See the Most Exciting Cars From the Quail Motorsports Gathering

Friday before The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, an event many say may be even more of a good time takes place: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Tickets for the Peninsula Signature Event cost $600 and sell out quickly, for good reason. The cars on the lawn at this car show are par excellence. Here are some of them. Photographs by Aaron Wojack/Bloomberg

  1. Old And New

    Old And New

    The Quail is held every year during Monterey Car Week at The Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California. It combines modern and vintage cars and motorcycles from luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz displayed on the golf course and surrounding club grounds.

  2. Happy Face

    Happy Face

    The classic Porsche 356 like this one is a perennial favorite at The Quail. The little coupe was made from 1948 to 1965 and was Porsche's first full-production car. Each year at The Quail attendants stay near the cars, dusting them periodically so they're at top sheen. 

  3. Flying Italian

    Flying Italian

    The Ferrari 512 Ms like this one from 1971 were famous for their runs on the Nürburgring race track. Only a handful were made, and they were developed to beat Porsche competitors and driven by the most famous, prestigious race car drivers of the time. 

  4. Red Racers

    Red Racers

    Some of the most popular cars at The Quail are the ones that have seen real racing success, rather than commercial success. This 1966 Red Lola T70 Mk2 Can-Am is an extremely rare racing car made by a British company called Lola; it was a precursor to the better-known Ford GT40.

  5. Designed for Speed

    Designed for Speed

    This 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail was designed by the South African designer Gordon Murray. In all, only three McLaren F1 GT road cars, and nine racers, were built. Each is worth more than $5 million. 

  6. Silver Bull

    Silver Bull

    Lamborghini unveiled the roadster version of the Centenario super car at The Quail. The company plans to make 40 of them total (20 coupes and 20 roadsters), each with a 770hp, V12 engine and a 0-60mph sprint time of less than three seconds. This one is worth more than $2 million. 

  7. The Scene

    The Scene

    The Quail show includes American muscle cars, pre-war trophies, European racers, and everything in between, all in mint condition. Guests drank wine and ate food while milling around the lawn and looking at the cars. Famous people in the car industry like designer Henrik Fisker and former pro racer Sir Jackie Stewart attended. 

  8. Lamborghini Glory

    Lamborghini Glory

    The highlights of the show were the 25 Lamborghini Miuras lined up at the center of the greens. Lamborghini made the two-seat, mid-engined sports cars from 1966 to 1973, and they have assumed a cult-status among collectors worldwide.

  9. Another Rolls For Fux

    Another Rolls For Fux

    This is one of 10 Rolls-Royce cars owned by the famous collector Michael Fux. Unveiled today, it is a blue and white Dawn drophead coupe. Rolls named the main color "Fux Blue" in honor of its owner. The car is one of three highly customized Rolls-Royce Dawns unveiled this week in Monterey.

  10. Pretty Porsche

    Pretty Porsche

    One of the modern cars shown at The Quail, the 2016 Porsche 911 R has a 500hp engine, a manual transmission, and a zero-to-60mph sprint in 3.7 seconds. Top speed: 200mph. Porsche made only 991 of this special modern classic; each cost just under $200,000. 

  11. Track Star

    Track Star

    The McLaren P1 is an extremely rare hybrid sports car that McLaren debuted in Paris in 2012. The company made only 375 of them. Each is worth well over $1 million. 

  12. Flying Brit

    Flying Brit

    This year McLaren also brought its 570GT to The Quail for first-ever press drives in the United States. A special MSO edition, so-called for "McLaren Special Operations," comes with gold- and carbon-fiber trims.

  13. Lamborghinis Everywhere

    Lamborghinis Everywhere

    The sea of Miuras were impossible to miss at The Quail, especially because of their bright Skittles-like paint jobs and recessed headlamps with "eyelashes" around the edges. They were placed in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura this year. 

  14. One of the Greats

    One of the Greats

    One of the themes from this year's Quail event was "The Great Ferraris." Ferrari GTOs in particular deserve that title: The Ferrari 250 GTOs made from 1962 to 1964 are some of the most expensive and sought-after cars in the world. 
  15. The French Beast

    The French Beast

    Bugatti debuted its new Chiron for the first time in the U.S. this week at The Quail. The car has 1,500 horsepower, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and a pricetag of more than $2.5 million. Top speed is 261mph. 

  16. Tiny Go-Getter

    Tiny Go-Getter

    The French-made Alpine A110 was produced between 1961 to 1977. Nicknamed "Berlinette," it used engines made by Renault. The two-door sports coupe has a five-speed manual transmission and has a top speed of 130mph. 

  17. Tribute Trophy

    Tribute Trophy

    BMW built this 2002 Hommage BMW Turbomeister as a way to celebrate the classic 2002 models from the 1970s that have developed a cult following the world over.