The San Marino Motor Classic: Design in Motion Returns August 22

  • story by David M. Brown
  • posted on 06/2021
  • posted in: Newswire

More than 400 classic cars will compete in 45 classes at the 10th edition of The San Marino Motor Classic, Sunday, August 22, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., at Lacy Park, 1485 Virginia Road, in San Marino, California.

“Our annual community event brings increased awareness of the history of the motor vehicle through a broad-spectrum exhibition of historical automobiles from the early- to mid-twentieth century,” says Aaron Weiss, who founded the 501(c)3 not-for-profit event in 2011 with Ben Reiling and Paul Colony.

“It is a concours event with objective judging that attracts some of the finest cars from some of the best-known collectors in both Southern California and throughout the country,” he explains.


Cars will compete in 45 classes at the 30-acre park with class awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. To close the event on Sunday, two Best in Shows Award will be given and approximately 16 special awards.

The judges are from various groups depending on the car class, he explains. “FCA judges judge the Ferrari Classes and CCCA judges judge all C Classes, and some judges come from marque car clubs.” Car enthusiast and KABC 7’s automotive specialist, Dave Kunz, and Ed Justice, Jr. will share master of ceremony honors.

The weekend offers a full schedule of activities.


An Automotive Fine Arts Society Art Expo takes place Saturday afternoon in the park, August 21, 4–6 p.m. and Sunday, August 22, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is free on Saturday, and the event is open to only paid spectators and exhibitors on Sunday.

The Symphony of Cars Gala Benefiting Cancer Support Community Pasadena concludes Saturday’s events, 6– 9:30 p.m. This includes a display of 12 select cars as an orchestra plays a score from the model year of the car, a hosted bar and gourmet dinner with paired wines ($250/person).

On Sunday, a VIP luncheon is available at $125/person. Food will also be available at a midway, where 15 trade booths will also offer gift items.


Proceeds benefit two 501(c)3 nonprofit charities: the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA and the Rotary Club of San Marino.

Admission is $30 pre-event and $35 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Online tickets can be purchased at