Buckle Your Seatbelts: Supercars Coming to the Montecito Motor Classic | Local News

Buckle Your Seatbelts: Supercars Coming to the Montecito Motor Classic | Local News

8th annual event at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club will showcase more than 140 world-class collector vehicles and exotic cars

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Santa Paula resident Jim Harris’ 2018 Ford GT will be on display on Sep. 22 during the eighth annual Montecito Motor Classic at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

Santa Paula resident Jim Harris has experience handling a lot of horsepower.

His red-and-white 2018 Ford GT is sleek, super-fast and rare. 

The stunning car reaches a top speed of 211 mph, and Ford is reportedly only producing about 200 of the vehicles annually until 2020.

Harris was one of the lucky hundreds of people who bought the car, and he waited about three years to purchase it.

“It’s just — boom,” Harris said of the driving experience. “It’s a real pony.”

This supercar is debuting at the eighth annual Montecito Motor Classic on Sept. 22 at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

More than 140 world-class collector vehicles and exotic cars will be showcased on the picturesque grounds nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains.

The featured class at this year’s show is “Modern Day Hypercar Designs and Period Supercar Milestones.” 

People can expect the Lamborghini Miura, Jaguar XJ220, Ferrari Enzo, McLaren Senna and other jaw-dropping cars.

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A 2019 McLaren Senna on display at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. More than 140 cars will be on hand on Sept. 22 when the eighth annual Montecito Motor Classic returns. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

Some of the automobiles cost more than $500,000 to design, build, paint and customize.

European classics, all-American muscle cars, pre-war cars, racing cars, hot rods and the finest exotic and latest luxury vehicles can be viewed.

The Montecito Motor Classic, which is open and free to the public, is a unique visitor experience in the United States, said Erin Graffy, an event committee member.

“It’s like a Concours, but without the price tag and the attitude,” Graffy said. “There are some cars in the show you won’t ever get to see, or you might get to see, but only if you go to a Concours — this is the unique part of the Montecito Motor Classic.”

Proceeds from the event support the Santa Barbara Police Activities League, Santa Barbara Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti and the Santa Barbara Police Foundation, primarily to raise funds for unbudgeted safety equipment and counseling services for first responders.

Swarms of car aficionados are expected to attend.

The family friendly event also aims to expand youth engagement and get children interested in car culture and automobile hobbies. A kids area will feature activities, ice cream, a fire truck, the iconic Batmobile and more goodies.

“We want to introduce the next generation of car guys and girls,” event director Dolores Johnson said. “It’s great exposure to cars for children that have never seen these types.”

The event is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3300 Via Real in Carpinteria. 

Entry to the show field is free, while parking provided by the club is $10 per vehicle at the gate or $8 online ahead of time.

The Montecito Motor Classic began in 2012, and every year the crowd gets bigger, according to Johnson.

The event has earned recognition as the premier automotive event in the Santa Barbara region, drawing a refined selection of some of the world’s finest automobiles.

This is the first time the gathering will be hosted at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

The large-scale gathering is run by volunteers, and Michael Hammer of the Armand Hammer Foundation has been a title sponsor since the event’s inception.

“The goal is to make the event free, so it brings the community together even if they don’t like cars — they come for the cause,” Hammer said. “This is such a wonderful show and group of people.”

— Noozhawk staff writer Brooke Holland can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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