The 2015 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance was held Sunday, June 21st on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. This year marked the 22nd time the City of Beverly Hills staged its Concours on the famed thoroughfare. The Father’s Day tradition featured a superb selection of rare automobiles highlighting the past, present and future within a 3-block area between Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards.
“The Rodeo Drive Concours is a favorite Father’s Day tradition in Beverly Hills,” said Mayor Julian Gold. “It’s a day-long celebration of the finest automobiles in the world and a wonderful way for the entire family to celebrate their fathers in classic Beverly Hills style.”
Led by Chairman Bruce Meyer, the Rodeo Drive Committee selected the theme “Highways to Heaven” to honor America’s Route 66, the Autobahn in Germany and Autostrade in Italy. Alfa Romeo served as the featured marque at this year’s Concours and several examples of the Italian manufacturer were on display, including a 1930 8C 2300 Touring Spider and a 1963 TZ, among other entrants.
“As an event that exudes style, elegance and automotive passion, we’re honored that the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance selected Alfa Romeo as this years Honored Marque,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo North America. “And the timing of the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance couldn’t be better as Alfa Romeo celebrates its 105th anniversary in June, our 4C Coupe continues to excite North American driving enthusiasts and our all-new 4C Spider arrives this summer with its combination of supercar-level performance and open-air freedom.”
The Winner’s Circle, at the intersection of Brighton Way and Rodeo Drive featured some fine examples from Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. These included a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C Touring Spider owned by Chuck Wagner, a 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Villa d’Este coupe owned by Tim Walker and this year’s Best of Show winner, a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Short Chassis Touring Spider from Ray Scherr.
“The annual Rodeo Drive Concours is a world-class event that checks every box! Sensational cars, free to the public and a great place to celebrate Father’s Day with the entire family,” said Rodeo Drive Concours Committee Chairman Bruce Meyer. “It’s one of those special events that appeals to everyone. The combination of fashion, architecture, great cars and the best people watching makes it a unique tradition every Father’s Day.”
On display were vehicles which spanned more than 100 years of automotive history, including a 1928 Ahrens-Fox Model GN-80-4 vintage fire truck. Featured cars were a 1930 Packard 740 Dual Cowl Phaeton by Dietrich; 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta; 1956 Jaguar XK140 OTS; 1928 Bentley 3/8 Liter Racer; 1939 Lagonda Riptide V12; 1938 Alvis 3 Liter 12/70; 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona and 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe by Jonckheere.
The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is the largest public event held annually in the city of Beverly Hills. With its unique mix of car collectors, families, local residents and international visitors, 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 am dedicating this report and photo gallery to all our Fathers, and in remembrance of mine, Saul Varela, who passed away in 2013.
Rodeo Drive Concours 2015 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)
[Source: Rodeo Drive Concours; photos: Victor Varela]