The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering Announces Additional Standout Vehicles for 2017


Carmel, Calif., 25 July, 2017

The most prestigious event during Monterey Car Week, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (The Quail), has revealed 11 additional standout vehicles, representing each class that will compete for Best of Show on the lush greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Among the picturesque backdrop of the Santa Lucia mountain range, more than 200 rare and vintage vehicles will be on display. In addition to the eight traditional classes, which include Pre-War Sports and Racing, Post-War Racing, Post-War Sports 1945-1960, Post-War Sports 1961-1975, Sports and Racing Motorcycles, The Great Ferraris, Supercars and Custom Coachwork. 2017 will include two featured classes: Originals and Mid-Engine Marvels.

To highlight the outstanding vehicles that will be on display, Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events, has selected one exemplary vehicle from each of the classes featured at this year’s event. These vehicles represent the excellence in driving machines that The Quail attracts. The feature vehicles representing their respective classes include:

·         Pre-War Sports and Racing: 1931 Bugatti Type 51, Peter & Merle Mullin: Chassis #51132 enjoyed an impressive racing career: first racing at the 10-hour Belgian Grand Prix, the car continued on to the Winner’s Circle at the Algerian Grand Prix, next to the Casablanca and Dieppe Grand Prix, and in 1934 alone competed in eight Grand Prix. After the third-place finish at Picardy Grand Prix, Charles Brunet sold #51132 for only $500.

·         Post-War Racing: 1978 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 2, William Kincaid: This BMW 3.0 CSL, fielded by Willi Martini's Renngemeinschaft Martini am Ring, has a special place in Nurburgring and BMW racing history. The team raced BMWs long before Alpina, Schnitzer, or the factory, and their CSL was a familiar and well-loved sight at the Ring with its distinctive "Grüne Hölle" graphics.

·         Post-War Sports 1945-1960: 1949 Cisitalia 202 GT Gransport Berlinetta, Don & Carol Murray: One of only 170 Cisitalia 202s built, this car’s coachwork is by Vignale and is very similar in appearance to those designed by Pininfarina. This 202 was fully restored in Italy and has been shown by its previous owner at Bagatelle where it won its class and then shown at Villa d'Este in 2006.

·         Post-War Sports 1961-1975: 1967 Porsche 911 S, McKeel Hagerty – Michigan: In 1980, 13-year-old McKeel Hagerty purchased this classic Porsche for $500. The previous owner had converted it into an ice racer, which left behind significant rust damage. From his family’s garage and a $2,500 budget, McKeel and his father restored the car in time to drive it throughout high school. In the mid-2000s, the special 911 was again restored to its current condition. Still driven regularly, this family-owned and well-kept Porsche has continued to provide driving enjoyment for 50 years.

·         Sports and Racing Motorcycles: 1965 BMW R60/2, William Weiner: Purchased by Mr. Weiner from a collection in Dublin, Ireland in late 2016, this one-owner, totally original BMW was sent to Mr. Michael Korn in Germany in 1982, where a concours restoration was completed in 1984. This bike is fully photo documented and has all receipts and title history, along with BMW factory authenticity certificate. It is perhaps the finest example in existence.

·         The Great Ferraris: 1959 Ferrari 250 LWB California Spyder, Charles Wegner: This is the 17th Ferrari LWB California Spyder built and is a completely restored vehicle. The car was built and delivered with a factory competition engine and has a certified Ferrari Classiche. It won Best in Class at the 2014 Villa D'Este. The car has been in the United Kingdom for quite some time and has just arrived in the United States in June of this year.

·         Supercars: 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, Bil Ceno: This car was photographed in San Diego, California with a Porsche 918 by Winston Goodfellow for the 2017 The Quail Poster. This car was originally purchased in the United Kingdom and used in Evo Magazine's famous "The Ultimate Ferrari Supercar Test" issue in February 2004.

·         Custom Coachwork: 1936 Cadillac, Rick Dore: This coachbuilt roadster, Shangri-La, distinctly resonates with the inspiration of French masters Figoni and Falaschi. An elegant roadster born from the marriage of classic French styling and American vision, this stretched beauty features a deliberately sporty, low slung body surrounded by open wheel fenders. 

·         Originals: 1966 Jaguar XKE Series 1, Fred & Ramona Bohlander: The first owner, an Argentinean race horse owner, acquired the car from San Francisco Jaguar, recorded only 200 miles in the sleek Jaguar. The second owners kept the car for 46 years, only covering 31,000 miles. The current owners acquired the low-mileage original in 2012.

·         Mid-Engine Marvels: 1969 McLaren M6GT Road Car, Mouse Motors: Bruce McLaren’s vision to build the highest specification, fastest and quickest accelerating road car resulted in this prototype M6GT registered OBH 500H: light, low, loud, and unbelievably quick. With a Bartz-tuned Chevrolet engine, it reaches a top speed of 165 mph and accelerates from 0 to 100 mph in eight seconds.   

“Each year, I am continually impressed by the caliber of automobiles hobbyists showcase on the field at The Quail,” McCall said. “These selections showcase the excellence that is now standard at this event. Not only are the vehicles impeccable examples, but the dedication of their owners is equally remarkable.” 

All-inclusive tickets to The Quail are priced at $650 and were randomly allocated through a lottery system in February. The tickets will offer guests parking, a collectible event poster, access to all signature culinary pavilions, award-winning wines and spirits, specialty cocktails and selections from local breweries during the event. 

On the stunning green grasses of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club, The Quail is unlike any other motorsport event. The invitation-only event will host  5,000 guests to experience not only one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles, highly-anticipated luxury manufacturer debuts and test drives, but also luxury lifestyle and fine culinary components. Featuring the Rolex Circle of Champions and five exquisite culinary pavilions, The Quail provides guests with the ability to spend a leisurely day in a garden party-like setting.