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Dana Point Concours d’Elegance selects Ducati as featured motorcycle marque

The event will celebrate the motorcycle’s 86 years of quality performance, as well as other trademark vehicles

by Carly CaumaintPublished: June 06, 2012 08:55 AM

The Dana Point Concours d’Elegance, returning this month to the St. Regis Monarch Beach golf links in Dana Point, has selected Ducati as the featured motorcycle marque for the 30th anniversary event on June 23 and 24.

The annual event brings together classic and vintage car enthusiasts to display restored, preserved and one-of-a-kind models, showcasing bygone years of auto design, performance and innovation.  

The celebration gathering will showcase the best motorcycles and automobiles that Concours d’Elegance has to offer. Each of the vehicles will be considered for top awards during the ceremony.

“Initially, we included collector motorcycles at our event in 2010 as a one-time feature,” said Jeff Spellens, president of the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance. “The response was so incredible that collector motorcycles have become an integral part of the two-day event.”

A number of Ducati machines will be on display at the event, representing the maker’s premium design and attention to performance.

A 1955 Ducati 125 Bialbero Gran Prix on display features a 125 cc Twin Cam engine, one of Ducati’s original motor designs by Chief Engineer Fabio Taglione. A 1966 model represents the Ducati Monza 250, manufactured for the American market. The current owner restored this motorcycle after discovering it in an Indiana barn.

Two models will represent Ducati’s trademark Desmo head, also designed by Chief Engineer Taglione. The unique “desmodromic” system allows the head to open and close the valves using the camshaft, without the valve springs. The two motorcycles featuring the Desmo design on display at the event are a 1970 350 Desmo, and a 1965 Ducati 250 Mach I Desmo.

“Much like owning a Shelby or a Harley-Davidson, owning and riding a Ducati is a lifestyle decision,” Spellens said. “It is fitting to celebrate an Italian manufacturer at our event who understands the meaning of good taste, class and sophistication.”

The Dana Point Concours d’Elegance is a non-profit organization run by volunteers aiming to support local Southern California charities. A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to a number of local organizations, including the Carroll Shelby Foundation, the Pet Project Foundation and the South Orange County School of the Arts, among others. 

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