The Quail : A Motorsports Gathering

The Quail : A Motorsports Gathering August 2018
'The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering' is a very grand private garden party that combines automobiles with exquisite international cuisine and award-winning wine vendors. Held in Carmel, California with the Santa Lucia mountain range providing a stunning backdrop, over 250 vehicles graced the well-manicured lawn of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club and greeted more than 5,000 spectators, including motorsports dignitaries, celebrities and dedicated enthusiasts. Among the vehicles on display were the latest automobiles from select manufacturers, some of which used 'The Quail' as the stage for world debuts.

A roster of programmatic events entertained the guests throughout the show, including the Fireside Chat Series headlined by road racing legend and winemaker Scott Pruett, renowned former racing driver Tom Kristensen, InStyle Editor in Chief Laura Brown and luxury women's shoe designer Tamara Mellon. Product debuts, press conferences and industry announcements were hosted by Polestar, Karma Automotive, Gunther Werks, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti and Hennessey Performance. Concept cars on display included the Genesis Essentia Concept, Audi PB 18 e-tron Concept, and Infiniti Prototype 10.

Four special classes were recognized this year, including the '50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Espada & Islero,' which paid tribute to two of Lamborghini's most timeless V12-powered touring cars. 'The Great Lancias' class exemplified the manufacturer's strong rally heritage through a selection of noteworthy models. The list of entrants included the Lancia Beta Monte Carlo, the Lancia LC1 and LC2, Lancia 037, and the Delta S4. Lancia returned to sports-car racing in 1979, the first time in 25 years, by fielding turbocharged Beta Monte Carlo coupes in the Group 5 'Silouette' category. These cars, flamboyantly striped in bright colors, won the 1980 and 1981 world titles in the under-two-liter class. The LC1 was a strong competitor in Group 6 and only four examples were produced. The LC2 was Lancia's answer to the Porsche 956 and 10 examples were built. The 037 were Rally Cars designed to compete in the Group B World Rally Championship. The Delta S4, introduced in 1958, was used to defend the company's reputation as the world's leading marque for rallying. The four-wheel drive car raced in Group B as a specially adapted version of the limited-edition Delta S4 production car. In its first competition test the S4 won the Royal Automobile Club International rally in 1985.

The '70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356' class celebrated the German automotive history and legacy of the marque's first production sports car. Many notable examples were on display offering visitors a unique experience to study and enjoy the evolution that transpired during its nearly two decade production lifespan. Additionally, 'The Alois Ruf Reunion' showcased a selection of bespoke sports cars, including the brand-new RUF CTR, from the legendary Pfaffenhausen manufacturer and tuner. Nearly a dozen Ruf tuned cars were on display, including the legendary 'Yellowbird' which helped establish the company's reputation as an automotive high performance tuner.

The Spirit of The Quail award was bestowed upon the 1979 Volkswagen Tamiya Sand Scorcher owned by Dean Lanzante of the United Kingdom. The Octane Choice award went to the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testarossa owned by the Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie of Hong Kong SAR. It is one of the most famous of all Testa Rossas, finishing first overall at the 1958 LeMans driven by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien, and third overall at the 1958 Targa Florio driven by Mike Hawthorn and Wolfgang von Trips. It is an original LHD Ferrari team car with outside door hinges and a fresh air vent on the cowl similar to 0666TR. After the 1958 Targa Florio race, it was converted at the Ferrari factory from the original pontoon fenders to the envelope body.

The FIVA award went to the 1970 Datsun 240Z owned by Eric Breslow of Nevada. Datsun introduced their 240Z to the press in October of 1969 and made its public appearance a few days later at the Tokyo Motor Show. This was the first Japanese-made sports car to achieve worldwide recognition. The 240Z was designed at Nissan by a team headed by Yoshiko Matsuo, with input from consultant Count Albrecht Goertz, stylist of the BMW 503 and 507. The 1970 and 1971 models, considered Series 1, are to this day among the most popular sports cars ever produced. Based on the Fairlady Z, the 240Z is powered by a 2393cc six cylinder engine that produces 153 horsepower, providing plenty of power and impressive performance.

The coveted Best of Show was awarded to the 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C owned by Anne Brockinton Lee of Nevada. Pinin Farina created around six PF200 Aurelias show cars, four of which are believed to still exist today. And, no two were exactly the same. The example on display at The Quail was the show car in the 1953 motor shows of Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt, Torino and still bears the dash plaque from its award-winning display at Stresa, Italy. Only the prototype PF200 was given the circular nose while future versions wore more elliptic noses, while some had standard tailpipes, and others featured the bumper-through exhausts of the original Turin car. One of the three open cars had a removable top and side curtains while the others had wind-up windows and a more permanent soft-top.

