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Carmel/Monterey, 14th of August, 2015

After the Pebble Beach Tour yesterday the attention went towards the Quail Lodge for the annual Motorsport Gathering. Although one of the most expensive events during the week with ticket prices of 600 Dollar The Quail was again sold out well in advance. Not only being known for the quality of cars but also for food and atmosphere the Quail again attracted a lot of less car interested people wandering through the field with a glass of champagne. Several classes were set up the day before and early in the morning before the gates were opened at 8am for the media and 10am for the general visitors, amongst them again the normal pre- and post-war classes of sports and race cars, single marque classes for Ferrari and Porsche 356 but also a special feature of Le Mans Cars. Although announced as long tail cars it was more a general class for the sports prototypes from the early 1970s to the group C cars including a Ferrari 512 S, the Porsche 908/2 and the Mazda 757. Ferrari was again particular strong with a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder, a lovely light blue 500 Mondial and the matching Sweden colored 250 GTO but star was without doubt the 340 Mexico. Still in original condition it was just given back its Carrera Panamericana livery and won its class.

The Ferrari F50 got his own class celebrating 20 years with several examples.

Porsche was displayed with an entire line-up of the type 356 from early pre-A models to the latest C before the 911 was introduced. Other cars of particular interest were the display of the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles that featured one of the Ford GT40 MKII as raced at Le Mans in 1966 together with the all new version of the upcoming successor of the GT as already shown on Wednesday at the McCall party.

The pre-war class was impressive with the Million Franc Delahaye brought over by the Mullin collection and one of two Bugatti T55 on the field, its sister car was shown in Bugatti’s own line-up right at the entrance.

Unfortunately the event also proved that free alcohol might lead to rather nonchalant behavior as some visitors took a little bit too much during the very hot sunny day as the glazing sun might have done the rest.

After the Best of Show winner, the Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale was announced the field cleared pretty fast as most of the cars were leaving early into the weekend.

Heading towards Monterey downtown lead to the second day of this year’s RM Sotheby´s auction. After the sale of the Pinnacle Collection RM started with their “normal selection” of cars as seen in previous years. Among today´s lot was another expensive Ferrari, the unique 275/340S that sold at 7.25 million $ hammer making this the second most expensive car of the evening only surpassed by the Jaguar C-Type that fetched a healthy 12 million $. It looked that the British cars were doing stronger today than the Ferrari as not only the DB2/4 MKII DHC is now a million dollar car but also the pre-war 2 Litre C-Type Speed Modell easily took this barrier. On the other hand several Ferrari were left unsold giving the impression that the market is settling a little bit after the run of the previous years and some consigners still have to realize that the intended accretion might not be as high as expected. The next days will show as tomorrow not only RM Sotheby´s have their last day with the Ferrari 250 TdF but also Gooding & Company will join in for the first of their two-day sale at the Pebble Beach grounds.

Text & images … Peter Singhof