Drivin’ L.A. with Andrew Chen: Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance

Every Father’s Day, for the past 20+ years, all types of exotic and vintage cars have gathered on the famed street of shopping and opulence in Beverly Hills for the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

Presented by the Rodeo Drive Committee in conjunction with the city of Beverly Hills, this annual car show welcomes thousands of automotive enthusiasts, young and old, to experience the best of the best on four wheels. It’s a great way to spend some time with good ol’ pops and take in some beautiful works of art, as well as cultivate a passion for the automobile in the younger generation. I love seeing children, their parents, and their grandparents sharing and enjoying a mutual love of cars.

And because this event is so prestigious and well-produced, many manufacturers have debuted products here in the past — Jaguar launched the all-new XJ model here in 2010, and in 2013, private jet manufacturer Learjet showed off their latest Learjet 85 model to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

This year’s highlights include a McLaren P1 in a custom purple and orange spec from the British automaker’s in-house MSO (McLaren Special Operations) design team, a 1960’s Jaguar E-Type Series 1, a Porsche 919 Hybrid LeMans race car, and the brand-spanking-new McLaren 720S, to name a few.

I wasn’t able to attend this year because I was at a wedding in the desert (more on that in next week’s column!), but a lot of my car enthusiast friends went, and thankfully have a ton of photos to show for it.

Check out some of the immaculate and very expensive cars that were on display at the 24th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

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