The 1956 Jaguar D-Type was crowned the 2022 Rolex Best of Show at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Rolex has a long-term affinity with the motoring world and has supported automotive tradition and style at this annual meeting as the Official Timepiece since 2005. At the heart of the event is a celebration of historic machines and modern engineering, with cars from across the decades side-by-side on the splendid golf greens.
Illustrating the spirit of the Rolex Best of Show, the winning 1956 Jaguar D-Type has a decorated racing history and entered the final Pebble Beach Road Race in 1956. Having successfully caught the eye of its fellow entrants and won its peers’ accolades, the winning automobile was admitted into the Rolex Circle of Champions to joyous applause alongside the individual class victors. In recognition of the meticulous preservation and dedication required to maintain these legendary machines, the owner of the winning car was awarded a Riolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 timepiece.
Throughout the day, innovation and advanced technology was front of mind as The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering hosted an impressive 19 car launches, including the world premiere of the Bugatti W16 Mistral. A car that was designed to celebrate the brand’s history while embracing the future, this vehicle embodies the nostalgia and pioneering vision that permeates the lawns of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club.
Reflecting on this year’s event, Jenson Button, the 2009 FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion, who recently joined the Rolex family of Testimonees, says:
“The Quail is such a special occasion and one that I always look forward to. This year it has been particularly wonderful, seeing everyone coming together to celebrate such a unique variety of beautiful cars, both old and new. As a racing driver, I love Rolex’s deep-rooted connection to this event and motor sport more generally, it really is a relationship which stands the test of time.”
Rolex’s close ties with motor sport date back to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s World Land Speed Record successes in the 1930s, when he became the first driver to break the 300 mph barrier (483 km/h) at the wheel of his car, Bluebird. Since then, Rolex’s presence in motor racing has grown steadily, its support extending to revered endurance events such as the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
In 2013, Rolex Watches became associated with Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor sport, having supported Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart since 1968. The three-time FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Champion has been joined by fellow high achievers from the world of motor sport: Tom Kristensen, the record nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner; Mark Webber, the multiple Formula 1 race winner and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion, and, most recently, Jenson Button, 2009 FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Champion. The brand also has a global appreciation for classic automotive events steeped in elegance, beauty and tradition, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Goodwood Revival.