The Garage + Social story

How it all started

The idea came on a Saturday morning in 2005. Bob Machinist, a self-proclaimed gearhead, and some buddies were at the shop where they stored their race cars. The place wasn’t anything special, it wasn’t even especially clean, but this group of enthusiasts ended up there a lot – it was a place where they could sit and share their collective passion for cars.

A place of their own

It wasn't long before what was then known as Collectors’ Car Garage first opened in Bedford Hills, NY. Bob and his friends had a place to call their own — automotive in nature, but comfortable too. The idea took hold and soon after Collectors' Car Garage opened a second location in Chicago. In 2019, Hagerty and Collectors’ Car Garage formed a partnership and rebranded as Hagerty Garage + Social. What was born as a car lover’s home away from home just keeps getting better. Come join us.

I was looking for a place where I could get together with my buddies to talk shop and admire cars. Then it hit me: I could just build it myself. Thus, the idea was born.

Bob Machinist
Founder
Meet the team

Management

James Machinist

Vice President, Hagerty Garage + Social

John Belniak

Managing Director, Hagerty Garage + Social

New York Team

Bryan Fitzpatrick

Garage Manager

Kristen Park

Office Manager

Walker May

Assistant Manager

Travis Hanna

Car Concierge

Stephen Huntley

Car Concierge

Chicago Team

Aaron Wallace

General Manager

Matt Calhoun

Membership Development

Nelson Garcia

Car Concierge
Interested in joining the Garage + Social team?
If you can’t get enough of all things automotive and you’re a hard-working team player, Hagerty Garage + Social might be the place for you.
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James Machinist

Vice President, Hagerty Garage + Social

Dream car: BMW CSL Batmobile

John Belniak

Managing Director, Hagerty Garage + Social

Dream car: ACH Classic Restoration Land Rover Defender 90

Bryan Fitzpatrick

Garage Manager

Dream car: LaFerrari Aperta

Kristen Park

Office Manager

Walker May

Assistant Manager

Travis Hanna

Car Concierge

Stephen Huntley

Car Concierge

Aaron Wallace

General Manager

Dream car: First Generation Ford GT

Matt Calhoun

Membership Development

Dream car: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 500TE

Nelson Garcia

Car Concierge

Dream car: 95 Nissan Skyline R34 in Bayside Blue

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