After literally years of being asked when would the US have it's own Motogiro d'Italia they finally built it and I, like just about everybody else I knew, was signed up and ready to ride. Conducted under the umbrella of The MEET at Monterey which included a bike show, an auction, the Motogiro America and the RedBull MotoGP at Laguna Seca, there was lots to do and see. The route included the start on Cannery Row, a lap of Laguna Seca, then down thru Big Sur to Paso Robles and back to Monterey. The whole thing kicked off with a bike show in the Monterey Custom House Plaza, and while the headliners were pristine restorations from noted collectors, many of the entries would be heading out the following day for the 5 day ride. Join me for Motogiro America - Vicki's View......
Giuliano Maoggi, winner of the 1956 Motogiro d'Italia, signs Jack Silverman's 125 Gran Sport Maoggi replica
That little yellow gem is a Demm, just one of many, many brands produced in Italy, most in the Bologna area. That's why it's called the Motor Valley!
Cook Neilson, Tom Tasso and his Doug Polen 888.
The Mid America auction was going on inside the Portola Plaza right next door.
They set a record high when this Cyclone sold North of $500,000
That's a Neracar, which even though it's name implies it is, it really isn't :-)
The Rollie Free Vincent as art
Bikes rolled in one after another to be tech inspected for the Sunday start.