San Marino Motor Classic 2018
Awesome Auto Show June

The Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June continues with a look at the San Marino Motor Classic.  The predecessor to the short-lived Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance, the San Marino Motor Classic does not take place in Marina del Rey – contrary to Tom’s (very bad) guess.  Hear why this car show earns a spot on the Professor’s “Tops-List” and what’s on tap for the second half of The Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June – right here on the iDriveSoCal Podcast.  (Click the play button below to listen to the podcast whilst you scroll through the pics – it’s a pleasant little slice of entertainment we’ve created for you.)

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Recording date – June 12, 2018 at in Los Angeles, CA

Clinton Quan: This is considered one of the premier shows in Southern California, and definitely the biggest show in the San Gabriel Valley. It is the successor to the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance, which was held at Brookside Golf Course, adjacent to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. These cars, they’re easily valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions.

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with “The Professor,” Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

Clinton Quan: Hi Tom.

Tom Smith: Hello. Hello. Thank you for coming back yet again my friend. Today’s topic is … It’s actually our third installment of the second weekend of the Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June. Last time, I didn’t actually put a sound effect in there. I just kept my dumb sound effect that I make verbally. Maybe we’ll do that again. I’m not sure.

Clinton Quan: Okay.

Tom Smith: Was that a pretty good one? I don’t know.

Clinton Quan: I think that was better.

Tom Smith: All right. Yeah, thanks. So, at any rate, this was the San Marino Motor Classic, and it’s the eighth annual. And being the San Marino Motor Classic, I guess, they have that down where? In Marina del Rey?

Clinton Quan: This is at Lacy Park in San Marino.

Tom Smith: Take it away, Professor. Tell us all about it.

Clinton Quan: Well, this is considered one of the premier shows in Southern California, and definitely the biggest show in the San Gabriel Valley. It is the successor to the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance, which was held at Brookside Golf Course, adjacent to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. And as you mentioned, this is the eighth year for the event.

Tom Smith: Okay. So, hold on. The Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance. Did we cover that?

Clinton Quan: Well, that show doesn’t take place anymore.

Tom Smith: Oh Okay. This takes that … Okay. Got it, got it.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: As you said.

Clinton Quan: It’s the successor. That show ran for about … I think, it was about five years.

Tom Smith: Oh okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Kind of a short run for one of those, yeah?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Okay. But now, this San Marino Motor Classic is not a Concours?

Clinton Quan: It is a Concours.

Tom Smith: It is.

Clinton Quan: It just has a different name. They don’t use the traditional Concours d’Elegance name.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: But it is definitely a Concours level type event.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: There’s about 40 different classes of vehicles for this event.

Tom Smith: Got it.

Clinton Quan: And that’s a lot in about 15 specialty awards on top of that.

Tom Smith: Okay. And just scrolled through the pictures, which will be on iDriveSoCal.com. So, check out this podcast post on iDriveSoCal.com. You’ll be able to see the pictures. Clinton and I are going to talk about some of the vehicles, but it is always a wildly impressive display of automotive artistry on wheels, history on wheels, and cash in the form of huge value on wheels as well.

Clinton Quan: Yes. These cars, they’re easily valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions, I’m sure.

Tom Smith: And so, tell us about what we’re going to post, some of those vehicles, some of the highlights of those particular whips, as they say.

Clinton Quan: Well, on-

Tom Smith: Do they call them whips at the Concours d’Elegance?

Clinton Quan: No.

Tom Smith: And in the whip category, we have the 1942. Okay, sorry.

Clinton Quan: Well, I’m a huge fan of Ferrari. So, as soon as I saw the Ferraris, that’s where I took a number of photos. And pretty much, all types of Ferraris were on display from classic Ferraris to modern Ferraris, including the Ferrari F12tdf, which is a really limited edition supercar. But yeah, pretty much all types of vehicles, including Testarossa, F355, 360, 458. Yeah.

Tom Smith: Okay. So, at this point, you’re just rattling off the numbers. I don’t know really exactly what you’re talking about. And I don’t know how many people out there are actually going to know either. But so-

Clinton Quan: They also had some really cool Lamborghinis, including Adam Carolla’s, two of his vehicles as well, Lamborghinis.

Tom Smith: Oh really?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: I didn’t know Adam Carolla was in the game.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: And I knew he was a car fan, but I didn’t know that he was at the level of … I’m impressed.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, he’s a big car enthusiast as well.

