17 03 2005

Collectors Foundation Presents $30,000 Matching Challenge Grant to Classic Car Club of America

Traverse City, Mich. (Thursday, March 17, 2005) - The Collectors Foundation, a non-profit corporation designed to serve the long-term interests and passion of collector vehicles and classic boat hobbies, approved a $30,000 dollar-for-dollar matching challenge grant to the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) to fund an associate librarian position. This individual will build a computerized catalog of all donated books and archival materials related to automotive history. The three-year grant will allow CCCA to computerize its current library, giving all members online access to the volume of archival materials in its library collection.

The CCCA is dedicated to the collecting, preservation and enjoyment of the world’s finest automobiles manufactured from 1925 through 1948. Its CCCA Library, located on the grounds of the Gilmore Automotive Museum in Hickory Corners, Mich., currently contains a massive volume of automotive historical materials, thousands of books and archival records of automotive manufacturers. During the first 18 months of the grant, CCCA will concentrate on inventorying its vast library and placing all of its materials online to facilitate faster and more comprehensive research capabilities.

“We’re extremely grateful for the assistance we’ve received from Collectors Foundation to enable us to proceed with this enormous undertaking,” says Dave Wells, Vice President for Programs at CCCA. “The grant will also enable us to ensure the proper preservation of the materials, many of which are more than 100 years old.”

Further information on the CCCA Library can be found at www.classiccarclub.org.

The foundation is governed by an independent board of directors and is administered by Hagerty Insurance. Collectors Foundation provides scholarships and grants to worthy individuals and organizations working to preserve and further the collector vehicle and classic boat hobbies through education, library and museum programs, safety and preservation programs, and youth-oriented activities.

To contribute to Collectors Foundation, donations can be made through the Foundation’s website at www.collectorsfoundation.org or mailed to Collectors Foundation, 141 River’s Edge Dr., Suite 200, Traverse City MI 49684. For additional information about the organization and its programs, please contact Executive Director Bob Knechel at 231-932-6835 or via e-mail at bob@collectorsfoundation.org.