Motor Classic Helps Drive Charity June 10

The eighth San Marino Motor Classic this weekend aims to continue building on the success of prior years, with planners scheming to unite a love of the automobile with that of charity.
“Each year, I think we’ve done the best that we can do, and then the next year comes along and we do better,” said Aaron Weiss, co-founder of the Motor Classic, in a phone interview. “We’ve got more cars coming from all over the country than have come before.”
Car enthusiasts are sure to feel right at home at the Motor Classic, which will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in Lacy Park. Weiss said he expects around 350 mint-condition collector cars and supercars to be showcased this year, including some of local resident David Lee’s Ferrari collection and, notably, 10 of late actor Paul Newman’s collection of racecars.
Guests can park on the streets surrounding Lacy Park, and there will be tram stops on Euston Road and Monterey Road to shuttle people to and from the park. Twelve gourmet food trucks will be there, alongside 40 other vendors, including one providing free pin-striping for small items. Dogs also are welcome at the Motor Classic.
Tickets are $25 if ordered in advance online — sanmarinomotorclassic.com — and $30 at the door. Additional donations are accepted and the Motor Classic serves as a fundraiser for the Pasadena Humane Society, the San Marino Rotary Foundation and the USC Trojan Marching Band.
VIP tickets are $125 and include access to the VIP tent and a VIP food service beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Weiss said the past seven events raised a total of $1.6 million for those charities.
“All of the vital signs are strong and I anticipate a pretty successful event,” Weiss said. “We are doing better each year. I won’t say it gets easier, but it’s always interesting who comes through. Sometimes this money comes from places you’d never dreamt of.”
Vehicles from each of the event’s 31 classes will be awarded first, second and third place. Additional awards include Best in Show (for pre- and post-war models), Most Elegant (for closed and open cars), Most Significant Racecar, and awards for design, paint and finish. The awards ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m.
The Symphony of Cars Gala, which directly benefits the Trojan Marching Band, will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, also at Lacy Park. Tickets are $250 and include general admission to the Motor Classic on Sunday and can also be purchased on the website.
The Motor Classic was founded in 2011 by Weiss, Ben Reiling and Paul Colony as a successor to the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance and is considered the premier regional auto exhibit in the San Gabriel Valley.

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