June 18, 2018 KahnMedia

1938 HISPANO-SUIZA H6B DUBONNET XENIA NAMED “BEST IN SHOW” AT 25TH RODEO DRIVE CONOURS D’ELEGANCE


Attended by more than 30,000 people, the annual Father’s Day event featured over 100 of the world’s rarest and most exotic cars ever built lining the exclusive Beverly Hills avenue.

Beverly Hills, Calif. (June 18, 2018) – A 1938 Hispano Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia owned by the Mullin Automotive Museum was awarded “Best of Show” honors at the 25th anniversary Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.

A Father’s Day tradition, the event welcomed more than 30,000 guests to Beverly Hills, offering dads and their families a chance to peruse a prestigious selection of vehicles from priceless classics to ultra-rare hypercars.

This year’s event was highlighted by a special display of approximately 50 silver cars, signifying the event’s 25th anniversary.  That collection included European classics, luxury sedans, muscle cars, and supercars, encompassing an entire block along Rodeo Drive.

“Our 25th anniversary celebration generated the largest turnout and the most spectacular cars ever…until next year, of course!” said Bruce Meyer, chairman of the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance. “I am especially proud of the diversity of the cars we had on display today, offering selections for every car enthusiast’s interest and passion.  It’s our goal to expose as many people as possible to both Beverly Hills and the world of car collecting.“

The “Best of Show”-winning Xenia was based on the Hispano-Suiza H6, incorporating modifications that included independent suspension designed by World War I flying ace, race car driver and Olympic athlete Andre Dubonnet. The Xenia’s Art Deco-themed hand-built coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik features teardrop-shaped wings and a sculpted cockpit.

In addition to its “best of show” selection, the 25th anniversary Concours d’Elegance recognized the following award-winners:

Mayor’s Award: Most Elegant
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Coupe
Vin Di Bona, owner

Chairman’s Award
1964 Porsche 904
Sam Yagi, owner

Icon Award: Timeless Classic
1964 Pontiac GTO
Tenney Fairchild, owner

Rodeo Drive Award: Most Stylish
1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
Kip Cyprus, owner

Police Chief’s Award: Life In The Fast Lane
1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Competition
Rusty West, owner

Beverly Hills Award: Most Unique
2009 Ruf CTR3
Phillip Sarofim, owner

Rodeo Drive Award: Most Fashionable
1965 Lamborghini 350GT
Doug Cohen, owner

Carroll Shelby Award: Most Sporting
1950 Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Berlinetta
Don Murray, owner

Steve McQueen Award: Classic Sports Car
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Ken Ciscek, owner

Precious Metal Award: Most Outstanding Silver Car
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II
Bill Feldhorn, owner

Most Passionate Enthusiast
Jim Hull

HVA Preservation Award
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe
Bruce Goldsmith, owner

From its beginnings at Beverly Hills High School to its emergence as a must-attend Father’s Day tradition, the Rodeo Drive Concours has become one of the most eagerly awaited annual events in Los Angeles. The event also hosted the Beverly Hills Police Foundation, a non-profit charity raising funds for officers and their families.


ABOUT RODEO DRIVE
Rodeo Drive is internationally recognized as the intersection of fashion and entertainment, an exceptional destination for both Southern California residents and visitors from around the globe. More than 100 distinguished retailers help create an unparalleled atmosphere only found on the three blocks of this famed drive. In addition to the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, Rodeo Drive also hostsdistinguished events throughout the year, including Runway to Rodeo, Celebrating Over 50 Years of Luxury®, the Beverly Hills Holiday Lighting Ceremony® and many more! For more information about Rodeo Drive, please visit www.rodeodrive-bh.com.