Ferraris take over San Marino Motor Classic

David Lee’s 288 GTO

David Lee’s F40

David Lee’s F50

David Lee’s Enzo

David Lee’s LaFerrari


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Ferraris at the San Marino Motor Classic

250 GT Coupe

This gets shown around SoCal regularly. The owner is Peter Giacobbi and the story behind his semi-recreated 1959 250 TR is pretty interesting: He had heard about a TR body in a barn in Italy, tracked it down, and built the 250 TR you see here around it. The body hadn’t been made by Pininfarina but by a coachbuilder hoping to get business from Ferrari. Thanks Peter for bringing this to so many shows in SoCal!

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Dino 308GT4

308 GTS



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For 12 years the Ferrari Club of America Southwest Region held a splendid free car show called Concorso Ferrari along three blocks of Colorado Boulevard in sunny Pasadena, California. There were hundreds of Ferraris there — modern cars, of course, because that’s what a lot of these shows are like (say, Concorso Italiano in Monterey), but there were also a good number of classics in the lineup. Bruce Meyer brought his original Testarossa one year, and Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este winner David Sydorick had contributed cars over the years. But like all good things, Concorso Ferrari in Pasadena had to come to an end.

Or did it?

When that show went away, current club president Jim Bindman and past president Marv Landon approached organizers of the San Marino Motor Classic about possibly bringing the best of Concorso Ferrari to that venue.

“I said, I got 35 acres, bring ’em on,” said Aaron Weiss, chairman of the San Marino Motor Classic.

And bring ’em they did, 100 gleaming red Ferraris smack dab in the middle of the huge green lawn of Lacy Park in tony San Marino, Calif., just a mile or two from Concorso Ferrari’s previous venue up the road in Pasadena.

“I’m glad we were able to resurrect it from the ashes,” said Weiss.

They didn’t just resurrect it; the Ferraris became the centerpiece, both literally and figuratively, for the San Marino Motor Classic, which this year celebrates its ninth year in Lacy Park. And Weiss is right, there is a lot of space in 35 acres of park, much of it right in the middle in the form of a huge lawn big enough to land a couple of Agusta helicopters (just an idea, maybe for next year?).

The 100 Ferraris included several beautiful older models, like 330s and 365s, as well as one really cool Dino 308GT4 we saw at a Ferrari event last year.

Then, on the east end of the lawn, at the edge of the Ferrari field, were the gems of Ferrari collector David Lee. In addition to his complete collection, he has a group of some of the most exceptional Ferraris of the modern age and he is generous enough to bring them to shows like this. It includes a LaFerrari, an Enzo, an F50, F40 and a 1985 288GTO.

“I just like to bring them out and let people enjoy the cars,” said Lee, whom you can follow on Instagram at ferraricollector_davidlee.

He likes the cars for more than just collecting.

“I’m kind of weird,“ he said. “I like to drive them.”

1982 Ford Ghia Shuttler concept

1979 Ford Ghia Probe I and 1986 Ford Ghia Probe V

1986 Ford Ghia Probe V

1982 Ford Ghia Brezza concept

1982 Ford Ghia Barchetta concept

1982 Ford Ghia Brezza concept

1986 Ford Ghia Probe V and 1979 Ford Ghia Probe I 

1982 Ford Ghia Shuttler concept

The Ferraris may have been the centerpiece of the show, but there were 350 other cars lined up in Lacy Park, including five Ghias.

Yes, Ghias.

Scott Grundfor and Kathleen Redmond have a unique collection of Ford Ghia concept cars from the ’80s and brought five of them to San Marino. This is extraordinary since concept cars are often held closely by carmakers, or are sometimes ordered destroyed after their debuts. So even seeing old concept cars is a rare event, let alone being able to buy one. Grundfor said he bought these at Ford’s big auction of over 50 concepts in 2002 at the big design dome in Dearborn.

“The opportunity to get these was a real treat,” said Grundfor, who first saw concept cars as a child when his grandfather brought him to a GM Motorama.

“My grandfather would take me to the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, and they would have the GM Motoramas there. I was just under the spell. You’d see these dream cars on the pedestals with the ladies and the orchestras. You know, the new cars, it was a thing to go and look at the new cars, but the treat was the GM Dream Cars. So the opportunity to buy some later dream cars I just couldn’t pass up.”

He is perhaps most impressed with the aerodynamics of the two Probe concepts he displayed at San Marino.

“The whole thing was the aerodynamics,” he said. “In the late-’70s and early ’80s Ford was developing cars that people would wanna buy that pushed less wind. When this car was built they had the oil embargo, the cars just started to look awful, they downsized them. Nobody was excited about having the cars. So (Ford) figured out that if they made the cars push less wind they could increase their CAFE standard by something like 2 miles per gallon.”

Apart from tailfins, aerodynamics hadn’t been a big thing at carmakers since the ’30s.

The Petersen Museum brought two cars

1940 Ford Deluxe Woody Wagon

Chrysler Town and Country

Aston Martin Lagonda

There was a class for wagons

Beauty boat

This Zimmer owner lives not far from the Motor Classic and brings his car every year

Kurtis 500

1961 International Metro Van

Type I Westphalia Camper Van

Jerry Dotson’s 1938 BMW 327 Cabriolet

More long roofs

The rest of the field was interesting, too. Since San Marino is so close to Pasadena, there was a class for Tournament of Roses Parade Cars. The 11 stately entries ranged from a 1910 Pope Hartford to a 1933 Lincoln Dual Cowl Phaeton.

Another new class was for station wagons. This was along with all the usual big American classics, muscle cars, supercars and on and on until you hit a total of 468 cars, not counting sponsors’ cars.

“I’m happy with everything, and it’s only 10:15,” said chairman Weiss, at 10:15.

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