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Very few places in the country offer the ambience, mystic and elegance of the Rodeo Drive Concours D’Elegance. The backdrop of beautiful palm trees bowing over the likes of Tiffiny’s, Gucci, Armani, and dozens of other high end retailers, surrounded by the land of celebrities, royalty and riches makes for an automotive display that is as picturesque and eventful as it is priceless. Although the show spans only three blocks from Santa Monica Blvd. to Wilshire Blvd. it is a feast for the eyes and the palate.

Cars are brought in specifically for this annual event from across the land. Participants include Auto Gallery, Beverly Hills Porsche, Beverly Hills Ferrari, Auctions America, Alfa Romeo, the Peterson Automotive Museum, Gooding Company Auctioneers as well as a variety of offerings from a variety of high end collectors who bring there finest pedigreed vehicles for public display.

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I get there every year at the break of dawn to capture the excitement before the crowds bury the pavement and create a moving pedestrian traffic jam.This year’s entries spanned decades of automotive history starting with a 1922 Dodge which was the basis for the late George Barris’s famed Beverly Hillbillies Hot Rod. From there one could peruse a 1929 Packard, a 1930 Stutz, a 1931 Cadillac or a 1936 Bugatti. Every where you looked crafted sheet metal from the likes of: Mercedes Benz; MG; Jaguar; Lotus; Chevy; Aston Martin; Ferrari; Porsche; Lamborghini and assorted other vintage and dream provoking specialty cars dotted the landscape. If you looked closely you might find a Bugatti Veryon outside of Bijan’s flagship store or perhaps your favorite Porsche parked in the private driveway of 2 Rodeo.

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Add to the mix street vendors and food trucks filled with Gelati, designer cupcakes and more all of which was acoustically enhanced by dozens of hidden speakers playing just the right mix of ear candy to drown out the ooos and ahs of the crowd. Surround this by the comfort of knowing that you are safe within the subtle fortress of security provided by the very capable Beverly Hills Police Department and you have a day which any car enthusiast or avid people watcher would envy.

For those of you that couldn’t make it and harbor deep regrets, I offer my sympathy, however hopefully the following slide show will give you a glimpse of unabashed perfection.

Turn up the volume and view our 6 minute slide show

Note: Slideshow created by Photodex ProShow Producer – Recipient of The PCQ Review Editor’s Choice Award

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