BEST IN SHOW 2015 - 1935 Hispano-Suiza V-12
A WORD FROM OUR CHAIRS
A heartfelt thank you from Co-Chairs, Dolores Johnson and Dana Newquist plus the 2015 MMC Committee to all participants and their hard work.
The 4th Annual Montecito Motor Classic featured rare and distinguished cars from around the state, was on held Sunday September 27, on Coast Village road. This year the event celebrated 50 years of the Ferrari Dino.
Although Ferrari dominated the show with some beautiful exotic and rare cars, it was the pre-war class that took the trophies home.
2015 Salute to the Ferrari Dino - 50th Anniversary
There was a story behind the name "Dino" and the V6 engine. Alfredino Ferrari, the only son of Enzo Ferrari, suggested his father to develop a V6 racing engine for Formula 2 in the early 60s. Although always in favour of V12, Enzo approved his beloved son's project and employed famed engineer Vittorio Jano to design this engine. The result was a very compact, 1600cc, quad-cam V6 which eventually won several F2 championship titles. However, before this happened, the ill-fated young Alfredino had already died in kidney disease. It took Enzo Ferrari several years to fully recover from heartbreak. For the memory of his son, he put the V6 into a mid-engined sports car and badged it "Dino", which is the short-write of his son's name.
"The Dino engine was actually produced by Fiat and body designed by Pininfarina"
Of course, the original racing V6 would never have been appropriate for road use. Therefore, Aurelio Lampredi (another famous engineer who also designed a series of V12 for Ferrari) modified the engine to 2.0 litres, producing an amazing 180 horsepower ! Logically, this car was named "206GT", which implied its engine capacity and number of cylinders. This engine was actually produced by Fiat and shared with Fiat Dino (also called Dino because of the engine), not because it would be cheaper, but because Ferrari needed the additional volume to meet the minimum 500 units required by FIA homologation.
Naturally, the little Dino was not as fast as other V12 Ferraris, but it had a magnificent chassis, with beautiful balance, responsive steering and easily modulated throttle steer. It was generally regarded as the best Ferrari chassis until the arrival of F355. Why could it be so good ? Firstly, its nimble size and lightweight helped improving handling. Secondly, it was Ferrari's first road-going mid-engined sports car (after the 250LM race car). The mid-engined construction accompanied with the compact and transversely mounted engine perfectised the weight distribution. Thirdly, it adopted independent double-wishbones suspensions for all wheels.
To this day, the Dino does not bear Ferrari's 'prancing horse' insignia or logo.
The Sunday show was preceded by a week-end of events. A Friday night Gala, honoring Barry Meguiar, president of Meguiar’s Car Wax empire and host of Velocity’s “Car Crazy”, will be held at the Fess Parker Double Tree. The evening will featured a sneak preview of cars and complimentary wine and Hor D’oeurves and a the silent auction. A live auction and a buffet dinner was followed by dessert and dancing. Twww.sbpal.org.
Saturday’s Senior Home Vintage Car Tour schedule brought vintage cars to retirement homes for seniors to enjoy, and to reminisce about the good old days.
During the Sunday car show, Children from PAL and from the Boys and Girls club displayed the model cars they created for the Future Car Designers and Model Car Building competition.
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.
This year's event showcased 110 entries in a variety of classes, including vintage, classic, muscle cars, sports cars, preservation class and some rare Ferraris.
Video Highlights 2015
2015 MEDIA EVENT
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A LETTER FROM ONE OF OUR 2105 PARTICIPANTS
The Last Date With My TR6: We Experience the 2015 Montecito Motor Classic Words and Photos by Rick Reeves / October, 2015
After an eight-year relationship that probed the inherent highs and lows of British Car Ownership, my TR6 and I are parting ways. And, seeing the end of our journey, I searched for a suitable time and place to hang out, hopefully with other cars and their owners, One. Last. Time. Topping the list: The upcoming Montecito Motor Classic. The Car and I had attended past Coast Village Classic shows, but as we know, the MCC would be an extraordinary event, with stupendous cars, including a collection of the featured car: the Ferrari Dino from the 1960s. For me and The Car, saying ‘goodbye’ at the MCC would be extraordinary as well. So I filed a late entry, and by a miracle, it was accepted. So we found ourselves in Slot C-15, the last, Signal Red car in a row of pewter-and-earth hued Porsches.
Securing my parking spot, I walked the line to survey the automotive landscape. On most weekdays, Coast Village Road attracts a ‘daily driver’ collection (1960s Mercedes Pagodas, Porsche 911s, Jaguar 4.2 sedans) that would comprise an actual Car Show in other places. The MCC Entries - too many to list here - were stupendous. Consider the Featured Ferrari Dino 246 GT Collection: It is rare to see even one of these outside of a Dino Owners Club meeting; here were five, in proximity to their one-of-a-kind namesake.
