- Photos: Kurt Bradley

The Quail Continues To Be The Coolest Car Event On The Planet

Obscenely cool cars, snazzy attire, and some of the best food you ever eat, it's a bucket list event.

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Each summer, automotive enthusiasts from around the globe flock to Northern California for what's known as Car Week. A massive stack of events, usually focused on more luxury and performace cars, with as much impressive metal as there are finely dressed attendees. I've been fortunate to attend this annual assembly several times, and by far my favorite event is one that isn't the easiest to get into: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

Hosted by Peninsula Signature Events at Quail Lodge and Golf Club, this experience takes car gatherings to new heights, showcasing cars both opulent and eccentric, with dining and hospitality you'd expect from establishments with Michelin stars. Celebrating its 18th year, with a ticket price of over $1000, it's not within everyone's budget--including mine--but I'm lucky to have media access among thousands of attendees, celebrities, motorsports legends, and over 200 cars on display along some scenic fairways and greens.

Awards are given across several classes, not just from eras and regions, but also for featured groups that adjust each year. Taking Best of Show honors was a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, The Spirit of Quail award went to a 1902 Indian Single Cylinder, the Hagerty Drivers Foundation & Preservation Award was given to a 1969 Ford Bronco called “Oly,” the Octane Editor’s Choice Award was bestowed upon a 1957 Fiat 600 / Eden Roc, and the ArtCenter College of Design Award went to the 2015 McLaren/Lanzante P1 HDK.

The Car Park Concours de Quailegance Award (given to the coolest car parked in the lots outside the event) was granted to the 1962 Land Rover S2A 109 Dormobile, the Pre-War Sports & Racing Cars title went to a 1936 Cord 810 Cabriolet, the Post-War Racing Cars honor was given to the 1966 Ford GT40 Mark II (painted a stunning shade of gold), Post-War Sports Cars 1945 – 1960 was awarded to a 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C2500, and the award for Post-War Sports Cars 1961 – 1975 went to the 1965 Maserati Sebring SII.

Sports and Racing Motorcycles was awarded to a 1969 Honda CB750, The Great Ferraris honor was given to the 1952 Ferrari 342 America Speciale Cabriolet by Vignale, The Evolution of the Supercar was the 2019 Porsche 935, Custom Coachwork was won by a 1937 Bugatti 57S Gangloff, and the 50th Anniversary of the Alfa Romeo Montreal was celebrated by a 1972 example.

A fireside chat took place on-stage, with 2009 F1 champion--and co-owner of Radford Motors--Jenson Button interviewed by Philip Kadoorie, just after the former F1 driver unveiled the new Radford Motors Type 62-2, redesigned and built on a Lotus Evora platform. Among the unveilings at The Quail, Lamborghini, Rimac, Lotus, Pagani, Pininfarina, Gunther Werks, Hennessey, Acura, Bugatti, and Bentley each showed off new models and made significant announcements.

The next gathering will be on August 19, 2022. If you ever get the chance to attend The Quail, I highly recommend it. Fortunate to take in the experience, I snapped a good assortment of pictures. I didn't get a chance to capture every car nor venue on display, but I'm here to help entertain your eyes for a few minutes. Take in some fine automobiles, beautiful people, and the occasional good pupper.

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