Quail, A Motorsport Gathering – 2018 Review

During the 4th of July long weekend, I was reviewing my photos from the last year Monterey Car Week and thought it would be a pity if I do not put them together and share them all with you. With exactly one month to the kickstart of the 2019 car week, I decided to begin with a giant gallery out of all I captured from the first time I had the honor to join this most prestigious motoring event in the United States. Of course, I’ll skip the award winners as it is far from being news flash now and you can easily find the winners at Quail’s webpage. I hope you enjoy!DSC_0783

Quail, A motorsports gathering, is by far the most elegant car show in the world. There is absolutely nothing like it and no other car event comes even close to the level in which Quail is held. Hosted flawlessly by his excellency, Sir Michael Kadoorie whose 2 racing Ferrari’s were cream of the crop last year with no less than 4 Michelin star chefs catering from four continents with delicious food and drink to die for. Many high profile world debuts such as Bugatti Divo, Audi PB18 E-Tron GT & Rolls-Royce Cullinan took place and Porsche celebrated it’s 70th birthday and with a long list of celebrities and honorable guests, Quail certainly secured its unparalleled position at the top of every real car enthusiast must go events. Here we have a gallery of the greatest Ferraris at 2018 Quail as well as best of other brands since we couldn’t avoid looking at them.

1950 Ferrari 166MM Touring Barchetta chassis No. 0044M – Sir Michael Kadoorie of Hong Kong

0044M that started its career with a couple of accidents did not really score high in races. attended Mille Miglia for which it was meant and didn’t finish in either of them however being a 166MM Barchetta today is regarded as one of the most precious Ferraris to collectors. For a long time the V12 engine of the 006L was fitted in it until in 1995 the original engine was discovered at Mas-de-Clos with late Pierre Bardinon. they were united in 1996 and sir Michael consequently purchased the car in 97 and maintained it superbly since then

1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta by Vignale, s/n 0082A / Jack Croul, Corona del Mar, CA

In its first appearance, 0082A was the outright winner of the 1951 Mille Miglia driven by Luigi Villoresi & Piero Cassani. Also scored another 1st in Portugal GP same year. For almost 20 years ran with a Chevy engine until 1978 when the owner of the original engine purchased the car. since then has been a usual participant of honor at the Mille Miglias 20 times, half of them in the hands of its custodian for the last 20 years, Jack Croul.

1958 Ferrari 250 Testarossa #0728TR / The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie – Hong Kong SAR

This car under the number 14 was the overall winner of the 1958 Le Mans driven by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien. Also having finished third in the 1958 Targa Floria with Mike Hawthorn and Wolfgang von Trips, then fifth in the 1958 1000 km Nürburgring with Wolfgang Seidel and Gino Munaron at the wheel, this Testarossa has surely a spectacular in-period racing history. It was subsequently purchased by Pierre Bardinon for his collection at Mas du Clos in France and has undergone minimum modification work at the factory together with the routine maintenance where it acquired its Classiche Certification and Authentication. The car once again participated in Le Mans in 2012 with Jean Todt accompanying the hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, and was followed by the Testarossa grand union tour in California in 2014 where Sir Michael was accompanied by his son, Philip Kadoorie. earlier in 2018 it also won along with holy Bugatti Atlantic the title of best of show at Chantilly et Arts concours in France.

1957 Ferrari 500 TRC #0682MDTR / David Cottingham – London

0682MDTR was supplied to Jaques Swater’s Ecurie Nationale Belge for use in the international sports car races. After Scoring a second in class finish at the GP de Spa, the TRC was entered into the two-liter class at the 1957 Le Mans 24 hours. Driven by Lucien Bianchi and Georges Harris, the car won its class and placed seventh overall. In 1959, at the Targa Florio, Starrabba’s luck ran out, crashing heavily resulting in the car being badly damaged. It would remain so, until purchased and restored by David Cottingham in the early 1990’s. it has since been campaigned and raced extensively.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder #10749 / Rare Wheels Collection – Florida

Ten 275 GTB/4 NART (North American Racing Team) Spyders were built for Ferrari’s North American importer, Luigi Chinetti, in 1967. Chassis number 10749 is the ninth car built and the last car delivered from that dealer. This was the most expensive car in the New York showroom and it took 14 months to find a buyer. #10749 is presented in its original colors of Argento (silver) over Rosso (red) leather. This car was best in show at the 2013 Salon Prive’ and achieved Platino at the 2015 Cavallino Classic.

