Preceded on April 30 by a well received reception for exhibitors, sponsors, City of Beverly Hills officials and other VIP guests, hosted by The Auto Gallery and Bouchon Restaurant, the May 1 concours in Beverly Hills featured more than 150 classic automobiles and motorcycles of world class quality, including a rare 1956 Jaguar XKSS once owned by Steve McQueen along with entries from numerous automotive museums and vehicles from a myriad of private collections from the Southern California area, as well as from around the nation.
With ticket sales capped at 3000, an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the vehicles on display, as well as an unlimited presentation of gourmet food and libations, along with access to the magnificent Greystone Mansion and estate grounds, often seen as the backdrop to movies and television programming but rarely seen first hand by the public.
Select vehicles and motorcycles were honored, with the awards presentation emceed by KABC7's Automotive Specialist Dave Kunz, as well as featuring several VIP judges and award presenters.
The 2011 Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance was designated as an official "Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens" (FIVA) event. In only its second year Greystone has become one of only a handful of concours events in the world to have received this distinction.
FIVA representative Malcolm Welford presented the FIVA Most Well Preserved Vehicle Award to a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan. Additional VIP judges and awards presenters included City of Beverly Hills Mayor Barry Brucker, who selected a 1967 Ferrari 365 California as the winner of the Mayor's Choice Award, and preeminent sportscar and auto racing photojournalist and icon Jesse Alexander, personally selected the recipient of the Jesse Alexander Outstanding Sports Car Award, a 1956 Austin-Healey 100-4.
Select Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance sponsors presented awards in the following categories: Brooks Brothers Timeless Style award was presented to a1927 Stutz Brougham; The Tiffany & Co. Award of Elegance was bestowed upon a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S; Meguiar's Outstanding Paint Presentation was awarded to a1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, and Heritage Auctions Outstanding Mascot award was presented to a 1934 Pierce Arrow Coupe.
Best of Show Concours de Sport was awarded to a 1962 Ferrari 400 Super America and Best of Show Concours d'Elegance was awarded to a 1934 Voisin C27 Aero Sport.
Awards were also given to Best of Class for each of the 11 automobile categories represented in the concours field, as follows: Packard - 1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton; Porsche - 1961 356 B Roadster; Ferrari - 1962 250 GT SWB Berlinetta; Pre-War American - 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman; Post-War American - 1957 Dual Ghia; American Sports - 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra; Post-War British - 1961 Aston Martin DB/4 GT by Zagato; Pre-War European - 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A;Post-War European Touring - 1957 Facel Vega FV4; Post-War European Sports - 1961 Alpha Romeo Guilietta Sprint Speciale; and Jaguar - 1956 Jaguar XKSS.
The event, catered by Lawry's also featured two beer gardens sponsored by Stella Artois and margarita bars presented by Asombroso Fine Tequilas. A marketplace featuring jewelry, automobilia, art, and accessories offered visitors a wide array of luxury items for their consideration and purchase.
Guests were also treated to ongoing lectures throughout the day presented by noted automobile industry experts, as well as viewing displays by sponsors Gooding & Company and The Auto Gallery Los Angeles.
Additional sponsors of this City of Beverly Hills event included the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Armand Hammer Foundation, Brooks Brothers, Meguiar's, Mercedez-Benz of Beverly Hills, Terranea, Tiffany & Co., Blue Angel Vodka, Bouchon, Chubb Insurance, Jaffe Estate Wines, Angeleno Magazine, Sports Car Market Magazine and the Southern California Region of the Classic Car Club of America.
A portion of proceeds from the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance ticket sales benefited the non-profit Friends of Greystone, and their ongoing restoration efforts of the Greystone Estate.
The 3rd Annual Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2012.
For more information visit www.greystonemansion.org.