The 7th Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance Collection at the Simeone Museum was a celebration of the finest BMW, Land Speed Record and Police Motorcycles.
Photographer Dawn Deppi captured all the action at the Kick Start Party on Saturday, August 15. She also shot the image of the poster bike this year, David Markel's immaculate 1928 BMW R28.
Guest of Honor Cook Neilson, former editor of Cycle Magazine was on hand to talk about his experiences racing against BMW's during the early days of AMA Superbike competition. His Ducati, 'Old Blue' was tuned by longtime friend and colleague Phil Schilling and went toe to toe with the mighty Butler & Smith BMW's during their peak years.
Earlier in his career, Neilson drag raced a Harley-Davidson and eventually made record setting runs at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on the bike. He was there when Bob Leppan piloted the twin Triumph engine powered Gyronaut X-1 to record speeds.
The Britten V1000 powered White Lightning streamliner was on display minus it's engine, but showing off it's meticulous engineering underneath the skin.
Harley-Davidson tuner Charlie Kowchak was recognized by Cook Neilson for his efforts over the last fifty years.
A threesome of pre-war BMW's
"The Guppy", a Suzuki Hyabusa LSR that still holds the record of the world's fastest naturally aspirated sit-on motorcycle at 254 mph. Owner Larry Forestall and pilot Mark DeLuca were on hand to demonstrate the machine.
Peter Calles brought a pair of Italian lightweights to the event. The 1949 Gilera and 1957 Ducati Elite were top quality restorations that are reflective of Peter's passion and work.
The 'Worlds Fastest Motorcycle", the Gyronaut X-1 still holds the record (245.667 mph) for the fastest Triumph in the world. Designed by Alex Tremulis, designer of the Tucker automobile and numerous other cars, it has been restored to it's former glory now.
The Britten V1000, one of only ten made. Still as shockingly beautiful and innovative as when it was launched more than twenty years ago.
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