The Quail Motorsports Gathering 2010 will pay tribute to racing icon and legendary designer Carroll Shelby for his contribution to American motorsports as a record breaking racer and sports car designer.
Held Friday, August 13, 2010 at Quail Golf Club in Carmel, California, the Quail Motorsports Gathering will display more than 30 Shelby cars to honor 45 years of the Shelby Mustang, the historic design that turned the standard Ford into a competitive racing machine.
“Carroll Shelby is one of America’s great success stories,” said Gordon McCall, co-founder of The Quail Motorsports Gathering. “He has been a World War II aviator, a champion racecar driver winning the 24 Hours at Le Mans amongst other races and a legendary automobile designer. It is important to celebrate his passion and ingenuity that is an inspiration for Americans and motorsports enthusiasts alike.”
Key automobiles on display include the 1965 GT350 R 002, the first model R ever made in barn find condition; 1968 GT500 “Green Hornet,” a one-off notchback used as a test bed for fuel injection and independent rear suspension; 1967 GT 500 “Super Snake,” featuring a Le Mans 427 engine that cleared 170 mph and averaged 142 mph during testing; 1966 GT 350 Convertible, one of four ever made; and the1965 GT350 Drag Race, one of only three remaining in the world. The 2011 Shelby GT 350 and a collection of iconic Shelby Cobras will also be displayed.
The eighth annual Quail Motorsports Gathering will also celebrate the Milestone Cars of 1934, the landmark year started the innovation of aerodynamic designs in the automobile; the Alfa Romeo Special Coachbuilders and German Race Cars Featuring Nürburgring, the most dangerous and demanding motorsports complex in the world. As always, more than 100 of the world’s most exceptional pre-war and post-war era sports and racing cars and motorcycles.
In addition to the array of motor vehicles, the Quail will boast the best of the best in food and wines, jewelry, access to the Bonhams & Butterfields auction and the other accoutrement of the motorsports lifestyle.