Rob and Linda Raznick Win at Quail Lodge 2013 with their 1940 Packard Darin Victoria Super 180
About the Packard Darin
Packard consolidated its engine lineup in 1940, dropping the aging and slow-selling V-12 and replacing it with the far less expensive but more powerful Custom Super-8 One-Eighty. While Packard styling remained fairly conservative, the talents of a California custom car builder drew their attention. Howard “Dutch” Darrin had been working his magic on Packards since 1937, and the company included two dramatic Darrin models in their 1940 catalog, a Convertible Sedan and a Convertible Victoria, the latter of which was advertised in the Saturday Evening Post with the headline “Glamour Car of the Year! (Of course, it’s a Packard).”
And glamorous it was: Darrin cut the doors down, removed the running boards and lowered the long hood and grille to establish the sporting look, then extended the trajectory of the windshield side pillars into the door and hood seams to add to the car’s flowing lines. Fender skirts added further sleekness. The interior was beautifully designed as well, with an attractive padded Art Deco dash, sculpted steering wheel and beautiful leather upholstery. And with 160-plus horsepower under that long hood, it had all the speed and grace a Hollywood star could ever want.
The Packard Darrin Victoria Convertible is one of three early “transition cars” constructed in Darrin’s Hollywood shop. Finished in Black with a Black soft top and Tan leather interior, it possesses all the features that distinguish it from other Packards. The 282 cubic inch Packard straight eight is equipped with Stromberg carburetion and backed with an overdrive transmission.
One of a total of perhaps eighteen built, the car is in stunning condition thanks to an expert restoration in 2013. The Packard Darrin Victoria it is quite literally a work of art.
The Quail Motorsports Gathering 2013 was held Friday, August 16th at the Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel, California. Under sunny and warm conditions, the 11th annual “Quail” celebrated sports and racing automobiles and motorcycles, while participants and guests enjoyed wonderful food, drink and camaraderie among like-minded enthusiasts.
The 2013 Quail Motorsports Gathering honored 100 years of Aston Martin and featured a Retrospective of Automobili Lamborghini Celebrating 50 Years, as well as a Tribute to the California Mille in Honor of Martin Swig and Peter Brock Designs. An impressive display of more than 175 vehicles were on display on the fairways of the Quail Lodge Golf Club.
This year’s Quail also had classes for The Great Ferraris, Pre- and Post War Sports, Pre- and Post War Racing, Super Cars and Sports and Racing Motorcycles. Notable entrants included a 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa; 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato; 1928 Bugatti Type 35B; 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Corto Spider; 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe; ‘Jabbeke’ Jaguar XK120 Land Speed Record; 1953 Aston Martin DB3S/2; 1967 Alfa Romeo GTA Prototipo 1600 Corsa, ex-Works; 1967 Alfa Romeo TZ2; 1950 Ferrari 166 Touring Berlinetta; 1952 Porsche America Roadster; 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; 1967 Ford GT40 MkIV; 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix and 1956 Jaguar XKSS.
Additional automobiles on exhibit included Chevrolet Corvette race cars from at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which made their presence quite clear as they drove via police escort to the Quail Lodge Golf Club from the nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The parade of Corvettes was led by Jay Leno and GM Global Design Head Ed Welburn.
Judging at the Quail Motorsports Gathering is different than traditional Concours because each car is judged by the other collectors competing in the same class. Only one car per class is honored with Best in Class, while they all compete for the Best of Show Award. This award, given at the Rolex Circle of Champions Awards Ceremony, called on all entrants to vote on the vehicle that achieved what they believe to be the best representation of historic excellence. All cars must be fully operational to compete and class winners are placed in the Rolex Circle of Champions for viewing once announced.
The Rolex Best of Show at the 2013 Quail Motorsports Gathering was awarded to the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe owned by the Miller family and designed by Peter Brock, the illustrious automotive designer whose work was a feature at this year’s event. Stewart Wicht of Rolex Watch USA presented the winner with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, with the special engraving of the Quail logo. “My cars have received many recognitions in the past, but today is a very special first – being recognized here is truly unique,” commented Peter Brock.
The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe was the second coupe produced and the first built with bodywork by Carrozzeria Grandsport. CSX 2299 competed in nine FIA races. Besides a GT-class win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a victory in the Goodwood Tourist Trophy race with Dan Gurney in 1964, the car also won its class in the Daytona 2000km and the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1965.
More than $90,000 was raised at the 11th annual event to benefit the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, Naval Postgraduate School and the Rancho Cielo. Panama hats exclusively designed by Oscar de la Renta for The Quail were sold for $75 each, with proceeds benefiting Breast Cancer Assistance Group of the Monterey Peninsula.