Westlake Village Concours d’Elegance February 21, 2016

Concours d’Elegance – competition of elegance – dates back to the 17th century French aristocracy who paraded horse drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during summer weekends.   The last time Cassie and I attend a Concours d’Elegance was in the late 70s on the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall at our alma mater Oakland University in Rochester Michigan.

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Now some 37 years later we find ourselves on the beautiful grounds of the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village California attending the third annual event hosted by Dole Food Company’s owner David Murdock.  The fund raising event helps support several charities, including Cornerstone Preschool in Agoura Hills, local YMCA chapters and the Peterson Automotive Museum.

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The cars were set among the grounds of the Oriental Gardens and offered guests an opportunity to inspect a collection of some of the most coveted vintage cars in the world.  One of my favorites was a 1953 Cadillac Series 62 with a body by Ghia. The other was a 1916  Stutz Model 4C Bearcat Raodster

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1928 packard 443 Eight Dietrich Coupe
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1930 la salle Fleetshire Phaeton
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1931 cadillac Model 355 Fleetwood
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1953 cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1941 cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan – Cassie’s favorite
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1961 aston-martin DB4 GT by Zagato
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1916 stutz Model 4C Bearcat Roadster

 

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1933 hispano-suiza J12 Cabriolet by Fernandez et Darrin

Guests enjoyed High Tea and with entertainment by Grammy Award wing jazz artists Russell Ferrante and Bob Mintzer

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