August 24, 2018 KahnMedia


Attended by more than 5,000 people from around the world, the automotive lifestyle event welcomed icons of the motorsports world, an array of gourmet international cuisine and a spectacular display of the rarest and most beautiful collectible motorcars in history

Carmel, Calif. (August 24, 2018) – A 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C was awarded “Best of Show” out of more than 250 entrants today at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. More than 5,000 spectators, including motorsports dignitaries, celebrities and dedicated enthusiasts, gathered on the lawns of Quail Lodge & Golf Club for the show’s much-anticipated awards ceremony, which recognized the Lancia Aurelia for its groundbreaking design.

In addition to “Best of Show” and the top honors given in each of the twelve classes, the following awards were announced:

Spirit of The Quail
1979 Volkswagen Tamiya Sand Scorcher
Owner: Dean Lanzante – United Kingdom

Octane Choice
1958 Ferrari 250 Testarossa
Owner: The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie – Hong Kong SAR

1970 Datsun 240Z
Owner: Eric Breslow – Nevada

This year’s event was highlighted by four special classes. The first of which, “50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Espada & Islero,” paid tribute to two of Lamborghini’s most timeless V12-powered touring cars. Also representing Italian automotive tradition, “The Great Lancias” class exemplified the manufacturer’s strong rally heritage through a selection of noteworthy models.

Celebrating German automotive history and legacy, the “70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356” class included notable examples of the marque’s first production sports cars. Additionally, “The Alois Ruf Reunion” showcased a selection of bespoke sports cars, including the brand-new RUF CTR, from the legendary Pfaffenhausen manufacturer and tuner.

Throughout the show, guests were treated to a roster of programmatic events including the Fireside Chat Series headlined by road racing legend and winemaker Scott Pruett, renowned former racing driver Tom Kristensen, InStyle Editor in Chief Laura Brown and luxury women’s shoe designer Tamara Mellon. Revered manufacturers and sponsors such as Polestar, Karma Automotive, Gunther Werks, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti and Hennessey Performance also hosted press conferences from the event field to make industry announcements and debut new products.

“The success of our 16th-anniversary celebration was truly overwhelming,” said Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “Because of the support of our sponsors, the gourmet selection of food, the unbeatable program of events and, most importantly, the amazing collector car community, we are continuously proud of how far we’ve come as a staple of Monterey Car Week. We are thrilled to see what 2019 will have to offer.”

Next year’s show is already scheduled for Friday, August 16, 2019. To learn more, please visit the event website, and follow the action on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About The Peninsula Signature Events
The Peninsula Signature Events are organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris, Bangkok and Manila. New Peninsula hotels are currently under development in London, Istanbul and Yangon. Quail Lodge & Golf Club is home to the following Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail Ride, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, The Quail Rally and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.