The Bathing Suit Bike to Be Exhibited at Quail Lodge

What is considered to be the most famous motorcycle in the world, the John Edgar Lightning, also known as the Bathing Suit Bike, is to be on display at The Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering on May 14, 2011.

For those of you who haven’t heard of it yet, the John Edgar Lightning was the star of the renowned "Bathing Suit Bike" photograph, shot at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1948.

The event will feature the world's rarest pre-war and post-war sports and racing bikes, alongside many interesting custom motorcycles. For the first time, the optional full Concours judging will be offered for those enthusiasts interested in entering a motorcycle and competing for the coveted blue ribbon in their class.

Attendees will also gain access to Bonhams & Butterfields live auction of rare motorcycles and memorabilia, which will include Steve McQueen's 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross, which he rode (shirtless) on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1971. The auction will also feature a custom Yamaha R1, signed by World Champion Valentino Rossi, with proceeds to benefit Riders for Health.

"We are delighted to celebrate our third Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering and bring together some of the most exciting motorcycles in history," said Courtney Porras Ferrante, Signature Events Director for The Quail Events. "Our guests will have the exclusive opportunity to view the array of exceptional bikes at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, while enjoying a picnic lunch and live auction, and a beautiful spring weekend in Carmel."

This year, the event will pay tribute to a century of racing at Isle of Man, while also showcasing the top motorcycles from the past, present and concepts for the future.
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