I can almost guarantee I'm the youngest car guy on this forum, so I'll weigh in. The last car show I've been to was a meet outside of New York City. I saw a guy roll up in what looked like the Sebring 67' MGB GT, so I walk up and asked him about the car. We had a small conversation, and my greatest take away was how surprised the owner was that I knew what the car was, and the livery on it no less. I remember back in October of 2019, I was fortunate enough to visit the Galpin collection. My father, Chuck(the man working) and I talked for a little bit. The Shelby Cobra came up and Chuck decided to hit me with a curve ball. He asked me what the 260 was based off of. Now, I'm still surprised I was able to get it correct, but I said it based off the Fairlane 221 V8. To say this guys mind was blown would be the understatement of the century. He looked genuinely surprised, and thats a memory that's been hard pressed into my brain. So why do I mention this? For the most part, I haven't been gatekept from the hobby. Most of the old farts are happy a 14 year old with a smile wants to talk about their 1/300,000 made on a Tuesday in October 1969 Charger with some "rare options". I'm not saying I haven't been discouraged. I remember back at Chevy Nationals, the owners of this beautiful 64' Corvair were pretty rude to me when I tried to strike up a conversation. And I have been given the stink eye at a few meets, especially from Porsche guys. But, that's alright. I'm not offended, nor could I give any less of a sh!t. HOWEVER, I'm not surprised the very elitist and down right cultist attitude the car community has come back to bite itself in the arse. Not to mention that no teenager slaving away at McDonalds(Hey das me) can afford or maintain an old car.
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