Automotive skills for the next generation

As part of Hagerty's Youth Programs, we developed the Hagerty Test Garage to help ensure the future of the classic car hobby by providing young people with unique access to classic car-related experiences. For more information, please contact us at

The Hagerty Test Garage focuses on a variety of automotive skills. Past events have included the following stations:

Automotive Design

Instructor: Ed Welburn
General Motors Vice President of Global Design, retired

From initial vision to final product, Ed Welburn walked participants through basic automotive sketching in addition to expanding on the path that led him to a successful career.

Documentation Photography

Instructor: Casey Maxon
Heritage Manager, Historic Vehicle Association

Participants learned the basics of photography and its importance to automotive heritage while documenting the 1938 Buick ‘Y’ Job –the first GM concept car at the Historic Vehicle Association documentation lab.


Instructor: Miles Birch
Restorer and McPherson College Graduate

Participants explored pinstriping techniques and the importance and relevance of this skill to classic cars and in the restoration field.

2017 Events

TBD - Check back for upcoming programs.

Ever since I was a kid, I dreamt of joining GM's design team. It was the only job I ever wanted, and after 44 years with the company, I never lost sight of that childhood dream," said Ed Welburn. "Car-obsessed kids can have such a profound impact on the future of the automotive industry. Being an automobile designer is important work, but it’s also a lot of fun, which is why programs like the Hagerty Test Garage are so important in helping today's youth learn more about the industry and realize their dreams."