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ANNUAL LEGEND OF THE MOTORCYCLE
BETTER THAN EVER
– 5 May 2008 – The third annual Legend of the Motorcycle
Concours d’Elegance, the world-class event exclusively
for motorcycles, enjoyed its third year with enormous acclaim, a
star-studded attendance and an incomparable roster of entries.
at the Saturday, May 3rd event were approximately
6,000 participants and attendees from five continents, admiring
nearly 300 of some of the best motorcycles in the world and
raising thousands of dollars for charity.
marques were MV Agusta and Norton, with a historic and
astounding gathering of the legendary Italian bike and one of
the most significant assemblies of competition and pedigree
Nortons in the world. From an 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmueller
Replica brought from Germany, to the only Merkel “U” board track
racer known to exist, to the Airstream chopper built and
unveiled by Jesse James, to Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha GP racer
and Kenny Robert’s Proton, every facet of motorcycle sport and
culture was represented.
Agostini, the greatest Grand Prix racer of all time, came from
Italy with his family to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award,
which was conferred by World Champion Phil Read who came over
from England for the occasion.
motorcyclists Jason Lee and Giovanni Ribisi conferred the Elvis
Award sponsored by Lucky Brand Jeans, Chad McQueen presented the
Steve McQueen Award in honor of his father, and actor and biker
Michael Madsen presented the Best of Show Award, sponsored by
Dainese, to a hundred year-old Indian Torpedo Tank Racer in its
original unrestored condition.
A private pre-Concours
ride with World Champions Agostini and Read and senior
executives from MV Agusta and other motorcycle manufacturers
kicked-off in Los Angeles with a private tour of Jay Leno’s
garage before arriving in Half Moon Bay.
custom bike building Jesse James, Paul Cox and Billy Lane
unveiled new creations to the applauding and cheering throngs of
enthusiasts and press, as did Japanese sensation Shinya Kimura.
MV Agusta unveiled for North America its F4 RR 312 1078 model,
and Dainese unveiled its collection of legendary and historic
racing suits as well as their collaborative prototype helmet
afternoon award ceremony, Bonhams & Butterfields conducted a
sale of 100 motorcycles including everything from pre-war motor
bicycles to modern land rockets. Then, later that evening, a
special fundraising dinner hosted the likes of Agostini, Read,
Wayne Rainey, Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith.
From racers to
builders, executives to owners, enthusiasts to the curious,
Legend of the Motorcycle brought together a unique combination
of people for a weekend world event celebrating over a century
of the two-wheeled machine.
Official photos and quotes are available to the
press by contacting
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