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.”
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.