3rd Annual Montecito Classic

The 3rd Annual Montecito Motor Classic was held this past Sunday September 21, 2014, completely taking over Coast Village Road in Montecito, Calif. Young and old alike crowded Coast Village Road to see and experience some of the rarest vehicles on Earth. Bringing in about 10,000 attendees, the show had doubled in size since last year. The car show had cars and motorcycles on display from all vintages, makes and models, ranging from several 1928 Ford Model As to a 2014 Tesla Model S.

However, Sunday’s event wasn’t just about the cars. Since the beginning of the Motor Classic in 2012, the event organizers, Dolores Johnson and Dana Newquist, have donated the event’s proceeds to local charities. This year’s beneficiary was the Santa Barbara Police Activities League (PAL). The Motor Classic also held a fundraising gala at the Montecito Country Club on Friday, September 19th, 2014, preceding the car show. The money raised at the gala was donated to the Santa Barbara Police Foundation and to the Santa Barbara Police Activities League.

Officer Kent “Wojo” Wojciechoski leads the local chapter of PAL and was at the event with the kids from the PAL program, volunteering and working the car show.  Officer Wojciechoski started the Santa Barbara PAL program in 1999 and was excited to be a part of this year’s event.

The SBPAL program helps 750-800 teens and preteens every year. “This year alone, we paid for 450 camp scholarships and the transportation of 200 kids to the camps. The money raised here today goes a long way in helping us do that for our kids in the community,” says Officer Wojciechoski.

One of the showpieces that helped draw in the crowds was the winner of Best in Show, Steve McQueen’s 1956 “Green Rat” Jaguar XKSS. Currently owned by Petersen Automotive Museum of Los Angeles, the “Green Rat” is estimated to be worth over $30 million.   Michael Hammer of the Armand Hammer Foundation was an essential player in getting this car to the Montecito Motor Classic. When asked why he had given his time to this show, he stated, “Our cars can give back to the community, and to give back to the kids and bring everyone together is just beautiful. This is why we do this.”