The votes are in and the public has chosen John Wilson of Walker, Louisiana, as the first-ever official Youth Reporter of Hagerty Operation Ignite!.
For his video submission to the 2011 Hagerty Operation Ignite! Youth Reporter Contest, John Wilson decided to tackle one of the top threats facing the future of historic vehicle ownership—the aging demographic. What’s the best way to get a younger generation involved?
To answer that, Wilson decided to record what would happen when he took a friend to a local car show to introduce him to the world of classic cars. While there, Wilson interviewed the event coordinator on his thoughts about youth involvement. You can see the results at operationignite.hagerty.com/contests.
Wilson was one of 10 finalists whose video submission was voted on by historic vehicle enthusiasts from across United States. More than 5,500 votes were cast and, in the end, Wilson’s submission was picked as America’s favorite.
As the winner, Wilson (along with a parent/guardian) will receive a special trip to Los Angeles to meet and interview Jay Leno and see his collection.
Wilson will also receive all-expense-paid trips to several major collector car events this summer with the Hagerty team. Among them: Concours of America (Plymouth, MI), LeMay Car Show (Tacoma, WA) and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (Monterey, CA).
While there, Wilson will report on event happenings to help show the hobby through the eyes of the next generation. In the coming months, Operation Ignite! will feature Wilson’s videocasts on its Website operationignite.hagerty.com/contests.
“It’s so awesome that Hagerty has given me this sweet opportunity to be a representative of the next generation of classic car fanatics,” Wilson said, after learning of his win.