Quail Motorcycle Gathering

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Quail Motorcycle Gathering
Genre Motorcycle rally and Concours d'Elegance
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Quail Lodge, Carmel, California, USA
Years active 2009–present
Previous event May 14, 2016
Next event May 17, 2017
Participants c. 400 motorcycles displayed[1]
Attendance c. 2,700[1]
Organized by Gordon McCall[2]

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a motorcycle rally and Concours d'Elegance held annually since 2009[3] at Carmel, California. This event evolved from a different event called "Legends of the Motorcycle" which had been held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, CA for a run of three previous years (2006-2008). The location was changed by organizer Gordon McCall to the Quail Lodge and Golf Club, and is run by Peninsula Events. Quail participants show bikes, and 100 of them ride the California Highway Patrol motor unit escorted 112 mile Quail Ride around Carmel Valley, which includes three fast laps on the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.[4][5][6] The Quail Ride is held the Friday before the Saturday show date in May, and there is also another ride on show morning called the Cycle World Tour, a fifty-mile organized but unescorted ride that includes a buffet breakfast along the ocean waterfront in Pacific Grove, CA. The 2011 3rd Annual event, attended by 1500, showed over 250 classic motorcycles (150 being judged).[1] By the date of the 8th Annual event on May 14, 2016, the show featured paid admissions of 2700 and over 400 displayed motorcycles, with 237 being judged.[citation needed] In 2017, the event expanded to a three-day affair, and the organizers announced they planned to extend it to a week.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Clement Salvadori (August 9, 2012), "2012 Quail Ride and Gathering", Rider 
  2. ^ Renee Brincks (May 1, 2012), "The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Returns to Carmel Valley", Haute Living 
  3. ^ David Edwards (April 1, 2009), "The Quail Motorcycle Gathering: A new concours and classic-bike auction", Cycle World 
  4. ^ Bryan Harley (May 9, 2012), 2012 Quail Motorcycle Gathering Review, Motorcycle-USA 
  5. ^ Bob Stokstad (April 23, 2012), "2012 Quail Motorcycle Gathering – Event Preview", Cycle World 
  6. ^ Tom Roderick (May 28, 2012), 2012 Quail Motorcycle Gathering - Video: The Evolution of the Motorcycle, motorcycle.com 
  7. ^ Charles Fleming (May 4, 2017), "More motorcycle action as Quail gathering sprouts wings", The Los Angeles Times 

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