Taking place at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel California, the event will host the more than 300 classic motorcycles and a range of two-wheeled activities for attendees. The 8th Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering starts on Saturday, May 14, 2016 when event-goers will be treated to a host of lifestyle vendors, live entertainment, a signature beverage pavilion, dedicated kids area and more.
That category of 'more' now includes the notable motorcycle advocacy group, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). Aside from enjoying all the motorcycle and two-wheeled activities listed and those covered in our previous report, the group will use the event to raise awareness of the Hall of Fame and the lasting contributions of its inductees.
"The Quail is one of the premier motorcycle events on the West Coast," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "The machines on display there are stunning, and the event perennially draws AMA Hall of Famers, motorcycling's greatest ambassadors. This makes it a fitting location to honor their achievements and promote the mission of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame."
To help and celebrate the AMA’s Hall of fame, a new motorcycle award at The Quail this year will be the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award. This award recognizes a motorcycle that best represents the contributions that AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers have made to the growth of motorcycling in America. The selection will be made by a committee of attending Hall of Famers.
In addition, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will have on display a bike from its own collection, Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey's 1983 AMA Superbike Championship-winning Kawasaki GPz750. The GPz, seen below, is one of the most significant motorcycles in AMA Superbike Championship history, representing not just the ascendance of one of America's greatest racers of all time, but a milestone achievement for what was thought to be a technologically inferior motorcycle at the time.
As if all this wasn’t enough, during a special ceremony at The Quail, Dingman will present AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter with the prestigious AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award. The award acknowledges the highest level of service to the AMA in any area of activity, and its recipients are individuals whose contributions are nationally recognized. Vetter is well-known for his many contributions to motorcycle design, including the iconic Windjammer fairings of the 1970s, the Triumph X-75 Hurricane and the limited-edition Mystery Ship.
Finally, AMA staff will be on hand at The Quail to represent the Hall of Fame, provide AMA membership information and answer questions about other Hall of Fame activities, including AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the country's premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and the people who love them on July 8-10 in Lexington, Ohio.
Motorcycle enthusiasts on the West Coast and near the event who are interested in attending The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, all the ticket information can be found here. In Clutch and Chrome’s previous coverage, we reviewed and linked to other activities connected with the motorcycle event here.