San Marino Motor Classic

0
Alfas, woodies and trees are part of the attraction at the San Marino Motor Classic | Larry Crane photos
Alfas, woodies and trees are part of the attraction at the San Marino Motor Classic | Larry Crane photos

Growing in five years to the point that it occupies most of the carefully manicured Lacy Park in the glamorous San Rafael Hills village from which it takes its name, the San Marino Motor Classic has become a grand automotive affair that has generated $1.25 million for its charities.

In that same span, founder and chairman Aaron Weiss has accomplished the near impossible — a Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic concours surrounded by classes of enthusiast-favotite marques, some rare and some simply fascinating curiosities. Every class is filled with well-prepared automobiles and the field offers exhibitors and spectators alike a stress-free atmosphere awash with smiles and friendly greetings.

And there’s a bonus: The surrounding woods provide for shaded displays and leaf-covered viewing for spectators.

Photos by Larry Crane

Advertisement
Larry Crane has been an automotive literature aficionado from childhood. Car books and magazines represented most of his reading experience. He moved to Southern California in his early twenties to be close to his favorite cars. After a WestPac stint in the Navy, he was offered a position redesigning Motor Trend magazine. Then, for Steve Earle, he created America's first vintage road racing magazine as both editor and designer. FromVintage Racer he joined Road & Track and then David E. Davis Jr., asked him to help create a new kind of car magazine, Automobile. After 12 years, Crane took his family back to Los Angeles to create his dream magazine, AUTO Aficionado, which attracted an impressive cadre of the most influential members of the collector car hobby until the national economy made that one impossible to continue.