► The Quail 2017
► CAR's roving gallery
► What did we see?
Monterey Car Week makes up a huge number of mini festivals, concours events, lavish auctions and classic car shows in and around the Monterey Bay area.
You may not have heard of this one, but it’s been going for 15 years now. Its full name is ‘The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering’, which sounds like a snobby movie about small birds and open-wheeled racers.
At least the latter half is right: this golf course-based garden party for the rich and famous is a great place to poke around classic cars, unique one-offs and even future concept cars.
Stars of the car world visited this year included CEO of Rolls-Royce Torsten Müller-Ötvös and Audi Sport head Stephan Winkelmann, along with celebs like Amir Khan among the ranks of visitors.
Check out our gallery below for what we spotted at the 2017 Quail show…
You aren’t anybody if…
…you don’t own or are looking to buy a supercar. Seriously, CAR heard so many visitors making conscious and vocal plans to buy cars at the Bonhams auction, or even just offer to purchase an owner's car straight out of the gate. Money talks in Monterey, make no mistake.
There’s the weird…
Like this Infiniti Prototype 9. It’s an open-wheel racer that uses advanced EV tech. We think it looks, erm, odd for an Infiniti - but we’d love to drive it all the same.
…to the wonderful
Like this coachbuilt Ford cabriolet complete with side-opening engine hatch.
New cars are shown, too
Like the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS. We’ve been for a ride already, but boy does it look ace.
Even some stillborn concepts get a look in
Remember the 2004 Shelby Cobra Concept? This Noughties take on the AC Cobra didn’t go any further than the prototype stage.
Plenty of old silly cars were there, too
This Fiat Jolly stole our heart. Picnic, anyone?
Plus plenty of bespoke crafted ones, too
This coachbuilt Ferrari 599 Spider got a lot of attention.
You aren’t anybody if (No. 2)…
…you don’t arrive/depart by helicopter. There were even some on show on the course.
Don’t fall in!
You quickly remember that the show is situated on a golf course when you almost fall in a bunker. Four!
Inflated waiters are a thing
Yeah, we don’t know either. Apparently it was meant to advertise the hosting hotel but it just looked like some kind of alien overlord trying to steal our suitcase.
You could buy a yacht
Or at least charter one. We’ll take Sycara V, thanks.
Mr. Fux loves his cars
The mattress bazillionaire not only took the keys to his brand new MSO McLaren 720S but his matching Rolls-Royce Dawn in ‘Fux Fuchsia’.
AMG literally build an engine on cue
Yes, this AMG engineer demonstrated the brand’s ‘one man, one engine’ philosophy on the Mercedes stand.
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