This was the caliber of the MCC collection, and I was honored to be a small part of it. And after seeing the cars, I knew that the best was yet to come: I still had not met the car owners. Their stories, enmeshed with the cars’ histories, provide the most entertaining and informative part of any car show.
The cars share a common attribute: they are all *beautiful*. Some are beautiful and extremely rare. The stories behind the MMC are the stores of the participants, who come from many walks of life. I walked CVR in search of beautiful cars with especially great stories, many candidates emerged.
At the MCC, as at most meets, there is a hierarchy of cars AND owners: a smaller group of ‘mega-cars’ owned by museums or family dynasties that often collects most of the media attention (and awards), and a larger ‘supporting cast’ of collectable cars, owned by a diverse group of car enthusiasts who have owned and maintained them for many years, sometimes across generations. As a member of the second group, I gain insight into the Car Culture by talking to my cohorts about their passion. At the 2015 MCC, I met two collectors who embody the core of the sport. Allow me to introduce you to them:
Curt Behling, a native of Bakersfield and a manager in the truck service industry, purchased his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 while in high school, in 1972. He has owned the car for all but 10 of the past 43 years. Curt and his brother (who owned the car for those 10 years) have maintained the car to the highest standard, even as they re-configured it (“we installed three different engines”) to compete in three different types of racing events (drag racing, road racing, and autocross). The history of the car is meticulously documented in a detailed, spiral-bound historical record (“please don’t call it a scrapbook”) of the car’s long life. The book is a work-in progress, according to Curt. This is easy to believe.
The ‘featured make’ of the 2015 MMC was the Ferrari Dino, and the show included a half-dozen of these ‘baby Ferraris’ (actually produced by Fiat). Each Dino displayed a different original factory color, and each was immaculate. I visited the group, hoping to learn about the marque from the cars’ owners. I found only one owner steadfastly stationed by his car, attending to visitors’ questions: Dr. Richard Handin, owner of the ‘Dino Rosso’ (‘actually, it is NOT orange’) colored car at the end of the Ferrari Dino line. Dr. Handin, an emergency room physician and a Montecito resident, has owned the car for the past 34 years.
A key part of any classic automobile’s presentation – and its value – is the ‘provenance’, the accumulation of many small details, documents, and artifacts that reveal the life-story of the car. Car restorers spend years fine-tuning their car’s provenance; indeed, they never quite finish the job because there is always something new to learn about the car. Dr. Handin’s car has massive amounts of provenance, and he is proud to discuss it. Asked a question about any part of the car, he responds: “Let me give you a brief tour to explain that.” And explain, he does: From the complete set of manuals and service records (including the record of a Master Ferrari Technician’s detailed inspection), through the car’s complete and original tool kit, to Dr. Handin’s handwritten logbook which records *every* fuel purchase made, and subsequent fuel mileage (average: 16.4 mpg) since he purchased the car. He concludes the tour by noting (and explaining the ‘tire codes’ that prove this) that the spare tire actually WAS delivered with the new car at the factory.
Dr. Handin’s love for his car and passion for excellence is clearly in evidence. At the MMC, it gave him the competitive edge. His car placed first in its class of similarly perfect Ferrari Dinos.
As I spoke with other MMC participants, similarities between them accumulated into a different kind of provenance: four character traits that make these men and women such excellent curators of rare and beautiful cars. The first of these is a deep knowledge of their car, and the environments in which it was created and lives. The next two - a strong work ethic and obsessive attention to detail – are the traits required to create and maintain a world-beating classic car. The final trait – a reverence for the history and heritage of their car, but for automobiles in general – creates a bond that often lasts a life time. As an example of this bond, look no further than these two gentlemen and their cars.
It is a small cognitive leap to realize that the human qualities endemic to the MMC participants are also the building blocks for a productive and successful life. This must be one reason for the recent partnership between the Police Activities League, with its strong and successful tradition of youth sports and education programs, and the MCC. There is so much for the PAL youth to learn from the Car Culture, and the Model Building Program is evidence that this is happening.
My Triumph and I will soon part ways: A collector in Santa Ana will take delivery next weekend. Of course, I am grateful for the day that we spent, together (at least part of the time) at the MCC. Because my day immersed in the MCC Car Culture reminded me of why I was attracted to her, and the Culture, in the first place.
Rick Reeves lives and works in Santa Barbara, where he designs software and is a member of the Moss Motors Technical Staff. His membership in the Car Culture predates the manufacture of his 1969 MGB Convertible.