Headed to the Rodeo

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by strolling down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. As it happened, Sunday was the Rodeo Drive Concours.

OK, full disclosure – this was not a chance meeting. We took a 4 day holiday from the blast furnace that is summer in Phoenix to hang out in milder climes with the beautiful people.  And we were hoping against hope that the LaFerrari would make an appearance.

No such luck.  We did see Bugatti no. 5.  We also saw our first non-auction 288GTO. As shows go, it was a filtered, condensed version of the monthly Cars and Coffee Hookers and Squirrels “Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering.”  (Not the Penske sponsored crapfestthe real one.) Smaller than the Windgate festival of speed.  Like both, it was strafed by similarly cool machines that didn’t want to linger.

Bugatti Bijan Veyron
Bugatti Bijan Veyron

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Not even Mom

could love this, the ugliest car in the collection at the Imperial Palace

1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Saloon
LSD is a helluva “designer” drug.
1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Saloon
Marty Feldman, car stylist.
1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Saloon
Spirit of Ecstasy. or Spirit of Dick?

1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Saloon
Terlingua Racing Team? Or did pussy get a load of the front end?

1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Saloon
A hundred different Astons Martin are laughing their fool heads off.

1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Saloon
Why “Saloon”?  Because booze, and keep it coming.

The factory records of this Vignale bodied Silver Wraith Rolls-Royce shows it to be the only one produced. Built on a long wheelbase chassis Custom ordered by Joseph Maschuch of New York, this long wheel base chassis went to Alfredo Vignale Coachworks in Italy and was finished in spring 1955. There were many unique special features ordered by Maschuch on this car like; the engine block, head, dynamo, starter, air cleaner, carburetor, and inlet manifold were to be painted green. The rocker cover was to be highly polished. All visible pipes under the hood were to be chrome plated. The front seats were electric operated and the radio was a Becker Mexico. Under the back seat is a toilet that was only used to keep the champagne chilled. It was also equipped with a full bar and a television.

1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Saloon
Worst Nash Rambler ever.
1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Saloon
Or is t a Turnpike Cruiser?
1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith Vignale Saloon
The only good view