Automotive writer, Peter Egan, and Hagerty Insurance Agency CEO, McKeel Hagerty, join shortlist of “Sharing the Passion” award winners.
Since 2008, the Founders of the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance have recognized individuals who dedicate their energies to furthering the field of collecting and to preserving significant automobiles and motorcycles to the benefit of others. This September, the list of Sharing the Passion award-winners added two familiar names: Peter Egan and McKeel Hagerty.
In addition to being recognized as the event’s 2011 Featured Artist, Peter Egan was described by Fairfield Concours Chairman and Co-founder, Bill Scheffler, as a journalist, motorcycle and car collector and restorer, test driver, and tourer who “captures the spirit of motoring.” Egan is a columnist for Cycle World and Road & Track magazines and has written numerous books.
So involved in the world of automobiles that his name has become an institution, McKeel Hagerty was singled out for unique corporate action inspired by his lifelong passion for historic vehicles. Hagerty’s accomplishments include the creation of the Collectors Foundation, a group dedicated to preserving the collector car and boat hobbies by providing scholarships for education, library and museum programs, and youth-oriented activities.
As CEO of Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc., Hagerty has also spearheaded countless initiatives to preserve and promote the heritage of the automobile, including most recently the founding of the Historic Vehicle Association. His youth involvement efforts include Operation Ignite! Connecting Kids and Cars, a suite of programs designed to grow the interest of the hobby among young people through interactive events.
Egan and Hagerty join a short list of Sharing the Passion awardees, including Malcom Pray and Wayne Carini (2008), Felix F. Calari and Ralph Marano (2009), Bob Sharp and The Darrin Family (2010).