It was a sunny day in L.A. and I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to spend a Sunday than at the beautiful, historic Greystone Mansion checking out gorgeous vintage cars. There were rows and rows of automobiles - everything from a 1928 La Salle 303 Roadster, to a 1934 Voisin C27 Aerosport, to a 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt. There were Packards, Porsches, Ferraris, Jaguars, Corvettes, and Mercedes-Benz’ from various years. Unique autos were also on display like the 1953 Allard J2X, the 1949 Austin Atlantic Drophead, and the 1903 Cadillac that resembled a buggy. Of course, my favorites were the 1965 289 Cobra, the 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, the 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500, the 1965 Mustang Fastback, and the 1957 Thunderbird. Good thing Lisa from RackedLA was there to keep me distracted because if I had a few glasses of champagne I would have found myself the proud but poor owner of the 1957 Thunderbird.
There was also a section dedicated to vintage and unique motorcycles – ranging from an 1899 De Deion Bouton Tri to a 2008 Benelli TREK – 1130 Amazonia.
In addition to checking out the sweet rides guests also had the opportunity to tour the estate and listen to guest lectures. A marketplace was set up inside the 55 room mansion with vendors selling fine jewelry, art, vintage toys, automobilia, and some really cool purses made out of wood. Lawry’s provided a very nice spread and there was plenty of beer (Stella Artois), margaritas, (Asombroso Fine Tequila), Bloody Marys, (Blue Angel Vodka), and wine (Jaffe Estate Wines) to go around.
Built by the Doheny family in 1928 the Greystone estate is comprised of 18 acres of land. The grounds are spectacular, the architecture is gorgeous, and the view is stunning. Check out their website, http://www.greystonemansion.org/, for more information on special events and tours and be sure to mark your calendar for May 6th 2012 because that is when the 3rd annual Concours d’ Elegance is scheduled to take place.
Narrative and photos by Nikki Neil