The Hagerty Insurance “Operation Ignite” is a suite of programs designed to grow young people’s interest in classic cars and boats. Since its official inception in 2009, over 1,500 young people have been given insider’s access to the classic car and boat hobbies, through activities such as the Hagerty Youth Judging Program.
At many events around the country, young judges learn the basics of judging while taking a look at select classic cars and boats, interacting with owners and learning details, facts and the history of each vehicle.
Hagerty’s “Operation Ignite” Youth Judging Program continues to be a popular part of many antique & classic boat shows around the country, including last weekend’s 37th Annual Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter (BSLOL) Lake Minnetonka Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous in Minnesota.
Fellow Woody Boater Dane Anderson was at the show on Lake Minnetonka and snapped these photos of the youth judging team at this year’s event.
Dane commented – “Brad Ernst did a fantastic job of leading the kids through the pre selected boats to be judged for the special award. The photo (above) shows the judging team sitting in the front cockpit of Dave Bortner’s 1938 Hackercraft.”
“We sneaked a photo of one of the score sheets – and after close inspection of all the boats and the judges scoring sheets were counted…”
“This year’s special Youth Judging Award sponsored by Hagerty Marine Insurance went to Dave Bortner and Seaflow II.”
Thanks to Hagerty Marine Insurance and the many volunteer’s who donate their time to work with the kids at events like this. And the best part is – Everybody wins!
Dave Bortner is with Freedom Boat Service in Mound, Minnesota. “Seaflow II” is a stunning 1938 Hackercraft 28′ Triple Cockpit Runabout powered by a Scripps Model 312 / V-12.
Thanks to Dane Anderson for sharing this story with us today.