The 2012 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance

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Although Sunday’s Mansion Concours D’Elegance in Hills, California was primarily a for rare cars, tucked in a corner of the sprawling grounds lay a trove of truly unique

Just beyond the stunning Rolls Royces, and Ferraris, at the Greystone Mansion had the opportunity to amongst some of the most and important bikes in all of motorcycle Having spent hours my way through this remarkable of machinery, I can assure you that any bikes would have overwhelming.

The 2012 Greystone Concours D’Elegance

My day at Greystone began with a shuttle from downtown Beverly during which I witnessed the increase in size and extravagance we reached the 18.3 acre perched above Los Angeles. The mansion that looms on the hill once belonged to the son of oil Edward L. Doheny, and has been in countless films: Batman The Big Lebowski, and There Will Be are just a few films in which you can see the mansion’s ornate interior and exterior.

Just moments I stepped off the shuttle and oriented amongst the sea of glimmering cars, Jay rumbles past in his 1917 Botafago Special: the car was almost as as his chin. Even though all I see was cars, I could feel the of motorcycles off in the distant and began to my way over to a shaded corner of the lot. I did, however, a quick stop at one of the many Artois stands handing out chalices of the golden lager.

The sun was beating down on the swarms of car and aficionados, and nothing was more than a refreshing brew for possibly the complimentary margaritas, but already had my fair share the previous day’s Cinco de celebration).

Steve McQueen’s

At first the excitement of being in of so many rare bikes it hard to focus; but once I down I began to systematically each offering, beginning the featured bike of the event: McQueen’s 1970 Husqvarna 400 As the story goes, Husky Rob Phillips picked up the 400 Cross in with plans to restore it as he had so many others before. But as he to investigate the bike’s paper he soon discovered that was no ordinary Husky.

With the help of friend Don – who owns the accounting books of Dye, the man responsible for importing every Husqvarna into the States- he tracked down the invoice for the bike made out to Productions (McQueen’s production on February 7, 1970.

When made the discovery that he was now the of a Steve McQueen Husky, he to perform only a light and leave the bike otherwise

As if one McQueen Husky wasn’t a second stood right to Phillip’s. This particular a 1971 400 Cross, is owned by Del of Santa Barbara and has been to near mint condition. For that’s seen “On Any Sunday” as times as I have, these are sure to evoke that haze through which the portrays the heyday of motorcycle

Brad Boyle

Fortunately I remain in that haze a longer as I headed over to a of 1970s Harley-Davidson motocross exquisitely restored by Brad Motorsports of Yorba Linda, Having collected vintage for nearly 20 years, Brad recently turned his attention to

By the looks of things, he has done well for himself. Among his contributions to the Concours d’Elegance a 1974 SX 125, a 1972 100, and a 1978 MX 250, all as if they’ve never even in the presence of dirt. All of these were manufactured during AMF years, when quality the larger bikes suffered.

The enduros, however, benefitted their Italian-made two-… manufactured by Aermacchi.

Boyle contributed one of the most conspicuously bikes at the event, a 1958 MV Grand Sport 250 Prototype, set and center in the motorcycle section. It was particular bike with Meccanica Verghera made the from cafe racer street bikes to serious that would go on to win many top GPs.

Rare Classic

As an RD rider, I had hoped to come a classic Yamaha factory such as the TZ, but it was not to be. I did, however, the opportunity to admire a pristine Kawasaki 750 Triple from of Beverly Hills, which satisfied my appetite for the Japanese of the 1970s.

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After stepping away to pick up a plate full of sliders, I perused the bikes of significant exhibitor at Sunday’s Shelby Myers of RM Auctions. His included a 1939 BMW R51 RS, a 1936 EL Knucklehead, and a 1964 Ducati 250 F3

Myer’s RM Auction teammate, Mandzak, also had a presence at the with a 1984 Honda GP Racer, 1972 Maico and a spectacular 1920 Triumph 550H.The Triumph sat in the center of the section, and, despite its figure, seemed to reign the other bikes. As the oldest in the show – with its antiquated shifter and skeletal appearance it commanded respect from the as a surviving historical document of the days of motorsports.

Ferrari and Motorcycles

Serving up a healthy of Italian rarities was Michael a Los Angeles-based collector who works as a vehicle consultant to the entertainment Every entry of his was certainly a but the one bike that never to have a crowd hovering it was his 1952 Ferrari 150 Sport.

Of course, most people drawn to it because they’d seen a Ferrari motorcycle Although most assume motorcycle was manufactured by Enzo it was actually designed and built by his Fratelli Ferrari. This Ferrari only produced from 1951 to 1954, made coming across gem a real treat.

Among other stellar contributions a 1955 Maserati 160, a Aermacchi Ala Verde 250, Ducati 125 Sport, and a 1960 Elite 200.

Daytona Oakleaf

My final stop retiring from the Concours was bittersweet. Tucked up against a hillside stood a beat-up DKW 125 cc covered in mud and with the air filter taped to the carb. If this looked sad, the story it was sadder yet.

This old scrambler belonged to life-long racing enthusiast “Daytona” Oakleaf who was beaten to … year in his hometown of Long

The 74-year-old was randomly attacked by a bat-wielding transient while in Walmart in one of the most baffling and crimes the community has ever Oakleaf’s beloved bike was at the Concours as a solemn tribute to a man who truly call motorcycles his

The touching memorial cast a spell over the glitz and of the Concours d’Elegance as I made my way toward the shuttle queue. spending hours under the of spotless chrome and unscathed it was Oakleaf’s ratty old DKW that the deepest impression on me. It served as a that all the bikes on display built to be out on the road or in the dirt, and we only have so much with which to enjoy

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