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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Dallas Rockers vs Mods #6

Last weekend marked the sixth annual 2012 Rockers vs Mods Rally in Dallas. It just keeps getting larger every year and this year was no exception.

A rare Vespa Grand Sport 160 (Mark I) with period-correct accoutrements.

Rockers vs Mods is a scooter and motorcycle rally that pays homage to  Britain’s Rocker and Mod youth subculture and the now legendary skirmishes at seaside resorts such as Brighton. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, go watch The Who’s 1979 film Quadrophenia immediately (or at least the trailer).  Then you’ll be up to speed on what’s going on with the glamed out motorscooters, dandy suits, cafe bikes, and leather. This is not your grandad’s or your accountant’s Harley rally.

Here are some of the pictures I took over the three day event.

Friday evening started at the historic Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff were hundreds of scooters and motorcycles faced off.

Are you a mod?

Carlos Cardoza with his custom suit and custom Mod Vespa. If you know Carlos, you're aware of how camera shy he is. I couldn't believe I was able to get this shot.

Are you a Rocker?

Peter Gould and his Ducati.


The Saturday morning ride had the Rockers and Mods split up for lunch. Vespa Dallas threw a great party for the Mods while the Rockers went to RPM Cycle.  Afterwards we rode downtown and across the newly-opened Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

My Son, Barron (2.5), learned the differences between a Lambretta SX200, Silver Special, and GP150.

Mark Roberts, our fearless leader and event organizer on his Vespa Rat Bike.

Scooters as far as you could see on Greenville Avenue.

Notice the newly inked tattoo.

Saturday afternoon’s event had great bands and cold beer to help keep cool. It was the last day of March and the Texas sun was brutal.  There were some amazing bikes you don’t see everyday.

An Ariel Leader.

I won’t incriminate anyone with photos from the late night party. I  don’t think I was the only one who didn’t make the Bomb the Bridges run Sunday morning either, but I heard it was a blast.  Early afternoon meet-up was at The Dubliner on Lower Greenville, the Get Bent Scooter Club’s usual Sunday afternoon hangout.  Sunday events at most rallies are dead, but the place was packed and going strong.

Mod vs Rocker.


Close up of the Honda Z50 Mini Trail.

The famous Rocio Ildemaro and renowned master scooter restorer, Vic Fletchall. Rocio's Vespa 150 Super is lovingly nicknamed, "Mustard Asshole."

The End. Thanks for checking us out and please “like” the Sir Wheelsy Facebook page.                - Grant Griffin

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61st Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance


Motorists once again flocked to Monterey and Carmel, California for this year’s Auto Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last August.

It was truly amazing to see cars of this caliber drive the Tour d’elegance on Thursday and then spit-shined on the 18th hole of Pebble Beach on Sunday. Auto Week has to be one of the only places in the world where a brand new Ferrari is quite borring compared to a real Shelby Cobra or Bugatti Veyron that’s parked next to it on the street.  Here are some of my favorite photos:

1960 Plymouth XNR Ghia Roadster Concept on the Tour d'Elegance.

The back side of the Plymouth Concept from the Concours. It won the Gran Turismo trophy.

Mercedes-Benz 300SL on a MB Transporter


The obligatory shot of Mr. Leno.

UPDATE: The person standing in my frame is the photographer from Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine. There is a similar shot published in the December 2011 issue and can be seen here with the rest of their slideshow of the Concours.

The shot courtesy of Hemmings:


I walked around all day with a goofy grin.

Unrestored 1937 Frazer Nash-BMW 328.

1963 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

1937 Talbot-Lago T150-SS Figoni & Falaschi Coupe

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Mayfair Special

1923 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia Lavocat et Marsaud

Twenty-two of the 36 Ferrari GTO's produced were on display.

A 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne owned by Peter and Merle Mullin of Los Angeles, California won Best of Show.

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