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Monterey, Friday 13th of August 2010

Friday the 13th was one of these days during the Monterey week that was packed with events. After a visit at the Concorso Italiano in the morning we headed for the Quail just after Lunch. When parking the car outside the resort it already became clear that this event has a totally different approach to the theme than the Concorso in the morning.

The Concorso is very much a relaxed meeting for the owners of Italian cars to show off their possession making the visitors to some sort of car spotter. The parking area at the Quail showed already many cars of the kind that were on display at the Concorso making someone curious what to expect on the inside.
At the Quail the cars also play the major role but they are more a part of the whole experience. Some of the finest machinery are parked in groups in the middle of the park of the Quail Lodge, surrounded by tents containing the best food and luxury accessories from the sponsors. The Quail presents the cars more as a part of the luxurious life than many other events and so this event is also attractive for those who are generally interested in other fine things than just in cars. One could see elegant women wandering through the cars with a glass of champagne in their hand or just enjoying the sun in a beach chair, a sight that is rather rare on pure car events. At several buffets gastronomic specialities of different countries invited for a rest in the shadow and to enjoy good food, new watches by Rolex or selected automobilia were presented.

The car manufacturers have recognized the potential of the visitors as future buyers of their latest supercars and so it was no surprise that Bugatti, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz have chosen this location to present their new toys.

Bugatti launched the new Super Sport. The new top model in bare carbon tinted in blue drew much attention and a first try in the driver's seat surely generated serious interest with some of the attendants. On the classic side The Quail got a visit from the Bugatti race class from the Rolex Monterey Reunion at Laguna Seca and some of the Bugattis that were already present for the American Bugatti Rally to start the next week. But they were all outshone by a stunning trio of Type 57 Cabriolets in two-tone paintwork including Peter Mullins Aravis. The Quail was also chosen to present the new book about his stunning new museum for his collection of French cars in Oxnard.

Mercedes-Benz once more showed the new SLS AMG, this time as a polished race version, flanked by a 1952 300 SL Prototype. Further SLS were parked outside for a test dive.

Ferrari was prominently displayed at the centre of the area with a 458 Italia, the California and an all new 599 GTO. The stage was surrounded by a great selection of classic Ferraris spanning the time from an early 195 Inter, beautifully restored with its original golden Touring Berlinetta body, up to the 365 series. Several other examples have to be also mentioned: two 400 Superamerica, the very interesting Coupé Speciale once owned by Gianni Agnelli with its stainless steel panels and the highly prized Pinin Farina Cabriolet of New York Collector Peter Kalikow.
Another highlight was a large display of the work of Carroll Shelby. Beside a celebration of 45 years of the Shelby Mustang with virtually all derivatives on show some early Cobras were there as well. Carroll Shelby himself took the prize for his original 1962 Cobra in totally unrestored condition, handed over by the host Sir Michael Kadoorie.

Further awards were handed over to the beautiful Maserati A6 G/2000 Frua Spider (s/n 2017), a Jaguar C-Type in Carrera Panamericana livery, a Ferrari 275 GTC Clienti Competizione (s/n08457) and an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato.
Best of Show went to the 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Disappearing Top Convertible owned by Ken and Ann Smith. Unfortunately after the prize giving ceremony parts of the back panel came loose and fell on the Delahaye causing minor damages on the bonnet.

Just after the concours we headed over the street to pay a visit to Bonhams Auction. After a successful first day with a record sale of the Porsche 917 Interstate we just missed the sale of the 1930 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 7.1 Liter Supercharged 'SS' by seconds, another successful sale at 2.5 Mio $. Compared to the other auctions in Monterey Bonhams lacked on space so the cars had to be parked very close together after their sale. Nevertheless there were some superb cars fetching high prises on both days.
The Quail was one of the most exquisite events of the Monterey week with superb cars in a very stylish surrounding. Although entrance fees are rather high it is to be expected that next year's event will be once again sold out fast. So if you want to experience this event next year you should be looking for your tickets well in advance.

