When you are a 500-year-old immortal from the steppes of Russia, in town for The Gathering.
This is the 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado convertible. [Ed.: as if there is a difference from a Coupe de Ville] I had a chance at buying one [ed.: a ’65 or ’66 de Ville convertible] in high school. Dad said no, even at just $275. The convoluted start up process scared him. (It was a piece of crap, after all.) The 429 V8 under my right foot terrified him. The 10 mpg scared his wallet, in case I ever got stranded.
But, oh, would I be the king of the high school parking lot. Way more so than in my VW 411.
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What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by strolling down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. As it happened, Sunday was the Rodeo Drive Concours.
OK, full disclosure – this was not a chance meeting. We took a 4 day holiday from the blast furnace that is summer in Phoenix to hang out in milder climes with the beautiful people. And we were hoping against hope that the LaFerrari would make an appearance.
No such luck. We did see Bugatti no. 5. We also saw our first non-auction 288GTO. As shows go, it was a filtered, condensed version of the monthly
Cars and Coffee Hookers and Squirrels “Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering.” (Not the Penske sponsored crapfest – the real one.) Smaller than the Windgate festival of speed. Like both, it was strafed by similarly cool machines that didn’t want to linger.
|1937 Lincoln followed by 1947 Cadillac at the Biltmore during recent ‘dry run’ site testing. (Michael Tobian photo)|
The oldest entry in the Arizona Concours is a 1905 Mitchell D-4 Runabout, and the youngest is a 1975 Lamborghini Countach. The honored marques for the first year are American luxury brand Packard and Maserati, the Italian sports and racing brand that commemorates its 100th anniversary during 2014.
The Arizona Concours begins at 8:30 am on Sunday, January 12, with the awards ceremonies starting at 2 pm. The Concours is open to the public with tickets available atwww.arizonaconcours.com or at the Biltmore on the day of the event. As a special feature, the Arizona Concours will be shown live in a web cast on www.arizonaconcours.com starting at 11 a.m.
Modeled after such great concours as Pebble Beach in California and Villa d’Este in Italy, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance brings together the rare and valuable automobiles to compete in classes that range from vintage and classic to sports, racing and exotic. Concours d’Elegance translates from French as “competition of elegance.”
Top concours judges will pore over each entry to pick the class winners as well as the coveted Best of Show. John Carlson, one of the nation’s most acclaimed concours judges, will preside as chief judge. The trophies were designed by acclaimed Arizona painter and sculptor Ed Mell, who created them from a 1930s-vintage art deco toy car. They are being cast at Bollinger Atelier, a foundry in Tempe.
- The inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for Sunday, January 12, the start of collector-car auction week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.
- The Concours d’Elegance, held at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort and Hotel in Phoenix, opens to the public starting at 8:30 am
- The 77 select automobiles will be displayed and judged on the inner lawns of the Arizona Biltmore.
- Tickets for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance are now available at www.arizonaconcours.com.
- Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona.
For more information, see www.arizonaconcours.com.
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