The Quail Previews 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering will host more than 200 rare cars on Aug. 18 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California, as it marks its 20th anniversary, organizers announced.

In addition to the featured and returning classes, more than a dozen automakers will host vehicle unveils, with many more showcasing unique models from the past, present and future.

This year’s celebratory event will honor four featured classes, including the 50th Anniversary of the 1973 RS Carrera, Porsche 959s, Early Bentley 1950s R-Type Coupe and Eyes on Italian Design.

The Porsche featured classes will celebrate both the 911 Carrera 2.7 RS and the 1959, event officials said. The RS was the fastest German production car of its day and the first series production model with both front and rear spoilers. Upon its launch in 1986, the twin-turbocharged 959 was regarded as the most technologically advanced road-going sports car ever created, according to event organizers, and it was the catalyst behind Porsche’s decision to equip all future turbocharged sports cars with all-wheel drive.

The spectacular Eyes on Italian Design class will feature prototypes, one-offs and production cars, all penned by the Italian Car Designer of the Century, while the Early Bentley 1950s R-Type Coupe class will celebrate the craftsmanship of the grand touring machines.

“As we look back over 19 years of incredible gatherings, we are honored to have hosted the collectors, brands and car lovers who make this one of the most esteemed automotive events in the world,” said Kai Lermen, general manager of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. “The Peninsula Signature Events team works hard to cultivate a luxurious and welcoming atmosphere each year, and we cannot wait to celebrate our 20th anniversary with our friends.”

Keeping with tradition, featured classes will complement a roster of classes, including Pre- and Post-War Sports and Racing Cars, The Great Ferraris, Custom Coachwork, The Evolution of the Supercar, and Sports and Racing Motorcycles. Entries will range from classic sports cars to modern hypercars to unusual classics, organizers said.

A.J. Hecht

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