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The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set

Fine food, fashion and amazing cars are featured at A Motorsports Gathering

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“I went to a garden party

To reminisce with my old friends

A chance to share old memories

And play our songs again

When I got to the garden party

They all knew my name”

Those words are the opening lyrics to Ricky Nelson’s 1972 hit record, Garden Party. But they apply quite well to the scene Friday at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, an event hosted for the 18th time by Gordon McCall and Peninsula Signature Events at The Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley.

Yes, the event is another of the car shows held during Monterey Car Week. But it also is a garden party for those interested in cars. People dress up for the event and in addition to seeing the amazing array of automobiles, they enjoy an array of fine food and wine.

Perhaps more so than any other event during Monterey Car Week, The Quail is where people gather to reminisce with old friends and to share old memories. And especially so this year, since The Quail, like the rest of Monterey Car Week 2020, was canceled by the pandemic.

Yes, you can meet old friends at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, but by the end of the day, a lot of new people likely will know your name as well — and will look forward to greeting you again the following year.

To quote Ricky Nelson one more time:

“People came from miles around, everyone was there.” 

Quail, The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set, ClassicCars.com Journal
French finery was one of the featured classes at The Quail, where the 50th anniversary of the Citroen SM was being celebrated
Quail, The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set, ClassicCars.com Journal
Near the supercar evolution display was the corporate stand for Pagani, which featured its new Roaester BC
Quail, The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set, ClassicCars.com Journal
My personal favorite corporate display was by the new owners of Meyers Manx dune buggies
Quail, The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set, ClassicCars.com Journal
A display of ‘The Great Ferraris’ included this 1949 166 MM Touring Barchetta
Quail, The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set, ClassicCars.com Journal
This 1952 Ferrari 342 America Speciale Cabriolet by Vignale is one of six but the only one with Vignale coachwork
Quail, The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set, ClassicCars.com Journal
The Petersen Automobile Museum displayed a group of custom cars owned by James Hetfield of Metallica. Each was accompanied by the image of a matching guitar
Quail, The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set, ClassicCars.com Journal
Cars of Curiosity was a category at The Quail that featured some unusual vehicles, such as this 1957 Fiat 600 Eden Roc built by Pininfarina for Henry Ford II
Quail, The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set, ClassicCars.com Journal
This 1992 Monteverdi HAI 650 FI gets its F1 initials because it was built on the Onxy-Monteverdi F1 chassis and is powered by an 11,000-rpm Cosworth DFR V8
Quail, The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set, ClassicCars.com Journal
How could you help but be curious about why this 1994 Honda Acty Crawler has tank-style tread on its rear wheels
Quail, The Quail, a garden party for the automotive set, ClassicCars.com Journal
Automotive beauty: This 1937 Horch 853 has one-off coachwork by Volls & Ruhrbeck
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Larry,
    Love the Quail article. But please ask the guy who wrote the captions to add an E to Bruce MEyers name. Otherwise he or she will never get out of that sand trap. But maybe that’s par for the course. LOL

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