Tom Smith: And I knew that. I knew he was an enthusiast. He actually has a podcast, a bunch of podcasts, I think. I’m not exactly sure what he’s up to, but I didn’t know that he was, I guess, in the rarefied air of having Concours level vehicles. That’s impressive. Way to go, Adam.

Clinton Quan: Impressive.

Tom Smith: Nice.

Clinton Quan: And a lot of people here in Southern California who go to car shows, especially where there’s a big Ferrari showing, they’re familiar with that. David, Dave Lee, he’s a big Ferrari collector. So, he had a number of his-

Tom Smith: Not David Lee Roth from Van Halen?

Clinton Quan: No, no, no.

Tom Smith: 5150, right?

Clinton Quan: No, definitely not.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, this-

Tom Smith: Different David Lee?

Clinton Quan: Completely.

Tom Smith: Big Ferrari guy though?

Clinton Quan: Big Ferrari guy. In fact, there was an article in The LA Times about him. That’s how big of a right Ferrari collector he is. I think he had probably seven or eight Ferraris on display.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Just his Ferraris alone at the show.

Tom Smith: Nice.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. So, that’s quite a collection of Ferraris. And there was one that was a Dino that he just recently worked on. He stuffed this bigger engine in the car. And I know it’s on one of the websites recently. Maybe MotorAuthority where Jay Leno got to check out his car. I think, you can drive his Ferrari as well. It’s a black Dino. And Dino, for those who don’t know, that’s Enzo’s son. So, Enzo Ferrari-

Tom Smith: Okay, that’s cool.

Clinton Quan: … named the car after his son.

Tom Smith: That’s cool.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Yeah. Didn’t work out so well for Edsel.

Clinton Quan: No.

Tom Smith: Folks, that’s Ford Motor Company, the Edsel. Actually, Edsel was Henry Ford’s son who started a vehicle called the Edsel-

Clinton Quan: Called the Edsel, yes.

Tom Smith: … which was ahead of its time and was fantastic. Interestingly, I’m going to tie in my wife’s stomach cancer organization, Edsel Ford died of stomach cancer. And my wife’s stomach cancer organization, Hope for Stomach Cancer, is doing fantastic. I hope none of you listening ever needs the patient advocacy organization that my wife and I started. But should you or someone that you know need, HopeForStomachCancer.org or STOCAN, which is short for Stomach Cancer Awareness Network, dot org. Either way, you can find resources. Okay, end of plug there. Back to the Ferraris. one of the things I want to jump back just a minute, you said that David Lee has seven or eight different Ferraris. You believe around seven or eight. Now, obviously-

Clinton Quan: No, no. no. Just on display.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Clinton Quan: He’s got a lot more.

Tom Smith: Yeah, many more cars, but got seven or eight on display.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: So, I’m just trying to wrap my head around the whole Concours d’Elegance thing. So, a gentleman like David Lee, obviously, quite wealthy, sounds like, brings seven or eight … He’s not going to drive seven or eight Ferraris to this show. So, you got to-

Clinton Quan: No. I’m sure they’re all transported.

Tom Smith: So, you put them put them on a truck-

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: … to get your hundreds of thousands millions of dollars worth of vehicles to display here. Is there any financial benefit to him doing that? I mean, that’s just a cost, right?

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: I mean, it is just a passion thing.

Clinton Quan: Exactly.

Tom Smith: That passionate, I’m going to take my millions of dollars worth of cars. I’m going to spend probably a couple of thousand dollars to have them meticulously hauled from my point of storage to this show.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Show them, and then bring them back.

Clinton Quan: Yes, that’s correct.

Tom Smith: Just all sheer passion.

Clinton Quan: And pretty much, a lot of the owners do that.

Tom Smith: That’s a very common thing.

Clinton Quan: You’ll see a lot of transporters parked all around the neighborhood or in parking lots nearby.

Tom Smith: Yeah, that’s something, man.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: That’s something.

Clinton Quan: These are serious, serious car collectors. And not only from Southern California. In fact, a friend of mine, she saw some were from other states as well.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: So, we’ve covered a few Concours d’Elegance now. Is it a concours or concours.

Clinton Quan: I believe it is pronounced Concours d’Elegance.

Tom Smith: Concours d’Elegance.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, competition of elegance.

Tom Smith: Competition, okay. Now, correct me if I’m wrong. Did you say that the La Jolla …

Clinton Quan: That’s my favorite one.

Tom Smith: Okay, that’s your favorite one?

Clinton Quan: Yeah, favorite one in Southern California.

Tom Smith: Okay. But then overall, Rev Auto, which is a show that we covered in a podcast last week-

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: … that’s not a Concours, but-

Clinton Quan: It’s not a Concours. It’s a juded event. A Concours d’Elegance is a judged event.

