The 2011 Quail, A Motorsports Gathering was a day-long celebration of the luxury motoring lifestyle. Out of all of the goings on at the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Car Week it is the “The Quail” that most celebrates a rare level of excellence in automotive achievement combined with a nod to the high-roller lifestyle.
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering took place on Friday, August 19, 2011 at the Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. Sold-out to 3,000 guests, more than 170 extraordinary automobiles and motorcycles were admired by enthusiasts and collectors in a picturesque garden party setting. Notable attendees included The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, Jay Leno, Sammy Hagar and Adam Carolla, among others.
The Quail in 2011 again saw caviar and champagne for guests and showcased gourmet cuisine from around the globe, plus home-grown favorites from Carmel Valley, all accompanied by a selection of the finest wines by Roederer Estate
Bugatti brought along its $2.4 million Veyron L’Or Blanc only to be upstaged by actual Veyron owners who bought nine privately owned Veyrons, including two Super Sports.
The ninth annual Quail, A Motorsports Gathering honored several people and brands. First up was the legendary career of Britain’s iconic racing driver, Derek Bell. Bell, famously achieved multiple triumphs at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona during a distinguished and hugely varied 40-year racing career. He is a five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a two-time winner of the World Sportscar Championship and three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona.
“The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is a very special event – an intimate day-long celebration of the extraordinary heritage of our automobile industry, together with an exceptional collection of lovingly restored cars and motorcycles,”
The 2011 Quail also honored Ferrari America and Superamericas, a series of top-end models built in extremely limited quantities in the 1950s and 1960s; the 50th Anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type, the iconic British marque; and Sports and Racing Motorcycles, famous for high speeds and optimum performance. The field was rich with examples of those, plus numerous old race cars from all disciplines, vintage Lamborghinis, Alfa Romeos, Bentleys, and motorcycles.
In addition, the event paid tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Phil Hill’s Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, the first American F1 champion to clinch the title at Monza in 1961, and the Riverside International Raceway, the third track of its kind to be built in the U.S., which heralded in the new era of permanent road racing circuits in the 1950s.
Rare automobiles and motorcycles on exhibit included 20 racecars from the Jaguar Run Group, six of Gary Koh’s motorcycles from his MV Agusta Collection, including a 1972 MV Agusta 750S, one of 215 built between 1969 and 1980 and considered one of the most important motorcycles ever built; and a 1956 175 CSS Squalo Formula Sport, one of 200 and arguably one of the most spectacular Italian motorcycles ever crafted.