Thank the one who inspired your passion for cars

Passions come together when Copperstate vintage rally parks its cars on a baseball field in Tempe, Arizona | Larry Edsall photos
Passions come together when Copperstate vintage rally parks its cars on a baseball field in Tempe, Arizona | Larry Edsall photos

Author’s note to readers: Though it may not seem like it at first, this story really is about cars, not baseball.

Unlike so many young boys of my generation, I didn’t grow up wanting to be a big-league baseball player. I wanted to be a big-league umpire.

Baseball truly was the American pastime in those days, the “Happy Days” of the late 1950s. Continue reading

Hagerty pumps 1,400 gallons into more than 200 classics at rollback prices

Hagerty magazine offers classic car owners gasoline at historic prices | Hagerty
Hagerty magazine offers classic car owners gasoline at historic prices | Hagerty

The folks from Hagerty Classic Car Magazine pumped more than 1,400 gallons of gasoline into more than 200 classic cars Friday morning as part of the national Collector Car Appreciation Day celebration.

“National Collector Car Appreciation Day is a great way for us to celebrate our belief that ‘Life’s Better in a Classic,’’ said McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of the classic car insurance company and executive publisher of Hagerty Classic Car Magazine.

Service on skates | Hagerty
Service on skates | Hagerty

“We shared a very special experience with classic car owners by recreating the moment in time when their classic cars were new,” Hagerty continued. “It’s a nice way to recognize owners for their appreciation and for carrying on the tradition of automotive history.”

Michigan-based Hagerty took over a Mobil station on historic Woodward Avenue in the northern Detroit suburbs for the morning and offered car owners as many as 10 gallons of full-service gasoline at the going rate for the year their classic car was built.

For those who couldn’t make the event in Michigan, Hagerty also launched a “share your car story” contest that will award 100 gas gift cards. For details, visit hagerty.com/yourstories.

“As a classic car enthusiast, I appreciate the event,” Bob Kitner, owner of a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette, told Hagerty at the Woodward Ave. location. “I really appreciate the gas prices – $0.36 a gallon is great.

“It’s also a great opportunity to see all of the other classics and enjoy the day.”