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Old Oct 31st, 12, 06:42 PM
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I saw a thread by Vince (3forme) called "future generation". It made me think about the future of our hobby. What do you guys believe will become of the muscle car scene ? Maybe museums full of cars rather than cruise ins or car shows or seeing them rolling down the streets on a summer night. I'm not seeing that many young guys in the scene. I think they are more in to I- phones and X box.
I've heard the argument that young guys cant afford these cars and thats why they drive imports with fart pipes and huge speakers in the trunk. Then years from now what happens to our cars ? Will our beneficiaries sell them ? To who ?
In the 60s and 70s there were tons of young guys driving these cars. Now that same generation is driving them.
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Old Oct 31st, 12, 06:58 PM
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It is tough to say.

Same thing will probably happen to the late 60s and early 70s muscle car group that has been and is happening to the guys that have 50s and early 60s Chevys. They are slowly fading away...
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Old Oct 31st, 12, 07:05 PM
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I've been playing with cars (hobby, collecting, wrenching/restoring, showing etc.. ) since 1971 when I was 15 and there are more people and cars around and people collecting and playing with them today than any time since! 30 years from now a car from the '60s will be like a model T is today and owners of 2010 Camaros and Mustangs will be retrofitting their Classic's with water fed flux fusion reactors and hover suspensions...
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Old Oct 31st, 12, 07:06 PM
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That's why I love the Pure Stock Drags.

http://www.purestockdrags.com/

Every September, Stanton Michigan. 55-74, most brands of US performance cars accepted. These guys race what many people would normally call restored show cars or what others only drive to a cruise. These owners take them out on the strip and beat the snot out of them, and then they party every night at the motel. No need to go to a museum to see around 150 of these beautys.
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I was thinking the same thing when I went to Cruisin' the Coast. I looked around and there weren't any young people. I just hope my '67 last longer than me, what happens after that wont matter to me.
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Old Oct 31st, 12, 07:29 PM
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and owners of 2010 Camaros and Mustangs will be retrofitting their Classic's with water fed flux fusion reactors and hover suspensions...
you seem to know a lot of details . . . what do you do in that shop of yours all hours of the night ?

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That's why I love the Pure Stock Drags.

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Every September, Stanton Michigan. 55-74, most brands of US performance cars accepted. These guys race what many people would normally call restored show cars or what others only drive to a cruise. These owners take them out on the strip and beat the snot out of them, and then they party every night at the motel. No need to go to a museum to see around 150 of these beautys.
that sounds so cool, wish we had a scene like that around here
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Here's an idea what the under 30 set is doing, I was really impressed with the music in this video, I have been to NOPI events where it was all bass, a lot of rap and sagging pants! My point here is these guys will get older, have more discretionary income and will end up with dads and granddads projects along with what they have grown up with...


Jerry - the future has always been molded by our imaginations, think Star Trek communicators and Flip Phones, that thing in Lt Ohura's ear and Bluetooth headsets or before that Dick Tracey and talking on his watch communicator... I think we are heading towards the Jetson's era lol...
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As goes the death of the English language...
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Old Oct 31st, 12, 08:01 PM
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These guys race what many people would normally call restored show cars or what others only drive to a cruise.
Yep. I've got my Camaro insured for $45k and drove it today to the dentist's office, post office, Wal-Mart (parked between a minivan and a station wagon), and the doctor. And no, I wasn't at the doctor getting my head examined.

It's a catch-22. Driving these cars increases the enjoyment ten fold, but for a lot of people the thought of something happening decreases the joy of driving them.
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Old Oct 31st, 12, 08:07 PM
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Do we drive history, and enjoy it, while at a bit at a time destroyi it?
Or do we put it in a garage and look at it?
Should every car, no matter how good or bad, be rebuilt?
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Old Oct 31st, 12, 08:13 PM
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Here's an idea what the under 30 set is doing, I was really towards the Jetson's era lol...
You liked?

What did they do to like?
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Does it matter what happens after your number is called? I agree with Dennis there are more and more classic cars coming out every year. There are car shows every weekend and burger runs/cruise ins almost every day of he week. I see quite a few younger people I no it as well. There were a lot of young male and female students at the Wyotech car show all of them were very much into the classic cars. Just think back to when you were younger, how many of your friends from back then were into cars and are still into classics? You have to remember we have always been the minority, most normal people use cars strictly for transportation.
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I don't think we are a dying breed at all. Some evidence to support that is the fact that the aftermarket has exploded in the past 10-15 years to the point we can buy probably everything for our cars and lots of stuff for other models that aren't nearly as popular.

There is no way any company or corporation would go into production of parts for which the customer base is shrinking-just isn't going to happen imo.

As for young people and the hobby-maybe their interest today lies in iphones and other electronic gadgetry-sooner or later they will get bored with that stuff and start looking elsewhere for excitement.
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Old Oct 31st, 12, 08:59 PM
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Just think back to when you were younger, how many of your friends from back then were into cars and are still into classics? You have to remember we have always been the minority, most normal people use cars strictly for transportation.


hmmm you have a point
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I don't think we are a dying breed at all. Some evidence to support that is the fact that the aftermarket has exploded in the past 10-15 years to the point we can buy probably everything for our cars and lots of stuff for other models that aren't nearly as popular.

There is no way any company or corporation would go into production of parts for which the customer base is shrinking-just isn't going to happen imo.
The customer base is us and guys our age (assuming were all close in age here) we are at an age where we are more stable financially and have more money to spend on our hobby. The question is when were gone who carries the torch ?
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