The San Marino Motor Classic Cargasm

Sunday’s San Marino Motor Classic replaced cavorting kids with Corvettes, and picnickers with Porsches as Lacy Park hosted over 255 hand-picked classic and noteworthy cars. A show within a show, the CCCA held their Southern California Grand Classic  as part of the day’s festivities, bringing out some of the most spectacular examples of pre-war American opulence imaginable. And it was perfect picture taking weather.

The day started overcast and with a light drizzle, atypical for an LA spring day. That didn’t stop the hundreds of exhibitors form pulling their beauties out of their beds and bringing them to the park for some your show me yours, and I’ll show you mine.

Hot rods and Cobras filled one verdant field, while Ferrari’s circled in another. The main expanse was awash in woodies, each perhaps pining to once again be a tree like the ones defining the park’s boundries. The CCCA cars huddled at the far end of that paddock, while Porsches lounged languidly on the gentle slope above.

Overall it seemed like a successful event, even if it was the first time this group of organizers had put on such a show at this venue. The cars chosen to participate were mostly the cream of the crop, with only a few exceptions, and the $25 gate fee went to a worthy cause – the Pasadena Humane Society. Like I said, it was near-perfect picture weather and I managed to get a lot of shots before and after my judging duties. Check out the slide show, and see if maybe it might make you want to attend next year’s show in person.



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14 responses to “The San Marino Motor Classic Cargasm”

  1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    "Italian sport woodies?" All the Italians I know would tell you there isn't any other kind.

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    Acres of woodies.

    1. dwegmull Avatar

      How many cords is that?

  3. lilwillie Avatar

    Again, for $25 I could have shown you all sorts of beater cars, spelled all their names wrong and had plenty of beer for you to drink!

    1. vwminispeedster Avatar

      Sounds like my sorta people.

    2. McQueen Avatar

      Ah but if you've drank enough do you really know the names are spelled wrong ?

      1. lilwillie Avatar

        If I drink enough I start spelling them correctly!

    3. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      I'd be the guy pulling over, Sharpie in hand…

  4. Alff Avatar

    Speaking of interesting sightings …
    Last night on the way home from my son's baseball game, we fell in behind an historic racecar on the highway. If the markings and personalized plate are to be believed, it was a Studebaker campaigned by Tony Gulotta at Indy in 1933. Specifically, this car. It sure did look like it.
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  5. Robert Emslie Avatar
    Robert Emslie

    I'll do a separate post about that Ghibli, it's. . . er . . . special.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      OK, that's cool. Genuinely glad to hear it. Sorry about the misplaced criticism.

  6. Deartháir Avatar

    I've been to that one quite a few times. Take lots of photos! Also, don't forget the stuff that isn't a gorgeous collector car. Generally down by the Ramada, they fill it with a delightful assortment of horribly crap tuner cars. That, in and of itself, is worth the trip. They're not just entertaining, they're downright hilarious.

  7. Maxichamp Avatar

    Hey, I've been to Prince George. That's in the middle of nowhere!

  8. M600 Avatar

    That Chapron Delage is a heart-stopper. Drophead gorgeous.