Lotus turbine steals limelight at Quail

| 16 Aug 2014

From subtle Sunbean Venezia to raucous 2009 Baha-winning 865bhp Ford Trophy Truck, the 12th Quail featured the most amazingly diverse collection of vehicles over the Monterey classic week. Rock star Nick Mason and guitar legend Neal Schon mixed with dune buggy originator Bruce Meyers, while Steve McQueen’s son Chad was reunited with his father’s famous Jaguar XKSS – one of two on the Carmel Valley field.

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Other unique gatherings included the six limited edition Bugatti Veyron Legends, and a 50th anniversary tribute to the Ford Mustang headed by the 1962 mid-engined V4 powered Experimental sports car. But it was sensational 1968 Lotus Type 56-3 turbine Indy racer that stole the show. Every time the wedge wonder spooled up, it pulled the biggest crowd around the exclusive event.

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The highlight of the pre-war sports car group was Peter Briggs’ rorty 1933 MG Magnette, which was shipped from Australia to launch a new book by Graeme Cocks on  the famous Mille Miglia team car.

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Other popular race cars included Shaun Coloman’s sole surviving 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS NASCAR stocker, which was discovered parked in a barn in 2010 where it had sat since its last race in 1967.

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Making a refreshing change from the high-end metal on the concours lawn was the 1964 Triumph Spitfire 4 of Barry Connally, who was showing his car for the first time at The Quail. “I didn’t think that it would be accepted, so when I got the notice I was walking on air,” said Connally. “My father bought the car brand new in 1964 and raced it Texas, winning the state SCCA Championship and Carroll Shelby’s Terlingua Time Trial in the same year.”

Barry received the car from his father H C Connally in 2005, and spent the next eight years working towards its restoration on alternate weekends. He completed all the work himself, with the exception of the engine rebuild and respray.

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Following the restoration the car has had success at a number of concours events, including Palos Verdes and Greystone.“My father passed away last September, but I’m glad he got to see the car completed. I’ll always remember what he said when he saw it: ‘Well, I guess you’re not gonna be racing it are you!”

Patrick Craig’s 1950 Healey Silverstone also cut a dash at the event. The car was the first E series model produced and was sold new to racing legend Betty Haig, who campaigned it extensively.

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Clint Huering, a friend of Craig, imported the Healey into the United States when he was a Navy serviceman on tour in the United Kingdom. “Clint had the car shipped to Long Beach, but he never took it out of storage,” said Craig. “I sold him some old car parts three years ago and we managed to do a deal; I’d wanted the car for a long time.”“I’ve done absolutely nothing to it. It’s exactly as it was when it was taken out of storage. In fact, I’ve only driven it three times,” he said. 

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Guitar legend Neil Schon chats to Ken Gross.

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Maserati tribute included 300S. The race group didn't make it from the track due to traffic problems. 

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Mustang 1 Experimental headed 50th anniversary party. 

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Gary Wales stands with his outrageous La France special "Bestioni"

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Cisitalia 202 Pininfarina Coupé and ex-Steve Mcqueen Jaguar XKSS. 

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One-off 1956 Ferrari 250GT Pinifarina Cabriolet of Bob Lee.