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May 2, 2016

Highlights of The Prestigious Vintage and Classic Cars Car Show Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2016 #greystoneconcours

www.wheelsandheelsmag.com / Py Pai / Beverly Hills, CA

(updated with the winners from the show)

This is the seventh annual and our fourth year coverage of the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance event.  As it has always been the case, we are deeply impressed by the showing of the rare and refined cars at the show, as well as the fine organization of the event.

The event has multiple facets that are catered to all car enthusiasts.  On the surface, you would see the vast car show venue with many once-in-one's-lifetime-experience vintage and classic cars that are fully restored or maintained in their pristine conditions.

This is one of the rare opportunity that you could inspect each well restored cars in their glorious details, as well as talking to the owner in person.  Not only you would learn the mechanics of the original designs of the cars, you would also be able to learn the stories behind the love of the car or the legends behind the wheels or under the hood.

Often at the show, we heard personal stories or related anecdotes from the first account.  One gentleman mentioned that his dad used to drive home the classic Cadillac that was displayed at the show.  Or stories that one spent so much time and money for the love of the car and the drive, as well as preventing him going astray to other investments that may not work out as well as this project.

Like its tradition, Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance has divided up the car categories into the followings, especially including pre-war US, Porsche 911/356, Morgan, pre-war European, Jaguar, Preservation, Cadillac / LaSalle, Corvette, Ferrari, Packard, Mercedes-Benz, Post-war British sports, Shelby/Ford Muscle, Alfa-Romeo, and motorcycles, and more.

In each category you would enjoy seeing various versions of the model.  It's almost like a history lesson on a particular brand / make that you could take closer look.  This is much more than the museum experience, where this is coming to life, right in front of you.

In the following days, we will bring you more detailed photos of some selected cars from the event.  Their impeccable conditions, together with their convictions of designs and styles, serve as a reminder that today's car designs are often engineering-dominated and data crunched results.  Maybe we need some "couture cars" from each manufacturer just like "couture dresses" from fashion design houses.  They give design inspirations, sense of style, and most importantly, human touch.

More article related to the vintage design can be found in our special articles:
A B&W Tribute to Car Styles and Characters: 
(http://cars.wheelsandheelsmag.com/2014/05/greystoneconcours-2014-greystone.html)

Classic Ferarri





Classic Alfa Romeo


Vintage Cadillac




Post-War US Classic Cars



Classic Porsche Cars


Post-War British Classic Cars


Vintage Packard Car

Classic Mustange

The New Trophy designed by Richard Pietruska Motor Art


However, the car show is only one aspect of the grand event.  There are also lectures about the car restorations from the experts, as well as book signing.  Also the rare access to the Greystone Mansion is another great benefits of this charity event's ticket.

Winners of The Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance Car Show

Automobiles - Best of Class

Alfa Romeo, Ian Wayne, 1965 Guilia Sprint Speciale
Cadillac-LaSalle, Fred Lax, 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster
Corvette, Jack Bianchi, 1962 Chevrolet Corvette
Ferrari, Adrien Labi, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Ford, Spencer Woolcott, 1966 Ford Mustang GT
Grand Touring, Robert Frumkin, 1954 Chrysler Ghia GS Special
Jaguar, Arthur Cook,1955 Jaguar XK140 MC Drop Head Coupe
Mercedes-Benz, Dannie & Craig McLaughlin 1957 M-B 300 SL Roadster
Morgan - Edward Berghino, 1935 Morgan Super Sport
Packard, Lianne & Dana Graham, 1929 645 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Porsche, Stan Gold, 1952 Porsche 356 America Roadster
Post-war American, Randy Kunes, 1953 Chrysler New Yorker
Post-war British - Craig & Hanne Ekberg, 1952 Allard J2X
Preservation, Victor Priesler, 1967 Porsche, 911S
Pre-war American, Greg Vanley, 1923 Duesenberg Model A Touring
Pre-war European, Bruce Meyer, 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
Shelby - Tomy Drissi, 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra
Special Interest - Alan & Wendy Hart, 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750- GT Coupe

Automobiles - Special Awards

BRM Award - Richard Zeiger, 1941 Lincoln Continental
Corvette Mike Award, Jaime Gesundheit, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
FIVA Award, Brandon Adrian, 1967 Alfa Romeo GTA/P 1600 Corsa
HVA "THIS CAR MATTERS" Award - Mark Haddawy, 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta
Meguiars Outstanding Paint, Kip Cyprus, 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
Director's Choice, Jim Gianopulos, 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Convertible
FOG Outstanding Restoration - Art Cragnotti, 1956 Mercury Montclair
Mayor's Choice, Aaron & Valerie Weiss, 1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Dual Cowl Phaeton
Spirit of Greystone, Gary Severns, 1932 Lincoln KB Roadster

Automobiles - Best of Show

Best of Show Concours de Sport, Ron Hein, 1961 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato Coda Tronca
Best of Show Concours d'Elegance , Ron & Sandy Hansen, 1903 Thomas Model 18

Motorcycles

Best Vintage Motorcycle, Serge Bueno, 1939 Brough Superior SS 80
Best Custom Motorcycle, Chris & Rebecca Canterbury, 1980 BMW R100
Best Preservation Motorcycle, Eugene Carson, 1954 BMW R 51/3


Simply strolling through the gardens and mansions, surrounded by various friendly vendors is a trip by itself.  You are cordially offered various drinks, from the usually much needed coffee, to all inclusive beer, Tequila, vodka and more.  The Beverly Hills dealership also participated in a great showing of their latest and greatest, including McLaren, Ferrari, Jaguar cars.







Overall, the seventh annual Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance has done another wonderful job this year, and the vintage and classic car community is growing stronger and stronger.  With the full experience of the rare cars, foods, drinks, as well as access to the mansion and gardens, plus the expert lectures and book signing, this is one must-go event for many vintage and classic car lovers and their families!

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