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BMW sets trio of ‘Great Getaway’ motorcycle tour locations for 2022

Our weekly roundup of collector car (and sometimes motorcycle) event news and notes


BMW Motorrad, that’s the motorcycle branch of the company, has announced “The Great Getaway,” a series of 8-day rides on heritage motorcycles in 2022 in Costa Rica, Portugal and in the US.

“Experience the beauty of nature for eight days on the ‘Big Boxer’ R 18 family of Heritage motorcycles,” the offer says, “enjoy the freedom of endless expanses, immerse yourself in the urban jungle, sometimes discover the unexpected and leave the stress of everyday life behind.”

The program is being arranged through BMW Motorrad partner Elephant Moto and includes certified tour guides, “fabulous” hotel accommodations and “exceptional” dining.

“You and your R 18 will cruise along rugged coasts, through dense forests and past mountains and waterfalls,” is the promise. “The participants will get to know hidden places and exciting people, indulge in local and international cuisine and recharge their batteries for the next day in accommodation specially tailored to each tour.”

Each tour is open to 12 participants with daily rides of 100 to 125 miles at “a relaxed pace.”

The US events will run in late summer and early fall and will be based in the Pacific Northwest.

2022 Quail Ride and Motorcycle Gathering

The 12th annual Quail Ride and Motorcycle Gathering are scheduled for May 13 (Ride) and 14 (Gathering), 2022 at The Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California. 

The Ride involves a 100-mile route around the Monterey Peninsula while the Gathering is one of the country’s leading motorcycle shows, featuring more than 350 vintage and modern motorcycles, scooters and bicycles, plus lifestyle and retail exhibits and gourmet lunch options.

Featured Gathering classes for 2022 are Harley-Davidson XR750, BMW 5 Series, two-stroke “Braaap,” mini bikes/big fun, and a display of hot rods and classic cars.

Electric race cars get PRI display

The PRI Show is the trade event for the Performance Racing Industry and this year takes place December 9-11 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, where for the first time, there will be a special exhibit of electric-powered racing vehicles.

“Electric powertrains are proving their performance,” show organizers report. “Although still in its relative infancy, the electric motorsports market is on the rise. Savvy professionals will be able to see key players in the EV racing and performance space, including OEMs, builders and suppliers.”

“The PRI Show is about embracing new technologies and helping the industry stay ahead of trends,” PRI president Jamie Meyer is quoted. “Electric vehicles are an important emerging trend in the performance and racing industries, and PRI Show attendees will be able to see firsthand the latest in EV tech and advanced electric-powered vehicles.”

Carlisle returns to Allentown on January 15-17

Carlisle Events says its 33rd Auto Mania, Pennsylvania’s largest indoor and heated automotive flea market, is set for January 15-17, 2022, at the Agri-Plex building at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Because of pandemic postponements, this will be the first Auto Mania to be held in 727 days, Carlisle Events notes.

“Auto Mania isn’t a car show, rather it’s a parts-buying buffet of nearly everything imaginable for all makes, models, brands and more,” Carlisle Events says in its announcement.

But it’s not just parts that are available.

“In addition to an all-automotive sales floor, attendees have an opportunity to snag a collector car via the car corral.  This forum allows for owner and seller to deal directly with one another.”

La Jolla to feature Bugatti, Gullwing SLs

Organizers of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance in Southern California have announced dates for their 16th annual event —April 22-24, 2022 — and say the featured marques will be Bugatti and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwings. 

Irwindale light show drive-through

Irwindale Speedway in Southern California has become Santa’s Speedway with its Christmas lights drive-through spectacular running through January 2. The facility offers 2 miles of drive-thru light shows daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Group C cars at 2022 Donington

The 2022 Donington Historic Festival, scheduled for April 30-May 1 at the historic British racing circuit, will feature two races for original factory Group C1 sports prototypes, event organizers have announced. The Group C1 cars debuted in 1982 and dominated sports car racing for a decade with factory entries from Porsche, Jaguar, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot and Lancia.

Also on the schedule is the Amon Cup for Ford GT40s, an event for pre-1966 Jaguars, and several races for vintage touring cars. 

AACA events update

The Antique Automobile Club of America has a busy winter coming up. The annual convention is scheduled for February 10-12 in Philadelphia, but then it’s fun in the sun with the Winter Nationals, February 24-26 at Melbourne, Florida; the Western Spring Nationals, March 10-12 at Las Vegas; the 2022 Founders Tour, March 20-26 at Mobile, Alabama; and as winter finally gives way to spring, the Southeastern Spring Nationals, April 9 at Charlotte, North Carolina, and the  “Dual Nationals in Paradise,” a special nationals and a grand nationals, April 21-23 at Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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