It was a trip back in time as hundreds of people stepped out to admire the immaculate paint jobs and glistening engines of the more than 140 classic and vintage cars at the 5th annual “La Jolla Motor Car Classic.” The event always takes place the second Sunday of January.
Cars are juried in, carefully selected from hundreds of applications with photographs of those wishing to show off their ride. “This is a fantastic field of cars. We have the one and only round door Rolls Royce and two of only five existing D-Jags,” said Bob Miegs, member of the La Jolla Motor Car Classic Steering Committee.
The cars are divided into about 20 different classes including horseless carriages, muscle cars, British and Italian sports cars, Rolls Royce, Bentley, exhibition and special interest. A team of judges uses a point system to determine winners in each category. Winners go home with trophies and bragging rights.
Some cars in the show are worth as much as $10 million and have received “best in show” awards at other car classics including Pebble Beach.
“It’s beautiful, been one of my favorites since I was a kid,” said exhibitor Andrew Happ of the 1956 Jaguar D Type he brought here to show off. Happ’s lightweight, white car was built in the mid-fifties to race in France. It was completely restored, from the ground up, during the past year.
“If you are a car aficionado, I hope you were here. If not, you missed something and should come back next year,” Miegs said.