Beverly Hills has a Father’s Day tradition that has been taking place for the last 23 years. The annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance held on Sunday, June 19, 2016, welcomed thousands of Southern California residents, as well as tourists from around the world, to celebrate this year’s themed event “The Fast Lane” on its famed thoroughfare.
The Rodeo Drive Committee — in conjunction with the City of Beverly Hills — selected the theme “The Fast Lane” and featured a wide selection of high-performance sports and collector cars valued at more than $100 million. There were limited-edition vehicles from Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Bugatti, Maserati and several others. Highlights of the featured exhibited vehicles included a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, 1932 Bugatti Type 55 and a 1958 Packard “Rita Hayworth” Sportster Kustom. The Best of Show Award went to a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S from Symbolic Motors. The award ceremony was co-hosted by Dave Kunz, ABC7 Automotive Specialist and Mike Brewer from Discovery Channel’s “Wheeler Dealers”.
Other notable cars on display were a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC; 1978 Ferrari 512BB; 1994 Bugatti EB 110; 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Sport Phaeton; 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet By Graber; 2015 Porsche 918; 1987 Porsche 959; 2005 Maserati MC12 from the Riverside International Auto Museum; 1990 Porsche 911 Re-imagined by Singer Vehicle Design; 2016 McLaren P1 GTR; 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO; 1989 Ferrari F40; 2016 McLaren 570S; 2016 Pagani Huayra; 1994 Jaguar XJ2205; 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari and the 1957 Jaguar XKSS, once owned by Steve McQueen.
The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is the largest single-day Concours in North America, drawing approximately 30,000 spectators each year. The event attracts connoisseurs, collectors, tourist and locals who have the opportunity to admire a curated collection of impressive automobiles, all while shopping along one of the world’s most legendary and exclusive shopping destinations. It has been named “one of the 300 unmissable events in the world” by Frommer’s Travel Guide.
On behalf of Sports Car Digest, I would like to dedicate this report to all our Fathers, and in remembrance of my dad, Saul Varela, who passed away in 2013.
Rodeo Drive Concours 2016 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)