2009 Quail Motorsports Gathering
Held at the Quail Lodge Resort near Carmel-By-The-Sea on August 15th as part of the Monterey Car Week events. Very exclusive event with Gourmet Lunch prepared by the Culinary Team at Quail Lodge, Fine wines, liquors and drinks.
The 2009 edition of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, honored 50 years of racing at the Daytona International Speedway and paid tribute to the cars of Californian designer and manufacturer Bill Devin. Celebrations also included the 30th Anniversary of BMW Motorsport’s first modified production auto, with a display of factory hot rods made with M badging. Hans Stuck, a name long connected to BMW and racing, was the guest of honor.
The sold-out Quail Motorsports Gathering once again impressed its 3,000 guests with a collection of the world’s rarest sports and racing automobiles and motorcycles. Of the vintage cars on display, one automobile received top honors as the Rolex Best of Show: the 1937 Alfa Romeo owned by Bob Lee. This coveted award, given at the Rolex Circle of Champions Awards Ceremony, called on all entrants to vote on the vehicle that has achieved what they believe to be the best representation of historic excellence.
The seventh annual Quail event paid tribute to 50 years of racing at the Daytona International Speedway, home to the Daytona 500. It also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the BMW M1, the first modified production auto and honored racing icon Hans Joachim Stuck.
Other highlights included the first North American public unveiling of the Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni, Aston Martin’s newest DBS Volante convertible and Confederate Motors latest design, the P120 Fighter Combat.
An exclusive day-long celebration where automotive collectors and connoisseurs have an unmatched opportunity to compare the aesthetics and engineering of the world’s most extraordinary driving machines.
Guests also enjoyed the traditional Historics to The Quail Run, featuring 25 of the most celebrated sports racing cars, an aerobatic air show and access to the Bonhams & Butterfields auction. In addition to a stunning array of cars, guests enjoyed a sumptuous plein air luncheon prepared by Quail Lodge’s Executive Chef Jeff Rogers and his culinary team, sipped Louis Roederer Champagne and other premium wines and spirits, and admired couture jewelry by Henri J. Sillam.
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering concluded this year, as in the previous years, with the Rolex Circle of Champion Awards. In this anticipated award ceremony, entrants were summoned to subjectively choose the vehicles that they believe have achieved their design goal, performance expectations and overall impact on automotive history.
The 2009 award winners are as follows:
- Rolex Circle of Champions Best of Show Award: 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Spyder
- FIVA Award: 1953 Ferrari America
- Road and Track Editor’s Choice Award: 1954 500KK
- 30th Anniversary of BMW’s Motorsport Division: 1980 White
- 50 Years of Daytona International Speedway: Ferrari 250 GTO
- The Cars of Bill Devin: 1959 SS Prototype
- Tribute to Hans-Joachim Stuck: BMW 3-0CSL
- The Great Ferraris: 1951 Ferrari 212E
- Pre-War Sports & Racing Cars: 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Spyder
- Post-War Sports Cars: Fiat 8V
- Post-War Racing Car Award: Spyder 550
- Sport and Racing Motorcycles Award: Triumph
- Super Cars Award: 1991 Lamborghini
- The Quail Lodge Award: Delahaye
The event raffle raised $50,000, of which the beneficiaries are local and national charities aiding children and families including The California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, The American Red Cross, Carmel Area Chapter, Rancho Cielo, CASA of Monterey County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Friends of the Carmel Unified Schools (FOCUS).