Attended by 6,000 people from around the world, the automotive lifestyle event welcomed icons of the motorsports world, an array of gourmet international cuisine and a spectacular display of the rarest and most beautiful collectible motorcars in history.
A 1931 Stutz DV 32 Convertible Victoria by Le Baron was awarded “Best of Show” out of more than 250 entrants today at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. More than 6,000 spectators, including automotive industry leaders, motorsports legends, celebrities and a wide variety of automotive enthusiasts, assembled on the scenic fairways of Quail Lodge & Golf Club for the show’s culminating awards ceremony.
In addition to “Best of Show” and the top honors given in each of the 12 classes, the following awards were announced:
Spirit of The Quail
1957 Ferrari 335S
Owner: Cavallino Investments – Ohio
1952 Nash Healey Le Mans Prototype Racer
Owner: Jose Fernandez – Connecticut
1931 Bentley 4-Litre
Owner: Terry & Darlene Larson – Arizona
This year’s event was headlined by three special classes. The first of these, “100 Years of Bentley Motors,” paid tribute to legendary vehicles from throughout Bentley’s history including the North American debut of the EXP 100 GT concept car and the Flying Spur sedan. The second special class, “The 25th Anniversary of the McLaren F1,” also celebrated a historic milestone. In this case, a quarter century of the legendary McLaren supercar was celebrated with a selection of standout models including a one-of-10 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail. Additionally, the “A Tribute to the Electric Car Movement” special class showcased unique electric cars throughout history including a unique 1965 Volkswagen Beetle Zelectric Sedan electric car prototype.
Throughout the show, guests enjoyed in-depth discussions with industry leaders during the Fireside Chat panel series. Headliners included two-time Monaco Grand Prix winner and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion Mark Webber moderated by Philip Kadoorie and automotive influencer, and social media entertainer Alex Hirschi, also known as Supercar Blondie moderated by automotive journalist Hannah Elliott.
The event played host to more than 11 major vehicle debuts and anniversary celebrations from revered manufacturers and sponsors including Lotus Cars, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Bentley Motors, Acura, Pagani Automobili, Singer Vehicle Design and Drako Motors. In addition, nine manufacturers hosted press conferences at the event to announce new products or company news including Lotus Cars, Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Acura, Bentley Motors, Automobili Lamborghini, Bugatti, SSC North America and Drako Motors.
“Our 17th annual event has been an incredible success,” said Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, the world-class guests at our panels, the beautiful atmosphere and, most of all, the enthusiasm and love of our amazing automotive community, this event has continued to grow and improve year after year. We already can’t wait to see what 2020 brings!”