La Jolla Motor Car Classic hits the road first weekend of April

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


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.

“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, 50’s Classics and Shelby Automobiles.

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.”

German cars are the theme of this year’s juried show.

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,


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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 in Balboa Park starting 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.”

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.

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