Vintage Motorcycles at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

| 1/28/2011 10:42:03 AM

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For the first 59 years of the world-renowned Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the closest a vintage motorcycle could get to the show grounds was the parking lot. But in 2009, that changed in a big way as collectible vintage motorcycles were finally invited to populate the lawn alongside the world's finest collectible cars.

This video montage features the rare and beautiful vintage motorcycles on display at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. As the classic bikes exhibited there illustrate, it didn’t take long for the event to become a premier showcase of the world’s most collectible vintage motorcycles, just as it’s been for classic cars for the past 60 years. Following the video are a few articles related to the 2009 and 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance from Motorcycle Classics:


Read more about vintage motorcycles at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance from Motorcycle Classics: 
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1909 Wagner on the Block at Pebble Beach
Burt Munro Special Takes Top Honors at 2010 Pebble Beach 

MC Staff
2/8/2011 4:55:05 PM

Thank you, Jafro, for shooting the video! Your effort helped those of us who weren't there get a taste of what it was like.

2/6/2011 1:26:20 PM

Pete, at this concours, they not only have to be original, they all have to run. While one that's never been used would certainly seem to be the most valuable, it's often history that makes them the most valuable... and one that hasn't been used won't have the history. Concours d'Elegance is the most exclusive show there is. Most all of the vehicles at this show (aside from the prototypes) have significant historical value either through racing or ownership, or are a one-of a kind. They all have a story. All vehicles on display are participating because they were invited. If it's beat up, those are the war wounds that made them great. I was happy to see motorcycles finally included at this event. Some of these American classics are over a hundred years old and still run. Thank you Motorcycle Classics for featuring my videos. I flew 5200 miles and lugged 25 lbs of camera equipment around for 3 days to bring you this.

Pete Ernst
2/3/2011 9:02:07 AM

Why is it that vehicles at concours events are either over-restored, or "original, unrestored" junk? I think the most desirable examples would be in excellent, original and unrestored condition. True, these would be the most difficult examples to obtain, but they would be the most desirable.

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