The Quail: A feast for the eyes and the belly

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Robert and Anne Lee's 1949 Ferrari Barchetta was among the cars on display at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering | Howard Koby photos
Robert and Anne Lee’s 1949 Ferrari Barchetta was among the cars on display at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering | Howard Koby photos

Where else can you listen to triple F1 world champion Jackie Stewart and race car driver and TV host Alain de Cadenet casually chat about racing in front of 3,000 car enthusiast with some of the finest vintage and classic cars and motorcycles as a backdrop in an elegant garden party setting against the Santa Lucia mountains?

The 12th edition of The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, part of Monterey Classic Car Week, honored the 100th Anniversary of Maserati, Competition Mustangs, A Tribute to India, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Super Cars, Post-War Racing, The Great Ferraris and Sports and Racing Motorcycles.

Racing champion Danny Sullivan aboard his Vincent
Racing champion Danny Sullivan aboard his Vincent

If that was not enough, modern day supercars were presented by Bugatti (six Veyron Vitesse ‘Legends’), McLaren, and Pagani.

Unlimited gourmet cuisine and fine wine, including an oyster bar, also were included in the limited-to 3,000 tickets sold, which kept the event relaxed and made it easy to stroll the lush grounds to admire all the marvelous automotive machinery.

The show also included entrance to Bonhams’ 17th annual Carmel Valley auction, where a 1962 Ferrari GTO sold for a record-breaking $38 million.

Best-in-show horrors went to a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS presented by Gwen and Tom Price from California. The car originally was delivered to French racer Louis Rosier. The Prices bought the car in 2010 and RM Restorations completed its restoration in August 2013.

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Tom and Gwen Price takes best-in-show honors with their 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS
Tom and Gwen Price takes best-in-show honors with their 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS
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Howard graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design in California. He has been a photographer and automotive journalist for 35 years out of his Los Angeles studio. He has been published in Hot Rod, AutoWeek, Road & Track, Car and Driver, Jaguar Journal, Forza, Vintage Motorsport, Classic Motorsports, Robb Report, Motor Trend Classic, Hemmings Muscle Machines, and 50 Years of Road & Track (MBI Publishing). He has served on the Advisory Committee of the Transportation Design Department at Art Center College of Design. He is the author of the books Top Fuel Dragsters of the 1970s and Pro Stock Dragsters of the 1970s, both available on amazon.com.