By Karen Ostlund
For many antique car owners, going away a week with your car means putting on ten pounds.
Beverly Hills,CA(Hollywood Today)5/7/11—Since last year, Los Angeles have got their own Concours d’Elegance in the month of May, located at the Greystone mansion in Beverly Hills.
The 2nd Annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance (May 1st 2011) was featuring over 150 classic & vintage automobiles and motorcycles: 1934 Voisin C27 Aerosport, 1947 Cisitalia, 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 by Bertone, 1961 Aston Martin by Zagato, 1957 Jaguar XK 140 by Zagato, 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa, 1962 Ferrari Super America and 1967 Ferrari 365 California, just to mention a few. This event appeals every year to car and motorcycle collectors, socialites and automotive professionals. Car owners do the exhibition for free, but money is made if the car is sold.
It is also important the car is drivable from the trailer to the event.
This year’s exhibition also presented a 1956 Jaguar XKSS, which is the car on the official 2011 event poster. The car was formerly owned by Steve McQueen and was marketed by Jaguar to the serious weekend “racer”. This car was one of just 16 built and is currently part of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s permanent collection.
Historic and educational tours of the Greystone Estate was taken place throughout the day of the event, and food stations were catered by Lawry’s Restaurants as well as Stella Artois beer and Jaffe Estate wine gardens. Asombroso margarita and Peet’s espresso bars was located throughout the estate grounds.
The Greystone Estate was built by the Doheny family who lived in the mansion from 1928 to 1955. The Doheny silver on display is worth a million dollars and was taken to the mansion with help of guards. The set of two demitasse cups, each with a photo of bride and groom, was originally from the wedding of Edward Laurence Doheny Jr. and Lucy Smith, Tim Doheny parents. The gift was donated by Mrs. Tim Doheny.
The Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance Awards Presentation was emceed by KABC7’s Automotive Specialist Dave Kunz
The Awards featured Best of Class awards, one for each of the 11 automobile categories and 3 motorcycle categories, judged by the exhibitors in each respective category. Best of Class was awarded to the following automobile categories: Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, Packard, Pre-War American, Post-War American, American Sports, Pre-War European, Post-War European Touring, Post-War European Sports, and Post-War British. Motorcycle awards were given to Best of Show, Most Competitive, and Outstanding Antique.
FIVA’s (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) representative Malcolm Welford was judging and presenting FIVA’s Most Well Preserved Vehicle Award. Additional VIP judges and awards presenters included City of Beverly Hills Mayor Barry Brucker, who selected the Mayor’s Choice Award: the racecar photographer and icon Jesse Alexander, who personally selected the recipient of the Jesse Alexander Outstanding Sports Car Award.
2011 AWARD WINNERS:
Best of show 1899 De Dion Bouton Tri-cycle – Urban S. Hirsch III
Best Antique 1925 BMW R-32 – Nicolas Bonham Smith
Best Competition 1969 Flink 250 – Bradley C. Boyle
Packard – 1929 Dual cowl Phaeton - Dana & Lianne Graham
Jaguar – 1956 XKSS - Peterson Automotive Museum
Porsche – 1961 356 B Roadster - Michael Losmandy
Ferrari – 1962 250 GT SWB Berlinetta - Ron Hein
Pre war American 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman -Tony Vincent
Post war American 1957 Dual Ghia – Irwin Thaler
American Sports 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra – Ron Busuttil
Post war British 1961 Aston Martin DB/4 GT by zagato – David Sydorick
Pre war European 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A – Paul Emple
Post war European touring 1957 Facel Vega FV4 - Andrew Linsky
Post war European sports 1961 Alpha Romeo Guilietta sprint speciale – Mike & Barbara Malamut
Heritage Gallery Outstanding “Mascot” 1934 Pierce Arrow Coupe – Gordon Wangers
Meguiars Outstanding Paint presentation 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II – Peter Hoffman
Brooks Brothers Timeless Style award 1927 Stutz Brougham – George Scott
Tiffany & Co. Award of Elegance 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S – Arthur Hadley
Jesse Alexander Award – Outstanding Sports Car 1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 – Fredrick Stewart
People’s Choice 1930 Cadillac 452A v-16 Roadster – Fred Lax
Directors Choice 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III – Michael Hammer
Mayors Choice 1967 Ferrari 365 California – Jack Nethercutt/Nethercutt Museum
Sprit of Greystone 1928 La Salle 303 Roadster – Richard Stanley
FIVA Preservation Award 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by Murphy Adrien Labi
Best of show Concours de Sport 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica – Peter McCoy
Best of show Concours d’Elegance – 1934 Voisin C27 Aero sport - Peter and Merle Mullin/Mullin Automotive Museum.
The 2011 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance was sponsored by The City of Beverly Hills, The Friends of Greystone, FIVA, Gooding & Co., The Petersen Automotive Museum, Auto Gallery, the Armand Hammer Foundation, Brooks Bros., Meguiar’s, Mercedes Benz, Terranea Resort, Tiffany & Co., Asombroso, Blue Angel Vodka, Bouchon, Chubb Insurance, Lawry’s Catering, and Stella Artois. Media Sponsors include Angeleno Magazine, the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitor’s Bureau, Sports Car Market Magazine,and So Cal CCC.
A portion of proceeds from Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance ticket sales went to benefit the non-profit Friends of Greystone, and their ongoing restoration efforts of the Greystone Estate.
Once each year, on the third Sunday in August, about 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf — Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey. There is a lot to look forward this upcoming August 2011. The festivities start a week before with auctions and pre-receptions. This year’s special classes will include: Mercedes-Benz and 125 years of the Automobile,
Ferrari 250 GTO,
Edwardian Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts, and
The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of excellence. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition.