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See classics in California

Published: 18 February 2006

Updated: 19 November 2014

If you’re thinking about booking your holidays but want something bike related then check out the Legend of Motorcycle concours d’elegance in California.

The event will see one of the biggest collection of historic bikes in the world with a really impressive collection on show.

You’ll be able to see everything from Burt Munro's 1920 Indian Scout Special, star of the film The Worlds Fastest Indian, and the 1923 BMW R32, the oldest known BMW in existence.

The event takes place over a weekend at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, just south of San Francisco on May 5-7and includes a rideout of all the bikes on the Sunday.

Check out page two for a list of some of the bikes on show or click here to find out more about the show.


Burt Munro's 1920 Indian Scout Special: a Bonneville speed record and the focus of the newly released feature film The World's Fastest Indian starring Anthony Hopkins.

Joe Petrali's 1937 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Streamliner: a Daytona speed record and the most historic H-D racer in existence; the focus of a recent bronze sculpture by renowned artist Jeff Decker.

Hap Alzina's 1938 Indian Arrow: a Bonneville speed record raced by Freddie Ludlow and featured in the book A Century of Indian.

1951 Mondial Bialbero GP: raced by Carlo Ubbialito to win the Grand Prix World Championship in '51.

1975 Yamaha TZ 750: raced by Kenny Roberts to win the Indy Mile in '75.

Note: The first 3 record-holding machines are probably the most significant examples of pre-war American racing motorcycles in existence. All are in private collections and have never before been on display together to the public.


1900 Orient Tricycle: the only one in existence.

1915 Pope Board Track Racer: the only one in existence.

1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer: 1 of only 7 in existence; valued at over $1 million.

1923 BMW R32: oldest known BMW in existence.

1936 Crocker* Road Model: Al Crocker's very first motorcycle, serial number 1X.

1938 Brough Superior* SS 100: George Brough's very first motorcycle, serial number 001.


3 Steve McQueen motorcycles (2 Indians, 1 Kawasaki).

1 Elvis Presley Honda.

1 James Dean CZ.

1 Clark Gable Indian.

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