The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering


For ten days each August, connoisseurs and enthusiasts from around the world converge on the Monterey Peninsula to celebrate the ultimate in automotive design, engineering and camaraderie among fellow aficionados.

The crown jewel in a whirlwind of events is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Since its inception, it has combined a lush setting on a golf course nestled against the Santa Lucia mountain range with exceptional cuisine and the finest examples of vintage sporting automobiles seen during the week. Sponsors provide today’s cream-of-the-crop luxury cars to be sampled by guests on local roads, and those who wish can also test their mettle on the Land Rover Experience Driving School off-road course.

The event’s worldwide reputation is confirmed by its inclusion as a finalist in the Motoring Event of the Year category for the 2014 International Historic Motoring Awards.

For thirteen years, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has provided an unparalleled and exclusive experience for motorsports enthusiasts and collectors from around the world to enjoy rare collections of fine automobiles and motorcycles in a garden-party setting on the rolling greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club.

Held in conjunction with The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, is the 18th Annual Bonhams Motorcar Auction on the western grounds of Quail Lodge & Golf Club offering easy access, plenty of convenient parking, and lots of sunshine amidst the famous Carmel scenery.

The Quail will continue to create an enhanced experience for attendees and sponsors alike. Guests will enjoy exquisite motorcars on display and culinary pavilions, with the ease of onsite parking.

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2010 Event Report By JJ Carlson

The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering

Friday Aug 13, 2010

J.J. Carlson – Director of Media Relations

Carmel Calif. – When I think about memorable car events from 2010, The Quail readily comes to mind. The cars were fantastic, the food was outstanding, and the drinks were, well, you get the point. I like the fact that the Quail showcases both old and new vehicles. In one area you can see a pristine collector vehicle, just as it rolled off the assembly line.

In another, you can view cutting-edge technology at its best. I always find it interesting seeing where we were and how far we have come. To emphasize this point, I have a few examples to share.

 This year celebrated 45 years of the Shelby Mustang and paid tribute to Carol Shelby; I have never seen so many rare Shelby’s in one place, it was truly unbelievable. Entrants included a green prototype “EXP 500” aka “green hornet” – think KR 500, red ’67 GT 350S – rare factory supercharged model and white ’67 GT500 Super Snake. There was a whole circle of these Mustang’s and each one was meticulously restored and rare in some way. 

Alright, I admit there were others much older than the Mustangs, such as a stunning blue 1935 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodinamica Spider, but I have a soft spot for rare Shelby’s. In contrast, there was also an impressive variety of new technology including Ferrari’s 458 Italia, Porsche’s GT3R – full race hybrid, 1200 bhp Bugatti Veyron Supersport, and ForceIndia F1 car sponsored by Kingfisher.

Other features of the 2010 Quail included: race cars of Nurburgring, motorcycles, great Ferrari’s and Alfa Romeo special coachbuilders. Ferrari certainly had a stronger presence than usual this year. Red flags, banners and personally appointed mini-stage for the 458 were hard to miss.

Another thing that was hard to miss were the two-dozen or so pre-war Bugatti’s that rolled in for lunch from Laguna Seca. They left in a puff of blue smoke just as some vintage planes flew overhead to greet the crowd! As always, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and can’t wait to head back next year to see what The Quail has planned. I hope to see you there in 2011 at this exclusive venue.

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Here are a list of class winners for 2010:

all info for the class winners provided by the Official Quail website

The Quail Award

1962 Cobra 260

Owner: by Carroll Shelby

The Great Ferraris

1961 Ferrari 400 Super America

Owner: Peter S. Kalikow In March 15,1961, the sales contract for this car was issued by S.p.A. SEFAC to its first owner Dr. Fortunato Gosce. The car was displayed at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, Switzerland. In 1965, Dr. Gosce sold the car to Alessandro Ceasri S.r.l who then sold it to Marino De Medici in 1967. It was later owned by James Pew of Spring Green, Indiana, who sold it to Paul Swartzel of Dobuque, Iowa, in 1973. The present owner acquired the car 1998.

