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A $1 Million Idea


Aaron Weiss’s Hobby Gave Rise to the Ultra-Successful San Marino Motor Classic.

By Mitch Lehman

A saying attributed to a famous actor that is currently making its way through social media claims we are never really ready for anything – that if we wait for ideal conditions, we will never act.

Aaron Weiss lived out that axiom five years ago when launching the San Marino Motor Classic at Lacy Park, and – if the success of that event is any indicator – the words attributed to Hugh Laurie are indeed gold.

“A year ago you were ready to tar and feather me,” Weiss said this past spring while receiving the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of San Marino, the chief benefactor of the annual event. “This didn’t start out so well,” he added after the long, boisterous standing ovation eventually transitioned to rapt silence.

Since its inception, the event has raised more than $1 million, giving over $900,000 to charities. More than $500,000 has been donated to the Pasadena Humane Society alone. Approximately $140,000 has been placed in an endowment.

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