Motorcyclist's 100th Anniversary Celebration

Motorcyclist's 100TH Anniversary Celebration

Motorcyclist magazine recently celebrated its 100th year of publication by hosting the party of the century at its El Segundo, California, shop and photo studio facility. A few hundred friends of the magazine—including former world-champion racers, film stars and countless motorcycle-industry movers and shakers—came from across the country to offer congratulations, and also be among the first in the world to learn not only our choices of Motorcycle and Motorcyclist of the Year—the Ducati 1199S Panigale and Marco Simoncelli, respectively—but also our once-in-a-lifetime picks for Motorcycle and Motorcyclist of the Century! Here are some highlights from the night:

The Evening's Hosts

The entire Motorcyclist staff was on-hand, of course. From left to right: Michael Candreia, Aaron Frank, Ari Henning, Kevin Hipp, Joe Neric, David Sonsky, Annette Carrion, Brian Catterson and Andreanna Ditton, plus contributors Eric Putter and Joe Gresh.

MC Emeritus

[ An impressive number of former magazine staffers showed up to party, too. From left to right: Walt Fulton, Brian Catterson, Brent Ross, Dick Lague, Kevin Smith, Art Friedman, Nick Ienatsch, Jeff Karr, Rich Cox and Marc Cook. There’s more than 40 years of the magazine history huddled on that stage.

Mr. Motorcycle

The evening's guest of honor was Malcolm Smith, our (extremely!) popular choice for Motorcyclist of the Century. The room went wild when the Elsinore scene from On Any Sunday began playing on the video screen, and the crowd kept cheering long after the man with the 1000-watt smile took the mic. Smith signed countless autographs—including one for Aaron Frank's daughter, Kiva (center)—and posed with friends like Bertus Jawa and Lennie Combs (bottom).

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[Ciao, Marco

[ An emotional Kevin Schwantz, the 1993 500GP World Champion, accepted our Motorcyclist of the Century award on behalf of his friend Marco Simoncelli, who died in a racing accident at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. The two extremely talented racers called each ciccios—very close friends.

Motorcycle of the Century

One of the evening’s high points was the unveiling of our choice for Motorcycle of the Century, the 1969 Honda CB750. This near-perfect example was lent to us by American Honda, and had less than 200 miles on the odometer. American Honda Senior Vice President Ray Blank (inset, top) was on-hand to accept the award, which was presented by Aaron Frank.

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[2012 MOTY

[Sharing the stage with the CB750 was our 2012 Motorcycle of the Year, the Ducati 1199S Panigale. The very first superbike, juxtaposed with the most sophisticated superbike ever built.

Vintage Iron

[ Thanks to very generous friends of the magazine, we displayed a fine selection of historic motorcycles on our shop floor, including a 1920 Harley-Davidson F-model, a mid-‘30s Husqvarna 500 GP racer, a ‘50s-era Norton Manx and more. Some famous guy in a blue shirt admires the Harley.

GP History

[An ex-Ben Spies Yamaha YZR-M1 and ex-Eddie Lawson Kawasaki KR500 from 1982 graced our photo cove, providing attendees a killer photo opportunity!

[Schwantz and former HRC heavyweight Brian Uchida inspect Lawson’s square-four two-stroke up-close and personal.

[ Frequent Motorcyclist photo model/throttle engineer Thad Wolff prepares to fire up his vintage H-D at the end of the night.

[Sport Rider's Bradley Adams, Ari Henning and Super Streetbike's Sean Russell all had to show ID at the door.