The Quail

I think I’m about to add Pebble Beach to my bucket list of automotive events. It’s a list that I still have to put together, but is being modelled partially on the trip being undertaken right now by the Aussie writer of Any Given Reason – check it out.

While Pebble Beach concours features a collection of amazing older metal, the preceding Quail display features classics as well as more contemporary machinery, including some eye-dazzling showcases from manufacturers.

The Quail was held over the weekend. Hopefully you’ve already seen the Spyker B6 Venator Spyder, which was unveiled there earlier.

Autoblog has a fantastic gallery of high resolution photos on site. The LA Times has a great writeup on it, too, with gallery at a separate link. Both are worth checking out.

I’ve pinched a few of the Autoblog photos, reproduced below, to give you a quick taste. These are some of my favourites.

Jaguar XK-SS, so cool it could only have been owned by Steve McQueen.


If you’ve never checked out Singer Design’s Porsches, you should. This video goes for 27 minutes but will tell you all you need to know about what some consider to be the ultimate 911.

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You can dislike BMW’s all you like, but you have admire what they’ve done with their stewardship of Rolls Royce. This is grand in every respect.

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And while we’re talking BMW, the company steals Saab’s Lime Yellow colour for the new M4.

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Spyker’s new B6 Venator Spyder, due for production soon. Hopefully.

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The Lamborghini for the five-year-old in all of us – the Veneno.

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The incomparable Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic. Simple amazing.

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The one-of-a-kind Ferrari P4/5 commissioned by James Glickenhaus. Imagine how good it would be if he told them to go at five-fifths!

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Any show that features the Aston Martin V8 is a fine show by me. I love this car.

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It’s nice to see the best classic Japanese metal getting a look in. Great cars.

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  1. I seen some of peter Brock’s work in the photo’s enough for me to go =) . I’m in the room at the SOC 13 been a good time , good turn out and fine people as well , and lots – o – SAABs be well all

  2. Swade you really need to go to Monterey. Absolutely needs to be on your bucket list.

    It is really a car week that lasts about 10 days in all.

    You only mention 2 events in this wonderful “week”. The Quail is 10 to 4 on Friday. The Pebble Beach Concours is 7 -3 on Sunday

    Then there are the auctions, RM, Russo and Steele, Gooding & Company, Mecum, and another 4 or so smaller auctions.

    Concourse Italiano is on Thursday and has all that Italian stuff you love. The Conrours on the Avenue in Carmel is Monday and Tuesday on the main street in Carmel.

    Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion goes on both the first and the last weekend Thursday through Sunday. This is invitation only great historic cars on the world famous Laguna Seca course.

    This year, my friends from World Class Motoring put on a wonderful motorsports film festival at the Golden State Theater in Monterey on 4 nights of the second weekend. They screened some great docs, and premiered a couple of shows: SNAKE AND MONGOOSE, plus a couple more.

    Then there is the party at the private jet portion of the airport on Friday night and the Ferrari club and various Porsche and other marque events. There is the Pelican Parts wine tour and many more.

    Please come over and enjoy this great event. Book rooms early and bring many of money……or get someone to sponsor you!

  3. I just met a couple of Aussies here in the states that were on an automotive bucket list tour.

    I encountered them in Auburn, IN, home of the Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg museum amongst other things.

    They had just been down in Indianapolis for a NASCAR race there (the Brickyard 400) and were on their way up to Detroit. The rest of their trip included Bonneville, the whole week in Monterrey and ended in LA.

    Awesome sounding trip.