Once again The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering outdoes itself in sheer excellence. Now it will be the only main event for the Friday of the Monterey Weekend which fell on the 16th of August this year. It was just announced today that the competing show is moving to Saturdays. The Quail is literally is breathtaking in its scope and variety. What sets it apart is manufacturer presence, debuts, culinary delights and of course, a parachutist!
The heavy manufacturer presence made this exclusive event stand out even more, some with world or North American debuts of spectacular models such as the Lamborghini Veneo, Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50th Anniversario Roadster, the Home of Rolls Royce Collection’s Phantom Series II, BMW M4 concept, Spyker B6 Venator Spyder concept, a Bugatti Legend “Jean-Pierre Wimille” model based on a Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, the Galpin Ford GTR1 and more. Jim Glickenhaus for the first time showed his custom Ferrari P4/5 and P4/5 Competizione together as well.
Other phenomenal standouts included race cars from Toyota, a Bentley Speed 8 and an Audi R18 e-tron Quattro. There were multiple older Lamborghini models, a Jaguar F-Type and XKR-S GT, Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series, and more. Check out the slideshow of the McLarens, Ferraris, Porsches and a Corvette rally that rumbled in with historically significant race cars and two brand new C7 Stingray convertibles.
Other significant vintage models included a 1950 Ferrari 166 Inter Berlinetta, Ferrari’s first road car, a 1969 Ferrari 365GTS, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Short Nose and a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, Long Nose, Torque Tube. Among numerous significant Astons there was a 1965 DB5 and a 1960 DB4GT.
Guest drives were offered by Jaguar, Land Rover and Porsche. A Porsche 918 Spyder was also in the mix. All this activity and walking makes for a huge appetite and there were six different cuisines to choose from with delicious gourmet foods included in the price of admission.
Another temping event that entices the enthusiast that was included in the admission was the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction that featured several multi-million dollar sales. A shuttle service was conveniently offered for a quick trip while still on the grounds.
The biggest and especially fascinating surprise was a fireside chat hosted by the ever so eloquent ex-race car driver Alain de Cadenet interviewing former Ferrari CEO and Team principle and current FIA President ] Jean Todt and seven-time world champion F1 driver Michael Schumacher.
Capped ticket sales kept the dining and seating areas from being overly crowded. It is incredibly easy to spend the day at the show, so if you don’t arrive early and leave early, plan on attending the auction or a very short drive nearby to the Baja Cantina. Be sure to get your tickets early if you want to attend this stunner next year.