The funny thing about most car shows is the car people. I’m blown away by the irony of walking through a lot full of incredible cars so tastefully kept (or restored) and then meeting the owners, dressed in Mom jeans and ergonomic sneakers, sporting wet-gelled hair.
Personally, I prefer to live in a fantasy world where every dude who drives an Aston Martin chooses his clothing and cocktails using the same discrimination with which he chose his vehicle.
Taking the shuttle bus up to Beverly Hills’ Greystone Mansion and walking onto the Concours d’Elegance grounds was like stepping into that fantasy world. The inaugural event, produced in conjunction with Gooding & Company, featured more than 100 cars and motorcycles. Fred Astaire’s 1927 Rolls-Royce and Rita Hayworth’s 1953 Cadillac were among them. I hope you enjoy the photos and video as much as we enjoyed the catered food and champagne, mansion tour, fashion show and best of all, the gentleman with the grey beard and leather jacket who hand-cranked his vintage Rolls Royce to a roaring start during the show, to much enthusiastic applause.