Carmel, August 2015: On Friday 13th edition of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering took place in the picturesque setting of California’s Carmel Valley, celebrating the allure and magnetism of the motoring world. Racing legends Jochen Mass, Derek Bell and Jackie Stuart joined motoring heavyweights including Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls Royce and Maurizo Parlato, COO of Bugatti of Americas to celebrate the awards announcement and view the world’s rarest and most prized vintage and supercars on display.
On display included a vintage 1949 XK120 Jaguar, originally owned by none other than Hollywood icon, Clark Gable; a 1968 Porsche 911L Rally Car which won Bruce Jennings and Tony Adamowicz’s 1969 24 Hours of Daytona; and a 1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2, previously owned by Frank Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra.
The event made a fitting backdrop for the global announcement of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, a new global award launching next year which honours the most exceptional classics in the world from six of the best automobile events including Pebble Beach, The Quail and Courcours of Elegance Edinburgh. The official announcement was given by The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The HongKong and Shanghai Hotels Limited alongside co-founders Christian Philippsen and William E. “Chip” Connor.
Bringing The Peninsula Hotel’s world-class hospitality to the beautiful town of Carmel, guests enjoyed live music, fine cuisine inspired by Peninsula locations around the world, and signature cocktails and champagne served by Peninsula’s iconic Page Boys.
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is renowned as the home of the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction, where some of the world’s most sought-after motorcars command record prices. In 2014, Bonhams shattered a world record with the record-making sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at $38 million, making it the most valuable car to ever be sold at auction. This year, Bonhams’ enjoyed repeat success with over 88% of lots sold reaching a collective US$45 million. Key items included The ‘Interim’ 250 GT SWB Competizione ($8.53m) the 212 Inter Cabriolet ($2.2m) and the 288 GTO ($2.37m).