While Monterey Car Week always culminates with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of the most exciting parts of the annual festivities is the bad boy of fancy car shows, the 2019 The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. Whereas Pebble Beach doesn’t allow modern cars to participate, the Quail is a wild and unpredictable spectacle with everything from the latest concepts, new supercars, old race cars, and everything in between.
The result is a field of the best cars in the world from Brass Era beauties to 1,000-hp exotics. This year’s show featured Bentley, which is celebrating its 100-year anniversary, Bugatti, celebrating 110 years, and electric cars. We cruised the field and selected our favorites from the Quail.
A field of the finest pre-war Bentleys gathered to celebrate the British marque’s centennial. Along with the recently-announced Flying Spur sedan, Bentley also showed off its gift to itself, the EXP 100 GT concept, which previews what’s to come in future vehicles produced by the luxury brand. While the lightshow-capable grille may be a bit garish and oversized, the dramatic scissor doors and sweeping lines make a bold statement that Bentley doesn’t plan on going away anytime soon.
Dauer EB110 Super Sport Light Weight
This Bugatti EB110, part of the Alphaluxe collection, was finished in clear coat over carbon fiber and stole our hearts. Situated around a number of other examples of its kind, the supercar was perhaps the rarest. Just five of these carbon-bodied continuation cars were produced, based on incomplete chassis after Bugatti’s post-comeback demise. Of these cars, only this one’s carbon fiber weave is visible. It also has an even more powerful version of the EB110’s quad-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-12 engine, producing 680 hp and 542 lb-ft of torque, making it the lightest and fastest EB110 in existence.
Speaking of EB110s, Bugatti rolled the Bugatti Centodieci onto its The Quail 2019 stand. Based on its Chiron supercar, the Centodieci is an homage to the EB110, with a similar look front end and other telltale cues. It features the Chrion’s 8.0-liter quad turbo engine, but with 100 more horsepower to play with for a total of 1,579 horses, although it’s limited to ONLY 237 mph. You want one, you’re out of luck as all 10 are spoken for, at a price around $9 million. Bummer, we thought we had enough.
1988 Honda Acty Big Cab
The Quail tends to pick up on collector car trends, as demonstrated by the presence of this great example of a kei truck. The Acty was introduced in 1977 and received an update in 1982 which introduced this “Big Cab” variant. It features a stretched passenger compartment.
1956 Continental Mark II
On the plaque telling folks what this car was, there was a simple slogan: Don’t call it a Lincoln. That’s because it isn’t. There was a time where the Continental line was essentially a marque of its own like Lincoln, and this modified masterpiece is a showcase of the Continental line. The Mark II was only produced for two years in 1956-57. The Mark II’s were essentially hand build and were the most expensive American car of its day. This is a fantastic example that was part of the Quail’s custom coachwork class.
Touted as the most-powerful production car ever at some 2,000 horsepower all in, Lotus isn’t shying away from bold claims with its all-electric Evija hypercar. As part of the Quail’s celebration of EVs, the Evija took center stage. Complete with massive spaces for airflow, aggressive styling, and a techy interior, Lotus is pushing for more recognition in the contemporary world of high performance. From the attention it attracted during the show, it seems like the plan is working so far.
McLaren’s legendary F1 supercar rang in its 25th anniversary this year, meaning we were graced by a number of the most exclusive specifications of designer Gordon Murray’s creation. The most badass of these cars was the 1997 F1 GTR Longtail, sporting Warsteiner livery. Our own Andy Pilgrim, upon seeing a photo of this car on my Instagram, reacted with “Oh that’s such a cool car!!!” If Andy’s impressed, I’m impressed. A rare “High Downforce Kit” F1 sat mere feet away, in addition to an LM-Specification car bearing McLaren’s iconic orange metallic paint.
Audi R8 LMS GT2
Motorsports is a big part of the Quail’s DNA, so Audi decided to bring its latest racing R8 to its 2019 Quail show stand for its North American debut. Designed as a customer race car with gentlemen racers in mind, the LMS GT2 uses the R8’s naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engine generating 640 horsepower, making it the most powerful car Audi Sport customer racing has developed to date. The Audi racer was developed for a new formula of Grand Touring racing as well as for a new GT2 category that will be introduced in 2020. But it’s also for folks who want to buy a race car and get after it on track days. Sign us up!
Though this really isn’t a Pontiac, the Vivant has been associated with the deceased marque due to the fact that it was the brainchild of former Pontiac engineer Herb Adams. It’s a true original that our own Robert Cumberford recently detailed as one of his By Design subjects and made it to the lawn as part of the 2019 Quail’s custom coachwork class.
Acura Type S Concept
Acura’s latest mantra is “Precision Crafted Performance” and its Type S concept certainly looks like a lot of precision was put into building out this styling exercise. We hear that the next generation TLX sedan will wear much of what this vehicle showcases. Hopefully when that happens the performance of the TLX will be turned up as well when the new model arrives, because something that looks this good should go very fast.
Singer 10th anniversary
Singer, the purveyors of reimagined 911s, has turned 10 this year, and its stand at The Quail 2019 was full of outstanding examples of its 964 generation based Porsche 911 models. This particular example was restrained in its appearance, but you can be assured that every part has been meticulously re-worked in order to make it a one-of-a-kind special. We love what Singer head man Rob Dickinson and his team have been able to do, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the future brings.
Check out a full gallery of our favorites from The Quail: A Motorsport Gathering right here!