Montecito Motor Classic returns this month

A first-generation Ford Thunderbird from the 1950s will be among 173 classic cars on display at the Montecito Motor Classic, which takes place on October 10.

The Montecito Motor Classic will return to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on October 10 for its ninth annual Classic Car Show.

This year’s show will feature a record 173 luxury, vintage and foreign vehicles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the polo field. Members of the public are welcome to browse the wide array of classic cars and enjoy a number of side attractions.

One of those side attractions is the Kids Zone, which will feature the Munster’s Truck from the popular 1960s TV show “The Munsters”. Kids can also participate in miniature car races in the Kids Zone and have their photos taken inside a Sprint car.

Dana (left) and Andrea Newquist stand next to their 1932 Buick Model 90 at the Montecito Motor Classic launch event on Thursday.

The event will also present its traditional avenue of chalets, which for the first time will be divided into groups according to what each supplier offers. One area will showcase artists, another will showcase boutiques and a third area will feature a Museum Pavilion for the first time in the history of the show.

Two Oxnard-based museums, the Mullin Automotive Museum and the Murphy Auto Museum, will be holding exhibits with unique vintage cars inside his chalet. Participants will have the opportunity to vote for which museum car on display is their favorite.

This year’s show winner, Mark Stehrenberger, will also have his own stand in Avenue des Chalets, where he will showcase his concept car designs. Mr. Stehrenberger is an internationally renowned automotive designer who has consulted Rolls Royce, Ford, Toyota, BMW, Renault, Subaru, Saab and Jeep.

At his booth, Mr. Stehrenberger will present a ⅕ scale model of an MSD Bugatti T-50 Coupé concept, which he helped design in the 1980s, as well as a variety of his concepts and designs.

Mark Stehrenberger is this year’s Montecito Motor Classic winner. He will be showcasing his Concept Car designs in Avenue des Chalets at this year’s event.

Mr Stehrenberger told News-Press on Thursday that being this year’s winner felt “like a million dollars”, especially because this year’s theme centers around his specialty – “The Concept Car”. Concept cars allow designers to let their imaginations run wild, as they are often only “one-offs” and not something that can be bought from a traditional dealer, Stehrenberger said.

“I’ve produced small-scale and 1-on-1 (concept cars) cars, and I like that because we can really go wild,” Stehrenberger said. He said he’s also worked on a number of cars that have gone into production, but enjoys using his fashion design background to create unique car concepts.

A portion of proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Santa Barbara Police Activities League, a community-based organization that connects cops and children through education, athletic and leadership programs. At a launch event Thursday, Judith Lugo, Program Director of SBPAL, expressed her gratitude to the Montecito Motor Classic and the event’s main sponsor, Montecito Bank & Trust, for their continued support.

Dana (right) and Andrea Newquist made a splash in their 1932 Buick Model 90 at the Montecito Motor Classic launch event on Thursday.

“As a non-profit organization in Santa Barbara, it is extremely difficult to be able to have a free organization for our teenagers,” Ms. Lugo said. She added that proceeds from events like the Motor Classic help keep their program alive and free for local children.

“We are happy to be a part of this, we are happy that you are helping us on our mission to bridge the gap between cops, kids and the community,” she said. “Thank you very much for supporting our mission and allowing us to do so at no cost to our young people. ”

For more details on this year’s Montecito Motor Classic, visit This year’s show attendees are invited to enter a hat competition sponsored by Silverhorn Jewelry.

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