Self-made Billionaire David H. Murdock, the Chairman and CEO of Dole and Castle and Cooke, rarely opens his doors to the esteemed property, making this quite the holiday weekend treat. From the motor vehicle enthusiast to the food and wine conniseur, the Ventura Farms Concours has something for everyone. This event will feature special performances and tours of the estate's gardens. Also highlighted, especially for the St. Patrick's holiday, will be premium food, wine and beer stations, as well as Irish Whiskey and spirits. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Westlake Village Park and YMCA.
This distinguished event will feature vintage automobiles from various prominent museums and collectors. Additional special exhibitions include Historic/Celebrity Cars, as well as dealer displays featuring Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini vehicles.
A 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Streamline Saloon will be among the show highlights. This one-off design, originally owned by Sir Henry Royce, is a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Winner. Other historic/celebrity highlights of the show will include a 1936 Packard Phaeton (owned by Joseph Stalin), 1932 Plymouth Brewster Town Car (owned by Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt), 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible (a gift to Jean Peters from Howard Hughes) and various automobiles from the Carroll O'Connor Estate (All in the Family) including a 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III from the Paris Auto Salon and a 1962 Maserati 3200GT (owned by O'Connor since new). Featured vehicles will include a rare 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis, 1937 Mercedes Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet A (both Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Winners), 1929 Auburn 8-120 Boattail Speedster, 1931 Marmon 16 LeBaron Convertible Sedan and a 1930 Stutz Monte Carlo Fabric Body (one of three ever made).
The private estate, Ventura Farms, is a 2,200-acre ranch featuring various gardens such as the Family Garden, Secret Garden, English Garden, Rose Garden, Grand Allee of Thai Sculptural Boulders; mined from the River Kwai in Thailand, and Redwood Allee. A herd of Santa Gertrudis cattle, Reindeer, Kashmir sheep, Arabian horses and about 800 Koi in a large lake are part of the estates zoological interests. Fascinating architectural beauty abounds, such as the Chinese Scholar House, Sound of Water Pavilion, Poet's House, Japanese Tea House and an 18,000 sq. ft. Conservatory that houses over 25,000 orchids.
This is an unprecedented opportunity to venture behind the gates of a world famous estate rarely seen by the public not only for a car show, but also for a charitable cause.