Cavallinos Rampantes
David Lee's Cavallinos Rampantes at San Marino Motor Classic 2016

San Marino Motor Classic 2016 – Report and Photos

The San Marino Motor Classic: Design in Motion held its annual event on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Lacy Park in San Marino, California. Over 250 cars were displayed on the lawns of the beautiful 30-acre park, ranging from brass-era, depression-era classics, post-war luxury, sports cars, hot rods, race cars, exotics and rare cars from the last century.

In its sixth year, the Motor Classic featured 35 classes of cars, which included examples from Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Packard, Cadillac, Jaguar, Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza and Rolls-Royce. Entrants competed in their respective classes with judging taking place at the end of the day for the seven awards that were given, plus 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards given per class.

The Best in Show Post War award at the San Marino Motor Classic 2016 went to the 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupe owned by Vin and Erika DiBona, while the Nethercutt Collection’s 1930 Rolls-Royce Town car was awarded Best in Show Pre-War. Other notable winners included the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing owned by Tom Burniston; 1936 Auburn 852 S/C Boattail Speedster owned by Gordon Logan; 1963 Porsche 356 Super 90 Coupe owned by Bill Clevenger and the 1972 Ferrari 246 Dino owned by Michael Lowenstam.

Ferrari collector David Lee had an impressive display on the park lawn with his supercar line up that included some of Maranello’s finest: 1985 288 GTO, 1990 F40, 1995 F50, 2003 Enzo and the 2014 La Ferrari. A stunning sight of red Prancing Horses that proved very popular with those who attended.

Car enthusiast and local TV station KABC 7’s Automotive Specialist Dave Kunz and racing royalty Ed Justice, Jr. emceed this year’s event. Throughout the day, attendees were tempted by the culinary creations of the several food trucks along with a midway of trade booths for spectators to purchase gift items.

The San Marino Motor Classic was established in 2011 by co-founders Aaron Weiss, Ben Reiling and Paul Colony is held in Lacy Park, an exclusive 30-acre park in San Marino. It is the successor of the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance. In its inaugural year, the exhibition was a hybrid of a Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic and a contemporary Concours d’Elegance. More than 220 Brass Era, Depression Era and Post-War luxury and sports cars were showcased attracting more than 3,000 spectators. Since its inception, the concours-level car show has raised over $1 million for local charities. Proceeds from this year’s show will benefit the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA and the Rotary Club of San Marino.

San Marino Motor Classic 2016 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)

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  1. Thank you for highlighting our San Marino Rotary Classic, Victor. The Rotary Club of San Marino uses every penny of our proceeds to support outstanding nonprofits in the West San Gabriel Valley as well as our international projects. Check us out at SanMarinoRotary.org.

  2. Beautiful print and photo coverage of a great show in a primo venue. Next time add pics of the San Marino Rotary and Pasadena Humane Soc. volunteers.