It’s a Classic! Vintage vehicles take center stage at La Jolla’s car show April 1-3

By Dave Schwab

Staff Writer

The seventh annual La Jolla Motor Car Classic remains a classy exhibition of vintage automobiles, but this year’s installment at La Jolla Cove will be the first weekend of April instead of January. Presented by La Jolla Historical Society, the event on Sunday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ellen Browning Scripps Park will feature more than 150 automobiles in 30 specialty car classes, plus antique motorcycles.

A road rally will be part of the 7th annual La Jolla Motor Classics events.

“Moving the show to April will limit the chance of rain and make for a much milder climate,” said Trip Bennett, La Jolla Motor Car Classic Committee co-chair. “The La Jolla Motor Car Classic has become a highly anticipated show for car enthusiasts around the nation and now with a prime springtime date it will attract a higher caliber of automobiles.”

The event will showcase Mercedes Benz Sedans, Auburn Speedsters, Jaguar Roadsters, Chevy Corvettes, Shelby Cobras, Packards, Ford Mustangs and Ferraris.

Over the past six years, the La Jolla Motor Car Classic has paid tribute to Horseless Carriages, Italian marques, British marques, Woodies, ‘50s classics and Shelby automobiles. German cars are the theme of this year’s juried show.

John Bolthouse, executive director of La Jolla Historical Society, noted tongue-in-cheek that the organization has sponsored the event for 1 ½ years now.

“We inherited hosting duties halfway through last year,” he said, adding, “We plan to continue to do things better and at a more profitable rate while putting on the highest-quality show.”

A work of art on wheels

Bolthouse added the car classic is continuing the tradition of being a weekend-long event. “Kicking it off will be a book signing on Friday, April 1,” he said. Author Tom Cotter will present his newest book, “The Corvette in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology,at the signing at 5 p.m. at Wisteria Cottage.

“The next day on Saturday, we’re having a car rally with classics from the ‘50s, ‘60s and other eras, starting in Balboa Park at 9 a.m., and winding throughout San Diego coming back to La Jolla to Wisteria Cottage about 4 p.m.,” Bolthouse said. “These aren’t necessarily the same cars that are going to be featured at the Sunday show, just an addition to the main event. It’s a way to fly the flag, take the event outside of La Jolla.”

The street in front of the cottage will be closed to traffic from about 2:30 p.m. until about 5 p.m. and while the public won’t have access to the area, it will be visible to those who are walking by.

Also new this year, Keith Martin, a writer, publisher, TV commentator car enthusiast and collector for more than 30 years, will be master of ceremonies.

Tickets to the Sunday show are $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. Guests can also upgrade their experience by purchasing a $100 VIP ticket that includes entrance to the show on Sunday, April 3, an event program, a commemorative poster and entrance to the VIP area with complimentary food and beverages.

For more information visit or call (619) 233-5008. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the gate, $100 VIP.

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