July 19, 2024

Awards handed out at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

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Awards handed out at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

CARMEL VALLEY — Each year during Monterey Car Week, one event stands above the rest in terms of exclusivity, grandeur, luxury, and automotive excellence: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

The event, presented by The Peninsula Hotels Signature Events of Hong Kong at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club, marked its 19th anniversary on Friday. This year’s field saw more than 200 entrants in a variety of categories including Custom Coachwork, The Great Ferraris, Pre-War Sports & Racing, and The Evolution of the Supercar.

The class and special awards were presented in the forms of a bottle of champagne and Q shaped trophy after the stylized logo. Thirteen class awards, all were judged by the entrants themselves, and five special awards were given. Some of the winners included a 1980 BMW M1 owned by former Pink Floyd member who purchased it during The Wall tour in Europe, Phil Hill’s 1950 Jaguar XK 120C that won the first Pebble Beach Road, and 1956 Maserati A6G Zagato that competed in the penultimate Mille Miglia in Italy.

The Rolex Circle of Champions Best of Show trophy and custom engraved Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 was awarded to William Pope of Arizona and his 1956 Jaguar D-Type by Sir Michael David Kadoorie, owner of the Signature Hotels and The Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Beating out over 200 other cars, the D-Type won due to its superb construction, design, attention to detail, workmanship, and extensive restoration process.

Three manufacturers were highlighted as featured classes for 2022: 50 years of the BMW M Division, 70 years of Jaguar and their wins at Le Mans, and All Things MINI Cooper.

It wasn’t all vintage vehicles at The Quail, as there were 19 different automotive debuts, more than doubling last years efforts. Rolls Royce introduced their new Phantom Series II, five years since they launched the 8th-gen Phantom in 2018. A few minor changes have been made to the interior and exterior per customer feedback, but most importantly as Rolls Royce put it, “It is not about what should be changed, but in fact, what should be preserved and protected.”

Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1, debuted his new T.50 and T.33 supercars to the North American public for the first time. Specialty Porsche-based manufacturers Singer, RUF, and Gunther Werks all presented their own custom, limited-run versions of the popular German sports cars for the first time.

Another major highlight of the day was the number of food pavilions, offering regional delicacies and libations representing the various locations of Signature Hotels across the planet. The five cities highlighted were London, Istanbul, Brooklyn, Big Sur, and Bangkok. Hog Island Oysters once again brought over 5,000 Northern California sustainably farmed oysters that were all shucked and consumed before the day was over.

As tradition, the number of tickets were limited to 3,000 with patrons being selected to purchase through a lottery system. If not selected to buy the standard passes, attendees could opt for the Charitable Patron ticket at $2,950, with 50{5be0972a10a00bb621c1a18de1a801d58662e556d02921cebb422beac5e5b2fe} going to the Rancho Cielo Foundation. Founded as a non-profit in 2000, it is a 100-acre ranch in the foothills near Salinas, which offers educational, vocational training and recreational programs to at-risk youth and first-time offenders. Programs offered at the campus include auto and diesel repair, a construction academy, and a culinary institute to name a few.

Proceeds from ticket-sales and donations at the event benefitted the CHP 11-99 Foundation, The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation of Monterey, the North Monterey County High marching band, and the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC).






Awards handed out at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering | Monterey Car Week 2022

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