Have you been to SUNSET GT? It’s nuts…

Malibu is like the central hub for automotive coolness. We know this. We live this.

We commit to gratitude and appreciation for the things we have and the beauty our little town exudes. And having been in Malibu since 1980 myself, I’ve amassed a large scope for car events near us.

As the car dude of Malibu, I have made it my obligation to bring you the goods. Case in point, another cars and coffee event you may have missed that slam bams the Hollywood car theme to the hilt. Oh, yes.

This week, I had a chance to hit Sunset GT in Hollywood. I went with another Malibuite in a couple Jaguars. When we got there, we found that the Mercedes, BMWs and Porsches were forced to park in the lower lot, leaving room up top for the Ferraris, Lambos, Bentleys … and anything else that sounded expensive.

I find it interesting that many car events offer opportunities for those with high-end cars to buy them at a dealer and have them literally delivered to the event. Seriously, some cars were trucked in, the drivers not having even driven them yet. It was nuts! Now, I’m not trying to be judgmental here. If you love cars, then do whatever creams your Twinkie. Get me?

But the highlight of the show didn’t have to do with any of the cars I previously mentioned. About halfway through the show, the crowd of over 1,000 people, most being under 25, suddenly gasped as a Banana Yellow Bugatti entered the show. Although the car’s top speed is a whopping 257 miles per hour, it slipped through the crowd at about 1 mph due to the camera phones going off like machine guns.

The car was a 2017 Bugatti Chiron, driven by Tilly’s CEO Hezy Shaked. I interviewed Hezy a short while later for my show, and he was humble, excited to be there and even more excited that the car was putting so many smiles on everyone’s faces. It should, as the car’s price tag is over $5 million.

People and their cars. It’s an amazing experience to see how committed they are to owning, building, designing or restoring something glorious. The lot was filled with about 350 cars, totaling an easy $200 million. That’s a very serious Hollywood event going on, folks.

But as I left in my cheaper Jaguar SVR (the world’s fastest Jag, by the way), I couldn’t help but think that with all of these people living in LA, my friend and I were probably the only ones going back to Malibu. I swear that even if I were driving a 1985 Ford Fairmont with the doors falling off, I’d still have a smile on my face going back to this town. Can you relate? When the rest of LA is heading home from their jobs and going through Malibu, we get to stay, and it’s wonderful. But it’s not about being wealthy or trying to impress others. It’s about the choice to appreciate beauty, peace and that your life is based on the quality of your decisions.

It was an amazing show and I recommend you experience it. Just don’t expect to leave early, as you won’t be able to escape. If you try, you’ll end up on 32,000 YouTube channels for being that guy. Just have fun and know you’ll be coming home to the ’Bu soon.

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