Have you ever been close enough to touch a Duesenberg? What about a Ferrari F40? A Bugatti Grand Sport Vitese? Because of the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, I have. Not that I did, but I was close enough to touch them. I’m sure many of the people there did “fall” into a car or two so they could say they touched them… like I might have done far in the past with a certain one off made by a certain legend who might be synonymous with the name of a type of snake.
Anyway, back to the real reason we’re all here. This event takes place on Rodeo (pronounced row-day-o, not like the event where cowboys ride bulls) Drive in Beverly Hills on Father’s Day. A fitting day for a car show, because nothing reminds us of our fathers like yelling in and around cars.
The roughly four blocks that make up Rodeo Drive’s fancy area are closed off and completely filled with these sweet, sweet rides. There’s a median strip in the center that splits the road into dual two lanes on each side. For the event, each side has two rows of cars. What I’m trying to say is that it’s completely packed with competition cars. Completely packed.
A little after the competition area there are some corporate areas and private party looking setups. What I saw really just looked like a spot for people to group together behind a velvet rope and stand in a square. They didn’t really have anything special in there. Maybe there were some indoor events going on that were cooler, but I didn’t go looking for them if they did exist.
As I have stated like nine times now, the cars were amazing. They had some off my all time favorites, like the 1950 Mercury Custom Coupe, all types of Porsches, Duesenbergs (which are neat to see because of the rarity), and some special cars like the Batmobile.
You know what? Why am I wasting time typing when I could be showing. Let’s move to the pictures. This isn’t a recipe blog that needs a story of my childhood before the fun stuff, lets just jump to it.
This is what greets you as you walk in from the Santa Monica Blvd. entrance. A beautiful start.
1935 Duesenberg Model J LWB Convertible Coupe (left) and 1935 Packard (right)
1958 Porsche 356A Speedster
1958 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster new
2015 Buggatti Grand Sport Vitese
1994 Bugatti EB110
2005 TVR Sagris
1990 Ferrari F40
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4
1968 Lamborghini Espada Series 1
1958 Porsche 356A Speedster
1950 Murcury Hardtop Kustom
1950 Buick Roadmaster
1932 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Sedan
1929 Rolls Royce Springfield Phantom 1 Convertible Coupe
1932 Ford 5 Window Coupe
1932 Ford HiBoy
1933 Buick Indycar
1917 La Bastioni Batmobile
1949 Morgan F4
1959 Fiat 600 Jolly
1983 Year Cadillac Coupe DeVille
2023 Morgan Super 3
This guy was giving out giant checks. No one even knew who he was, he just jumped up there, pushed Lili Bosse (the mayor of Beverly Hills – blonde woman on the left) out of the way, started telling jokes, and gave checks to the fire department. Someone later told me he was some kind of car guy named Jay something or other, so they weren’t going to do anything about his antics.
Don’t think this is the coolest dog stroller ever? Look closer, those are food and water bowls in the dash. Yes, it absolutely is the coolest dog stroller. (We can discuss the merits of a dog stroller later.)
Unfortunately I can’t give exact specifics on this because I don’t have a clear shot of the title. It is beautiful, so I’m going to include it. Porsche makes some really amazing cars. I might even own one myself.
That wraps it up! I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I strongly suggest going to check it out if you’re ever in the area.
Until next time!