1966 Ferrari 330 GTC speciale’ s/n 7877 – Jose Fernandez – Mexico

Jose Fernandez dreamed of re-bodying his 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC in Carrozzeria fashion – a tribute to Giovanni Michelotti. Utilizing original Michelotti sketches and historical references of Vignale and Ferrari cars from the 50’s, probably with the very 0082A, also present at the show, in mind; every element was visualized, sketched, modelled and planned. The creative workshop was commissioned the ultimate homage to Michelotti, Ferrari and the lost art of coachbuilding, was on its way to reality. The original chassis, running gear and engine were modified and an all-aluminum body was hand formed. Original, period correct parts and authentic materials were sourced. No detail was spared as this handcrafted car was brought to life – finally satisfying the 40 year dream of this passionate car collector.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Charles Wegner Illinois s/n 10497

This is a beautiful Ferrari 275 GTB/4 with super rare nocciola paint. Originally from the Bill Harrah collection. This Ferrari is completely original other than a repaint a few years ago. It has its original interior and motor as delivered by the factory. The car has not been displayed for many years and is making its debut at the Quail – A Motorsport gathering last year

1965 Ferrari 275 GTS s/n 06855 – Tazio M. Nicolo – California

This Ferrari was acquired in 2001 and locally and fully restored by Patrick Otis and perfect reflection including several personally restored items this car is driven on the weekends and is operationally maintained this Ferrari won best of show at the Concourso Italiano in 2007.

1965 Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake by Vignale s/n 7963

This unique 1965 Ferrari 330 GT shooting break was presented by RM Sotheby’s since last year Gooding & Co. did not succeed in selling it. Well documented in it’s illustrious history, this unique shooting brake originated as a standard 330 GT 2+2 and is believed to be the last Ferrari with Vignale coachwork. documented by Massini, restored in the 1990s and recently refreshed. there is a large amount of supporting documentation that accompanies the car. detailed maintenance history, factory tool roll and jack. Luigi Chinetti Jr. collaborated with famed graphic artist Bob Peak to design a one off shooting brake concepts and they chose Vignale to undertake that transformation of the 330 GT. Alfredo Vignale created the second Ferrari ever, to wear shooting brake coachwork and the project became the Patron’s last before his untimely death in 1969. Having said all that, she is regarded by many as one of the ugliest Ferraris ever and fianlly RM Sotheby’s managed to sell it at Petersen Museum in December of 2018 for a too good to be true hammer price of $280.000. Most photos are from Gooding Auction at Pebble Beach 2017 where it didn’t sell.

1980 Ferrari Pinin / Prof. Dr. Anthony Nobles – US Virgin Islands

The Ferrari Pinin was a one-off concepts car created by Pininfarina. Discussed by Enzo Ferrari as being turned into a production model, the concept was dropped and the car remains a unique model, the first four door Ferrari ever built. The project came from late Sergio Pininfarina, who dreamed of an Italian competitor for luxury four-door sedans. Mauro Forghieri, Ferrari’s chief engineer during the 60’s and 70’s was asked to make the concept car road capable by using the same five liter 12-cylinder motor as conceived by Pininfarina. It’s current owner, who was outbid during the Maranello auction, tracked the car for nine years until he purchased it in 2017.

