2013 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Jeff and Lanora in front of the Velocette Booth

Jeff and Lanora in front of the Velocette Booth

The 2013 Quail Motorcycle Gathering illustrated not only the set theme of the Past, Present and Future of motorcycles, but also how art can be functional. The pictures here illustrate only a small fraction of what my senses took in.

On Saturday May 4th I traveled with Team Mork, to the scenic Carmel Valley to participate in this civilized event. Imagine a proper English Garden Party with perfect weather combined with bad boys of motorcycling and lots of female riders, and you come close to this event.

Team Mork included Fred Mork himself, Ron Perconti, Jeff Scott and myself. Due to some mechanical issues we were not able to take the ten motorcycles that we’d planned on transporting. Instead we chaperoned two racing Harley Davidsons from the 1960’s and in the long run that turned out to be fine.

Fred and Ron unloading the van

Fred and Ron unloading the van


Kim and her family set this bike in the space for bikes that finished the Cannonball cross country tour.

Kim and her family set this bike in the space for bikes that finished the Cannonball cross country tour.

From a distance, we saw the racing Velocette MAC arrive

From a distance, we saw the racing Velocette MAC arrive

The Velocette Club of North America booth

The Velocette Club of North America booth

From the 1913 Veloce on the left of this photo, the very rare Velocette Mk VII factory racer, to Frank Recoder’s 1966 Thruxton, many decades of development are covered. Next to the VOCNA booth were the bikes of the future. The 2012 Molinari G2 is a flying bike. As the motorized vehicle moves forward, it powers the lifting propeller (not pictured). Once in the air, the other propeller (visible behind the seat) moves the vehicle forward.

The flying machine

The flying machine


In addition are many prototypes for bikes of the future. Electric motorcycles. Diesel motorcycles. Stream-lined motorcycles. Who knows?
Other bikes of the future

Other bikes of the future


Art and function meet in this amazing motorcycle

Art and function meet in this amazing motorcycle

The Deco Liner also blended art with function, and was a big crowd-pleaser

The Deco Liner also blended art with function, and was a big crowd-pleaser

Jeff in the drivers seat of the DecoLiner

Jeff in the drivers seat of the DecoLiner


The liner came with its own matching scooters and helmet

The liner came with its own matching scooters and helmet


From the top of the liner, we took some photos. It was still early in the day. The field became much more crowded later.
A view of the show bikes

A view of the show bikes

Our lunch menu

Our lunch menu


Everything was magnificent. The weather sparkling. The food great and abundant. The only mistake was in the sign for Fred’s collection. It seemed to predict the problems he would have getting his collection to the show. However getting a prize more than made up for any mistake.
Sign with name misspelled

Sign with name misspelled


Fred accepts an award for the KRTT

Fred accepts an award for the KRTT


Yes that’s Paul d’Orleans interviewing Fred. Paul was in his element as Official co-D.J. Other VOCNA members present included Frank Recoder who had two bikes in the show and was quite the star himself, and Elizabeth Recoder, John Ray who set up the VOCNA booth, Pete Young & Don Danmeier who were working as judges, Kim, Atticus and Siri Young, Debbie and Niel Macdonald, and John Sims who rode his silver Venom to the event. (He was told to park across the street, because they didn’t identify what his bike was.)
Finally it was time to go home.
Pete and his 1913 Veloce at the end of the day

Pete and his 1913 Veloce at the end of the day


One last look at the DecoLiner

One last look at the DecoLiner

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3 Responses to 2013 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

  1. Pete Young says:

    lots of fun. I only wish that I had more time to see all the various bikes and people.

  2. Ive never seen such cool bikes. Does the flying bike really fly? So 007!

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