Time now to move about again for further sense of what the Father’s Day car show on Rodeo is all about for the estimated 40,000 people who this year come to see it. A lot of today has to do fathers and kids, and nothing at all to do with giving Dad another hideous necktie.
Deeply rooted in decades of Italian design and style, and selling over a half million cars around the world since its launch in 2007, the legendary FIAT 500 will come in three 2012 models called Pop, Sport and Lounge. Rodeo Concours goers look at it, sit in it, and drive it. A wave of “Cinquecento fever” here stirs a lot of admirers to dreams of someday owning one, or two, or … How many is that you can buy for the price of the latest Lambo?
The 4-passenger Cinquecento’s go-power lives in its inline four-cylinder SOHC 16-valve engine of 1368-cc displacement making 101 horsepower at 6500 rpm. That’s enough to know about it for now when there’s still so much to see here, but there are lots of FIAT 500 specs available on www.fiatusa.com.
So, for this Father’s Day Concours, where does Bruce Meyer park his 1967 Ferrari 275GTB 4-cam that he’s had as an almost “daily driver” since buying it from first owner William Doheny in 1970? Answer: in the middle of Gearys store! Meyer’s nephew Thomas Blumenthal is now President/CEO of Gearys Beverly Hills that sells fine china, crystal, silver, jewelry and watches. But Bruce’s 4-wheel gem is not for sale. Only 280 of these stunning 165-mph grand touring Ferraris were ever produced.
From the sound of his Testa Rossa, Meyer is out on Rodeo Drive now with the rest of the show cars breaking ranks and driving away at the end of the day. I’m tempted to announce, “Bruce Meyer has left the street.”
Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance 2011 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)