Q: What is the purpose of the San Marino Motor Classic?

The San Marino Motor Classic: Design In Motion is an annual community event that brings increased public awareness of the history of the motor vehicle through a broad spectrum exhibition of historical automobiles from the early to mid-twentieth century. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA and the Rotary Club of San Marino, both of which are 501(c)3 non-profit charities. More Background information may be found here.

Q: How much does it cost to attend?

$25 for advanced ticket purchase; $30 for the day of the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

Q: What are the hours of the event?

Gates open at 9:00 AM, Sunday, June 10th. The event concludes at 3:00 PM the same day.

Q: Who are the sponsors of the San Marino Motor Classic?

The sponsors of the San Marino Motor Classic include Wells Fargo, Symes Cadillac, Haralamos Beverage Company, Interscape, Bob Wondries Ford, Maxstudio, Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, Great Matter, Pasadena Now, Bottle Shop, New Century BMW, Volkswagen Pasadena, Alhambra Volkswagen, Rusnak, Sage Automotive, and The Outlook.

Q: What awards will be given?

There will be seven awards given, plus a first, second and third place award given per class. Some of the prestigious awards this year include:

Best In Show - Pre-War
Best In Show - Post-War
Most Elegant – Closed Car
Most Elegant – Open Car
Mayor’s Trophy – Most Significant Race Car
Art Center College of Design – “Design in Excellence Award”
Rotary Trophy – Best Woody
Meguiar’s Trophy – Best Paint and Finish

Q: Who started the San Marino Motor Classic?

The Motor Classic was started in 2011 by co-founders Aaron Weiss, Ben Reiling and Paul Colony. It is the successor of the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance. The inaugural event was a hybrid event combining the Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic with a contemporary Concours d’Elegance.

Q: Who will be the Master of Ceremonies this year?

Car enthusiast and KABC 7’s Automotive Specialist Dave Kunz and Ed Justice, Jr. will be the Master of Ceremonies this year.

Q: Where will the San Marino Motor Classic be held?

The San Marino Motor Classic will take place at Lacy Park located at 1485 Virginia Road, San Marino, Calif., 91108. Lacy Park is an exclusive 30-acre park in the heart of San Marino. San Marino is also home to the world renowned Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens.

Q: How many classes will be showcased at the event?

To see the classes, please click here.

Q: What activities will occur during the event?

Food will be available for attendees. A Midway consisting of 15 trade booths will be available for spectators to purchase gift items. The day concludes with an awards ceremony.

Weekend Events:
Saturday, June 9, 2018: Gala Benefiting the USC Trojan Marching Band

For ticket pricing, address information, and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Q: Where should I park to go to the car show?

Parking is available on neighborhood streets surrounding the east entrance to the park. Tram stops are marked and a tram will circulate though the neighborhood picking up spectators at the marked Tram Stops located at the ends of north-south streets.

Q: Are donations accepted?

Yes, click here to make a donation, or donate during the event.

Q: Is my donation tax deductible?

The San Marino Motor Classic is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Deductions may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor regarding your deductibility.

Q: What is the San Marino Motor Classic?

The San Marino Motor Classic features a broad array of motorcars that span more than a century. Co-founded by Aaron Weiss, Paul Colony and Ben Reiling, the 2014 event featured 31 classes of select vehicles. It is the successor of the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance.

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