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Quail Lodge is a picturesque resort situated between the high rolling hills that make up Carmel Valley. Add excellent food and exquisite wines from four of the finest wine regions in the world. Last, but certainly not least, sprinkle a few of the world’s finest vintage motorsport examples onto the field and you get what racing legend Derek Bell referred to as “A garden party with cars.”
Sit back and enjoy our report and 100-image slideshow, maybe even with a glass of wine.

Appetizers
In only its second year, The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering has become known as the most intimate of the vintage car events on the Monterey Peninsula. The 125 vehicle list is a strong contrast from the over 500 cars on display at Concorso Italiano, taking place simultaneously in Seaside, just 23 miles away. The Quail organizers insist on maintaining a minimal collection of vehicles, but spectacular none-the-less. The limited attendance also assists in maintaining the intimacy of this quaint respite during Concours Week. As like other events, entrants are divided into classes, derived from marques, timelines and racing series. The field of cars was well laid out with ample space given between vehicles and classes. This allowed visitors the opportunity to view every angle of these racing machines, and quite possibly envisioning themselves in the driver’s seat.

Main Course
The Post-War Sports class displayed road-designed sports cars ranging from an unrestored Porsche 356 Cabriolet to a rare Pegaso Z-102 Panoramica. The Tete d’Aigle mascot on a DuPont G Speedster stood proudly among the Bentleys and Bugattis in the Pre-War Sports and Racing class. The Post-War Racing class spanned a wide timeline, presenting such examples as a Maserati 4CL-1500, Ferrari 750 Monza, and Lancia LC-2 Group C racer. The Supercars Class was well represented by many of today’s industry leaders such as Porsche, Morgan, and Lamborghini. As expected, the Ferrari Marque Class had the largest showing with a beautiful example of the 625 LM, an original 330 GTC, and several 250 variants, including the ever-popular California Spyder. The Mille Miglia class was prominently positioned near the Quail Lodge to showcase several outstanding survivors of the annual “Lap of Italy”. Highlighting this class was the 1949 race winning Ferrari 166MM Barchetta.

Dessert
An unscheduled parade of marvels surprised the crowd late morning as sixteen Police-escorted Ferrari 250 GTOs rolled onto the Quail grounds for a lunch intermission from their practicing at nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Watching and hearing almost half of the specimens ever built would be a memorable moment for any race fan, let alone a Ferraristi. The GTO was the GT-car to beat from 1962-1964 with their race-proven 300bhp V12 and is the most legendary of all Ferrari racers.

Conclusion
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has once again shone through as a mandatory event during the annual Monterey Concours festivities. As proposed by others in the media industry, now that we’ve caught the Monterey itch, we’re sure to return for years to come.

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Report by Rob Clements and images by Rob Clements and Cory Ernst.