On August 16, a small beach city on California’s Monterey Peninsula was populated with 6,000 people from around the world and some of the worlds rarest and most beautiful collectible motorcars in history. The popular automotive lifestyle event, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, welcomes car enthusiasts every year, and this year, there were more than 250 motorcars on display— all with a focus on sports and racing.
This year’s event was headlined by three special classes. The first of these, “100 Years of Bentley Motors,” paid tribute to legendary vehicles from throughout Bentley’s history including the North American debut of the EXP 100 GT concept car and the Flying Spur sedan. The second special class, “The 25th Anniversary of the McLaren F1,” also celebrated a historic milestone. In this case, a quarter-century of the legendary McLaren supercar was celebrated with a selection of standout models including a one-of-10 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail. Additionally, the “A Tribute to the Electric Car Movement” special class showcased unique electric cars throughout history including a unique 1965 Volkswagen Beetle Zelectric Sedan electric car prototype.
A 1931 Stutz DV 32 Convertible Victoria by Le Baron and owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini was awarded “Best of Show.” Other notable winners include a 1957 Ferrari 335S, which won “Spirit of the Quail,” a 1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre VDP Tourer took out “100 Years of Bentley Motors” and the 1996 McLaren F1 LM secured the “25th Anniversary of the McLaren F1.”
Throughout the day guests enjoyed in-depth discussions with industry leaders during the Fireside Chat panel series. Headliners included two-time Monaco Grand Prix winner and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion Mark Webber moderated by Philip Kadoorie and automotive influencer, and social media entertainer Alex Hirschi, also known as Supercar Blondie moderated by automotive journalist Hannah Elliott.
“Our 17th annual event has been an incredible success,” said Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, the world-class guests at our panels, the beautiful atmosphere and, most of all, the enthusiasm and love of our amazing automotive community, this event has continued to grow and improve year after year. We already can’t wait to see what 2020 brings!”
Next year’s show is scheduled for Friday, August 14, 2020.