DANA POINT, Calif., May 31, 2012
The Dana Point Concours d'Elegance will celebrate 86 years of Ducati high performance, one of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers, during its 30th anniversary extravaganza, June 23-24, at the prestigious St. Regis Monarch Beach golf links in Dana Point, Calif. The premier celebration of automotive elegance in Southern California will feature some of the best motorcycles and automobiles, each competing for top awards during the event.
“Initially we included collector motorcycles at our event in 2010 as a one-time feature,” noted Jeff Spellens, Dana Point Concours d’Elegance president. “The response was so incredible that collector motorcycles have become an integral part of the two-day event, and we return each year with a collection of fascinating motorcycle classes. Guests can now enjoy fantastic cars parked alongside beautiful vintage metal by Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Ariel, Ceccato and many other influential marquis.”
The storied Italian manufacturer will be represented on the golf links with a 1955 Ducati 125 Bialbero Gran Prix. The bike features a 125 cc Twin Cam engine, which was part of the original group of motorcycles with the first Twin Cam motor designed by Chief Engineer at Ducati Fabio Taglione.
A 1966 Ducati Monza 250 will also capture attention of those at the show. Manufactured for the American market, the Monza 250 was only built in 1966 and 1967. This ‘66 was a barn find in Indiana before the current owner purchased and restored the motorcycle.
One Ducati is a showcase for the company’s superior engineering. Introduced in 1970, the Desmodromic valve system was innovative at the time. Designed by Chief Engineer Taglione, the Desmo head opens and closes the valves using the camshaft, without valve springs. Today it is a trademark of the Ducati brand and is featured in a 350 cc single cylinder 1970 350 Desmo that can be viewed just inside the entrance of the motorcycle pavilion, at this year’s Concours.
Another Ducati that will feature a Desmo head is a 1965 Ducati 250 Mach I Desmo. The bike has a 250 cc engine and is restored to excellent condition. Originally the bike had a springer valve head, but the owner installed a Desmo head to update the bike in 1970.
“Much like owning a Shelby or a Harley-Davidson, owning and riding a Ducati is a lifestyle decision,” added Spellens. “Enthusiasts live for the rush of cruising down a back country road or open highway, pushing the limits at every turn. It is fitting to celebrate an Italian manufacturer at our event, who understands the meaning of good taste, class and sophistication.”
To see these Ducati’s and more, guests can purchase a general admission ticket for $30 online or $35 at the gate. Motorcycle and car exhibitors can download a registration form and send to the appropriate chairman as noted on the documents. For more information about the event or the automotive and motorcycle classes, please go to www.danapointconcours.org.