20 05 2009

Michigan Interstate Rivals to Display Championship Race Cars at Hagerty Family Car Show

Hagerty Family Car Show to Bring One-of-a-Kind Vehicles, Rare 1948 Tucker to this Year’s Event

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (May 20, 2009) – In additional to adding the famed Michigan-Michigan State rivalry to the mix, organizers of the annual Hagerty Family Car Show have doubled the amount of award categories and prizes for both exhibitors and attendees, as well successfully scoured the nation for some of the rarest and most interesting cars in the hobby for display.

The event is scheduled for July 5, 2009 at Hagerty’s headquarters in downtown Traverse City, Michigan, and will be held in conjunction with the National Cherry Festival’s opening weekend. Among the cars to be displayed will be a rare 1948 Tucker. One of only 51 made, the Tucker is on loan from the Gilmore Museum, located in Hickory Corners, Mich.

“The lineup for this year’s show has something for absolutely everyone, from antique vehicles to some of the coolest modern day cars on the road,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Insurance. “Our team worked really hard to bring attendees some of the coolest one of-a-kind vehicles in the nation to the show.”

The University of Michigan Solar Car Team will be displaying its record-breaking 2008 North American Solar Car Challenge vehicle, the “Continuum,” and Michigan State University will be exhibiting its Formula SAE carbon-fiber monocoque race car. Both teams are entirely student run and funded by cash and in-kind donations through student fundraising efforts.

In addition to the Tucker, other vehicles scheduled to be at the show include the 2008 Craftsman truck series champion Toyota truck that was driven by Johnny Benson, a lifestyle display put on by BMW, a Subaru rally car, vintage military vehicles displayed by the U.S. Military and the VFW, and the first production 1970 Dodge Challenger displayed by the Bill Marsh Automotive Group.

Another highlight will be the presentation of the highly sought-after Hagerty Cup and the Queen’s Choice award chosen by the National Cherry Festival Queen. Also, the recipient of the “Women’s Spirit Award” will receive a one-of-kind piece of jewelry from Federico’s Design Jewelry designed by Kim Hagerty.

Goodie bags will be given to the first 200 entrants and class awards will include cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. The show is free to the public and will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Vehicle registration will be 8-11 a.m.

For more information about the show or to register your vehicle, visit www.cherryfestival.org/carshow or contact Bob DeKorne at (231) 933-3766.

Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call (800) 922-4050 or visit www.hagerty.com.