Paul Newman race cars featured at San Marino Motor Classic

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The Porsche 935 in which Newman and his team came in second at Le Mans | San Marino Motor Classic photos

Paul Newman might be best known as the leading-role actor in such Hollywood classics as Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but he was also highly regarded as a consummate car guy, both as a collector and a racer.

The eighth annual San Marino Motor Classic will feature a special class of 10 race cars that Newman owned and drove in competition, including s variety of his Datsun and Nissan racers as well as the famous Porsche 935 which Newman drove in the 1979 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Newman began his racing career in 1972, winning his first Sports Car Club of America race in a Lotus Elan.  He later won SCCA national championships in 1979 and 1986 driving Datsun sedans. 

Datsun and Nissan race cars raced by Newman

At the 1979 Le Mans endurance race, the three-man team of Newman, Dick Barbour and Rolf Stommelen placed second overall in the Porsche 935.

The 10 cars, now owned by television and podcast host Adam Carolla, will be on display together publicly for the first time in a class titled “Adam Carolla’s Paul Newman Collection, presented by Passport Transport.”

Another special class will feature rarely seen early examples of Lamborghini sports and GT cars. 

The Motor Classic is a concours d’elegance that hosts about 350 collector cars of every description, such as brass and nickel vehicles from the early days of motoring, pre-WWII classics, American muscle cars, sports cars and exotics, competing for prizes and rapt attention from spectators.  

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The event will be held June 10 at Lacy Park in San Marino, California, and benefits the Pasadena Humane Society and the San Marino Rotary Charities.

For more information, visit the San Marino Motor Classic web site.

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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