The Quail 2019: Bigger Than Ever

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering—held this year on Friday August 16, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ca.—was bigger than ever. With more formal displays across the street from the main show field and new added area that housed exhibits—like a tribute to electric cars—this event did give people more for their money this year.

Crowds seemed a bit more moderate but did pick up as the show progressed. As for the vehicles, there were standouts both new and old. For their new cars, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lotus and others did unveilings. The Bentley EXP 100 GT and Lotus Evija were gorgeous supercars while the Rolls Royce was a garish SUV, dubbed the “Cullinan in Fux Orange”.

The aforementioned display of electric vehicles was new and interesting, with cars ranging from a breath-taking 1949 Mercury ‘Derelict EV’ from the creative minds at ICON to more mundane offerings.

What really struck us most this year is that the Quail seems to be the home for supercar brands that exist only digitally—or in Monterey—during Car Week. If you love rare, modern supercars, this is the event for you.

While this show is primarily a classic car concours of sorts, the corporate involvement makes it what the New York Auto Show used to be: A seriously cool way to see all kinds of new prototypes and weird and wonderful cars.

While not a cheap date—tickets are over $600—the Quail is a cool event to experience some serious rarefied air all while indulging yourself on the excellent food and drink, mercifully included in the cost of admission.

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8/20/19 4:39 p.m.
Tim Suddard said:



That little Allemano bodied Abarth behind the Monteverde is what I was primarily there babysitting. We also had the blue Fiat 1200TV. Surprised I missed the shots being taken. Heck that might even be me sitting there just out of camera view.

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