Motorcycles of the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Don’t forgot the Motorcycles! This was the third year motorcycles were shown on the 18th fairway during the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours. The 62nd Concours featured a German Motorcycles Class.


This has to be one of the most stunning motorcycles I’ve ever seen and the pictures truly don’t do it justice. This 800CC BMW R7 prototype won First In Class. The bike is the only one in the world and part of the BMW Group Classic collection.

Admiring the 1934 BMW R7.

Front view of the BMW R7


The Daimler Reitwagen, meaning “riding wagon”, is considered the world’s first motorcycle with an internal combustion engine.

1886 Daimler Reitwagen


This Imme R100 received a green ribbon for making the 60-mile Tour d’Elegance a few days prior.

1950 Imme R100


The Opel was having brief starting troubles early in the morning before the judges made their rounds. It’s never fun when your antique bike won’t start and I could feel the owner’s nervousness.

1930 Opel Motoclub Model T

1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller

1965 DKW Hummel 155

1923 BMW R32

1968 Munch Mammoth

1951 NSU Konsul II 501 OS-T


This is a strange one. The 1922 Megola Touring has a five-cylinder, 640cc radial engine which drives the front axle directly. It’s started by pushing it or rotating the front wheel while the bike is on the stand.

1922 Megola Touring

The motor, front wheel, and gas tank of the 1922 Megola.

1953 Adler M250 at the start of the Tour d'Elegance.


This 1954 BMW R68 just came off the stage after receiving the Second in Class award. Sir Wheelsy thought his motoring attire was quite dashing.

1954 BMW R68


Lastly,another shot of the BMW R7. Here is Klaus Kutscher in action after receiving the First In Class award. – Grant Griffin

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2012 Tour d’LeMons

Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula is known for it’s multi-million dollar car auctions,  concept unveilings, glamorous parties, and of course the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The premier motoring event in the world to show off your great grandfathers 1906 Rolls Royce or that newly purchased Ferrari GTO with a long racing history, if you can get invited.

For the last few years, event organizer, Alan Galbraith, of Billetproof fame,  has led a different type of event in the area. I won’t say it punches Pebble Beach events in the nose, but definitely gives them a Three Stooges style “honk” in the you-know-where.

The Tour d’LeMons, billed as the Worst Car Event in the World, showcases some of the world’s worst heaps, odd-balls, and bizarro cars in one place. Finally you have a place to show off that mistake you purchased in 1972. This year the event was sponsored by the good-humored guys at Hagerty, who agreed to write the event insurance. They were very thankful the fire-prone Pintos and Fieros did not explode and shoot flaming K-cars all over Seaside, Californa.

This year was the first “Tour” d’LeMons. I can’t believe Alan thought driving some of these cars was a good idea, but even he bragged that there were no breakdowns, while there where six on the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance a couple of days ago.  If you ask me, that leaves a lofty goal for next year.

Here are some of my pictures from the funnest event during Car Week. The Tour d’Lemons is horribly awesome and shouldn’t be missed.

A VW Dune Buggy rolls into the "show field" from the Tour.

Not sure why anyone would spring for such a nice paint job on a Pinto.

Don't you really want it to get rear-ended?

Pete with Atomic Toasters showing off his 1977 MGB, nick-named the ZomBee.

It runs on hope and love, especially since he robbed the motor from his wife's car last week.


This was on loan from Mazda. No joke. Mint condition and the right color for the LeMons.

There are lot of Citroens around town, and a very rich mechanic.


Not sure why you'd have an AMC Pacer not painted like the Murf Mobile.


They had to air out this Volvo.

I saw this parked around back at Pebble Beach.


This Datsun was almost too nice for the show. Unless it's really a VW with a Datsun kit.

The blower was made from soup cans and a bucket. I hope I'm not blowing the owner's cover.

Have you ever heard of a DAF Daffodil? I’m sure you have, but I haven’t. It was built in Holland in 1965. The awesome owner, Mike, explained the transmission is like a jumbo mountain bike gear and would beat every car at the Tour, if they were driving in reverse. That sounds like a good idea for next year.

A DAF Dafffodil.

I'm not sure if this DKW was coming or going.


Vincent Vega...our man in Amsterdam.

Crosley collector,  Evelyn Fasnacht,  from Houston, Texas had a 1949 Crosley Hot Shot on display. She was kind enough to let me sit in it and I think it lowered a foot or two when I sat down.

Back side of the Crosley Hot Shot.


A Subaru 360 and The Beauty of All Wheel Drive.


I heard that bribing the voters and judges is fair game, and apparently that's true based on this Jeep's tail gate. Nothing says "vote for me" like a $1.25, some 3.5'' floppies, and Sun-warmed Corona.

Rust Bucket Award went to this International Scout. The owners wore life preservers just in case the brakes went through the rusted out floorboards and they plunged into the Pacific Ocean. The Best of Show and Most Sour award went to a nice little Sunbeam Tiger. My picture of the Tiger looked like garbage, which is unfortunate since the car was actually very clean.

Again, thanks to Hagerty Collector Car Insurance for saving the day. They do a pretty good job on insuring my antique Scooters. I’m saying this because it’s all true, not because they gave me tickets to the Russo and Steele Auction tonight.  Thanks again for checking out the Sir Wheelsy site. – Grant Griffin


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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Poster Giveaway!

As we countdown the days to this year’s Monterey Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance I thought we would have a special Sir Wheelsy contest for the Pebble Beach collectible. I’ve been asked to sell mine on the flight home and have the 2008 edition framed in my son’s room.

The official posters are coveted now and will be priceless in 60 years.

To enter,  ”like” the Sir Wheelsy Facebook Page. Share this post or one of the Poster links on the Page if you already “like” us.  Links to the Facebook Page and Share boxes are at the bottom of the page,  the right side of the home page, or here.

The prize  will be one of the limited 2012 official Posters. The more people who “like” the page, the more I can give away. I’ll have a team of accountants working around the clock to make sure this goes smooth.




Watch the Sir Wheelsy Facebook Page for updates on Car Week events and thank you for supporting Sir Wheelsy.           -Grant Griffin

The 2012 posters:

The 2012 Concours d'Elegance poster. Copyright © 2012 Pebble Beach Company


The tradition of creating these posters dates back more than 60 years to the first Pebble Beach Road Race and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held in 1950.  Car  enthusiasts have long delighted in the automotive elegance captured in these works of art. Coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik is among this year’s features, so the main 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance poster displays highly regarded automotive artist Jay Koka’s stunning image of William “Chip” Connor’s Saoutchik-bodied 1936 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet posed in front of The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Koka is a member of the prestigious Automotive Fine Arts Society.

The 2012 Tour d'Elegance poster. Copyright © 2012 Pebble Beach Company

The 2012 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance poster, painted by renowned artist Barry Rowe, depicts the excitement of early road races with an image that features Bruce and Jolene McCaw’s 1908 Benz Prince Heinrich Two Seat Race Car speeding past another car (a Stutz) near Bixby Bridge in Big Sur. Like Koka, he is a member of the AFAS.

My favorite, the RetroAuto poster. Copyright © 2012 Pebble Beach Company

The 2012 Pebble Beach RetroAuto poster, by Tim Layzell, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the AC (Shelby) Cobra, created when the legendary Carroll Shelby paired an AC Ace with a Ford V8.

A big thanks to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the information and the photos of this year’s posters.



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