Classic Motorcycles at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance!

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This classic motorcycle, a 1948 Vincent Lightning, became known as the “Bathing Suit Bike” after a scantily-attired Roland “Rollie” Free hit 150.313mph riding it at Bonneville. Owner Herb Harris of Austin, Texas brought it to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
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A perfect 1953 Matchless G45.
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1926 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sport
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The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum displayed its 1954 AJS E-95 “Porcupine,” placing first in its class.
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The MidAmerica auction had a full row of BSAs awaiting bids.
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The Quail featured many bikes, including this BMW R90S.
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A 1931 Indian Four fetched $62,700 at the Gooding auction.
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“Gunga Din,” the famous 1947 Vincent-HRD Series B Rapide that served as the starting point for the Black Shadow and Black Lightning race bike.
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A 1913 Premier 3 1/2hp 3-speed owned and ridden by Pete Young.
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Owned by the Barber museum, this 1938 Triumph Speed Twin is an early model from the first year of production.

For the past 59 years, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has been considered the most prestigious classic car event in North America. And not just any car gets in, as the classics chosen to appear at Pebble Beach, Calif., are culled from the finest collections from around the world by a jury of automotive judges and historians.

Only the very best examples of the most rare, beautiful and significant motor cars are considered for display at Pebble Beach, so to exhibit here is to reach the top of the collector car hobby.
This year, for the first time ever, classic motorcycles were included in the Pebble Beach Concours. This was a milestone event in the collector motorcycle hobby, which has struggled for years to attain the same high profile respect that’s been afforded to classic cars for decades.

Famed marques such as Vincent, Triumph, AJS, BSA, Brough Superior and Ariel shared the field with iconic automotive classics like Duesenberg, Bugatti, Ferrari, Packard and Rolls Royce. As leather jackets brushed elbows with silk blazers, everyone had one thing in common, a mutual admiration for fine machinery. Pebble Beach is more than a car show, it’s a place to make a fashion statement, a place to declare one has arrived, and a place to appreciate and admire the finest rolling art that the designers, engineers and craftsmen of the 20th century have ever produced.

The Concours comes at the conclusion of a week’s worth of motoring activities; there are the Historic Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, The Quail Motorsports Gathering, Concorso Italiano (which also includes Italian motorcycles), five major auctions, and the 60-mile Tour d’Elegance. These are all significant events in their own right, but the event that everyone waits for is the Pebble Beach Concours.

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