Last weekend I attended The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, and the same things that happened at every Monterey Car Week performance came back to haunt me. Such a multi-million dollar concentration of exotics and classics has an overwhelming way, and you just can’t get it all right.
With a light schedule this year, The Quail was the first event I attended and even so it didn’t take long for this effect to show. I’ve used the word tired to describe this before, but it’s not quite true. Not less enthusiastic, quite the opposite. The basic level of excitement is raised so high that it becomes difficult to distinguish the extraordinary from the extraordinary.
With the incredible array of engines parked along the lawns of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club, I’m constantly intrigued as I walk past Friday’s garden party. How do you distill this into something consumable in a few photos and a few obscure words?
To start, I’ve taken a few photos that I took of just three of the favorites from the show. This is a car poster of my youth, and I feel safe to say that I am not alone in that.
Fairy Woman 432
This S30 Z was one of two in attendance at the show, perhaps the only Japanese car on display. Boasting a standard Datsun S30 body, the simplicity of this Japanese market model stands out in the field. As any JDM fan will tell you right away, that 432 badge on the back – and what it means under the hood – makes all the difference.
Sold new for almost double the price of the standard Fairlady Z in Japan, this 432 model received Hakosuka GT-R drivetrain, limited-slip differential and factory magnesium alloy wheels.
S20 1989cc inline-six
4 valves per cylinder
3 Weber carburetor
158 horsepower & 131 lb-ft . of torque
About 420 Z432 examples produced
Another car that caught my eye is the Lamborghini Diablo 30th Anniversary which sits between the Countach and the F40, another poster car that might be too obvious. Growing up in the 90s, Diablo has always been the most exotic in my eyes. Pair the whimsical style by Marcello Gandini with a wild metallic mauve and Special Edition tuning, and you’ve got the ultimate in finish.
Compared to the standard model, the SE30 receives the weight-saving treatment, more power in part thanks to a magnesium intake manifold and free-flowing exhaust, an in-flight adjustable sway bar and a large double-staggered (17×). 8.5-inch and 18×13-inch magnesium alloy wheels) are manufactured by OZ Racing.
5.707cc naturally aspirated V12
compression ratio 10:1
525 horsepower & 428 lb-ft . of torque
Top speed 207mph
150 examples of the SE30 were produced; 11 in this color for the US
Saleen S7R GT1
Lastly, I focused on this Saleen S7R GT1, the #031R chassis. The S7R was first engineered and built in the UK, but this example is one of the first two Evo models produced, featuring a reworked chassis, suspension and aero designed and manufactured in-house at Saleen’s new California-based factory. .
The chassis received a 7.0-liter version of the Panoz/Elan Technologies LMP900 engine and raced in the Americas series before being sold to Europe, where it participated in the newly restructured FIA GT1 category. The first saleen to complete the 24-hour Le Mans, the 031R was recently restored by Art and Revs of Luxembourg.
7.0 liter V8
728 horsepower generated after new rebuild by Elan
2nd Place in the 2005 ALMS GT1 Championship
11th overall at Le Mans 24 Hours 2006
Win the Silverstone Tourist Cup
2 samples produced with Elan 7.0L; 4 machines produced
We’ve just scratched the surface with all three, and you can expect a full gallery from The Quail in the coming days.