For ten days each August. the Monterey Penninsula overflows with auto events, so much so that the area becomes a sort of parking lot for the finest of the fine in automobiles new and vintage.
One of the must-attend auto events in this neck of the woods, though, is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, returning August 19. This invitation-only extravaganza is one of the most highly influential international events of the season, taking place on the lush green grasses of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. and attended by a who’s who of motor nuts. More than 200 rare motor vehicles, selected from private collections around the world, will be on display.
This year, two rockers with a fine eye for automobiles will be in attendance; James Hetfield, the front man of Metallica, and “The Red Rocker,” Sammy Hagar.
Hetfield will display his 1934 Packard Chassis Coachbuilt Body, a lift-off hardtop roadster built with a “sinister elegance.”
Hagar will display his
, built especially for the musician to his exact specifications including a bespoke seat tailored to his particular dimensions.
“I have had a car in Quail for the last 4-5 years in a row,” Hagar said in a telephone interview. ”I love this event, and I can’t wait to be there.”
Some other exclusive rides include:
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
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2016 Scuderia Glickenhaus
And many, many more.
Featured themes for 2016 include Rivalries of the Ages, the 100th Anniversary of BMW
Celebrating Motorcars and Motorcycles
, A Retrospective of Laguna Seca Raceway, the 50
Anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura, Pre-War Sports and Racing, Post-War Sports, Post-War Racing, Supercars, The Great Ferraris and Sports and Racing Motorcycles.
The 2016 event also marks the first time guests have the opportunity to bypass the traditional ticket lottery and waitlist. In its fourteenth year,
will maintain its legacy as the most intimate celebration of the luxury motoring lifestyle, while introducing its new
Charitable Patron Ticket.