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Carmel/Monterey, 14th of August, 2015

After the Pebble Beach Tour on Thursday 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.

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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.

Splendor and Ferraris on the Fairway

The celebrated classes this year included Coachbuilt Ferraris, Long Tail Cars of Le Mans and Iconic Pre-1965 Porsches. The traditional classes of cars on display included Pre-War Sports and Racing, Post-War Racing, Post-War Sports, Sports and Racing Motorcycles, The Great Ferraris and Supercars.

The Quail’s signature Fireside Chat Series celebrated luminaries of the motoring world. German Formula One Champion Jochen Mass delighted the crowd with accounts of his 114 Formula One World Championship Grand Prix races. British Sports Car Racing Champion Derek Bell and his son, Justin Bell, British racecar driver and renowned U.S.-based media personality traded stories from their combined decades-long careers on the main stage.

Launches, World Debuts and Test Drives

Cementing its status as a launch pad for automotive unveils, The Quail introduced debuts and experiences from global luxury brands, bolstering the gathering’s position on international motoring calendar. Unveilings included:

·         Lamborghini presented the world debut of the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster

·         The high performance two-seater 1/1 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 futuristic concept design, made its west coast debut

·         Engineered and hand-crafted in Britain, David Brown Automotive’s Speedback GT was launched in the American market

·         Infiniti offered the Oculus Rift DK2 headset and simulator for an interactive experience of the Q60 Convertible Sport, in addition to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Show Car and Q50 Sedan displayed

·         Maserati’s show-stopping special editions included the 100th Anniversary Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Maserati Ghibli S Q4; The GranTurismo Convertible MC Centennial Edition in celebration of Maserati’s Centennial; and the 2015 Quattroporte S Q4 range

The Rolex Circle of Champions

Rolex, the world’s leading Swiss watchmaker and brand with great appreciation for motorsports, has been the Official Timekeeper of The Quail since its inception in 2003. Rolex Circle of Champion winners are uniquely selected by the same collectors entering their fine vehicles in the competition. Participants subjectively choose the vehicle that has achieved what they believed to be its design goal, performance expectations and overall impact on automotive history and soul in its class. The 2015 category awards and winners included:

The Rolex Circle of Champions “Best of Show”

1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
Owner: Mouse Motors - Illinois

Spirit of The Quail

1961 Moto Guzzi Falcone Carozzeria
Owner: Mark Leonard – California


1967 Ferrari 330 GTC
Owner: David W. Donner - Colorado

Coachbuilt Ferraris

1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico
Owner: Brian & Kim Ross - Ohio

Long Tail Cars of Le Mans

1984 Jaguar XJR-5
Owner: Randall Smalley – Florida

Iconic Pre-1965 Porsches

1962 Porsche 356B T-6 Roadster
Owner: Chris & Pat Roman - California

The Great Ferraris

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
Owner: Bob & Michele Cohen – California


2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
Owner: Ken & Dayle Roath - California

Octane Editor’s Choice

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competizione
Owner: Len & MaryBeth Rusiewicz – Pennsylvania

Pre-War Sports and Racing

1937 Delahaye V12
Owner: Peter & Merle Mullin, Peter Mullin Automotive Museum - California

Post-War Sports 1945-1960

1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS 3 Window Coupe
Owner: Paul Colony – California

Post-War Sports 1961-1975

1964 Bizzarrini A3/C Corsa
Owner: Peter Goodwin – North Carolina

Post-War Racing

1965 Ghia-de Tomaso P70
Owner: Mark Moshayedi - California

Sports and Racing Motorcycles

1925 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sport
Owner: Bowman Motors – California

Chassis Numbers complied by Jens Robert

Text & images … Peter Singhof