From choppers to scooters at Quail Motorcycle Gathering

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An antique Pope motorcycle at last year's Quail Gathering | Signature Events
An antique Pope motorcycle at last year’s Quail Gathering | Signature Events

More than 300 motorcycles spanning the range of eras, style and design are expected for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California, on Saturday.

The eighth year for the two-wheel spectacular, the special classes for the 2016 show are Pre-1916 motorcycles, BMW Classics, the 40th anniversary of the AMA superbike race series, and Extraordinary Bicycles. U.S., British, European and Japanese bikes will compete for awards in a number of standing classes, including those for street machines, customs, competition and scooters.

Starting off Saturday’s motorcycle holiday, the Cycle World Tour starts at 8 a.m. at the Quail clubhouse for a 50-mile ride through scenic Monterey County, arriving at the Motorcycle Gathering in mid-morning. The Gathering goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Motorcycle Gathering at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club and the Cycle World Tour are open to the public. For more information, visit the event website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.