The Quail : A Motorsports Gathering August 2019
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering combines a lush setting on a golf course nestled against the Santa Lucia mountain range with exceptional cuisine and some of the finest examples of vintage sporting automobiles ever to meet the road. This year's featured themes included the 100 Years of Bentley motors, the 25th Anniversary of the McLaren F1, and a Tribute to the Electric Car Movement.
This year's recipient of Best of Show honors was Judge Joseph & Margie Cassini for their Stutz Model DV-32 Convertible Victoria. Its coachwork is by LeBaron and believed to have been a proposed 'catalog custom' intended to maintain LeBaron's position as the dominant producer of bodies for use on Stutz chassis. The relationship between Stutz and LeBaron dated back to 1927, with LeBaron's development of a lightweight roadster body known as the Blackhawk Speedster. The Cassini's car has a radically raked and shortened folding windshield design, and it features the longest Stutz hood, lengthened by more than 6-inches with a set-back firewall. It was originally imported to Argentina for Stutz distributor Luis Angel Firpo. In 1974 it was sold to a collector in Florida who kept it for several years before selling it to a gentleman in Ohio. The present owners were able to acquire it in 2008 and have given it a full restoration.