Thursday, April 19, 2012


Gary Kohs receives a trophy at the Quail Motorsports Gathering for his MV Agusta 750S
The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, May 5th in Carmel Valley CA, will host a remarkable 32 MV Agustas from the singular collection of Gary Kohs, whose passion for the Italian marque extends not only to motorcycles; he also produces exceptional 1:5 scale models of the MV 750S and 175cc 'Squalo' racer.
A Fine Art Models MV Agusta 750S
For those not familiar of Kohs' small-scale motorcycles, a wander to the website of Fine Art Models will magically disappear an hour of your time.  His 32 bikes at the Quail is one of the largest gatherings of vintage MV Agustas ever in the USA, and the relaxed atmosphere on the Quail lawn, well-fed and serenaded by Mariachi bands, is an ideal setting to study these rare machines up close.

In a semi-related display, the latest creation of Magni Motorcycles will début on the Quail lawn; the first and only British-engined Magni motorcycle.  Giovani Magni has created a one-off racing chassis to house a TripleTec full-bore racing BSA Rocket 3 engine of 930cc, an Anglo-Italian mix sure to be as beautiful as it is functional.  Watch as well for a special corral of Magni motorcycles.
With attendance limited, the Quail never feels crowded
New this year will be the Quail Marketplace, a corral of for-sale motorcycles, vintage and modern, in which the public can display a machine for $25. Gordon McCall, co-founder of the Quail Motorcycle Gathering adds, "The Quail Marketplace is another way for motorcycle enthusiasts to get together at the event and buy and sell bikes the old fashioned way."
Last year's Quail ride was blessed with perfect weather and scenery
Not to be forgotten, the fantastic Quail Ride runs on Friday May 4th, taking in the incredible roads of the Carmel Valley/Salinas Valley region, plus a few laps of the infamous Laguna Seca raceway as a pre-lunch finale. For inspiration, read my previous post on the Quail Ride: limited to 70 machines, the ride concludes Friday with a lovely dinner reception, with guest speakers.

It's a good day when Mert Lawill awards your Indian a prize...
The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a full Concours d'Elegance, and The Vintagent will be among the judges again this year (as will Sr. Magni),  I'll also be emcee'ing and commentating during the day.  Busy! 

For more information, or to join the Concours, the Marketplace, or the Ride, call +1 831 620 8879 or visit


Anonymous said...

The Kohs collection of MV Agusta will be on display because it is up for sale. The entire collection is scheduled to be sold by auction house Mecum in Carmel in August as one lot - yes, that's one round of bidding for the entire collection of 30+ bikes. Risky, brave and unprecedented.

Vintagent, if you're present in August, please report on this (how many bidders, how quick, what price, etc).

- Sammy A.

Anonymous said...

Paul, your claim about the "largest display ever" is incorrect and you should know why.

You were a valuable judge at the 2008 Legend of the Motorcycle Concours when there were over 35 MV Agusta of various vintages entered on the field (many from the Kohs Collection), not to mention nearly two dozen more contemporary models ridden to and displayed at the show by the MVAOC, plus the then-new prototype F4CC from Varese. Best of all, the were 2 Agostini GP-winning works racers from a collection in New York. (Plus the GP works Honda on which Hailwood beat Ago.)

This was the year MV Agusta was a featured marque and both Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read were guests of honor.

For MV Agusta, it was a momentous and unforgettable occasion.


The Vintagent said...

Yes, I well remember Read and Ago at the Legend...that was one hell of a show. Now we have the Quail, and even Villa d'Este as Moto-Concours (both of which I'll be judging this year), but nothing quite compares to the Legend of the Motorcycle...

OcchioLungo said...

Jared, bring it back! We need the LotM more than ever. Pretty please?