For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will feature classic motorcycles alongside the drool-worthy classic cars on display at the hallowed 18th hole fairway. Kicking off what is expected to be an annual focus on different countries and eras, this year's display will highlight classic British bikes built until 1959.

Included among the entry list of classic Triumphs, Nortons, Velocettes, BSAs, Brough Superiors and Ariels will be a pair of Vincents that are legendary among vintage motorbike enthusiasts. "Gunga Din" was a 1947 factory demonstration prototype that became one of the most indomitable racing bikes of its time, while the "Bathing Suit Bike" (pictured above) got its name when rider Rolland "Rollie" Free rode it - lying down like Superman to reduce drag - to a 150mph Bonneville land speed record in 1948 wearing nothing but a speedo, cap and a pair of sneakers.

Organizers say the introduction of the new category comes in response to increased interest towards bike collecting and the vital role which many early motorcycles played in the development of the automobile. Sounds good to us...we'll be on hand to check them out and bring you the best this August from Monterey, California.

[Source: Octane]

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