RM Sotheby’s 40th anniversary celebration kept it classic on the weekend, with event goers enjoying the chance to get behind the wheels of several classic cars and a car show featuring a collection of rare and expensive vehicles from all over North America.
Hagerty, a classic car collecting and insurance company, was set up at the RM 40th event grounds to give people the chance to take a free ride and drive into the country in some classic cars from its own fleet.
“Rather than, you know, just going to a car show and you just see the cars, we want to actually have a chance to get people out behind the wheel and drive them and experience it,” said Cam Corteggiano, Hagerty Canada’s event coordinator.
He said it’s exciting for classic car fans who may have never owned one.
“Let them live it and not just kind of witness it,” he said.
Corteggiano also said its a way for people to remember their past.
“For some people, it was their dad’s first car or the first car they owned, and to get behind the wheel again just kind of brings them back to that time,” he said. “They have a really good time and they really really appreciate it, and it’s a win-win for everybody.”
Glenn Walton was one of those people brought back in time during his ride. He got to drive a British-made 1960s MGA sports car that was pale blue like the sky. Walton had a remote controlled version of the car as a child.
“It was a dream to drive it, so I struck that off my bucket list,” he said. “This is the real thing.”
Hagerty had four cars, with people getting to go on 30-minute rides. Corteggiano said their schedule was packed.
“Today has been a zoo,” he said.
The RM 40th grounds also hosted the Concourse d’Elegance, showing rare collector cars from all over North America. Proceeds from the Concourse d’Elegance went to the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent.
Mike Genge, the foundation’s president, said the Concourse d’Elegance included more than $300 million worth of classic cars.
There was also a VIP tent to raise money of the foundation.
“Having the VIP tent and making people feel special about being a part of the event actually enticed them to donate,” said Rosa Corsini, who organized the tent with Carlo A. Corsini.
They said the VIP tent helped bring in sponsors from Michigan, Connecticut, and all over Ontario. Carlo said he came to help his friend Rob Myers.
“Rob Myers is magic,” he said. “I just have a lot of admiration for what he’s done for this community.”