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 The Quail

The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering

Carmel, CA, 15 August 2008

With access strictly limited for both attendees and media, we were only one of many who were unable to get tickets for this event in Carmel Valley, where all tickets were reportedly sold within hours of going on sale earlier in the year. Thus we could only “pick up the pieces” as the event closed on Friday afternoon, so apologies in advance for the background to some of the images. Personally I feel that they could be more accommodating to the media, maybe by clearly demarking that media credentials did not provide access to the refreshment stands which provide unlimited sustenance to paying attendees, after all, despite a widely held belief, not all of us are predatory vultures!

The organisers try to make the event exclusive, which they succeed in doing, by limiting the numbers as previously mentioned. By doing so, they provide a great ambience for those fortunate enough to gain access, as I can testify from the one running that I managed to attend properly two years ago.

The sixth running celebrated the Porsche 959, Porsche’s response to Ferrari’s GTO, Dan Gurney’s Eagle racing cars, with a spectacular array of cars carrying the name on the racetracks of the world over the years, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and renowned Lamborghini test driver, Valentino Balboni’s four decades at Lamborghini. The Eagle race car display ranged from the beautiful 1967 F1 car, of the type in which Dan Gurney won the Belgian Grand Prix that year, to a 1991 Gurney Eagle Toyota MKIII GTP, a model which won 21 of the 27 IMSA races that it was entered in. The 12 Hours of Sebring class ranged from a 1950 Aston Martin DB2 to a 2003 Ferrari 575 GTC, with  a wide variety of models in between, including a 1959 Deutsch Bonnet HBR-5 Coach, a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport and a Porsche 962. The Valentino Balboni tribute cars included a 400 GT, Miuras, Series I and II Espadas, and even a LM002 MPV.

Other classes included pre-war sports and racing cars, post-war sports, post-war racing, the great Ferraris, sports and racing motorcycles, and supercars. Within these groups there was an eclectic array of machinery to delight the avid enthusiast.

The results of the concours are as follows.

Best of Show
1962 Shelby Cobra 289 - Bruce Meyer

12 Hours of Sebring
1969 Chevrolet Corvette ZL1 - John Thompson

Gurney Eagles
1967 Gurney Eagle F1 - The Collier Collection

25th Anniversary of the Porsche 959
1985 Porsche 959 Paris Dakar - Bernard Carl

Tribute to Valentino Balboni
1967 Lamborghini Miura - Lammot Du Pont

Pre War Sports and Racing Cars Award
1913 Mercer 35-J Raceabout - The Peterson Automotive Museum

Post War Sports Cars Award
1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster - David & Melissa Mohlman

Post War Racing Cars Award
1962 Ford Cobra 289 - Bruce Meyer

Sports and Racing Motorcycles Award
1953 Vincent Black Shadow - Thomas & Elece Leverone

Super Cars Award
2006 Ferrari P 4/5 Pininfarina - James Glickenhaus

The Quail Lodge “Preservation Award”
1959 Ferrari 410 Super America - Tom Shaughnessy

The Road & Track “Editor’s Choice” Award
1972 Eagle Indy - Olsonite - Dan Gurney

Pacific Tweed Couturier “Eye for Style” Award
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta - Issah Karanough

Keith Bluemel

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