People, I know this may be hard to believe, but I am a better photographer than I am a writer. "What? Nahhh, p'shaw I say," is what you're most likely saying to the inanimate object in front of your face. However, it's all true (sad face emoji) and what makes it worse is that I'm not even that good of a photographer!
For those few that haven't smashed their phones or monitors in disgust and/or disbelief, please read on.
I haven't written about car shows for a while, so I shall blame writers block and not at all the quality time I've been sharing with my PS4. However, after I was able to schmooze my way into the 2016 Greystone Concours d'Elegance in Beverly Hills, I felt the need to brag to all three people that will read this article....make that two, my mom said she's busy.
As you may have gathered from the title, this Concours event takes place at the prestigious Greystone manor in Beverly Hills. So for my first ever jaunt to the manor, as well into Beverly Hills, I knew I was starting off on the right foot. There's a plastic surgery joke in there somewhere, I'm sure of it.
I probably spent at least twenty minutes in the Alfa Romeo section taking photos, smiling like an idiot and casually wiping drool off my camera. The classic Alfa presence was dominant at the concours as well as the Porsche contingency (insert WWII joke here), it was great seeing so many old, rare cars show up in force ( that one wrote itself).
One of the best parts about being able to attend a car event like this is the authenticity. "But dude, you're in Beverly Hills," I can hear you thinking, but hear me out. I'm at least 95% sure that all of the cars at the Concours were real and that none of them were replicas. That the majority of the owners actually hopped into their six figure classic car and drove it through the terrible streets of California (your roads suck Cali) to park it so strangers could drop their Iphones onto the windshield while trying to take a selfie. Did that happen? I don't know, but then again I wasn't expecting to see Jay Leno (and I did) and I really wasn't expecting to see him in a denim shirt. I thought it was just a gimmick he did for his car show.
The high lite for myself, however, was not seeing a denim clad Leno in the wild. No sir-ee-bob, it was seeing a perfectly maintained, cherry red Toyota 2000GT and speaking to the owner about it and some of his past vehicles, like the '71 Toyota Celica he rolled over. Ahhh, memories!
Now was this 2000GT the greatest thing at the show? A sane person would say, "No, there were too many amazing vehicles to pick a single favorite". An insane person would say, "No, Jay Leno's denim shirt told me there are better cars in the sewers". Myself? Well, I guess I wouldn't have mind taking a look in the sewers. Leno's shirt IS a producer for his show after all, but the cars up top had me enthralled.
Concours shows range in price: from free (Rodeo Drive Concours) to $375 (Pebble Beach cheap tickets). The Greystone show falls in the "mid"-range at $100 which gives you up close access to collector level vehicles, vendors, free coffee and, most importantly, free food. Yeah you read that right: FREE FOOD. I'm talking buffet style BBQ chicken and ribs with fixins'. So if you factor in a $30 all-you-can-eat, it's a $70 collectors show, not bad.
It's a four hour drive from Vegas for me to see this show, but the opportunity to see exquisite vehicles, speak with collectors, shove free BBQ into my food hole and stalk Jay Leno may be well worth the drive.