Quail Motorcycle Gathering Honors Rainey

April 11, 2013
Courtesy of Lauren Whipp
Wayne Rainey wheelies out of the corner aboard his championshipwinning Yamaha YZR500 500cc Grand Prix motorcycle.
Wayne Rainey wheelies out of the corner aboard his championship winning Yamaha YZR500.

Quail Lodge & Golf Club presents the 2013 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, a day-long event celebrating motorcycling heritage and performance to be held on Saturday, May 4th. Less than a month away, the event will feature special guest and racing legend Wayne Rainey. Organized by The Peninsula Signature Events, a division of The Peninsula Hotels, this year’s event will honor Rainey for his achievements in racing in the first-ever “Legends of the Sport” series that will commemorate one seminal motorcycling figure each year.

A three-time champion of the 500cc Grand Prix and winner of the Daytona 500, Rainey gained recognition throughout his career for being a determined and spectacular rider. From the age of six, he had a strong passion for motorsports and, through his successes, became known for his smooth riding style and racing confidence. Rainey won his titles in 1990, 1991 and 1992 while riding for Yamaha in addition to two U.S. Superbike Championships in 1983 and 1987.

“The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a fantastic motorcycle show. The event gathers great people and great food at an amazing venue with incredible motorcycles. It’s always nice to see so many old friends here and meet new ones as well,” said Rainey. “Honestly, who needs a better excuse to come out to the Monterey Peninsula? Not to mention, for a motorcycle enthusiast, the great roads are second to none! I’m really looking forward to it again this year.”

Rainey will be displaying his world-championship Yamaha YZR500 at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Although a rarity for racers to own the factory bikes that they competed on, the Yamaha factory presented the bike to Rainey as a gift for his major contributions to the racing world and for his successes both on and off the racetrack.

Ducati racing champion, Cook Neilson, will also be in attendance at this year’s The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. In 1977, Neilson placed first in Daytona, riding a Ducati 750SS and gained great recognition in the racing community. With 38 starts and 19 wins, Neilson was inducted into the Ducati North American Hall of Fame as well as the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Rainey enjoys driving his TZ250-powered kart aboard the racetrack that gave him so much success throughout his career.
The fifth annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering commemorates the acclaimed American Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racer and presents the world debut of AVA Velocity Works.

In addition to the event’s prestigious guests, AVA Velocity Works will make its first world debut at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2013. The new motorcycle manufacturer, founded by designer Adrian Van Anz, will introduce its first model at the show, the 250 Swift. The 250 Swift is a pure, vintage racer for the road and features design inspired by the small displacement GP race bikes of the 1960’s. AVA Velocity Works’ philosophy is to offer consumers a combination of style and performance never before available at an entry level price point.

For those looking to acquire motorcycles of their own, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will feature The Quail Marketplace, a for-sale-by-owner corral. Introduced in 2012, The Quail Marketplace offers guests an opportunity to purchase directly from other motorcycle enthusiasts. During the event, guests will dine on gourmet barbecue fare, presenting a selection of dishes such as spice rubbed wood-grilled chicken with bourbon-molasses glaze and slow smoked barbecued pork with Lexington dip or Kansas City-style sauce.

Participation in The Quail Motorcycle Gathering as an entrant is $120, and includes two tickets, gourmet lunch, and an event gift bag. Tickets to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering are $65 per person ($15 for children 12 and under), and include a gourmet barbeque lunch, offerings from local wineries and breweries together with live musical entertainment. To purchase event tickets, please visit www.quaillodgetickets.com.

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