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Classic cars provide family fun at Hagerty’s first fest


Everyone smiles when it's family day in classic cars | Hagerty photos
Everyone smiles when it’s family day in classic cars | Hagerty photos

This might be the ultimate endorsement for the classic car hobby: Entire families — children and parents and grandparents alike — putting down their smart phones to participate in the joy of driving.

“We had children as young as 2 in pedal cars, and 60 and 70-year-olds in gas-powered cycle cars,” Tabetha Hammer, senior manager for car culture for Hagerty, said after the classic car insurance and value-tracking company staged its first Family Car Fest.

Mom and Dad weren’t left out; all licensed drivers could take the wheel of a variety of vintage vehicles.

Family enjoys a drive in one of the NB classics“We see so often the passion for cars pass through the generations,” Hammer added, “but at many car shows there aren’t activities for children to do. This wasn’t just Mom and Dad getting to do a ride-and-drive in a brand new car.

“The kids also left feeling ‘this was fun’.”

The event certainly was fun for the Montabano family, which won the opportunity to drive a 1960 Cadillac Eldorado convertible on a scenic tour through Lehigh County.

“While many car events have a ‘look, but don’t touch’ mentality, we want people to have a hands-on experience,” — Keith Flickinger

Drivers got to take the wheel of such vehicles as a 1934 Buick Model 91 Club Sedan, a 1951 Hudson Hornet H-145 sedan and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

“Seeing the kids have fun and smiling while behind the wheel of old cars, including many from our collection, is what it’s all about,” said Keith Flickinger, curator of the NB Center. “While many car events have a ‘look, but don’t touch’ mentality, we want people to have a hands-on experience.”

Such events are “the only way car culture will survive,” noted Tom and Beth Keehan, who drove to the event in their own 1930 Ford Model A.

Hagerty’s next Family Car Fest is scheduled for September 24 at the Edenvale Aerodrome in Stayner, Ontario, Canada. Hagerty plans to expand its calendar of such family events in 2018.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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