Hagerty joins forces with Collectors’ Car Garage to form Hagerty Garage + Social
Part of the appeal of owning a collector car is the fun of going to events such as cars and coffee, track days, and other meet-ups with like-minded enthusiasts. Car collectors are a social bunch, but too often they end up holding their get-togethers in parking lots or other nondescript settings; a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette or a 1970 Lamborghini Espada deserve better than the parking lot of a CVS.
That’s where this latest venture comes in: Hagerty is joining forces with Collectors’ Car Garage (CCG) to form Hagerty Garage + Social (Hagerty G + S).
“This is another big step forward in our mission to expand and preserve car culture for future generations,” says McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. “Car people want to hang out with other car people and do fun things together, and that’s what this is all about. We want each Hagerty Garage + Social location to become the center of the local car community, along with offering outstanding services for members.”
“When we started Collectors’ Car Garage back in 2005, our goal was to give the car lover a place to meet and socialize,” notes James Machinist, co-creator of CCG and now Vice President of Hagerty Garage + Social. “We wanted to provide a place where the setting was commensurate with the level of passion of our members.”
Machinist points out that Hagerty G + S facilities go well beyond mere storage. “The locations are purpose-built. All are fully climate-controlled, with twenty-four-hour video surveillance, and are open seven days a week. We also are able to arrange round-the-clock access, so if a member wants to pick up a car at 2 a.m., we can accommodate that,” he says. In addition to its facilities, Hagerty G + S can assist its members with concierge services offered by a dedicated staff. “We’re able to handle tasks such as battery replacements and wheel swaps,” he says. “In each of our locations, we also have established great working relationships with a select few restoration shops where we can send members with vehicles that have more extensive needs. In our experience, finding a shop that does outstanding work is one of the weak points in the community. Our goal is to make the experience of collector-car ownership enjoyable and easy for our members.”
Currently there are two Hagerty G + S locations: one in Bedford Hills, New York, and one in Chicago, Illinois. A third facility is set to open in Miami in early 2021; there are plans to open other locations as well. “We’ll continue to do what we’ve always done—to make sure our members have the very best collector-car experience,” states Machinist. “There will be more details as plans evolve, but for now we are extremely excited about this next chapter. We think our members—both current ones and those to come—will be very happy with the result.”
Check out the locations and membership options on the brand-new Hagerty Garage + Social website, www.garageandsocial.com.