Sunday, October 3, 2010

“Cruisin’ for Kids” a Success!

Hagerty Insurance Agency teamed up with the Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, Tach Twisters car club, and the Rolling Thunder dealership to offer the young patients the first annual “Cruisin’ for Kids.” The event was held on the lawn of the Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina and featured an intimate gathering of thirty-five collectors. Their twenty-five cars ranged from a 1957 Austin-Healey to a 1968 Chevy Camaro.

It was an excellent combination of collectors, volunteers, and families coming together for a common cause: the kids. The children interacted with collectors and their cars. They were also able to sit in the judge’s seat and pick their favorite car. Darren Frank’s 1969 Iso Grifo was the lucky recipient of the Kid’s Choice Award.

The event could not have been a success without the help and support of the Hospital itself. Key figures such as Michael Vaccaro, the Senior Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, say such events “make kids feel like kids even in the hospital” and “creates memories, which give them something to carry through the tough times."

Eveie Hatley, a member of the Tach Twisters, was present with her 1968 Camaro. Hartley stressed the importance of getting kids involved in the hobby and said she would choose an event for the benefit of others “over a drag race any day!”

Although Walt Hollifield, part of the Foundation Board at the Hospital, was unable to attend due to a prior obligation, he received report of the event and felt “everything about it was a success.” He saw it as an opportunity to “bring the outside world in” for the kids, while raising awareness for the Children’s Hospital.

It was an extraordinary inaugural event that could not have been possible without all the hands on board. It was another example of how the collector car community not only enjoys their cars, but also uses them for the benefit of others.

Cruisin for Kids Article by Claire Janik

Thank you Claire for writing a great story on this heartfelt event!

Motor on!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic

The Tahoe Keys Marina and Yacht Club in South Lake Tahoe welcomed the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic hosted by the Northern CA/Lake Tahoe Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society on July 30th-31st. South Lake Tahoe was the perfect backdrop to display 72 antique and classic boat. They also honored the Thunderbird's 70th year on Lake Tahoe (see pictures below). Over 2,200 people walked the docks to admire the breathe taking display of wooden boats. The proceeds from the weekend went to City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe and the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society. For more information on the Antique and Classic Boat Society visit

The awards picnic at Sugar Pine Point State Park.

The view from the awards picnic.

The view on the way to the awards picnic.

Tahoe Keys Marina

Tahoe Keys Marina

Youth Judging

The Thunderbird celebrating her 70th year on Lake Tahoe.

The Thunderbird - winner of the Jr. Judges Award!

Hornet 2007 12'6" Triano - Best Transom Art (built by Andrew at age 9)

Saga 1930 38' Chris Craft Commuter - Most Elegant & People's Choice Award


Miss Puddle Duck1939 19' Chris Craft Custom Runabout

Swan Song 1934 23' Deluxe Runabout Hacker - Having Too Much Fun Award

Katrina 1971 21' Riva Olympic - Best Riva

Lollipop 1948 19' Chris Craft Red & White - Kid's Choice

Back In Time 1965 19'6" Philbrick Utility - Perpetual Award - 2nd Place

Rosebud II 1953 24' Greavette Streamliner - Ladies Choice Award

Touch Of Glass 1955 21' Chris Craft Cobra - Best Blonde Deck

Mimi 1955 19' Chris Craft Capri

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

LeMay Museum Groundbreaking June 2010

On June 10, 2010, history was made and dreams of this vision became a reality. Hundreds gathered at the soon-to-be new location of the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, WA next to the Tacoma Dome for the groundbreaking ceremony. Touching speeches were given by Nancy LeMay, President and CEO of the LeMay Museum David Madeira, and WA State Governor Christine Gregoire. Members of Harold and Nancy LeMay's family were present to celebrate the occasion, as well as many, many others who have worked hard over the years to support and even sponsor the museum.
Hagerty support was on the scene! From left to right: Liz Holdeman, Nigel Matthews, myself and Norm Lee.
First to break ground and dig into the earth included Nancy LeMay, WA State Governor Christine Gregoire and Mayor of Tacoma Marilyn Strickland, among others.
Hagerty's own Norm Lee (middle, in blue) didn't miss out on the opportunity to help break ground! Way to go! Shown with Norm are other LeMay Museum sponsors and members of the board, including Scot Keller and David Madeira.

Hagerty is a proud sponsor of the LeMay Museum. Please check out for more information and ways you can get involved. Thanks for your support!