Highlights from The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering

BY foxsports • September 8, 2016

Anniversary celebrations:

World debuts:

Alpina B6 2.8.

The significance of The Quail was further underlined by the various (world) debuts of exclusive sports cars on the field in front of their customers. Lamborghini used the occasion to take the wraps off the Centenario Roadster. Created to mark the 100th anniversary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini's birthday, it will be built in limited numbers and was actually already sold out. Highly exclusive Swedish and Italian manufacturers Koenigsegg and Pagani were also on hand to showcase their latest creations, while Japanese designer Ken Okuyama revealed the striking kode57. Most likely based on a Ferrari 599 GTB, this V12-engined design study was clearly inspired by Italian sports racers of the 1950s and featured striking reverse-hinged doors. We understand that the former Pininfarina chief designer will build another for around $2.5 million. Among his earlier work was the P4/5 by Pininfarina he created for American collector Jim Glickenhaus. The latter has now gone his separate ways and used "The Quail" to offer a sneak peak at the long awaited road-going version of his SCG 003 racing car, which will be available in limited numbers.

Freshly restored:

SCG 003CS.

One of our absolute favorite cars on the field was the freshly restored Lola Mk6 GT Prototype. Created in 1963 by Eric Broadley, this can rightly be considered the direct forefather of the successful GT40. After seeing the car in action at Le Mans in 1963, Ford commissioned Broadley to create the GT40 much along the same lines. The Mk6 GT on display at The Quail was the original show car and the first of three produced. In 1965, it was sold to current owner Allen Grant, who was a talented racing car driver and also one of Carroll Shelby's first employees. Over the last couple of years, he has painstakingly restored the lovely little machine to its show car condition. It was great to finally see the results of Grant's true labor of love. One of Lola's former works drivers David Hobbs relished the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of the car during the show. One of "his" other cars on the field was a McLaren M16C Indy racer. Raced in the Indy 500 a total of 6 times, starting with Hobbs in 1974, this was the sister car to that year's winning works car.

The winners:

Lola Mk6 GT.

Following the lavish lunch, the awards ceremony kicked off, which saw all the class winners being called upon the podium to receive their respective silverware. Among the class winners was a beautifully presented Gulf-liveried McLaren F1 GTR Longtail brought over from Switzerland and also a rare alloy bodied Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider. Being presented with the FIVA award for the best preserved car was the 1965 Le Mans winning Ferrari 250 LM brought over from the Indianapolis Hall of Fame. The superbly restored Lola Mk6 GT also crossed the ramp to receive the Octane Editor's Choice award. The final car to be called forward was Andreas Mohringer's Ferrari 375 MM. Although over 60 years old and raced well into the 1960s, it has never been restored and has survived in beautifully original condition. The car had been stored for over 30 years until it was acquired by Mohringer in 2010. Following a proper service, this time-warp Ferrari has since been shown and demonstrated at many of the world's greatest events and has now received one further accolade.

Final thoughts:

Ferrari 375 MM.

Article originally on UltimateCarPage.com