4th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering to feature Marty Dickerson’s “Blue Bike”


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Marty Dickerson at Bonneville 1953
Marty Dickerson on his 1948 Vincent Rapide, the "Blue Bike," at Bonneville, 1953. 

Two iconic motorcycles, Marty Dickerson’s 1948 Vincent Rapide, aka the “Blue Bike,” and Dan Gurney’s “Alligator Bike,” will be on display at the fourth annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, taking place on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. This year, the day-long event will pay tribute to the Evolution of the Motorcycle, featuring Indian Motorcycles, while also showcasing legendary motorcycles from the past, present and concepts for the future. 

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, a celebration of motorcycling heritage and performance, will offer attendees a rare opportunity to view the world’s finest pre- and post-war sports and racing bikes as well as the latest products from leading motorcycle manufacturers, dealerships, accessories and lifestyle brands. For the first time, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will feature a Superbike Class that will highlight famous GP racers of the past and present, paying tribute to the history of the motorcycle and celebrating innovative designs. The event will also feature bikes in classic Concours Classes. Complementing the extensive showcase of bikes will be an All-American barbeque picnic lunch and live musical entertainment that’s fun for the entire family.  

We are thrilled to continue our tradition of bringing collectors and enthusiasts from around the world together in Carmel for a day-long celebration of some of the most iconic and innovative motorcycles in history,” said Gordon McCall, cofounder of The Quail. “With The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, we’re able to not only showcase legendary motorcycles of the past, but also spotlight new motorcycle designs and engineering innovations. For motorcycle lovers, it will be a feast for the eyes.”  

Featured motorcycles include:Marty Dickerson’s 1948 Vincent Rapide Racer (known as The Blue Bike) – An integral part of a lengthy chapter of Speed Week history at the Bonneville Salt Flats, this iconic Bonneville record-breaker is a stunning piece of motorcycling history that is claimed to be in “as last raced” condition, with all timekeepers’ seals intact. 
Dan Gurney’s All American Racers Gurney Alligator Motorcycle – The legendary race car driver and builder’s revolutionary Alligator design is a highly innovative concept that features a low center of gravity and feet-forward design for more than conventional stability.  

Dan Gurney's Alligator Bike 
The "Alligator Bike." 

gerald estes III
1/10/2013 11:52:56 PM

ummmm....comments the alligator: "like it except roasted my ankle, ruined my slacks and destroyed my tech fabric undergarments thinking about riding the cheesy looking hyway pegs" "trellis frame; low cg; single shock mono-side outback; the ape hanger look; im too short cant see over, around or thru the vetter worx; not more nitrogen filled tires; sidestand is missing; appears they have faith in their hydraulic line routing; my ass and my asses ass combined aint that wide; is that a stanley DOT beam-er; just imagining the placement of an air bag or large screen GPS monitor w/ 5+1 surround; nicely crafted; aint no floorboards or pedals; the color scheme is backwards, upside out and severly lacking; power mirrors and a windshield de-frogger; the root of all that an automotive electrical engineering nightmare could be; "if my legs were any longer i could motor this thing sprawled out in the breeze like you know who nailed to the you know what" "i can name a 1/2 dozen places on earth where 10 people would gladly swap their facsimily model for an equal portion of the 'weekend adventures' ticket price"

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