The tradition continues on with Hagerty Dawn Patrol! We'll miss seeing you in person this year for coffee and donuts in Monterey, CA but that won't stop us from celebrating the joy of driving the cars we love. And earning a coveted hat in the process.
Set your alarm for Sunday, 16 August 2020 and take a drive between 6-9 a.m.
Whether this is your 7th hat or your first, with this time honored tradition you'll join the ranks of a magical club of car lovers - and hey, you can always nap later!
Learn more about the history of Hagerty Dawn Patrol here.
San Diego Lotus Club joins Drive at Dawn with Hagerty to Mount Palomar summit Sunday 16 August 2020.
Israel & Joe
Marissa & Rod
Olivia & Adam
Karen & Don
Staging just after dawn
Remembering Car Week 2019. What a difference a year makes!
Since 100 degrees F is well above the operational ceiling of this car, I had to go down to the ocean to shoot it before the heat wave hit. So I know I'm kinda disqualified.
I had always wanted a Mercedes W111 convertible. Financially, it was out of reach. I owned a 1971 flat-windscreen Super Beetle convertible after moving here and when my wife got pregnant she insisted I sell it. It was a high price to pay. We had driven it to San Diego for Comic-con in summer 1994 and there was a place called Affordable VIP Classics down there. In the basement was a one-owner 1966 250 SE with a sunroof—not the cabriolet but you know, pillarless, and it was original but for having been fitted with the low grille and hood from a 1972 model. They offered me $5000 for the beetle in trade for 8k for the Merc, and I took it. The owner said he meant to keep it on the premises for his brother to use when he visited from the UK.
So we drove it home and left “Bob,” the Beetle stayed behind, broken hearted. It happens they’d forgotten to load the spare tire and wheel rim and I drove the Merc back to pick it up. When I got there, I asked where Bob was. “He’s on a flatbed headed to New Orleans, sold him for $10,000,” the owner replied. Dumbfounded I asked about the story about his brother. He shrugged and said, “Hey, I’m a used car salesman.”
I still own the car and drive it at least once a month. Love it as I do, my ardors increased after seeing the convertible version of car in the film GET SHORTY. I did a restoration paint job to the original Delft Blue but still have the beaten leather seats with horsehair stuffing and magnificent crazed-finished burlwood dash. A friend who wanted a car like mine started shopping around for one, and I actually encountered the GET SHORTY car but its shock towers were rusted out and I waved her off it. I also have a LONGER story I wrote about entering this car in a Ferrari rally. His name is Klaus. I don't really qualify for the hat having had to shoot the car in advance, but maybe you'll give it to me for a good back story. Drove through Car Week and the Dawn Patrol years ago and sorry you all couldn't do it in person this year. But thanks for the virtual fly-in!
Thanks for the nudge to get out and drive this morning. My son just got his driving permit, and today was his first chance to pilot my 2000 'Vette. I had a hard time posting via my phone earlier, so please note this reply. The picture was taken abut 8:30 AM. I think he deserves the hat. Hopefully the first of many!
Thanks Hagerty for motivating me to get up early morning today to take my willys jeep for a drive at dawn and be a part of this. Can I get a green colour Hagerty Dawn Patrol Hat as green colour will go with the colour of my jeep.. 🙂
What a beautiful morning for Hagerty Dawn Patrol! Took my Cadillac SRX for fun and fast cruise up M22 in Traverse City Michigan. 💖 Landed at a few favorite paddle board launch spots. #driveatdawn #ferrariscuderiaraybans
Well got my 69 MGB GT out this AM for a nice drive and stop for breakfast. Then had to work a few hours...then a short jaunt in the afternoon before the major rain is to start. IT's tucked away now with it's blanket on for the next time...oh well we need the rain here...so British for the loom of rain when driving a british car!! Even in Canada EH!