Eye Candy: Greystone Mansion concours d’elegance

Photos by Howard Koby

Thousands of car enthusiasts, many families and just plain curious car buffs attended the elegant and 5th annual Greystone Mansion Concours on a brilliant picture-perfect Sunday.

The estate, in Beverly Hills, California, was built by Ned Doheny, heir to one of the country’s great oil empires, and provides the backdrop for the concours d’elegance hosted by the Beverly Hills City Council and the Friends of Greystone.

The Doheny family occupied the 18.5-acre estate from 1928 to 1955. It now is a city historic site. The 46,000-square-foot, 55-room Tudor castle, which has an original Brunswick bowling alley, and a billiard room on the basement level, has been the backdrop in many motion picture and TV productions, including Batman and Robin, X-Men, Spider-Man and The Godfather.

This year, the concurs honored the 60th anniversary of the Porsche Speedster, 50th anniversary of the Mustang, notable Italian cars and a special Centennial Class honoring Beverly Hills’ 100th Anniversary.

Over 140 superb vintage automobiles and more than 30 rare motorcycles competed in 16 classes for the Greystone Awards. The day also featured gourmet food, libations, lectures, estate and mansion tours, a fashion show and vendor marketplaces (all included in the ticket price).

The “French” judging process was implemented, focusing on overall impression of vehicle with originally, authenticity, design, styling and elegance.

The award-winners:

  • Best of Show Concours d’Elegance went to a statuesque 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost presented by David S. Morrison.
  • Best of Show de Sport honored the William Lyon Family with their fantastic 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ.
  • The Spirit of Greystone went to Christopher and Katrina Cord for their stunning 1937 Cord 812.
  • The Mayor’s Choice was a 1957 Porsche Speedster displayed by Rick Principe.
  • A magnesium-bodied 1935 Bugatti Type 57SC Elektron Torpedo that Jim Hull spent 32 years “resurrecting” achieved the People’s Choice award.
  • The Director’s Choice was bestowed upon Stanley Bauer with his wonderful yellow 1920 Stutz Bearcat.
  • The important Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) Preservation Award went to a 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce displayed by Brandon Adrian.
  • The Best of Show motorcycle was a 1967 BMW R60/2 with sidecar owned by Dan Reichel and Theresa Worsch.
  • David Gooding, of Gooding & Company Auctions, received the Lee Iacocca Foundation’s Award for achievement in advancing the collector car hobby.

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