Tom Smith: Is a judged event, okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, and there’s different classes of vehicles.

Tom Smith: And every Concours has different classes, right? They don’t have to have all the same classes or do they do?

Clinton Quan: They all have different classes.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: So, where does the San Marino Motor Classic … Easy for me to say. San Marino Motor Classic, where does that fall in your kind of … Oh, it’s top list of Concours.

Clinton Quan: It’s definitely in the top five.

Tom Smith: Okay, got it. Yeah. All right.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, I would say La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, San Marino Motor Classic, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Those are all my top five.

Tom Smith: But to be clear, we’re still on the professional … Man, I’m having a great time with pronunciation today. You know what, my son, eight months old, kept us up like … I, basically, have been up since 2:30 in the morning.

Clinton Quan: Wow.

Tom Smith: Yeah, yeah. I love my boy. I love him. I love him to death, but he likes a nightlife baby. So, what did I just mispronounce? Oh, the San Marino Motor Classic. So, that was the eighth annual.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: But to be clear, this is the third installment, second week of the Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June. And we have a couple of podcasts left of that; therefore, a couple of weeks left of that. But what are the next ones we’re going to be covering on that?

Clinton Quan: We’re going to be covering-

Tom Smith: Yeah, on this Saturday, right?

Clinton Quan: … the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

Tom Smith: That’s on Sunday?

Clinton Quan: Yes. It’s always-

Tom Smith: All Concours are on Sundays.

Clinton Quan: Yes. All Concours are always on Sundays.

Tom Smith: And the Beverly Hills one is always on Father’s Day?

Clinton Quan: And it’s always on Father’s Day.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: And this year is very special because it’s the 25th anniversary. So, it’s the silver anniversary. And from what I understand, all the cars on display for the show will be silver.

Tom Smith: Okay, silver.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: And they can’t be gray. The manufacturer can’t have called that color gray that year. Otherwise, they are not qualified. I’m being like-

Clinton Quan: I don’t know.

Tom Smith: Yeah. Shut up, Tom. Okay. So then, what’s the next one after that?

Clinton Quan: Well, there’s also the-

Tom Smith: We’re talking Professors Awesome Auto Show June.

Clinton Quan: … the Highway Earth Auto Show. That’s also in Beverly Hills the following Sunday.

Tom Smith: So, the next two Sundays in a row, the Professor will be in Beverly Hills.

Clinton Quan: I’m not sure. Actually, I’m not sure I’ll be able to attend the last one.

Tom Smith: You have to. It’s the Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June. How can we … Sorry, folks. We promoted this Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June, but, you know, we can’t make the last one. So, whatever.

Clinton Quan: I’ve attended quite a bit this month.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Well, we’re also going to Auto Enthusiast Day.

Tom Smith: That’s right. We are going to Auto Enthusiast Day, folks. That is … Let’s mention that real quick. We got a minute.

Clinton Quan: That will be Saturday, June 30th.

Tom Smith: Saturday, June 30th.

Clinton Quan: The last Saturday of the month.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: And that will take place at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: And that is a free event.

Tom Smith: And that is a free event. Okay. And so, back to the San Marino Motor Classic Concours d’Elegance. What’s the ticket for that?

Clinton Quan: It’s $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Tom Smith: Okay. So, that’s reasonable.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: So, that was the eighth annual that we just covered. A bunch of cool cars. Lots of old stuff. I, particularly, like the Gullwings, the Mercedes Gullwings.

Clinton Quan: The Gullwings are just beautiful. They probably had about six Gullwings on display there, or I shouldn’t say six Gullwings. About six 300 SLs and a-

Tom Smith: A couple of convertibles, right?

Clinton Quan: Yeah. So, probably, I think, four of them were Gullwings. Four or five of them were Gullwings.

Tom Smith: Nice.

Clinton Quan: At least, one or two are convertibles.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: And to wrap this podcast up on the San Marino Motor Classic, which is part of the Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June, I love to compliment the Professor on his costumes that he wears to these shows from time to time. And the Professor and Professor Jr., or his assistant professor, associate professor, how would we like to refer to your son?

Clinton Quan: We can call him the Associate.

Tom Smith: The Associate Professor.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: The Professor and the associate professor have a very appropriately themed attire. I won’t call it a costume. Attire. You guys look great.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, thank you, Tom.

Tom Smith: Okay. Thank you for a great analysis of a great Southern California automotive event, Professor, as always. And for iDriveSoCal, I’m Tom Smith. Thank you for listening.