Rodeo Drive concours: fabulous favorites, and free

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1947 Delahaye 135 MS Vedette roadster by Chapron and 1935 Voisin C27 Aerosport
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Barker Tourer on Rodeo Drive | Larry Crane photos
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Barker Tourer on Rodeo Drive | Larry Crane photos

Rodeo Drive. Beverly Hills, California, home to the purveyors of all the good stuff — no, the really good stuff — and the Father’s Day, Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

What passes as a program is a slick tabloid called, with no irony, Beverly Hills Style.

According to Marcia Wilson Hobbs, editor and publisher of the special edition and its parent Beverly Hills Courier and ardent supporter of her village’s best car show, the Style edition includes pages on arts, culture, beauty, fashion, health and fitness, cuisine, philanthropy and entertaining — and three packed pages of local summer events — not the least of which is the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

Ms. Hobbs remembers being on the ground floor of the event 24 years ago, actually below the ground floor, in the basement of “Salvatore Ferragamo,” sharing a table with Massimo Ferragamo and Bruce Meyer, a devoted SoCal car culture participant and Rodeo Drive merchant.

Southern California is car-guy heaven, but few locations on earth use that term to cover such a broad range of enthusiasms, innovations, craftsmanship and characters.

Father’s Day on Rodeo Drive is a catalog — encyclopedia — of everything we love about cars — and everyone is there to share it all — and it’s free, even the parking.

Photos by Larry Crane

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Larry Crane has been an automotive literature aficionado from childhood. Car books and magazines represented most of his reading experience. He moved to Southern California in his early twenties to be close to his favorite cars. After a WestPac stint in the Navy, he was offered a position redesigning Motor Trend magazine. Then, for Steve Earle, he created America's first vintage road racing magazine as both editor and designer. FromVintage Racer he joined Road & Track and then David E. Davis Jr., asked him to help create a new kind of car magazine, Automobile. After 12 years, Crane took his family back to Los Angeles to create his dream magazine, AUTO Aficionado, which attracted an impressive cadre of the most influential members of the collector car hobby until the national economy made that one impossible to continue.