To introduce McLaren’s new road car, the MP4-12C, to LA’s top car collectors and enthusiasts, British exotic automaker has partnered with The Auto Gallery to open a dealership in Beverly Hills, and hosted a grand opening to draw LA’s car world to the new showroom. The MP4-12C is McLaren’s first road vehicle since their collaboration with Mercedes Benz to produce the McLaren Mercedes SLR. McLaren CEO Ron Dennis, based in London, flew in to explain this to the crowd which included: Bruce Meyer — who has one of the largest car collections in L.A. and founded the 1199 Foundation, David Sydorick — board member of Petersen Museum’s Checkered Flag Club whose car collection is easily worth 100M, Jay Leno — who keeps many cars from his vast collection stored in the Petersen vault, Ron Burkle — local billionaire and current resident of Greenacres estate, and car collectors Tonya & Jim Hull who live in Malibu and are also a part of the Checkered Flag Club. Also at the party, Mark Alfano — who runs Michael Hammer’s car collection (now based in Montecito since Michael moved it from his Culver City building which he now rents to RM Auctions for their space … Mark was en route to Las Vegas for a motorcycle auction and then the Scottsdale car auction which will set the tone for the rest of the car auction for the entire year — he will be looking for new additions for Michael’s collection). #TruffleNotes: Michael Hammer is Amie Hammer’s dad!
Also not to be excluded from the list of attendees was Philippe Cousteau — the grandson of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, with his girlfriend E! News host Ashlan Gorse and Gorse’ publicist Zack Tanck. Amber Cohen — avid car enthusiast Checkered Flag member, Ron Giger — genreal manager of the The Auto Gallery, Alan Johnson — current president of the historic L.A. Tennis Club who personally oversaw club renovations in 2010 with wife Kristina Johnson, , Dr. Gabriel & Christine Chiu, Tony Schwartz — co-founder of The Auto Gallery, investor Tyson Park, Nick Frankel of My Yacht Monaco, Malibu resident Hines who has the lock on distributing Gemballa for Porsche in North American, ex-Beverly Hills Ferrari manager Bryant Kreaden who now runs Beverly Hills Astin Martin, and McDreamy aka Patrick Dempsey, or as I like to say Ronnie Miller.
McLaren owner and car collector Jay Leno opens the party by speaking to the crowd
Jay Leno and McLaren CEO Ron Dennis talk about the history of McLaren
Footage from the McLaren Beverly Hills launch party