The 5th Annual Montecito Motor Classic, featuring rare and distinguished cars from around the state, will be held Sunday September 25, from 9:00 to 3pm on Coast Village road. This year the event will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of BMW and feature the Chip Foose designed car “Magnatude” honoring his 30 years of designing iconic vehicles.
Presented by the Armand Hammer Foundation, the Montecito Motor Classic benefits the Police Activity League (PAL) and the Santa Barbara Police Foundation, local organizations serving teens and the law enforcement community. PAL provides safe and educational Teen Center activities for at-risk youth, along with mentoring by Police Officers and programs that build character, teamwork and leadership. The Santa Barbara Police Foundation provides financial assistance for officers injured or killed in the line of duty and officers, department employees, and family members who suffer catastrophic illness.
The Sunday show is preceded by a week-end of events. The Gallery Montecito will be hosting a Friday nights “Start your Engines” opening featuring artist Jesse Alexander, Dan Hogan and Mark Stehrenberger. All three are car enthusiasts with an intimate relationship with the Montecito Motor Classic.
Saturday’s Senior Home Vintage Car Tour schedule brings vintage cars to retirement homes for seniors to enjoy, and to reminisce about the good old days. For the fourth year in a row, a handful of vintage car owners visit senior homes in the area to bring the show car to them. Five senior facilities were visited last year. The tour was inspired by Dolores Johnson in recognition of her mother’s inability to attend the Motor Classic and her desire to enjoy the cars. This event brings so much enjoyment and memories to seniors who interact with the car owners and participants. It is a great way for our seniors to see the classic cars they grew up with, bringing smiles and memories.
On the day of the show, Children from PAL and from the Boys and Girls club will display the model cars they created for the Future Car Designers and Model Car Building competition. Officers and volunteers work with the youth at PAL’s Twelve35 Teen Center to create their one of a kind designs! This has become a great opportunity to inspire the next generation of car enthusiasts.
New to the car show this year is the “Hammer Time Fueling Station,” a VIP reception area held in the Bottle Shop lot. Ticket holders will enjoy signature food and cocktails with premier award show viewing. Tickets are $125 and may be purchase online at www.sbpal.org.
The Montecito Motor Classis has joined forces with the police foundation’s “Fun with the Force” gala, held the evening of Sunday 25, 2016 at the Nesbitt Estate. First place winners in each category will be invited to display their vehicle at the event, which will also feature a K9 and SWAT demonstration. Tickets, tables and sponsorships are available online at www.sbpal.org.
“We are amazed that this event has grown so quickly and proved to be so amazingly popular. What is really rewarding for us is that more and more sponsors want to be involved with this show,” said Dolores Johnson, event co-chair. “This all means a bigger and better car show event, and ultimately more funds for our kids and police.
To register today please go to www.montecitomotorclassic.com or www.sbpal.org.