In addition to the usual fantastic celebration of sports and race cars being part of The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, there was a sense that the entire festivity had added a car show vibe this year, with 19—count ’em, 19! press conferences from all your favorite brands, including everything from Rimac and Koenigsegg to Lamborghini, Bugatti and Lexus. Those stories are all coming soon, but in the meantime, traditional auto shows may not die out — they’re just being reinvented by once strictly old-car enthusiasts like The Quail.
Nevertheless, the Friday show for Pebble is still essentially a gathering of great cars. The usual classes of “Pre-War Sports and Racing Cars” and “The Great Ferraris” were classes devoted to the “50e Anniversary of the BMW M Division, ‘All Things Mini’ and ’70 years of Jaguar and their Le Mans victories’.
Indeed, it was from “70 Years of Jaguar at Le Mans” that the contestants (all awards at The Quail are voted by contestants, not judges) chose William Pulp’s magnificent 1956 Jaguar D-Type for top honors as Rolex Best of Show .
“The 1956 Jaguar D-Type, owned by William Pope, was selected for the highest honor for outstanding construction, design, attention to detail, craftsmanship and extensive restoration process,” said a Quail official statement. “Jaguar won three years in a row at Le Mans from 1955 to 1957 with the D-Type, and only 75 units are rumored to have been built.”
When the winner was announced, the owner of the Jag was nowhere to be seen, so a hurried search was made for a driver who could drive a D-Type, and a friend of Pope’s was summoned to pick up the large Q-shaped trophy from The Honorable. to receive. Sir Michael Kadoorie, whose resort hotel The Quail is held. All part of the fun.
Other favorites from the Quail’s vast greens were a large contingent of BMW Ms, including some very nice original M3s and a trio of Z8s. The Ms were represented by class winner Benjamin Clymer’s 1980 M1. The Honorable Sir Michael Kadoorie took the Pre-War Sports and Racing Class in his 1929 Rolls-Royce. Post-War Sports 1961-1975 was won by Stephen Bell’s 1964 ATS 2500 GTS and Post-War Racing went to David Eichenbaum’s 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ. And those were just the winners among the cars we wanted.
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