Spirit of the Quail
A 1980 BMW M1 won the 50th Anniversary of the THE CAR M Division. Previously unknown but wholly original and documented by BMW, it was purchased earlier this year from a rock band Pink Floyd member who bought it directly from BMW whilst on ‘The Wall’ Tour. Having spent nearly all its life in the UK, it now resides in New York.
The prestigious Spirit associated with the Quail Award went to the 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Bertone Sprint Coupé. The Make bones about Motorsports Council made their subjective decision based upon a number of factors. Design, driving experience, performance for its time, innovation, plus timelessness within choosing this Italian classic.
Rescued from the crusher in June 2021, it had been a total wreck. After an intense restoration at the hands of the Italo-American owner, including many new bodies and floor panels. And a complete mechanical and cosmetic rebuild. It is now presented with the intent that it could have competed in legendary events such as the Targa Florio or Mille Miglia.
Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods rebuilt this particular year’s Custom Coachwork class winner. The 1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster was built in Italy as a homage to the prototype associated with Edsel Kia.
It was a fantastic day out at The Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel-by-the-Sea on the particular beautiful Monterey Peninsula in California. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Monterey Car Week and, indeed, the automotive year.