Each year the San Marino Motor Classic has been growing and this Covid year was no exception. This year’s event was one week after Monterey Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concourse.
Many international and out of state cars stayed to join the SMMC. We parked the Healey on Saturday, which was just as well orchestrated as all day Sunday. There were many volunteers and staff keeping this event running smoothly. Saturday evening, we attended the art exhibit, which included a cocktail, wine and beautiful cheese spread that was provided for the participants. Immediately following was an optional black-tie dinner on the beautiful 30-acre Lacy Park property. It was called a Symphony of Cars Gala, a concert with displays of some of the most beautiful vehicles.
Sunday morning from 6 – 8:30am you could place your car under the trees and on the grass of this beautiful large park. By 9am the park had a crowd buzzing with mostly masked people. The categories of cars had markers along the paved streets so attendees could easily see the type of car displayed. A Stanley Steamer was giving rides and we were one of the lucky passengers. Did you know it holds 40 gallons of water and needs a gallon a mile? Jay Leno came by, in his usual blue denim shirt and jeans, being friendly as ever.
Hing Wa Lee Jewelers was a sponsor with Cars and Chronograph at their location on Saturday. Owner, David Lee, had a booth on Sunday for his (5) racing vintage Ferraris (a small portion of his car collection). Some of my favorite cars were Delahayes, Packards, a 1937 Cord, a 1952 Pierce Arrow model 52, a 1982 white Lamborghini Countach and last but not least, the three Austin-Healeys.
Lou Miraglia’s 1962 MKII 3000 TriCarb, Robert Green’s BN1 and Bruce Steele’s 1960 3000.
With 500 cars entered, it was hard to choose best of show, but if it was a lottery ticket, I would have had a nice prize. Three of my choices, the 1951 Delehaye Model 235, the 1937 Delahaye 135 Torpedo Cabriolet and the 1982 Lamborghini Countach were top winners.
It was a true gala event, a beautiful location and something for any car lover to enjoy. I hope more Healeys attend next year and at least one will take home a trophy.
I hope you enjoyed my review, forever a car girl . . . .