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End of our era? Car shows and a way of life.
#1314467 Sun Jun 16 2019 02:02 AM
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Not to call the game in the 8th ending, but. Something I've noticed when attending small town car shows, most participants are getting a bit long in the tooth. Today I drove to a local show (a little over an hour away) I've missed for the past several years. It was shocking obvious that in the next 5 to 10 years most of the car owners would not be attending. At 67 I was one of the younger guys there. While several 40 some'odds were there, all the owners were within a few years of me, most older. My home town club is in the same situation. With about 40 members, 35 are my age and older. We ain't gonna be around much longer showing the pride and joy of our youth.

The same applies to the things I grew up doing. Squirrel hunting was a huge deal in my house and rural community when I was growing up. At 10 years old, dad stated letting me take Grand Paws old hex barrel, Remington rolling block 22 squirrel hunting. Now he was 50 yards or so in the background but I was "hunting". From the old Remington I progressed to a used JC Higgins bolt action 12ga when I was 12. Man did that thing kick, but it'd knock a fox squirrel out of the top of the biggest pin oak in Hurricane Creek Bottoms.

Outside of my two boys and one nephew, I haven't seen anyone younger than 50 squirrel hunting in several years.

Not much point to this post, guess I just wanted to state the obvious. Things change, the world moves on. That's the way it's always been, just seems to be happening pretty fast these days.

RonR


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Re: End of our era? Car shows and a way of life.
moparguy #1314469 Sun Jun 16 2019 02:13 AM
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The last two car shows here have had a bigger turnout than previous year so I think our shows are travelling ok


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Re: End of our era? Car shows and a way of life.
moparguy #1314483 Sun Jun 16 2019 04:08 AM
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I think the younger folks can't get into it because of priorities. Money, Job and family to raise.
Those all come first!
When they get into their 40's and 50's, they have the time and money to get into it.
At any show, you will see a lot of younger lookers.
When the kids get grown and the money is there, they will take over when we are gone.

Just my opinion and belief.
Don


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Re: End of our era? Car shows and a way of life.
moparguy #1314485 Sun Jun 16 2019 10:04 AM
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Don, I shared your opinion until recently. Just not seeing it happening in my small local circles.


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Re: End of our era? Car shows and a way of life.
moparguy #1314486 Sun Jun 16 2019 10:39 AM
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I had a 1960 MGA for 49 years and I have a 1954 3100 for those that don't know. My son is 46 and has no interest in either so I sold the MGA and I am sure the if something happens to me the truck will be sold. He is more interested in exotic cars. I agree with RonR. In the summer there is a get together every Tuesday and I have never seen anyone below 45 or 50 there. BTW I am 76 and it is becoming harder to go to show because of mobility issues. I have begun taking a cane because the shows a lot of the time are in grassy fields. And with COPD the heat and the walking is difficult.


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Re: End of our era? Car shows and a way of life.
moparguy #1314488 Sun Jun 16 2019 11:54 AM
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In my local area the car Show crowd is divided into 3 groups. The old guys showing 20s-50s cars and trucks. The middle age guys showing 60s-70s muscle cars and the younger guys showing newer muscle and rice burners. The face of the shows is swinging more toward the younger crowd. At our recent show the spectators were, by far, the younger set. Lots of young kids roaming the show with their 20 something parents. The car/truck culture seems very healthy.
On a different note, the local powers that be are trying their best to kill one of the two shows we have annually. The Burger Day festival parking space for the show keeps shrinking. This year only 2 city blocks instead of 3. The city can rent booth space and make money off the festival whereas the car show doesn’t bring in any direct revenue. Kill the show bring in more booths selling all sorts of carp and they will be happy. End of rant.


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Re: End of our era? Car shows and a way of life.
moparguy #1314498 Sun Jun 16 2019 01:46 PM
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Surely it is not the end, Martin. The venue we used on Tues during the summer was lost to the fact grassy area next to the Hardees was bought by a tire store to build a new building. But the divisions o vehicles is about the same as yours. We moved to a closed Staples but a lot of the people would eat at the Hardees but now that option is gone. This is our biggy.. But there is one the 29th of this month a sub show of the September one. It is well attended.


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Re: End of our era? Car shows and a way of life.
moparguy #1314501 Sun Jun 16 2019 02:16 PM
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I agree with Don. Most folks don't have either time or money when they are younger, did you? I seem to notice a wide spectrum of ages with car show spectators, but most historic/hot rod/muscle car owners in the 50-70 year age range.

Re: End of our era? Car shows and a way of life.
moparguy #1314502 Sun Jun 16 2019 02:53 PM
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When I started going to shows there was a good number of ones gathered around the Model T's, then the Model A's, then to pre-war, then the Tri-Fives were hot with everyone dreaming of a 57 Chevy, on to the muscle cars and finally 4drs and rice burners. When one fades another gains favor but I admit I'm stuck on the pre-war models. Went to a show yesterday in the home town of WW2 hero Audie Murphy that has grown from around 35 cars to 200 or so in the last few years.,


Evan
Re: End of our era? Car shows and a way of life.
moparguy #1314553 Mon Jun 17 2019 12:22 AM
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Don, I agree with you, but one thing to consider is that when the younger folks reach their 40's and 50's, will there be any 40's and 50's vehicles left to restore? There are only so many barns left and subsequently so many barn finds left. They will probably be restoring 70's & 80's vehicles, truly not classics by any stretch!! In my humble opinion.

[I think the younger folks can't get into it because of priorities. Money, Job and family to raise.
Those all come first!
When they get into their 40's and 50's, they have the time and money to get into it.]


Charlie

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