This looks like it will be one of the premier motorcycle events of 2006, the Legend of the Motorcycle: International Concours d’Elegance which will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California, May 6th, 2006, the motorcycle equivalent of Pebble Beach. Press release follows:
Announcing “Legend of the Motorcycle: International Concours d’Elegance”, the first world-class concours d’elegance exclusively for motorcycles.
Representing motorcycling’s past, present and future, Legend of the Motorcycle is a landmark event centered around the concours d’elegance – an exhibition of up to 200 motorcycles covering nearly a century of history, judged by an international panel of experts. The inaugural event’s featured marques will be Crocker and Brough Superior.
An open call-for-entries is being issued in conjunction with the news of the event’s debut. The selection committee will be searching for only the best in rare, unique, exceptionally preserved, and accurately restored running specimens. Entries submitted for consideration in the concours are to be finalized by late autumn.
In addition to the standard class awards, there will be special category awards such as the exclusively licensed Steve McQueen Award selected by a panel of celebrities, the Industry Award selected by executives of major motorcycle companies, and the People’s Choice Award Governor Schwarzenegger has been invited to confer.
Other features of this first annual charitable event include the Field of Fame display – bikes owned by past celebrities such as Elvis and James Dean, the Hall of Fame Museum display – pedigree bikes ridden by racing legends, and the Concept Bikes display – a showcase of conceptual and prototype models from international manufacturers, to name but a few.
“Legend of the Motorcycle is a celebration of the art of motorcycling. It pays homage to the rich heritage, innovation, beauty and lifestyle the motorcycle imbues”, says founder Jared Zaugg. “The collaboration on this has been incredible”, he continues. “Involved are some extraordinary people including the co-curators of the Guggenheim’s record-breaking exhibit ‘The Art of the Motorcycle’, the Chief Judge of the Louis Vuitton Classic, and the Chief Judge of the Pebble Beach Concours, not to mention others.”
Established to create a forum for motorcycling on a level only previously associated with fine automobiles, Legend of the Motorcycle is, in the words of Zaugg, poised to become the finest annual platform for motorcycling heritage since the advent of the motorcycle.