Where in the world can you see a few celebrities and lots of fabulous cars on any given day?
- Los Angeles, California.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- All of the above.
None of the above answers are wrong, but personally, I would go with number 3. Why? Because there are many rich and famous in both Los Angeles and Dubai, so you can’t go wrong with whichever answer you choose. But for today’s blog entry I am discussing something closer to me, geographically speaking. Beverly Hills and the well known streets Beverly Drive, Canon and (of course), Rodeo Drive.
So today I experienced a miracle, possibly from heaven. I was sitting outside at a Beverly Hills Restaurant on Canon Drive, enjoying blue skies, near 80 degree weather and watching the world drive by (just like in the movies). My mom asked me if there was any thing special parked on the street. I responded with a negative. Just the usual- a brand new Mercedes-Benz S400, a Jaguar XJ and a couple of Lexus’s (what IS the plural for Lexus? Lexcii?). And a Range Rover. Nothing special. My mom told me I was jaded. I didn’t know what jaded meant, so I looked it up. The definition for jaded is “dulled by surfeit.” That means dulled by too much. Sure, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a very nice car, but I have seen soooo many that it is just another MBZ. So I guess my mom was right about my being jaded.
Then, a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe (just a fancy name for a convertible) pulled up not 10 feet away from me. That was a mesmerizing sight. Then I saw THREE Rolls-Royces. Yes, that’s right! T-H-R-E-E, all the same model and color!! All within the hour and a half it took to eat. Only in L.A.!
I wanted to change the picture that TypePad had put up on my blog, so I went across the street and took some pictures of the Rolls-Royce. Then the owner came up to me and asked if I was taking pictures of it. Uh oh. I replied, yes, and he said to click away as he was not going anywhere in a hurry. I thanked him and was greatly relieved. It could have gone entirely the other way.
I also saw/heard about three Ferrari F430’s going down the street, but too fast for me to catch a picture of them. Surprise!! I also saw one getting towed. That makes for a bad day!
I saw quite a few Maybach’s. Maybach is owned by Mercedes-Benz, so they look similar to an S-Class. Many of the Maybach’s were being driven by the owners in t-shirts and shorts – this is L.A. after all! It is truly amazing how many Porsche Panamera’s I saw today. I estimated about 55-60, many of them white and a few chauffer-driven with the owners talking in the backseat on their iPhone 4G’s. One can also see plenty of Bentley Continentals in a parking garage. Bentleys are a dime a dozen here. Okay, well maybe I exaggerate a bit! But really, only in L.A.!
My Grandpa told me that there is a red Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport that parks regularly on Rodeo Drive. We looked, but no luck. I did see a Plymouth Prowler though. He told me a story about a tourist who was having his picture taken in front of the Bugatti and left his fingerprints all over it. The owner came out of a store steaming/screaming mad! That would have been something to see!
On the way up to my Grandma’s house in the Canyon, we pass by a house that parks their Maserati in the driveway sticking out onto the street, and their Porche on the street (which is narrow and twisty). They do this because they park their Bentley Arnage and Rolls-Royce Ghost in the garage! Only in L.A. do you park your Maserati on the street! Up the street, their neighbor parks his Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 on the street. Before it used to be a Bentley Continental. Maybe it was too slow for him. Can you believe it? Really, only in L.A.!!
One day I will tell you about the game my sister and I play where we count the number of times we see a given car over the course of a day. We have come up with some wild numbers. You know what I am going to say. Only in L.A. And really, you’ve got to love it! I LOVE L.A.
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7 thoughts on “Only in L.A. (or the unbelievable cars of Beverly Hills, CA)”
If I hadn’t seen all these cars with you, it would be hard to believe. But, as you said, “only in L.A.!” Love your post.
Wow! Candler, what a lively and authentic “voice” you have in your writing. It really brings the dazzling streets of L.A. to life for the northerners.We will be following your blog and looking forward to more…
Wow, now we need a whole new dictionary to learn about what cars you saw!! Its a new language! Thanks for educating us.
Cyntia and the girls
This site totally rocks our gear-head world.
We want PICTURES too !
Keep up the great work – you grease monkey *******
You are right on the money about Beverly Hills and Dubai. I grew up in BH and just returned from Dubai and saw everything we see in BH and then some. I enjoyed reading about your observations.
Wow Candler! It’s awesome!
Dang, now I wish I hadn’t been sick that day!! I am sure you were in high heaven!