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Classic cars Darin Irvines passion becomes a career by maclaren1


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Classic cars: Darin Irvine’s passion becomes a career
BY JOLYNN PAIGE                interest cars — hot rod cars        to Irvine.                                     an art and car show. A festi-         such a thriving business by
Special to the Record-Eagle    — is much more positive              “Fifteen to twenty years                      val and car show. People              doing what he loves. But, as
                               experience. Usually cus-            ago, sailboat and motor                        want to show off their cars,          Irvine pointed out, people
 Up in Northport, Darin
                               tomers are excited before           homes were what all retirees                   and it’s fun.”                        who want to get the job done
Irvine has what many would
                               they even show up, which            and second-homers wanted,”                      It’s no surprise that people         right will spare no expense
consider a dream job. He
                               makes it fun for me.”               he said. “Now they want a                      with time and money on their          when it comes to their cars.
specializes in restoring old
                                Irvine said that people want classic car. I don’t know if                         hands are now turning to              Many of his clients live else-
cars to their glory days.
                               their classic cars restored for the car is in addition to a                        classic cars as a hobby.              where in the summer; some
 And his work is getting
                               many different reasons:             sailboat and a motor home,                       The winding roads and               don’t even live in the area at
noticed by those in the know,
                               there are customers who             or if the cars are replacing                   hilly landscape of northern           all, but are willing to freight
such as Frank Hagerty, of
                               don’t know automobiles in a the other hobbies, but my                              Michigan are perfectly com-           their car to Irvine because
Hagerty Insurance, a compa-
                               mechanical sense; there are dad and I have seen a                                  patible with car enthusiasts.         they know he can do the job
ny that insures collector cars
                               people, as in the case with         tremendous increase in                         What better place than                right.
and boats.
                               Lee Hagerty’s and his daugh- interest of classic car collect-                      Leelanau, Benzie, or Antrim            Irvine’s connections haven’t
 A few years ago, Hagerty
                               ter’s Porsche, who want to          ing in northern Michigan                       Counties to drive? It’s like          come by way of advertising in
hired Irvine to restore a
                               restore a car for sentimental over the past several years.                         Europe: vineyards, scenic             the traditional sense. In fact,
1960s Porsche, which he had
                               value; and there are those           For example, in the summer                    roads, waters and restau-             he doesn’t even have a yel-
given to his daughter. He
                               who want to build an invest- time, there will be at least                          rants.                                low pages ad.
wanted to have it smartened
                               ment.                               two car shows every week-                       You wouldn’t think that a
up from the inside out. Irvine
                                The collector car market is end. You no longer have an                            person could locate to such a          Jolynn Paige is a local free -
did the restoration work and
                               thriving right now, according art fair or a festival; you have                     remote area such as                   lance writer.
J.P. VanRaalte of Van’s in
                                                                                                                  Northport and could have
Leland did the mechanical
assembly on the car.
 Hagerty was so impressed
by Irvine and J.P.’s work that              Bathing Suit Season is Coming.                                          Outdoor Living ... Indoors                                            TM

he asked them both to go
with him to show it off at the
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Hall in Detroit last August, a
big event in the world of col-
lector cars.
 Irvine, a third generation
auto-restoration tradesman,
learned everything he knows
hands-on from his father,                          2915 Garfield Rd. North
George Irvine, while growing                              Traverse City
up in Detroit. George learned
the trade from his father-in-
law, who was a Romanian
immigrant.                                        $5 SIGN-UP FEE

 In 1968, George moved the                      Based on a 12-month program
                                              with first and last month payments.
family from Detroit to
Traverse City, where he                                  Expires 4-30-05
became the body shop man-
ager at the Pontiac dealer-
ship. In 1989, George decided
to focus on restoration work,
which led him to open the
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being a 1931 Rio Royale —
with his dad when he was 14
years old.
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