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Motor Classic Rides Back Into the Spotlight

Photos by Mitch Lehman – Though sidelined last year by the pandemic, the event returned with a fury and displayed the most cars in its history.

After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Marino Motor Classic came roaring back last weekend, luring what appeared to be thousands of visitors to the automobile exhibition at Lacy Park.
The 10th edition of the fast-growing event featuring collector cars in mint condition was buoyed by excellent weather and the fact that a year’s absence may have, indeed, made the heart grow fonder.

Photo courtesy San Marino Motor Classic Aaron and Valerie Weiss were able to take a brief lunch break at Sunday’s San Marino Motor Classic, the 10th renewal of the community event and fundraiser.

“This was certainly the largest show we have had,” said Aaron Weiss, the show’s co-founder. “We had 440 cars, which was above the number of cars we had at the 2019 show. We are still waiting for some numbers, but I can tell you that it was a success.” The event raises funds for charities from sources including sponsorships, ticket sales and entry fees.
Weiss said the addition of the Automotive Fine Arts Society’s exhibit and sale of paintings, statues and other artworks lent “pizazz and sophistication” to the event, as did the presence of some “amazing cars” that came from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held the week before. A gala held on Saturday night also set a record for attendance.
“Everything went off without a hitch and everyone went away happy,” said Weiss.
This year’s event hosted the Ferrari Club of America’s Concorso Ferrari, the Classic Car Club of America’s Southern California Region Grand Classic, Packards International Grand Salon and 30 additional classes. Entrants competed in 30 classes, including Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Porsche, Corvette and Mercedes-Benz, to name a few.
The San Marino Motor Classic is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that over the previous nine years awarded more than $2.3 million to its local charitable beneficiaries.
“This was a great thing for car enthusiasts and a great thing for the people of San Marino,” Weiss added. “It was seamless, flawless. We were very fortunate that the weather was nice and cool and that COVID didn’t affect us. It will take a while to reconcile the numbers, but it was a great event with a great crowd and great volunteers. Each year we move up a step or two.”

Chris Norgaard, Frank and Mary Haltom and Amy Zheng
Mayor Ken and Cathy Ude
Melody Chen, Shody Chow, Gilda Moshir and Denise Wadsworth
C. Joseph Chang, J.P. Mainguy and Frederick and Shwu Chang
Chloe Wang, Janice Lee McMahon and Jane Wang
Brian Campbell, Brent Sawyer and Mark Dondanville and Fire Chief Mario Rueda

Photos by Mitch Lehman

Now in his 25th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a 'Terrific Titan' by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. In 2015, the press box at Titan Stadium was re-named 'Lehman's Loft' in his honor. You can reach Mitch at mitchlehman@sanmarinotribune.com.

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