Saturday, May 05, 2012

Greystone Mansion Concours is tomorrow!

Hosted by the City of Beverly Hills as a fundraiser for the restored historic setting once owned by the Doheny family, the upscale auto show is becoming one of Southern California's premier car events.

 The daylong event will spotlight more than 150 vintage cars and motorbikes, with the oldest being a rare 1915 Stutz Bearcat ranging up to 1970s Ferraris. "From restored, pre-World War II Mercedes to the first Corvette to race at Le Mans to a showcase of cars produced by Ford, including Hot Rods, Thunderbirds and Cobras." There will also be a duplicate of the 1950s Sunbeam, the stylish open air roadster Grace Kelly used to motor around the French Riviera in "To Catch a Thief."

 The show attracts such celebrities as Jay Leno, former Bond star George Lazenby and Chad McQueen. Two of McQueen's beloved Husqvarna motorbikes will be featured, including a 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross, which has been verified as a bike the actor not only owned but also raced in West Coast Motocross competitions. "My dad loved the Husqvanas. He would buy them four at a time," said McQueen's son, also a champion racer and collector. "It still amazes me how much he resonates today. People love to see his stuff and he was a real trailblazer when it came to his collection of cars and motorbikes. He knew everything from vintage 1920s motorcycles to every make of racing car."

 Although the event is geared toward its stars of the road, it also offers a rare chance to peek inside the glorious 1920s Tudor mansion set on 18 acres of meticulous manicured gardens with sweeping views over Beverly Hills. While the grounds are now a public park, the inside of Greystone Mansion is rarely open to the public. This year the newly renovated second floor will also be open. 

When: Sunday 10am - 4pm
 Where: Greystone Estate, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills
 Cost: $108 advance purchase, $133 at the door.
 Free parking with shuttle at 450 N. Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills.


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