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Scenes from the San Marino Motor Classic

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Published on Sun, Jun 16, 2013

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

3rd Annual San Marino Motor Classic at Lacy Park (Sean Spear)

Words and pictures by Sean Spear Started as a successor to the Los Angeles Concours D’Elegance when it folded its tent in 2009, the San Marino Motor Classic at Lacy Park has truly come into its own. LA Car was on hand to once again document this impressive showcase for Brass Era, Depression Era, and Post War collectible cars.

Alfa Romeo is the featured marquee at the 3rd annual show (Sean Spear)

The sun came out early at Lacy Park in San Marino, California where approximately 4,000 spectators had the chance to get up close and personal with nearly 250 classic and modern cars. Proceeds from the event, initially estimated at $225,000, will benefit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, the Rotary Club of San Marino, and the Petersen Automotive Museum. There were 34 separate judging classes represented, with Alfa Romeo as the featured marquee this year. Alfa Romeo went on to do very well, winning three top awards including “Best In Show”. The Best In Show winner, a 1938 Alfa Romeo 2300B Superleggera, was actually featured in LA Car's article, Tired Iron Works.

An Auburn at the Motor Classic (Sean Spear)

In addition to the highlighted Alfa Romeos, Ferrari, Mercedes, Packard, Lincoln, Cadillac, and Delahaye were all well represented. But coveted cars from more recent times like Mustangs, Corvettes, 356’s, Thunderbirds, and Cobras also got to sit proudly on the parklawn. Aaron Weiss, chairman and co-founder of the event, observed, “With so many shows each year, it is hard to distinguish oneself. We try to make our presentation stand out.” Though ‘young’ by motorcar event standards, San Marino has successfully set itself apart.

American metal at Lacy Park (Sean Spear)

About 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, it is considered the successor to the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance. For more information, visit

An old Mercedes Benz 300S at the Motor Classic (Sean Spear)

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