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Malcolm Smith, motorcycle-racing legend, honored at Quail Gathering


The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will honor off-road racing legend Malcolm Smith as the 2019 Legend of the Sport for the May 4 show at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California.

Smith, one of the winningest riders in the history of off-road endurance motorcycling and co-star alongside Steve McQueen in the iconic motorcycling documentary On Any Sunday, will attend the premium motorcycle event, a showcase of 300 significant and historic bikes.

“The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is thrilled to pay homage to Malcolm Smith,” Gordon McCall, director of motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events, said in a news release. “His career and legacy have done more to promote the sport of motorcycling than almost anyone else. We can’t wait to hear his stories.”

The Motorcycle Gathering takes place at the Quail Lodge | Peninsula Signature Events

Smith has been a fixture in off-road motorcycling since his first race in 1956, winning many top-level endurance off-road events, including six victories at the Baja 1000, four victories in the Baja 500 and eight gold medals in the International Six Day Trial.  He also has been a leading ambassador for the sport of motorcycling for the past half century.

“It’s an incredible honor to be named the 2019 Legend of the Sport,” Smith said in the release. “The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a truly world-class event and being spotlighted here is one of the highlights of my career.”

The Gathering is known as an inclusive and relaxed event (pets are welcome!) that features special dining experiences along with the motorcycles displayed on the lawn of the Quail’s Golf Club.

Fore more information, visit the event website.

A custom Chevy rolls into Half Moon Bay | Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show

Planes and automobiles celebration at Half Moon Bay

The 29th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, a “massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style,” takes place April 28 at the Half Moon Bay Airport, about 20 miles south of San Francisco.

“The show is a whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and absolutely unique show-and-tell spectacle featuring 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries,” according to the event new release.

“The world’s coolest cars of every era and style, Model T fire engines, vintage busses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors, and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays.”

Wildly customized Caddy | Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show

Vehicles on display run the gamut from antique horseless carriages and Ford Model T’s to street rods, muscle cars, sports cars and the latest high-performance exotics.  Competition vehicles include dragsters, tuners, streamliners and jet cars.

Special attractions include vintage warbird flyovers, skydiving demos, a massive “cacklefest” of revving high-performance engines, motocross stunts and Quad Wars racing, race car exhibits and an antique-engine startup from the Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association.

For more information, visit the event website.

Zagato coachwork featured at Greenwich

The 24th annual Greenwich, Connecticut, Concours d’Elegance will feature the custom coachwork by Zagato of Italy during its May 31 to June 2 showcase at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Long Island Sound.

“Andrea Zagato, grandson of founder Ugo Zagato, and his wife, Marella Rivolta Zagato, will represent the Zagato marque and are this year’s Concours honorees,” according to a news release. “Marella is the granddaughter of Iso’s founder Renzo Rivolta, and works closely with Andrea at the Zagato family business in Rho, Italy.”

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C Super Sport and 1964 Alfa TZ1 | Bryan McCarthy

This year, the Greenwich Concours continues its tradition of holding two back-to-back concours, with American cars and motorcycles featured on Saturday, June 1, and those from European and Asian marques on Sunday, June 2.

Cars from the long history of Zagato, founded in 1919, will be featured.  One of the most-significant cars is the 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto Spider originally built to order in 1933 for race-car driver Tazio Nuvolari.

“It was prepared by Raymond Sommer for the 1933 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Sommer and Nuvolari placed first overall,” the release states. “Three weeks later, it was driven by Sommer and Henri Stoffel to second overall in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Barron Collier became its next owner, winning the Mt. Washington (N.H.) Hillclimb in 1937.”

The Zagato-bodied Alfa TZ1

Among other Zagato cars at the concours will be those of Fiat, Maserati, Lancia, Jaguar, Nissan, Porsche, Aston Martin and, of course, Alfa Romeo, with rare examples of the Alfa Romeo Tubolare Zagato, a 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ1, a 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ2, and a 2012 Alfa Romeo TZ3.

In recognition of Marella Rivolta Zagato’s family history, there will be a special Iso class, featuring such cars as a 1970 Iso Rivolta Lele and a 1973 Iso Grifo.

For more information, visit the event website.

Atlanta Concours relocates

The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance has announced that it will relocate its event site for 2019, holding its October 19-20 show at Tyler Perry Studios in downtown Atlanta.  The concours also said it would host its first Caffeine and Octane Invitational and that the honored marque for the concours is Bentley, celebrating its centennial.

“The move to Tyler Perry Studios provides an absolutely unique, history-rich environment that is conveniently located, while placing the entrant vehicles in a setting reflecting the time period during the earliest years of automotive production,” Bill Wallet, concours chief executive, said in a news release.

Also planned for the October concours is A Reunion of the Thomases, featuring a Brass Era collection of vehicles from 1900-1919 that includes the famous ‘Thomas Flyer that won the 1908 New York to Paris Race.

For more information, visit the event website.

Other event news

The Southwest Street Rod Nationals hosted by the National Street Rod Association will take place April 12, 13 and 14 at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Custom vehicles from all over the US will be brought to the huge event, the 29th time that the NSRA has chosen Oklahoma City for the show.  For more information, visit the event website.

The 45th annual Piston Ring’s World of Wheels, the final WoW show of the season, takes place April 12-14 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  For more information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
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.


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