Legends of motorcycling and over 250 classics from throughout the annals of motorcycling history met in Carmel for the fifth annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
Ducati had a huge presence once again as its North American headquarters is located nearby in the Bay Area. The Italian marque was also there to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Monster. What better way to celebrate the model’s success than to have the man who created the motorcycle himself, designer Miguel Galluzi, on hand to talk about one of Ducati’s best-selling motorcycles and sign autographs for fans. Ducati’s fervent advocate Vicki Smith presented two special awards on behalf of the Italian manufacturer, the first called the “La Piu Bella” award going to Jimmy Kilroy for his 1999 Ducati Monster dressed in an avante garde fairing. The “Passione Rossa” award went to another brand ambassador, Syl “Grandma” Salenius and her 2012 Ducati 1100 Evo Monster, her Evo sporting a license plate that reads “GMA’SBYK."