Gordon McCall previews a selection of Quail contenders

The scene at The Quail event in 2016 | Bob Golfen photo
The scene at The Quail event in 2016 | Bob Golfen photo

Not to influence the judges but simply to highlight an outstanding vehicle in each of the categories eligible for Best of Show honors, Gordon McCall, director of motorsports for The Peninsula Signature events, has selected a car from each class as an example of what we can expect August 18 at the 15th annual The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club on the Monterey Peninsula.

Sure, the “judges” at the Quail are the car owners themselves, each getting to vote on the best of show winner. But they still might be influenced, right?

Regardless, “Each year, I am continually impressed by the caliber of automobiles hobbyists showcase on the field at The Quail,” McCall said in a news release. “These selections showcase the excellence that is now standard at this event. Not only are the vehicles impeccable examples, but the dedication of their owners is equally remarkable.”

More than 200 vehicles have been invited to display at the event, which is the most expensive ticket during Monterey Car Week. Tickets — at $650 each — were sold through a lottery system back in February and include the car show; luxury goods and automotive manufacturer displays; five culinary pavilions; and wines, spirits, cocktails and beer from local breweries, as well as an event poster and parking.

“The Quail,” its news release notes, “provides guests with the ability to spend a leisurely day in a garden party-like setting.”

Here are McCall’s selections of what the news release terms “standout vehicles:”

Pre-War Sports and Racing
1931 Bugatti Type 51 owned by Peter & Merle Mullin

Chassis No. 51132 enjoyed an impressive racing career: first racing at the 10-hour Belgian Grand Prix, the car continued on to the winner’s circle at the Algerian Grand Prix, next to the Casablanca and Dieppe Grand Prix, and in 1934 alone competed in eight Grand Prix. After the third-place finish at Picardy Grand Prix, Charles Brunet once sold the car for $500.
1931 Bugatti Type 51
Post-War Racing
1978 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 2, owned by William Kincaid

This BMW 3.0 CSL, fielded by Willi Martini's Renngemeinschaft Martini am Ring, has a special place in Nurburgring and BMW racing history. The team raced BMWs long before Alpina, Schnitzer, or the factory, and its CSL was a familiar and well-loved sight at the Ring with its distinctive "Grüne Hölle" graphics.
1978 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 2
Post-War Sports 1945-1960
1949 Cisitalia 202 GT Gransport Berlinetta owned by Don & Carol Murray

One of only 170 Cisitalia 202s built, this car’s coachwork is by Vignale and is very similar in appearance to those designed by Pininfarina. This 202 was restored in Italy and has been shown by its previous owner at Bagatelle, where it won its class, and also at Villa d'Este in 2006.
1949 Cisitalia 202 GT Gransport Berlinetta
Post-War Sports 1961-1975
1967 Porsche 911 S owned by McKeel Hagerty

In 1980, 13-year-old McKeel Hagerty purchased this classic Porsche for $500. The previous owner had converted it into an ice racer, which left behind significant rust damage. From his family’s garage and a $2,500 budget, young Hagerty and his father restored the car in time to drive it throughout high school. In the mid-2000s, the special 911 was again restored to its current condition. Still driven regularly, this family-owned and well-kept Porsche has continued to provide driving enjoyment for 50 years.
1967 Porsche 911 S
Sports and Racing Motorcycles
1965 BMW R60/2 owned by William Weiner

Purchased from a collection in Dublin, Ireland, in late 2016, this was a one-owner, totally original BMW and was sent to Michael Korn in Germany in 1982 for a two-year, concours restoration. This bike is fully photo documented and has all receipts and title history, along with BMW factory authenticity certificate. It is considered perhaps the finest example in existence.
1965 BMW R60 2
The Great Ferraris
1959 Ferrari 250 LWB California Spyder owned by Charles Wegner

This is the 17th Ferrari LWB California Spyder built and has been completely restored. The car was built and delivered with a factory competition engine. It won best in class at the 2014 Villa D'Este. The car had been in the United Kingdom for quite some time and has just arrived in the United States in June.
1959 Ferrari 250 LWB California Spyder
Supercars
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO owned by Bil Ceno

This car was photographed by Winston Goodfellow in San Diego, California, with a Porsche 918 for the 2017 The Quail Poster. This car was originally purchased in the United Kingdom and used in Evo Magazine's famous "The Ultimate Ferrari Supercar Test" issue in February 2004.
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
Custom Coachwork
1936 Cadillac owned by Rick Dore

This coachbuilt roadster, Shangri-La, resonates with the inspiration of French masters Figoni et Falaschi. An elegant roadster born from the marriage of classic French styling and American vision, this stretched beauty features a deliberately sporty, low slung body surrounded by open wheel fenders. 
1936 Cadillac
Originals
1966 Jaguar XKE Series 1 owned by Fred & Ramona Bohlander

The first owner, an Argentinean race horse owner, acquired the car from San Francisco Jaguar and recorded only 200 miles. The second owners kept the car for 46 years, covering 31,000 miles. The current owners acquired the low-mileage original in 2012.
1966 Jaguar XKE Series 1
Mid-Engine Marvels
1969 McLaren M6GT road car owned by Mouse Motors

Bruce McLaren’s vision to build the highest specification, fastest and quickest accelerating road car resulted in this prototype M6GT registered OBH 500H: light, low, loud, and unbelievably quick. With a Bartz-tuned Chevrolet engine, it reaches a top speed of 165 mph and accelerates from 0 to 100 mph in 8 seconds.
1969 McLaren M6GT Road Car

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