|Alain de Cadenet and Malcolm Barber sold a Velocette Thruxton at the Bonhams Las Vegas auction in 2011|
|You never know what will turn up in Las Vegas; this genuine 1950 Vincent Black Lightning is one example, which I later rode at the Grossglockner Hillclimb!|
BMW Goes Moto-Public at Villa d'Este (May 25-27):
lucky journalist; see my story of 2011 here), but event sponsor BMW made a bold move with a parallel motorcycle Concorso at the open-to-the-public Villa Erba, and hit a home run with their fantastic display of machines. They didn't advertise this event, in a bid for a quiet entry into the pantheon of great motorcycle shows, but the setting, organization, display, and motorcycles were peerless, and an excellent excuse to visit the most beautiful spot in Italy.
Visit their website for more details.
Year 4 at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering (May 5, 2012), and a special offer:
The Quail, already well established during Pebble Beach Week as the most exclusive and enjoyable automotive show of all, is slowly building momentum with their Quail Motorcycle Gathering, bringing a more diverse audience from further afield, better bikes on the grass, and a bigger Quail Ride on the Friday preceding the show. Its a great excuse to come to California and enjoy the spectacular riding roads, weather, food, and a selection of great bikes.
discounted tickets (and free entry for under-15s) through Jan. 15th, on their website.