Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance Celebrates Rare Automobiles
(Editor’s Note: This is a reprint of a story featured in Auto News print publication. Story by Joyce Chow. All images by Michael Blum)
- The 7th annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance celebrated rare
automobiles at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills on the first Sunday of
May on a perfect Southern California day.
It’s one of my favorite car events of the year and a favorite of car enthusiasts
in Southern California. This year there were 138 vintage cars and 17 rare
and unique motorcycles with categories such as Post War American, Post
War British, Preservation, Pre-War American, Grand Touring, Morgan and
Packard. Additionally you enjoyed the latest from Ferrari and McClaren.
Besides being able to enjoy cars, you could walk the gardens and grounds of
Doheny Mansion, which is open once a year. Both the first and second floors
were open to the public and there were more rooms open than I’ve ever seen
even though I’ve been to the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance
Greystone Mansion, built by the Dohenys whom discovered oil in Los
Angeles, looks a little familiar after being in movie blockbuster franchises
such as “Spider-Man” as Harry Osbourne’s estate and “X-Men” as the
exterior of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. During the rest of the
year, Greystone is a public park.
- Auto News’ Legends of Auto host and auto guru Dave Kunz and Donald
Osborne, Editor at Large of Sports Car Market magazine returned as the
Masters of Ceremonies.
Bruce Meyer was awarded Best of Class with his black and yellow 1935
Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux. Meyer was also awarded Concours d’Elegance of
America’s 2015 Enthusiast of the Year but is familiar in car circles not only
for his collections but from being the Founding Chairman of the Petersen
Automotive Museum which reopened as a world class auto museum this
Best of Show winners finished the day going head to head on the red carpet
with Best of Show Concours de Sport awarded to Ron Hein for his 1961
Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato Coda Tronca and Best of Show Concours
d’Elegance awarded to Ron and Sandy Hansen for their 1903 Thomas Model
- Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch is a car enthusiast too, you could see him
taking videos with his cell phone of his favorite cars. His favorite of all, the
Mayor’s Choice was a 1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Dual Cowl Phaeton
owned by Aaron and Valerie Weiss.
- Whether you’re a car enthusiast or not you can appreciate the beauty at Greystone Mansion Concous d’Elegance.