Hagerty Motorlux A Class A Event Leading Up To Auction

Monterey – For the past 30 years, the unofficial kickoff of Monterey Car Week has been held at the Monterey Gate Center. While this tradition continues, this year marks a new establishment hosting the event along with an associated auction. The classic car and lifestyle auto insurance brand Hagerty bought the rights from local Carmel founders and founders Gordon and Molly McCall, and renamed it from McCall’s Motorworks Revival to Hagerty Motorlux.

Founded by former insurance agents Frank and Louise Haggerty in 1984, the company started as an insurance company specializing in classic wooden boats. At the time, no other company had offered plans on the older ships, and Hagerty decided they would be the first. The company quickly grew out of a basement in Traverse City, Michigan, providing coverage for classic cars in 1991, and soon took the lion’s share of the business. Today, Hagerty remains the leading provider of vintage car insurance worldwide.

Founding son and current CEO McKeel Hagerty has developed the business into a “automotive lifestyle brand and specialist insurance provider.” In addition to a burgeoning magazine and roadside assistance service, Hagerty began adding several auto events and pickups to its portfolio a few years ago. Acquisitions include Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Concours d’Elegance of America, California Mille and Greenwich Concours d’Elegance.

Motorlux, along with the new Jet Center auction presented by Broad Arrow Auctions, brought a similar feel to past events. Guests were treated to champagne and live violin music at the entrance as they made their way to the amphitheater. More than 90 auction cars were displayed throughout the venue, giving bidders a great opportunity to preview them before the hammer fell on Thursday night. Examples include a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 LWB convertible limousine, 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S, 1990 Ferrari F40 and 2019 Koenigsegg Regera.

Modern planes and helicopters have scattered around the airport, where guests can take full tours and speak with representatives and pilots. Swiss company Pilatus brought its largest and most distinctive model, the PC-24. It seats eight passengers and two pilots, has a range of 2,000 miles, and can run on short dirt runways if needed. Bell had several models of helicopters on display, allowing full access to the cabin and cockpit for patrons.

Distributed between modern and vintage supercars, many historical propeller-driven aircraft have been carefully positioned to create a visual scene one could imagine from the set of James Bond films. A few retired USAF fighter jets have been parked near two old Porsche race cars, highlighting aspects of these purpose-built, highly mechanical, no-frills machines.

This year, attendees enjoyed over 30 handcrafted dishes from local farm-to-table cooking stations from 15 celebrity chefs. There were Santa Cruz County favorites in attendance like Home of Soquel, which served steak with gnocchi, and Resort Seascape, with delicious ceviche. Hagerty has teamed up with Edible Monterey Magazine to plan and highlight local restaurants, chefs, and dishes.

Deborah Luhrmann, Edible Monterey Bay publisher, said: “Our region is one of the richest in the country in terms of quality ingredients and these talented culinary specialists are experts at showcasing fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as incomparable seafood straight from the bay and grass-fed meats. The exceptional ones that are raised in the local pastures.”

No celebration is complete without wine and cocktails. Pairing with delicious dishes was more than 24 wines including local Monterrey vineyards, Bernardus Wraith. An open bar featuring dozens of specialty cocktails and French Moët champagne that was thoroughly enjoyed by customers and added to the party atmosphere.

In keeping with McCall’s tradition and commitment to California Highway Patrol employees and their families, Hagerty was proud to host CHP 11-99 as the charitable benefactor that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Raffle tickets have been sold out for the 11-99th Annual Winner’s Pick Draw for either a 2023 Ford F150 Lightning Pro electric pickup truck or a $50,000 cash prize.

Started in 1982, CHP 11-99 has provided more than $42 million in aid, including $35 million in professional and academic scholarships. When an officer is killed in the line of duty, the 11-99 Foundation provides support and financial assistance to bereaved spouses and families in times of need.

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