Cars, Cars, Cars

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Suzanne Kahane, Chairman of the 4th Annual Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance, with her husband Michael Kahane (left) and Aaron Weiss (right).

Suzanne Kahane, Chairman of the 4th Annual Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance, with her husband Michael Kahane (left) and Aaron Weiss (right).

Cars, cars and more cars. Some 350 magnificent and distinctive autos were everywhere at the 4th annual Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance presented by the Assistance League of Southern California at the Rose Bowl Stadium and adjacent Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena where ALSC President Judy Kloner and Chairman Susan Kahane did themselves proud. This area is certainly a mecca for car lovers, and where better than good old Southern California!
If you’ve had a passion for seeing them all, this was the perfect event, which has become the premiere Concours in Southern California, including horseless carriages dating from the early 1900’s, Italian Sports Cars, European and American classics from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, muscle cars of the 50’s and 60’s, roadsters and woodies, and many more categories. The horseless 1901 Locomobile, restored to elegant condition and entered by Frank and Ben Marrone of San Marino, was certainly an eye-catcher.
Other standouts and showstoppers were the Best in Show Pre-war award, given to the 1939 Bugatti Type 57C owned by Peter and Merle Mullin, and the Best in Show Post-war award collected by Ken and Ann Smith for their 1966 Rolls-Royce State Landaulette. Exciting finishes for the 40 classes of entries as the awards were announced at the Winners’ Circle by the official Master of Ceremonies, Dave McClelland. A lot of “whoopies” were heard as the prize names were called in each category including: European sports cars; exotic cars; a huge collection of Ferraris, hot rods and race cars; along with the Rolls-Royces, Aston Martins, Cobras, Jaguars and Bentleys.
Enjoying all the “oohs” and “ahhs” and celebration were Jana and Steve Cooley of Toluca Lake, Diane Hilty of Van Nuys, Beverly Irwin (Toluca Lake resident) and Alice Weston, resident of Valley Village.
The Assistance League of Southern California, which organized this Concours, also enjoyed a glorious cocktail kickoff the night before, hosted by Aaron Weiss at his Flying A Garage in Pasadena. And there’s more! At the Sunday event there was an optional VIP Pavillion, for an additional fee, which included admission, lunch and VIP parking as an extra bonus.
Making it all happen were the volunteers of the non-profit Assistance League of Southern California. ALSC presented a stellar event. With significant sponsorship of 8 dedicated auto industry names and community supporters, the proceeds of the event enables ALSC to continue their eight commendable community services, one of which provides day care for children and seniors, from very young children to frail adults. Also notable is the ALSC “Operation School On Wheels,” a 53 foot mobile trailer, which visits various schools K-12 in the LAUSD, fully outfitted, bringing clothing and personal grooming (uniforms, athletic clothing and backpacks) to children from impoverished families.
Enrollment for participation in the ALSC Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance begins in January through April, and is a year-round endeavor for the group of 25 volunteers, some of whom become volunteers with ALSC just to participate in this special event.
The Assistance League of Southern California, with all their successful and celebrated efforts, deserves a Blue Ribbon in the Winners’ Circle of good deeds for its 90 years of achievements and benefits to the Community at large. Cheers, ALSC, and congratulations! Let’s have more events like this one!

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