Our 50 favorite cars from the San Marino Motor Classic


When the San Marino Motor Classic changed dates last year to fall on the weekend after Monterey Car Week, locals wondered how attendees would handle San Marino’s summer heat, which is usually in the 1970s. 90 superior. So far, they didn’t have to worry. Aaron Weiss, event chairman, has it under control.

“We’re anticipating a great day,” Weiss said as he drove around the show in his president’s golf cart. “Temperatures are going to be in the 80s, which for this time of year in San Marino is low.” Can Weiss actually control the weather? Does he have a sponsorship deal with a higher power?

“Yes,” he said. “I told someone the other day that I was very spiritual, and they said, ‘Well, I don’t think so.’ And I said, “Well, I drink a lot of liquor.”

Anyway, the weather was as good as the 500 cars. The center of San Marino’s massive 31-acre Lacy Park lawn has been taken over by Concorso Ferrari of the Ferrari Club of America Southwest Region. Next door, local Ferrari collector David SK Lee had another fantastic group of all-yellow Ferraris: an F40, an F50, an Enzo and a modern Tour de France, among others. The Porsche Club of America had the southwest corner of the park but could have used a little more space. The Classic Car Club of America parked at the west end of the lawn—their collection anchored by Weiss’ Murphy-Bodied Duesenberg fresh off second-in-class at Pebble (“First-in-class won Best of Show,” Weiss pointed out). And everywhere you turned there was something cool about wheels, including automotive art.

So far ahead of this year’s show, the Motor Classic has raised more than $2.8 million for various local charities, from the Pasadena Humane Society to Cancer Support Community Pasadena. And it only costs $35 to enter. Compare that to anything at Pebble!

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