2017 Ferrari F 12 TDF / Ron Adams – Arizona

Reminiscent of the one-off builds coming out of Ferrari back in the 1950s and 1960s, this custom made Ferrari F 12 TDF was built with all bare aluminum body work. The process started in the Ferrari Tailor-made design studio and includes Matte blue carbon fiber and seats finished in Count Prestige leather.  The bare aluminum body shell was built at Carrozzeria  Scaglietti and took a full month. The body and accompanying carbon fiber bumpers and sill panels where then finished at  Carrozzeria Zanasi. This is the only bare Aluminum F 12 of any variant in the world and the only modern Ferrari finished in bare aluminum by the Ferrari factory in North America. It is also one of the last 10 Ferrari F12 TDFs to leave Maranello, Italy.

… And here is the rest of the fabulous Ferraris, present at 2018 Motorsport Gathering

Now, I would like to continue with non-Ferraris… Some say that is not suitable for a page named Ferrarism. But I’d like to say a Ferrarist is not blind by prejudice; just simply and normally prefers it Scuderia Ferrari Cavallino. So let’s begin by the main feature of the 2019 Quail motorsport gathering being 25 years of almighty McLaren F1 ! So let’s move on to non-Ferraris at 2018 Quail  


1936 Alpha Romeo 6C 2300 Twin Supercharged / Dr. Roberto Assael – Texas

 This extraordinary Alfa Romeo 6C was restored by Murray Rainer in the 1970s. Being a racecar driver (of an Alfa Romeo 8C himself) he designed this race car for his daughter Joyce. Both Joyce and Murray being persons of restricted growth they proved that size doesn’t matter in the world of Motorsports.  Joyce became a magnificent driver in many categories in which a book and many articles were written about her wonderful career. This nice Alfa Romeo undoubtedly is one of the best cars that she has ever driven.

2018 Touring Sciàdipersia – Steve Dowling – Australia

Sciàdipersia means “Shah of Persia” And is a reference to the masterpiece that Touring Superleggera built for the Shah of Iran in the late 50s. The original car presented in 1959 was the brain child of the Shah himself when he asked if 450S engines, after they were outlawed for the races & had accidents, could be accommodated to what became the fastest luxurious car of its era? 33 bespoke cars were made for the jet-setters like Giovanni Agnelli, Briggs Cunningham, & Prince Agha Khan. On the other hand the 60th anniversary version which is a coachbuilt four-seater based on a  Maserati  Gran Turismo chassis with a maximum production run limited to 10 examples, is not even close to that profound statement. Honestly, I don’t think they could make it any uglier. We surely expected much more from the same people who did a fabulous job on the Disco Volante homage.

1966 Ford GT 40 MK II  X-1 Roadster / Alan Watkins – California

In 1965 Ford advanced vehicles and McLaren cars began a collaboration to create the light weight experimental forward X-1 Roadster,  based on the 7-liter GT 40 Mk II. Driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby the X-1 won the 1966 12 hrs. of Sebring, which was one of the early victories in the notorious Ford-Ferrari wars.  With it’s lightweight Chassis damaged by Sebring rough pavement, the car was cut up and buried by Shelby American to avoid customs duty. Last year at Holman and moody the FIA manufacturer of record for the GT 40 and a team of all original GT 40 race team mechanics completed the construction of X-1 in precise detail from four drawings of the period. After testing X-1 has been driven only for brief charity rides.

 1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE 30 Jota The car shrink California

This is a very rare 30th anniversary car. One of the 150 made and one of just 28 upgraded to Jota specs. This car is all original with only 12,000 miles and no modification.

McLaren & the rest of the Brits

McLaren showcased their new Senna which is a pure race car but the most amazing McLaren to me was The McLaren P1 XP1LM that was built in 2015 as the prototype for the production run of five cars to be the last of all the McLaren P1 variants. Built to be the most extreme of all the McLaren cars, engine capacity has increased from 3.8-liter to 4.0-liter and with its power increased to over 1000 bhp combined with the electric motor and running on regular pump gas the weight was also reduced to a running weight of 3064lb. XP1LM hold the current lap record of 6:43.22 at the Nürburgring. It occurred on May 1, 2017 with 1999 Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack behind the wheel. Rolls Royce debuted their first SUV the Cullinan at 2018 Quail with suicide doors. I believe every one is little confused about making SUVs especially now with the Ferrari SUV coming up. I mean why do they really need to look alike? any how Cullinan is surely the most luxurious SUV on earth now

