Revolutionaries exhibit on the Petersen Museum. And, isn’t it time the Quail had an electrical bike class? [Paul d’Orleans]
John Goldman’s 1935 Moto Confort Grandsport 500. [Paul d’Orleans]
Holding up Max Hazan’s double-Velocette MAC particular, winner of the Customized/Modified Class. [Paul d’Orleans]
One-owner from new: Phil Lane and his ‘by no means gonna allow you to go’ Dunstall Norton 810 Commando. [Paul d’Orleans]
A pair of Ducati singles: an R/T MX and Sebring with patina. [Paul d’Orleans]
A lustrous Ducati 200 Elite with chromed jellymold tank. [Paul d’Orleans]
A uncommon DKW Hummel in authentic paint – early Sixties space-age extravagance, and its sister machine was the Victoria Sputnik. [Paul d’Orleans]
Deb Promote on her devoted Honda C77 Dream on the Quail Experience. [Paul d’Orleans]
Only a informal chat between outdated pals Wayne Rainey, Gordon McCall, Bubba Shobert, and Eddie Lawson. [Paul d’Orleans]
The Haas Motor Museum introduced a number of delectable machines, together with this 1929 Ascot-Pullin: learn my Street Take a look at of 1 right here. [Paul d’Orleans]
Winner of the Arlen Ness Award, Keith Younger together with his ‘550’ custom-made Honda 550cc 4, and 550 holes! [Paul d’Orleans]
On the Quail Experience, oldest bike was this 1939 Indian Sport Scout. [Paul d’Orleans]
On show exterior the Velocette Proprietor’s Membership tent, my 1930 Velocette KTT Mk1. [Paul d’Orleans]
Candy Harley-Davidson Sportster bob-job with low bars and springer forks – very good. [Paul d’Orleans]
One other wonderful bike from the Haas Motor Museum: this Seeley-Tait two-stroke triple emulating the DKW Singing Noticed GP racer. [Paul d’Orleans]
From the non-public collections of Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey, a number of racers that had by no means been displayed in public. [Paul d’Orleans]
Thanks judges! For spending the higher half of the Quail day peering exhausting on the entrants. [Paul d’Orleans]
Beautiful c.1912 NSU V-twin on the grass: uncommon within the US. [Paul d’Orleans]
A pair of attractive pre-war Triumphs: a Tiger 100 and Velocity Twin, proof of stylist Edward Turner’s genius. [Paul d’Orleans]
Shades of orange: an Aprilia X Philippe Starck Moto 6.1 and Norton Fight Commando, on the Quail Experience. [Paul d’Orleans]
Final yr’s Better of Present: Max Hazan’s HMW Vincent, which he parked in entrance of the Vintagent X Bike Arts Basis sales space. His son is able to trip! [Paul d’Orleans]




Paul d’Orléans is the founding father of TheVintagent.com. He’s an writer, photographer, filmmaker, museum curator, occasion organizer, and public speaker. Take a look at his Creator Web page, Instagram, and Fb.