They moved the oyster trough. This is usually my first stop at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. It’s an ultra-all-inclusive, top-shelf, automotive and lifestyle bacchanal that takes place on the Friday of Monterey Car Week, and signals to participants in the lengthy, mobile, vehicle-adjacent festival that we are done with the warm-up events and ready to move into the pro-level shizz. Actually, that’s a lie. My first stop is usually at the champagne tent, to grab a first glass to stop my hands from shaking, and then a second to go with the oysters, even though hoarding and then eating dozens of raw oysters while standing at a crowded metal feed bin filled with shaved ice and shucked bivalves becomes borderline acrobatic when holding a glass of champagne. What can I say? I like to challenge myself.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/08/24/quail-lodge-gathering-2018-pebble-beach