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1939 Miller-Balsamo 200 Carenta Selected as "Best of Show" at 2023 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

1939 Miller-Balsamo 200 Carenta Selected as


Carmel, Calif. (May 6, 2023) – The 1939 Miller-Balsamo owned by John Goldman was selected as “Best of Show” out of over 200 entrants at the 13th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering presented by Medallia. The event’s highest honor was announced to over 3000 attendees at Quail Lodge & Golf Club’s annual event. Over 26 awards were given celebrating the designs and legacies of the world’s most iconic motorcycles.

Three new featured classes for 2023 led The Quail Motorcycle Gathering’s exhibition. Italian and Single, 1970s Vintage Muscle and 'Bring on the Baggers' joined 11 returning traditional classes, such as American, British, Italian, Japanese, Antique and Custom/Modified, in delighting motorcycle enthusiasts and casual fans alike.

Standout motorcycles on the grounds were three-time Grand Prix champion Wayne Rainey’s 1990 Yamaha YZR500 along with the first motorcycle Rainey piloted, a 1971 Yamaha Mini Enduro 60. In the line-up of famous race machines was this year’s Legend of the Sport, Bubba Shobert’s 1985 Honda RS750D, one of only nine ever built.  Four-time Grand Prix world champion, Eddie Lawson, also had a selection of flat track bikes from Yamaha and Bultaco on display.

“There is a euphoria exclusive to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering as a result of the enthusiasm of the patrons and the support of our event partners,” said Gordon McCall, director of motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “The passion for two wheels is alive and well and this event represents such a wide range of the community, reminding us why we fell in love with motorcycles”

Motorcycle and lifestyle brands, including Yamaha, Bonhams, Corbin Saddles, Heidenau Tires and Mecum Auctions, displayed curated selections of bikes and new product and service offerings. Other highlight sponsors include Zero Motorcycles, Renard Motorcycles, Law Tigers, Gigi Montrose Moto Couture, AMA, Bring A Trailer, Combat Motorcycles, Oris Watches, Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, SDI Insulation/SDI Racing LLC, The Vintageant, Top 1 Oil, Why We Ride, Stellar Moto and Oxford Cigar Co.

“Best in Class” awards were granted to one motorcycle in each of the 14 featured classes, with the following honors also announced:

Antique 2nd Place Presented By Bonhams

1935 Moto Comfort MGC Grandsport 500

John Goldman

Antique 1st Place Presented By Bonhams

1929 Indian Four Cylinder 402

Mike Lynch

American 2nd Place

1959 Harley-Davidson Panhead

Thad Wolff

American 1st Place

1946 Indian Chief

Terry Kaluza

British 2nd Place Presented by Heidenau Tires

1964 Triumph TR6SC

Brandon Smith

British 1st Place Presented by Heidenau Tires

1939 Triumph T100 Tiger

Richard & Jill Scardigli

Italian 2nd Place

1974 Ducati 750GT

Scott Somers

Italian 1st Place

1974 Laverda SFC

Peter Richardson

Japanese 2nd Place

1966 Honda CA77 Dream

Brad Yuill

Japanese 1st Place

1981 Yamaha RD350 LC

Chris Upton

Other European 2nd Place

1973 BMW R75/5

Kenneth Morris

Other European 1st Place

1937 BMW R5

Scott Smith

Competition On Road

1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma Walter Wolf Edition

Thomas Adler

Competition Off Road

1971 Bultaco PerSang M68

Steven Poggi

Choppers Award

1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

Richard Best

Custom/Modified 2nd Place

1947 Indian Chief

Eugene & Mary Garcin

Custom/Modified 1st Place

Hazen Special Velocette Custom

Marco Diaz

Extraordinary Bicycles & Scooter Award

1962 Vespa Gran Sport 160

Rob Fuller & Megan Ful

Arlen Ness Memorial Award

1975 Honda 550 F

Keith Young

Hagerty HVA Preservation Award

1961 Ducati Racer (Competition On Road Class)

Frank Scurria

Why We Ride Award

1976 MV Agusta Mini Bike (Italian & Single)

Marilyn Wiersema

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award

1971 Yamaha Mini Enduro 60

Wayne Rainey

‘Bring on the Baggers’ Presented by Moto America

1972 Moto Guzzi El Dorado

Daniel Crowley

1970s Vintage Muscle

1978 Honda 750 Seeley

Paul Murphy

Italian & Single Presented by Top 1 Oil

1956 Aero Capriolo Corsa 75

Robb Talbott

Spirit Of The Quail Award

1956 Aero Capriolo Corsa 75 (Italian & Single Class)

Robb Talbott

Best Of Show Award

1939 Miller-Balsamo 200 Carenata

John Goldman

Other highlights of the occasion were AMA Hall of Famer and 2023 Legend of the Sport Honoree Bubba Shobert participating in a Fireside Chat and a selection of local fan-favorite food and beverage options courtesy of Brother Bear BBQ, Marianne's Ice Cream, MMMChurros, Nitro Cycle, R Truck Food Truck and Sabor Latin Fusion.

Fast Facts

Over 3000 attendees

Over 200 bikes on display

Three featured classes

Italian and Single

1970s Vintage Muscle

'Bring on the Baggers'

11 traditional classes




Other European


Competition On Road

Competition Off Road




Extraordinary Bicycles and Scooters Class