Text & Images Peter Singhof www.ClassicCarPhotography.de

Cars of particular interest
AC Cobra 260 1962 Carroll Shelby
Alfa Bucci Special 1953
Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS 1955
Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Zagato Spyder
Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Aerodinamico Spider 1935
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider sn.2111027 1932
Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale 1965
Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato 1600 1972
Alfa Romeo TZ-1 Competition 1963
ASA 1000 Spyder 1966
Aston Martin DB MKII DHC 1958
Aston Martin DB MKIII Saloon
Aston Martin DB4 MKIV 1962
Aston Martin DB5 Saloon 1964
Aston Martin DB6 Volante 1967
Avia MKV 1956
Bentley Speed Six 1930 s/n LR2776
Bugatti T35 B 1927
Bugatti T40 Cabriolet Fiacre 1928 sn.40623
Bugatti T50 1932
Bugatti T57 Aravis Cabriolet by Gangloff s/n 57768
Bugatti T57 C 1938
Bugatti T57 C s/n 57809 1939
Bugatti T57 Stelvio 1936
Bugatti T57SC R Roadster s/n BC116
Bugatti Veyron 2006
Bugatti Veyron Roadster
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport 2010
Chevrolet Corvair 1963
Chevrolet Corvette 1958
Chevrolet Corvette Scaglietti 1959
Delahaye 135 Competition Disappearing Top Convertible 1936
Display 45 years of the Shelby Mustang
Display Postwar Sports
Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta s/n 0024M
Ferrari 195 Inter Touring Berlinetta s/n 0081S 1950
Ferrari 246 GT Dino 1969
Ferrari 250 Europa GT s/n 0427GT 1956
Ferrari 250 GT Boano Pinin Farina Prototype s/n 0429GT 1956
Ferrari 250 GT Lusso s/n 4449GT ? 1963
Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF 14 Louvres" 1957
Ferrari 250 GT SI Cabriolet s/n 1075GT 1958
Ferrari 250 GTE 1963
Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta 1967
Ferrari 275 GTC Clienti Competizione s/n 08457 1966
Ferrari 275 GTS 1966
Ferrari 330 GTC 1966
Ferrari 340 America Touring Berlinetta s/n 0126A 1951
Ferrari 365 GT4 BB
Ferrari 365 GTS 1969
Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Dayton Spyder 1972
Ferrari 400 Superamerica PF Cabriolet S1 s/n 2331SA 1961
Ferrari 400 Superamerica PF Coupé Speciale s/n 1517SA 1959
Ferrari 599 GTO
Fiat 1100 TV Transformable 1958
Fiat Tipo 55 A 50/60 HP Speed Car 1913
Ford GT40 Race Coupe 1971
Ford GT40 Roadster 1965
Hispano Suiza 1934
Jaguar C Type
Jaguar E-type
Kaiser Darrin 1954
Kurtis Aquila 1962
Kurtis Kraft 500 SX 1955
Lamborghini 350GT 1966
Lola T220-222 1970
Lola T70 1967
Lot 229 1940 Ford 11A Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe s/n 18 5646174
Lot 233 1988-89 Porsche Typ 962 Group C Racing Coupe s/n 962-138
Lot 234 1967 2-liter Porsche Typ 910 Works Coupe s/n 910-026
Lot 235 1975 Porsche Carrera RSR 3.0 Carrera Competition Coupe s/n 911 560 9121
Lot 236 1972-73 Porsche 917 Interserie Spyder/917K Coupe s/n 917 026(until Le Mans 1970)/917 031
Lot 244 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II 2+2 Coupe s/n DB4/527/R
Lot 612 2004 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster s/n SCFAE623X3K800055
Lot 622 1948 Daimler DE-36 'Green Goddess' Drop-Head Coupe s/n 52802
Lot 624 1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427 MkIII s/n CSX3259
Lot 625 1915 Napier 16/22 hp Colonial Tourer s/n 3353
Lot 628 1953 Maserati A6GCS Two-Seat Sports Racer s/n 2053
Lot 629 1937 BMW 328 Roadster s/n 85079
Lot 632 1963 Jaguar XKE Series 1 Lightweight Replica s/n 879127
Lot 637 1959 Lotus-Coventry Climax Type 15 Sports Two-Seater s/n 622-3
Lot 640 1930 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 7.1 Liter Supercharged 'SS' s/n 36257
Lot 641 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MkI 2+2 with Hard Top s/n HBT7L/4577
Lot 652 1933 MG K3 Magnette Supercharged Roadster Special s/n K0326
Maserati 200 SI s/n 2423
Maserati A6G/2000 Frua Spider s/n 2017 1951
Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta Zagato s/n 2155
McKee MKIII 1965
Mercedes-Benz 250 SL 1965
Mercedes-Benz SL AMG
MG TC 1947
Moal Gatto powered by Ferrari V12
NuArt Can Am 2011
Packard 1106 1934
Porsche 356 A Speedster 1600 1956
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 1973
Porsche 962
Porsche Speedster 1958
Shelby Cobra 1963
Shelby Conbra 427 S/C 1966
Shelby GT350
Shelby GT350 Drag Car 1966
Shelby GT500 Super Snake 1967
Shelby Mustang Display
Shelby Mustang GT500 KR
Shelby Mustang Mod Shop Special 2007