Super Cars

2009 Berton Mantide

Owner: Daniel Watkin Special one-off custom bodied 2R1 designed by Jason Castrioda when he was head of Design at Bertone

45 Years of the Shelby Mustang

1965 Ford GT350 Mustang Owner: Mark Hovander

“003” was one of three hipo 289 Mustang fastbacks sent by Ford Shelby American to jump start the GT350 Mustang program in 1965. Due to an incorrect stamping of the VIM tags at Shelby American, this car received the chassis number SFMS003. Since the street version of the GT350 required the least amount of time and modifications to finish, this car actually turned out to be the prototype street GT350.

Post-War Sports Cars

1951 Maserati A6G/200 Owner: John Bookout

The first Maserti ever designed by Pietro Frua was A6G/2000 Syder. The first three models (#2015, 2017 & 2018) were built on the A6/1500 chassis shortened by 10cm at the wheelbase, while the subsequent chassis (#2029 & 2030) were from the A6G/2000 series, built on a longer wheel base with completely different first three vehicles had a central headlight set inside the grill and a split two piece windscreen, while the two later cars had sidelights fitted to the outer grill and the windscreen was a curved single-piece unit.

Road & Track Editors Choice Award

1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H Owner: Michael & Barbara Malamut

This car is one of a small number produced and sold to Hertz Rent-A-Car. It was known as a weekend racer and has unique features including a black and gold paint exterior, 4-speed and is a rare authentic Shelby Super.

Sports and Racing Motorcycles

1993 Moto Guzzi 1000s Owner: Gary Wasserman

This bike is a limited edition of only 84 models produced for world distribution, with 36 coming to the U.S. This bike is a totally original stock version and has the 00001 serial number for the U.S. it has a very low mileage and is a third-owner bike and a highly collectable part of the Moto Guzzi history.

Post-War Racing Cars

1953 Jaguar C-Type Owner: Gregor Fisken

Chassis XKC 029 was the only C-Type to run in the Carrera Panamericana in period, competing in both 1953 + 1954 with sponsorships from “Estado de Mexico” and “Verarcruz.” 029 was owned for many years by one owner in the States before returning to the UK and staying with one family until this year. This highly original example has recently returned to its period from 1954.


1966 Ferrari 275GTC ‘Clienti Competizione’ Owner: Mark Ketcham

In 1966 the car took 1st in class at the Nurbugring 1000kms. In 1967 it again competed at the Nurburbring, but was an mechanical malfunction. Car is matching numbers & original body one of only two “275 Clienti Competizione”, the other is in France.

Best of Show

1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Disappearing Top Convertible Owner: Ken & Ann Smith

Delahaye is one of the oldest French Firms dating to 1895. This particular example of Figoni-Falaschi coach building is extremely rare and a one-off design. A no-expense-spared restoration was carried out of Hill & Vaugh in the early 1990s and it has subsequently been fully restored again by the present owners. Both engine and chassis are compeition. The car was raced by the famous racing team of Guy Mairesse and Paul Vallee. Mairesse was the 1948 winner of the Grand Prix des Frontieres. The original owners were Mr. & Mrs. Wolf of Paris, France.

The Fiva Award

1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Owner: Roger Hoffmann

Pre-War Sports and Racing Cars

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Owned: Richard Longes

The new body of this car – roadster – was created from a factory design. The original body was discarded in the early fifties


Milestone Cars of 1934

1934 Packard 1106 Owner: Robert M. Lee

This 12-cylinder Runabout Speedster falls into the 11th Series of Packard car production of 1934. Although built on the 135″ Super Eight wheelbase chassis, the 160 hp of the 12-cylinder engine turns it into semiperformance vehicle known as “Style 275”. Only two body styles were available – the Sport Coupe by Packard and the Runabout Speedster by LeBaron. LeBaron built all the Runabout Speedster, which numbers only four, of which all are still in existence. A possible further distinction of this particular car is that it was one of the turntable cars at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1934, making it a rare car indeed.

Alfa Romeo Special Coachbuilders

1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato Owner: Bowman Motors, LLC

The 1750 was the latest version of Vittorio Jano’s 6C series. In 1930, the 6C 1750 could be purchased inone of three versions; a naturally aspirated Turismo, a twin-cam Sport, and the supercharged Gran Sport or Super Sport. These supercharged versions, used by the factory, were lightweight and powerful. With its supercharged performance and elegant coachwork, the 1750 has been described as the “ancestor of every GT car ever made.”

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