The Quail: A Fairlady, A Diablo & A 7.0L V8

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Peak Enthusiasm

Last weekend I attended The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, and the same thing that happens during every rendition of Monterey Car Week gripped me again. Such a multimillion-dollar concentration of exotics and classics has a way of overwhelming the senses, and you just can’t absorb it all right.

With a light schedule this year, The Quail was the first event I attended and yet it didn’t take long for this effect to kick in. I used the word jaded to describe this earlier, but it’s not quite right. Rather than a lack of enthusiasm, it’s actually the opposite. The baseline excitement level is so high that it becomes difficult to distinguish the exceptional from the extraordinary.

Everything good.

With such an incredible array of machines parked on the undulating greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club, I was stirred again and again as I walked through Friday’s garden party. How do you distill this into a handful of photos and a few thin words into something consumable?

For starters, I poached a handful of photos I took of just three favorites from the show. These were the literal poster cars of my childhood, and I feel safe to say I’m not alone in that.

The Fairlady 432

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This S30 Z was one of two on display at the show, possibly the only Japanese cars on display. With a standard Datsun S30 body, the simplicity of this copy in the Japanese market stood out on the lawn. However, as any JDM enthusiast would be quick to tell you, that 432 badge on the back — and what it means under the hood — makes all the difference.

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These 432 models sold new for almost double the price of a standard Fairlady Z in Japan and received a Hakosuka GT-R powertrain, limited slip differential and magnesium wheels ex works.

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Highlights:

■S20 1,989cc inline six
■ 4 valves per cylinder
■ 3 Weber carburettors
■ 2 camshafts
■ 158 hp & 131 lb-ft of torque
■ About 420 Z432 examples were produced

The Diablo SE30

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Another car that caught my eye was this 30-year-old Lamborghini Diablo, nestled between a Countach and an F40, other perhaps all-too-obvious poster cars. Growing up in the 90s, the Diablo has always been the ultimate exotic in my eyes. Combine Marcello Gandini’s outlandish styling with a wild metallic mauve and Special Edition tuning, and you have the ultimate ultimate.

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Compared to the standard model, the SE30 received a weight-saving treatment, increased power thanks in part to magnesium intake manifolds and a free-flowing exhaust, on-the-fly adjustable sway bars and massive double-stagger (17×8.5-inch and 18×13-inch) magnesium-manufactured wheels by OZ Racing.

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Highlights:

■ Naturally aspirated 5.707cc V12
■ 10:1 compression ratio
■ 525 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque
■ 207 mph top speed
■ 150 SE30 units produced; 11 in this color for the US

The Saleen S7R GT1

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Finally, I focused on this Saleen S7R GT1, chassis #031R. The first series of S7Rs were designed and built in the UK, but this one was one of the first two Evo models produced, with a reworked chassis, suspension and aero designed and manufactured in-house at Saleen’s new plant in California. .

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This chassis received a 7.0-litre version of the LMP900 engine from Panoz/Elan Technologies and was raced in US series before being sold to Europe, where it competed in the FIA’s newly restructured GT1 category. The first Saleen to finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 031R, was recently restored by Art and Revs of Luxembourg.

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Highlights:

■ 7.0-litre V8
■ 728 hp produced after new rebuild by Elan
■ 2nd place in the 2005 ALMS GT1 Championship
■ 11th overall at the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans
■ Won the Silverstone Tourist Trophy
■ 2 units produced with Elan 7.0L; 4 engines produced

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We’re only just surfacing with these three, and you can expect a full gallery of The Quail in the coming days.

Trevor Ryan
Instagram: trevornotryan
tyrphoto.com


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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