It’s been another whirlwind Arizona Car Week, now starting a week earlier with the addition of many new events geared towards engaging young people into the classic car hobby.
The new NextGen Festival kicked off the week with events held just outside the grounds of the inaugural Worldwide Auctioneers auction in Scottsdale. Insurer Hagerty sponsored the program, which offered S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) education work stations for 130 5th Grade students from the Scottsdale Unified School District.
Also present were educators from the LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, along with their counterparts from the RPM Foundation. RPM- which stands for Restoration, Preservation and Mentorship- is dedicated to promoting technical and vocational skills within the classic car restoration industry. RPM President Diane Fitzgerald conducted flash seminars with industry professionals on careers in the automotive restoration field.
Another featured event was Hagerty’s Driving Experience, which paired ten classic cars and their owners with a group of students aged 15-25, instructing the young drivers in the operation of manual transmissions through hands-on use.
Students and owners jump in and out of manual transmission classics during Hagerty’s Drive Experience.
The Arizona Concours held its fourth annual show Sunday January 15th at the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Biltmore Hotel in Scottsdale. Wonderfully limited in sprawl but not scope, the show gives a feeling of elegance and intimacy tucked into the courtyard of the historic resort. Hagerty was there also, with its Youth Judging Program, which introduced kids aged 8-14 (including some kids from the Make-A-Wish-Foundation) to the world of concours judging. The kids chose the 1959 Bocar XP-5 of Mike and Dawn Fisher for the Hagerty Youth Judging Award.
The Best of Show 1936 Bugatti Atlantic at the 2017 Arizona Concours.