Alternative Energy Classics at the 2009 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance
“From the display of luxurious, cutting-edge automobiles to the world-renowned fashion boutiques, Rodeo Drive offers something for everyone to enjoy on Father’s Day,” said Bruce Meyer, co-chair of the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.
As any car selection has its highlights, the alternative-fuel cars on display at the Concours have their own. The 1915 Detroit Electric - Brougham Model 61 has no conventional internal combustion engine, gearbox or chain drive, and was originally purchased by wealthy women looking for a simple, but elegant car for short trips.
The 1957 BMW Isetta is said to be the best microcar of its time. The vehicle uses the power from a BMW motorcycle that was 298 cc in size, air cooled, four-stroke, single cylinder and produced no more than 13 horsepower.
The Sparrow is a single seat, electric full speed freeway commuter vehicle secured on three wheels. Unlike the hybrids today, the vehicle is fully electric.
The most recent built vehicle to be showcased is a 2001 M-Pulse Solar-Powered Racer, which won the 2001 American Solar Challenge race, from Chicago to L.A. The vehicle uses only the sun’s energy for power, generated by hundreds of photovoltaic cells that cover the upward facing surfaces of the fiberglass body.
This year’s Concours, free and open to the public, will take place on June 21, from 10AM to 4PM, in Beverly Hills. The event, sponsored by Brooks Brothers, Tag Heuer, David Orgell and Ferrari Maserati of Beverly Hills among others, will have more than 100 exotic cars showcased on Rodeo Drive, north of Wilshire Boulevard.