I agree and try to engage all ages at shows I participate in and attend - sometimes tho impressions are made that a person did or didn’t build their car vs just wrote a check. Check writers have nothing to add to a discussion as they know nothing about their car.
I run a couple shows a year. At one of the shows the club presents a trophy to the one person with their car in the show that personifies the hobby, as in, built his car, shows his car and does things that promote the hobby, and we make a big deal of it. We have entries of all ages and find that the younger car owners are looking for a way to be involved, but don't like the attitudes of some of the old guys. I talk to them and try to discover their interests, which are very different from mine, but that's the way the hobby has evolved over the past 50 years or so, and it will keep evolving despite how we feel about it.
@1971 you are right, but the most pedantic among us are what is turning potential enthusiasts off. Especially for the old guard who is unwilling to teach but willing to criticize.
@buckshot575 you do realize that a Ferrari 250 GTO is the most valuable car on the planet at $70 million, right? Hate to breaking it to you but certain Japanese collector cars hav already traded for about that privately.
@BMD4800 I understand the market for collectibles far better than you might realize, but I merely pointed out how flawed that logic is. Where I draw the line is where individuals feel that they can decide what is and isn't collectible to the broader masses. People like that are what drive budding enthusiasts away.
As do I.
What is and what isn’t a collectible depends upon your goal.
Are we talking enthusiasts or collectors?
Enthusiasts like what they like. Collectors who seek a profit follow the trends.
@BMD4800 I don’t agree with your assessment on collectors. I think the term you’re thinking of is speculator or even investor.
Jay Leno is a collector and I think anyone who says he’s not an enthusiast would be laughed out of the thread. I’ve met him and other collectors of his level and they are just as passionate as any other average enthusiast. They can be the same thing. In fact I’d argue that few collectors are speculators or investors in my dealings.
Give me one top 40 song from the 50's or 60's that used a vulgar expletive or phrase over and over again in every measure. You can't do it. So don't compare Elvis to the thug "so-called musicians" of today's generation. I really don't see a comparison between The Big Bopper and Benny The Butcher.