Wilson Reports

September 22, 2011

Hagerty Youth Reporter, John Wilson, turns his camera on Jay Leno and  Monterey in a new series of video reports.
What is it that “car guys” love so much about the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Classic Car Week? For some it may be seeing multi-million dollar cars with every corner they turn and for others it might be seeing historically significant and one-off cars that they may never see again. For Hagerty’s Youth Reporter, 14-year-old John Wilson, it’s not about one specific car over another, but about the coming together of thousands of people to celebrate the automobile as a whole—no matter what the marque, purpose or value.

From riding in the back seat of a 1937 Packard convertible Victoria on the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance to watching the Rolex Monterey Historic Races from the famous “corkscrew” at Laguna Seca, John experienced the many different aspects of Monterey Classic Car Week. He even saw some of the best of the worst cars at the entertaining Concours d’LeMons.

As the official Youth Reporter for Hagerty’s Operation Ignite! Connecting Kids and Cars program, Wilson’s task was to share the Monterey events and hobby with the rest of the world from his perspective. And he did just that by talking with car owners, spectators and participants—young and old alike.  Click here to see how he did.    

Wilson’s Monterey experience also included a personal tour of the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, California.  But no doubt capping the amazing weekend for the young reporter was a one-on-one sit down with Tonight Show host Jay Leno “somewhere in California” at the late night legend’s Big Dog Garage.

In the video, which you can see here, Leno talks to Wilson about his early restoration efforts, some memorable under-the-hood blunders, and how his love for automobiles all began.  


  1. Twam Do you have more great aritlces like this one?

    Do you have more great aritlces like this one?