The Quail Motorsports Gathering 2016 was held Friday, August 19th at the Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California. The 14th annual ‘Quail’ celebrated sports and racing automobiles and motorcycles, with participants and guests enjoying wonderful weather, food, drink and camaraderie among like-minded enthusiasts in a garden party setting. The Quail drew more than 250 cars from around the world in 11 classes.
The featured themes for the 2016 Quail Motorsports Gathering included the Rivalries of the Ages, 100th Anniversary of BMW Celebrating Motorcars and Motorcycles, Retrospective of Laguna Seca Raceway and 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura. Traditional classes of cars on display included Pre-War Sports and Racing Cars, Post-War Racing Cars, Post-War Sports Cars 1945-1960, Post-War Sports Cars 1961-1975, Sports and Racing Motorcycles, The Great Ferraris and Supercars.
Notable entrants included the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Figoni et Falaschi ‘Goutte d’Eau’, which was honored with the inaugural Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award. The Talbot-Lago was chosen from a pool of six Best of Show vehicles from the top six Concours, deeming it the “most exceptional car in the world.”
Judging at the Quail Motorsports Gathering is different from traditional Concours because each car is judged by the other collectors competing in the same class. Only one car per class is honored with Best in Class, while they all compete for the Best of Show Award. This award, given at the Rolex Circle of Champions Awards Ceremony, called on all entrants to vote on the vehicle that achieved what they believe to be the best representation of historic excellence. All cars must be fully operational to compete and class winners are placed in the Rolex Circle of Champions for viewing once announced.
The Rolex Best of Show at the 2016 Quail Motorsports Gathering was awarded to the 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spider owned by Andreas Mohringer. The car is the only unrestored racing Ferrari 375 MM PF Spider existing out of nine cars, with an extensive United States racing history.
The 15th Annual Quail Motorsports Gathering will be held August 18, 2017 at the Quail Lodge Golf Club.
Similar to 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Sports Car Digest also documented the 2016 Quail Motorsports Gathering, with photographer Richard Michael Owen producing the following images from this year’s event. We split up Richard’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery and award winners can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Quail Motorsports Gathering 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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