You really think that you had to "fend for yourself"?
You grew up surrounded by a culture that made owning a car a necessity, and owning a cool car a ticket to everything from making lifelong friends to meeting a spouse, and you think it all just happened magically? You were born in an era where a thousand bucks would get you anything from a tri-Five (if you're 75 now) to a Celica GT-S (if you're 50) and that just feels like something you created? Or something that didn't have any effect?
I owned a new BMW and a nearly-new 911 before I was thirty --- but I'm not arrogant enough to think I somehow earned everything from the cars themselves to the club infrastructure that surrounded it. I got help. From fellow enthusiasts. From track rats. From mechanics who wanted to see the cars they loved thrive. From mentors at dealerships and in the auto industry.
Today's kids have little to none of that infrastructure available. So instead of telling me how ignorant I am, maybe you can *show* me how ignorant I am by proving me wrong and by helping the next generation instead of gloating as you pull the ladder up behind you. 🙂
I wouldn’t take the haters here too seriously Jack - the knee jerk responses to imagined slights or observations that hit too close to home are pretty obvious. Anyone that pops off about politics here is frankly part of the problem, and if they don’t see why it just confirms why they are part of the problem.
Hey there @GRAHAM_TR6, we absolutely encourage young drivers to get behind the wheel! As long as they have a clean driving record and a valid drivers license, we can certainly take a look at adding your son as a driver. I would love to look into this a little deeper if you could shoot me a PM!
Thanks for the article. This does contain some truth and accuracy in many of the points made. There are a lot of _ricks out there. They act like cliquish high school girls only meaner. It’s like any social circle. I don’t however agree that it’s harder for young enthusiasts though. If they are driven by their passion they will find a way to get involved. There is still a bunch of great people in the collector/classic car world; they’re everywhere you just need to look.
Except no one passed a law making the sale of traditional cameras illegal, forcing photographers to buy a digital camera. As the digital camera technology improved, most photographers went digital. Those that wanted to stay with traditional film can still buy and use a non-digital camera if they wish. Not so much with ICE vehicles, thanks to the misguided and hypocritical lefties. Save the planet! Kiss my @SS.
I suppose that it has nothing to do with the kids not liking to work with their hands, get dirty, perform physical labor or do anything that doesn't have a screen and little buttons. Maybe if they could get pajamas with little Camaro's and Mustangs on them they might take interest. And if the car won't start maybe mommy could still get them a participation trophy.
This kid is local, I see the truck up at our local church weekly car show.
There is still hope, the young still find a way to get into the hobby and keep old family trucks and cars alive, but I fear city kids not so much.
Hopefully more find their way to our hobby.
I forgot to add I let my 14 year old grand daughter drive the GrandSport as a part of teaching the fundamentals of driving.
My Corvette friends were aghast.
Best grandpa ever!!
I am finishing the frame off restoration of a 65 Corvette that is destined for my 34 year old nephew.