Quail and duncan
I have to be honest, after driving over 2500 miles (40 hours) through tornados and a random snow storm, on 1-2 hours of sleep, one begins to wonder if the trip to Carmel, California for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is really worth it... The answer is YES!
The main purpose of this trip to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering was to debut the 1950 Norton Dominator project we have been working on for the past two years for an amazing (and truly patient) customer, Duncan. Duncan commissioned us for this build after he fell in love with our 1965 BSA. Duncan, who is from Australia, told us we had two years for this build while he would be living and working in London. We agreed that the build completion date would be for Quail 2015. Duncan gave full control over to Jesse.
Duncan has been anxiously waiting for this day to come - as have we. When he wasn't slammed with work, or getting married, or buying a house in London, he would ask for sneak peaks of the bike. But as everyone knows, pictures do not do justice for Jesse's work...
We met with Duncan first thing on Saturday morning at Quail. All three of us were still in a daze from our travels the day before, but we were super anxious as well (Duncan to see his bike for the first time, and us to see his reaction). It is difficult to put words into that moment to describe how a two year dream had finally become reality.
Duncan was in complete awe when he saw the Norton for the first time, he was speechless. Jesse began describing every single piece of fabrication, modification and work put into this build. Duncan's face showed exactly what he thought of the bike - and he was truly thrilled.
Not only was Duncan completely impressed with the results, so were the judges at Quail. While being interviewed by the judges during inspection, Jesse discussed in detail all of the work that went into this build. After that, we spent the rest of the day with Duncan trying to convince him it was reality that he is the proud owner of this 1950 Norton - as well as anxiously awaiting the judges decision. Finally, after hours of waiting to hear and a 40 hour drive to Carmel, California .. we were excited to find out that we would be winning an award.
The judges at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering awarded The GasBox and the 1950 Norton Dominator second place in the Custom/Modified Class! While second place is never as sweet as first place - we are truly honored just to be asked to attend and show at Quail - yet alone be honored with an award. Thank you to the judges and all of the spectators at Quail - and of course, congratulations to Analogue Motorcycles and their team for winning first place with their Indian Scout Cafe Racer (pictured in the background).
We gladly accept second place because the true award was seeing how happy our customer is with his one of a kind motorcycle.
Now it's time to get back on the road again to make more customers happy. Until next time Quail....