The PF200's styling prompted at least two more similarly styled cars built on American chassis. Norman Granz was inspired by the prototype PF200 Roadster at Turin and ordered similar bodywork on a Cadillac 62 chassis. In 1956, Pinin Farina took the design a step further with the Palm Beach Special, which was built on a Nash Rambler chassis.

Next year's show is already scheduled for Friday, August 16, 2019. To learn more, please visit the event website, and follow the action on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


1988 Porsche Ruf 911 CTR Yellowbird  
1989 Porsche Ruf CTR Clubsport  
1997 Porsche Ruf CTR2  
1998 Porsche Ruf CTR2 Sport  
2016 Porsche Ruf Turbo Florio  
2017 Porsche Ruf CTR  
2017 Porsche Ruf CTR3  

1968 Lamborghini Islero  
1969 Lamborghini Espada 400 GT  
1969 Lamborghini Islero  
1970 Lamborghini Espada  
1971 Lamborghini Espada  
1972 Lamborghini Espada 400 GTE  
1973 Lamborghini Espada 400 GT  

1948 Porsche 356  
1951 Porsche 356  
1956 Porsche 356A  
1957 Porsche 356 A  
1958 Porsche 356A  
1959 Porsche 356A  
1961 Porsche 356B  
1962 Porsche 356B  
1964 Porsche 356  
1965 Porsche 356C  

1952 Jaguar C-Type  
1953 Fiat 500  
1953 Siata 208 S  
1954 Fiat 8V  
1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano  
1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS  
1957 Lancia Aurelia  

1949 Ferrari 166MM  
1951 Ferrari 340 America  
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC  
1958 Ferrari 250 TR  
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART  
1967 Ferrari 330 GTS  
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  
1980 Ferrari Pinin Concept  
1983 Ferrari 308  
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO  
1990 Ferrari F40  
1991 Ferrari Testarossa  
1995 Ferrari F50  
1998 Ferrari F355  
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta  
2006 Ferrari F430  
2008 Ferrari F430 Spyder  

1960 Lancia Flaminia  
1974 Lamborghini Espada 400 GT  
1974 Lancia Stratos  
1974 Lancia Stratos Group 4  
1980 Lancia Beta Monte Carlo  
1982 Lancia LC1  
1983 Lancia 037  
1983 Lancia LC2  
1985 Lancia Delta S4  
1988 Lancia Delta S4  

2014 Pagani Huayra  
2017 Pagani Huayra BC  

2018 Koenigsegg Agera FE  

1953 Fiat 8V  
1965 Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake  
2012 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Concept  
2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato  
2015 SCG 003S  
2017 Ford Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6  
2018 Maserati Touring Sciàdipersia  
2018 Shelby Series 2  

2018 Audi PB 18 e-tron Concept  
2018 Genesis Essentia Concept  
2018 Infiniti Prototype 10  

1985 Porsche 911 Carrera  
1987 Aston Martin V8  
1988 Aston Martin V8  
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Type 930  
1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30  
2003 Lotus Esprit V8  
2009 Lamborghini Gallardo  
2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale  
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG  
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C  
2016 McLaren 650S  
2018 Bugatti Chiron  
2018 Ford GT  
2018 Hennessey Venom F5  
2018 McLaren Senna  
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R  
2018 Polestar 1  
2018 Rimac C Two  
2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan  
2018 W Motors Fenyr  

1929 Riley Brooklands  
1935 Morgan Super Sport  
1936 Bugatti Type 57SC  
1937 Cord 812  

1946 MG TC  
1951 Cadillac Series 75  
1951 Jaguar XK120  
1952 Siata Daina  
1954 Kaiser Darrin  
1956 BMW Isetta  
1958 Bentley Continental S1  
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta  
1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL  
1960 Morgan Plus Four  

1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1963 Studebaker Avanti  
1964 Aston Martin DB5  
1964 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1964 Triumph Spitfire MK1  
1965 ISO Rivolta  
1965 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1965 Lamborghini 350 GT  
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang Hertz GT350  
1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mark IA  
1967 Aston Martin DB6  
1967 ISO Grifo GL  
1967 Toyota 2000 GT  
1968 Porsche 911  
1969 Lamborghini Miura P400  
1970 Datsun 240Z  
1971 BMW 2002  
1971 Fiat 124  
1971 Honda TNIII  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 600  
1973 BMW 3.0  
1973 Porsche 911 RS Carrera  
1973 Volvo 1800 ES  
1974 Austin Mini Cooper  
1976 BMW 2002  

1955 Austin-Healey 100M  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing  
1956 Wright Special  
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1966 Ford GT40  
1967 Chevrolet Baja Boot  
1969 Nissan R382  
1971 Porsche 917K  
1972 Alpine A110  
1972 Datsun 510  
1985 Porsche 962C  
2018 McLaren Senna GTR Concept  
2018 Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo  

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