Porsche and the rest of the Germans

Porsche was celebrating its 70th year of fabulous existence. The very first Porsche that was introduced in 1948 by Dr. Ferry Porsche was on display at Quail. It was a one off prototype, called 356/1. Porsche had a dedicated building in which you could see some of the major milestones of their triumphant history including a gorgeous 917. Also thanks to Bruce Mayer, some of the best of RUF, including the Yellow Bird, were present. Audi unveiled a stunning concept named PB18 in which PB stands for Pebble Beach and you can choose the position of the driver in it to be on either side or in the middle.


ATS was formed in 1962 when some of the top Ferrari engineers and executives including Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti, realized that on top of all their problems, they could no longer tolerate the Boss’s wife bossing around. So they walked out of Ferrari and started their own company and to teach Enzo a lesson, they created the world’s first mid-engine road car. A gorgeous car that was way ahead of its time. Also with the help of Phil Hill who was on the same page with them, leaving Ferrari, they decided to race against Scuderia Ferrari as well but they didn’t really have enough resources and it turned out to a financial disaster and ATS was forced to file for bankruptcy and ended its operations after only 2 years. After the demise of ATS, Bizzarrini moved to Lamborghini before building his own cars as Bizzarrini, while Chiti founded Autodelta together with fellow ex-Ferrari engineer Lodovico Chizzola, which would work closely with Alfa Romeo for the following decades. ATS was totally out of the picture until last year car week, when every one was like a big question mark when a beautiful red car showed up on the streets of Carmel. In 2017, ATS rights were acquired by a totally different team and introduced this GT, planned for production of 12 cars. They used what they believed to be the best available engine, McLaren’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, as seen on McLaren’s new models. the New ATS is equipped with a handful of patented features such as an incredible sound system and hologram back lights. every aspect of the car looks really good yet the overall composition feels rather conservative.

 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus

Perhaps, James Glickenhaus was lucky to grow up at the right time and right place. But becoming the only functioning self-made automotive entrepreneur who makes his own coach-built race cars and win against the best of car giants has nothing to do with luck. As a kid, living only a few blocks away from the legendary NART garage in New York City, he was fortunate enough to hang out around the best Ferraris the world has ever known and be inspired and learn from no one but Luigi Chinetti Sr. Probably soon enough he realized the kind of dreams he was pursuing would require lots of money. So he looked for it at the right place, Hollywood. After his $2M movie, Exterminator, made $35M in 1980, unlike many he felt that it was just the beginning. so he extended his career from writing and directing to finance and wall street, as well. He became an instant celebrity and a role model for the young motorists, when his stunning brainchild, P4/5, came out of Pininfarina studios with a Ferrari badge on it. Then he made the race version of it and then he established his own SCG (Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus) whose SCG3 just won best in class at Nürburgring, last week. Now his small powerhouse is developing at least 3 other new cars and if you are not satisfied with cars on the market or even his own fabulous creations, he is definitely the only man to approach with your great idea and $5M and come out with your completely road-legal, all-new, limited-series dream supercar.


Bugatti had two sensational entrants at Quail last year. One was the world debut of the race-bred Bugatti Divo. The DIVO is the most agile and dynamic car Bugatti has ever created – a perfect homage for the 110th anniversary whose production will be strictly limited to just 40 units. Then there was the holy grail – The First Bugatti T57 SC Atlantic that was awarded the best of the best trophy. She is now a resident of the Mullin Museum in California


Lamborghini was celebrating 50 years of Espada and there was an amazing line up of the latest and baddest Paganis. But Quail was certainly hosting the best gathering of Lancia race cars last year. In fact, a Lancia SP200 crowned the title of best of show.


… And the best of the rest

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