The Quail, is one of Monterey Car Week’s most prestigious events and drew more than 250 cars from around the world in 11 classes to the Quail Lodge & Golf Club.
The 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder, won the coveted Rolex Circle of Champions Best of Show Award at the 14th Annual The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. The car is the only unrestored racing Ferrari 375 MM PF Spyder existing out of nine cars, and carried with it an extensive racing history. Among those on display was the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Figoni et Falaschi ‘Goutte d’Eau,’ which was honored with the inaugural The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.
Enthusiasts, collectors and motorsports personalities mingled on the greens as they gazed upon the impressive collection of vehicles while indulging in champagne, oysters and caviar. Guests also enjoyed culinary offerings from six gourmet pavilions, each serving delicacies from cities that are home to The Peninsula Hotels worldwide: Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris and Bangkok.
This year, The Quail set the stage for a series of national and global debuts. Early in the day, Lamborghini announced the Centenario Roadster. Ken Okuyama Design also presented the world premiere of its one-off V12 engine car, the “kode57.” The highly-anticipated Bugatti Chiron, also made its first public appearance in the US.
Additional highlights on the green included the 1957 Lancia Aurelia B20 ‘Outlaw’ Coupe, a modified take on the legendary race car that won its class at the 1951 24 Hours of Le Mans and Cameron Glickenhaus’ SCG003.
Featured classes at this year’s event included Rivalries of the Ages, 100th Anniversary of BMW Celebrating Motorcars and Motorcycles, A Retrospective of Laguna Seca Raceway and 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura. Traditional classes of cars on display included Pre-War Sports and Racing Cars, Post-War Racing Cars, Post-War Sports Cars 1945-1960, Post-War Sports Cars 1961-1975, Sports and Racing Motorcycles, The Great Ferraris and Supercars.
Every year in the Rolex Circle of Champions winners are selected by the competitors who enter their vehicles into the competition. All participants subjectively choose the automobile that has achieved its design goal, performance expectations and overall impact on automotive history in its class.
The 2016 category awards and winners are:
· Best of Show: 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder
· Spirit of The Quail: 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail
· Rivalries of the Ages: 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra / 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 Roadster
· 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura: 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 S
· A Retrospective of Laguna Seca Raceway: 1966 Lola T70 Mk2 Can-Am
· 100th Anniversary of BMW: 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL
· Sports and Racing Motorcycles: 1926 BMW R 47
· Supercars: 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
· The Great Ferraris: 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competition
· Pre-War Sports and Racing: 1932 Bentley 8 Litre
· Post-War Sports 1945-1960: 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible
· Post-War Sports 1961-1975: 1961 Maserati 3500 Vignale Spyder
· Post-War Racing: 1952 Jaguar C-Type
· Octane Editor’s Choice: 1963 Lola GT Mk 6
· FIVA: 1964 Ferrari 250 LM