Tabetha manages the communication between Hagerty and the groups through which we ‘give back’ to the classic car community, including the RPM Foundation, Historic Vehicle Association® and our own youth programs. She helps share stories of student successes, milestones in automotive heritage recognition and promotes giving young people the chance to be an active part of the classic car community through hands-on programs.
What got you into classics?
From when I was old enough to hold a wrench, I spent countless hours in the garage with my father and grandfather, helping work on farm machinery and cars. At McPherson College I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Automotive Restoration and learned about classics. There's nothing more satisfying than being able to pass along love for classics to young people through Hagerty's Operation Ignite! youth initiatives.
If you were a car, what car would you be?
I'd be my dream car – the '32 Packard Twin Six Roadster Coupe owned by Clark Gable. American built; quiet and smooth-running – but concealing a tremendous 12-cylinder powerhouse. Carries itself with elegance and sophistication; unique in design and rare in production; loves the road. Fairly simple to understand in comparison to other models of the time. A huge initial investment, but lasts a lifetime and offers tremendous memories, fun, excitement and connection to history.
When something in life starts to fail – whether a project, relationship, or responsibility – you pick up another tool, go back to work and never give up."
What has working on cars taught you about life?
Patience, dedication and passion. Budgeting, research, documentation and attention to detail. Always 'measure twice and cut once' and tightly grip a torque wrench. The importance of true friendship and family, and that when somebody truly loves you, they'll show you how to do the work rather than doing it themselves. And when something in life starts to fail – whether a project, relationship, or responsibility – you pick up another tool, go back to work and never give up.