18th August 2017, Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California
1964 ATS 2500 GTS wins Rolex Circle of Champions Best of Show at The QUAIL, A Motorsports Gathering 2017
The 1964 ATS 2500 GTS, owned by Bruce Milner, was selected from 200 exceptional vehicles, while 5,000 guests enjoyed culinary delights and exciting Manufacturer debuts at The QUAIL.
The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best 2017 was previously reported on AlphaLuxe.
What is the 1964 ATS 2500 GTS?
It is one of perhaps eight ATS cars built. The name ATS might not be familiar today but this Bologna-based manufacture was born out of the falling-out in 1961 between Enzo Ferrari and his lieutenants including Giorgio Billi, Jaime Ortez-Patino, Carlo Chiti, Giotto Bizzarrini and Count Volpi di Misurata. Count Volpi later founded Scuderria Serenissima while Bizzarrini established his eponymous brand after disagreements with Chiti.
Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) planned to develop both race and road cars powered by V8 engines. The racing project was not a success so Carlo Chiti commissioned Franco Scaglione – designer extraordinaire – to design a bodywork for their roadgoing two-seater sportscar. This winning vehicle, chassis No. 2006, is one of two lightweight combination street/track cars with an aluminum body, larger 2.5-liter engine, sliding windows, racing seats and minimalist interior.
ATS is re-launching the marque, after 50 years of dormancy, at the 2017 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace today (1st September 2017).
First Speeding Ticket in the World
Also at the Concours of Elegance in the U.K., will be the first car to ever receive a speeding ticket: the 1896 Arnold Benz Motor Carriage. The driver, Walter Arnold, was travelling at 8mph – four times the speed limit – he was caught by a policeman on a bicycle.
Joining the Arnold Benz Motor Carriage at Hampton Court Palace will be a parade of ‘Veteran Cars’ – those built before 1905. At the other end of the scale will be incredible speed machines like the Le Mans-winning Jaguar XJR-9, with a top speed of more than 240mph.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).