The Quail Motorsports Gathering 2014 was held Friday, August 15th at the Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California. The 12th annual ‘Quail’ celebrated sports and racing automobiles and motorcycles, with participants and guests enjoying wonderful food, drink and camaraderie among like-minded enthusiasts in a garden party setting.
The Quail Motorsports Gathering 2014 honored 100 years of Maserati, Competition Mustangs, a Tribute to India and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The impressive display of more than 200 vehicles on display on the fairways of the Quail Lodge Golf Club also included classes for Pre-War Sports and Racing, Post-War Sports, Post-War Racing, Super Cars, The Great Ferraris and Sports and Racing Motorcycles. Notable entrants included a 1949 Maserati A6 1500 Gran Turismo, the first of the marque’s post-war sports cars and the last designed by the Maserati brothers, the 1935 Bugatti Type 57SC “Electron Torpedo” with a body built in magnesium, a 1957 Maserati 300S, a 1953 Ferrari 375 America Vignale Coupe, a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, a Ferrari 365 California Spider, a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS, a 1997 Porsche 911 GT1, a 1947 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport and not one, but two Jaguar XKSS models.
Robert M Lee and Anne Brockington Lee brought a pair of Ferraris, a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Convertible bodied by Boano and a 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta by Touring. Wearing chassis number 0461GT, the one-off 250 GT Boano Convertible was the 1956 New York Auto Show car, while the 166 MM Touring Barchetta, chassis 008M, finished first overall in the 1949 Mille Miglia (this the MM in its name) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the same year.
Anne Lee commented, “It’s all about the car, the love of the car, sharing with fellow enthusiasts, sharing story: this car was driven by Luigi Chinetti to an all out victory at Le Mans in 1949. Luigi drove for an incredible 23.5 hours and that victory put Ferrari on the map. That Luigi’s son Coco is here with us today is amazing.”
Judging at the Quail Motorsports Gathering is different than traditional Concours because each car is judged by the other collectors competing in the same class. Only one car per class is honored with Best in Class, while they all compete for the Best of Show Award. This award, given at the Rolex Circle of Champions Awards Ceremony, called on all entrants to vote on the vehicle that achieved what they believe to be the best representation of historic excellence. All cars must be fully operational to compete and class winners are placed in the Rolex Circle of Champions for viewing once announced.
The Rolex Best of Show at the 2014 Quail Motorsports Gathering was awarded to Tom and Gwen Price’s 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS. Price looked suitably shell-shocked when his Talbot-Lago was announced as the overall winner (and recipient of a Rolex Oyster Daytona timepiece). With Formula 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart on hand to make the presentation, Price said, “It’s really wonderful. Being picked by our peers, all the people who have cars here, makes it even more special to me than a normal judging environment. We’re just ecstatic.”
Senior Photographer Tim Scott documented the Quail Motorsports Gathering 2014 with the following images that show the interesting selection of cars entered in the event. We split up Tim’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and award winners can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.
Quail Motorsports Gathering 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery
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