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San Marino Motor Classic Returns for 10th Year

Published on Apr 21, 2021

(Image courtesy San Marino Motor Classic)


The San Marino Motor Classic car show is slated to return to Lacy Park in August for a tenth lap to raise money for local charities.

The event will take place on Aug. 21 and 22 at the park, 1485 Virginia Road, organizers said in a written statement.

“The Motor Classic, as a non-profit, has over the last nine years, awarded over $2,300,000 to our local charitable beneficiaries,” the statement said. Proceeds from this year’s festivities will benefit groups including Pasadena Humane, the Rotary Club of San Marino, and Cancer Support Community Pasadena.

Exhibitors will include the Ferrari Club of America’s Concorso Ferrari, the Classic Car Club of America’s Southern California Region Grand Classic, and Packards Internationals Grand Salon, as well as 30 other classics, including Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Porsche, Corvettes, and Mercedes-Benz.

San Marino Mayor Ken Ude said he was glad to see the tradition return.

“Over the past 10 years, the San Marino Motor Classic has grown to be a premier event that showcases the elegance of classic cars in the beauty of San Marino’s Lacy Park. The city is proud to be a co-sponsor of this premier concourse-level exhibition,” he said.

And it’s not just car enthusiasts who benefit.

Rotary Club of San Marino President Aaron Gil said the show has been a major supporter of the organization.

“The Rotary Club of San Marino’s partnership with the San Marino Motor Classic throughout the years has allowed us to raise and disburse over $620,000,” Gil said. “These vital funds have been utilized by our club to fund projects in San Marino, the greater community and across the world.”

President and CEO of Pasadena Humane, another longtime beneficiary of the San Marino Motor Classic, said the event has raised more than $1 million in funding for the shelter, “and has allowed us to save thousands of animals in our community.”

Cancer Support Community Pasadena has also found support from the Motor Classic crucial to its work, according to Executive Director Patricia Ostiller.

“Cancer Support Community Pasadena is honored to once again be a beneficiary of the incredible generosity of [event co-founders] Aaron and Valerie Weiss and the San Marino Motor Classic,” she said. “SMMC’s  support has been a critical source of funding for the programs we provide free of charge to  families in our community facing cancer, especially now during this continuing pandemic.”

More than 400 “mint condition” classic cars are expected to be on hand, along with vendors and food trucks.

The San Marino Motor Classic will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 22. General admission in advance is $30 per person, with children 12 and under free. Ticket prices increase to $35 on the day of the event.

Cars will be on display throughout the day, and awards will be handed out at 1:30 p.m.

VIP tickets are also available for $125 per person, which also include a gourmet lunch and access to a VIP area.

The free “Cars and Chronographs” exhibit is slated to precede the car show on Aug. 21, according to organizers.

“View a selection of exotic Ferraris and a collection of automobile themed watches at  Hing Wa Lee Jewelers, 1635 S. Del Mar Ave., San Gabriel,” according to the statement. Light refreshments will be served.

A free gallery featuring the latest works of renowned automotive artists, as well as offering pieces for sale, will take place between 4 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 21 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Lacy Park.

And the “Symphony of Cars Gala” at Lacy Park will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 21, according to SMMC. The cost is $250 per person, which also includes general admission to the car show.

“There will be complimentary valet parking, a hosted bar and dinner,” the statement said. “Fifteen cars will be presented and Gary Tole and the Legends of Swing Orchestra will play music of their era.”

More information, as well as ticket sales, can be found on the event website at

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