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Monday, June 18, 2012

British cars and motorcycles grace Rodeo Drive 90210

Happy Father's Day: My daughter Erin poses in front of a Berkeley sports car.
"Are these childrens' cars?" my wife Bonnie asked.

I've written about Berkeley sports cars, some of which were powered by Royal Enfield motorcycle engines. But I'd never actually seen one until Bonnie and my daughter Erin took me to the "British Are Coming" car and motorcycle show on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Father's Day.

They are really small. Erin stood in front of the Berkeley at the show to demonstrate. It made the original Minis beside it look reasonably sized. Quite a trick.

We'd gone to see the British motorcycles, of which there were only 19, but I couldn't resist looking at the cars, too. Check out the pictures below from the 2012 Rodeo Drive Concours D'Elegance:

Aston Martin was the featured marque: "Destored" DB2.

Your author photographs a 1928 Brough Superior.

A curious spot for an oil cooler.

The headlight nacelle was your dashboard: 1961 Norton Dominator.

Ready to ride.

1913 Triumph barn find was only one that didn't glisten.

Ariel Square Four motor in a 1953 Norton frame.

That British attitude is evident in every vehicle.

Rodeo Drive, storied shopping street.

1913 Triumph luggage: just big enough for your tools.

1947 Triumph 1800; did it shine like this when it was new?

The winner, a 1926 Scott Flying Squirrel once owned by Steve McQueen.

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