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Detroit Autorama

The 2016 Detroit Autorama did not disappoint! It is everything it is cracked up to be. With the Great 8 and ultimately the Riddler Award being announced, there is no doubt some of the best customs in the world are on display.

Detroit Autorama Ridler Award Winner

If these automotive pieces of art aren’t your thing, there were plenty of custom cars and trucks that range from rat rods to drivers to trailer queens to look at and talk to the owners about. To me, an entry level hot rod is just as cool as one of the great eight.

Detroit Autorama Yellow Camaro

I want to know what has been done to the car and what the owner still wants to do. Most of us don’t have the time or money to build or have built a Riddler car.

Detroit Autorama hot rod 2

Don’t ever let that stop you. Car guys have a lot of respect for those getting in the hobby and building something on a budget. We have all been there and most of us stay there. Having the passion and enjoying the hobby is what it is all about!

Detroit Autorama collector car

Will we be passing the torch or will the fire burn?

Will we be passing the torch or will the fire burn out with the next generation? Of course, I am talking about the collector car hobby and the passion for classic cars.

There are a couple schools of thought. One is that the fire will burn out because kids are not into cars, especially old ones. To a lot of younger people, a car is nothing more than something that gets them from place to place. And if that can be done by bike, bus, cab, or a parent, they don’t feel the need to have a car. With this mentality, old cars would seem to be the furthest thing from their minds!

The other thought is that the hobby is going to stay strong for several reasons:

1. Rat rods, low-budget customs and Rockabilly
It is very acceptable to have an old car that is unfinished and still show it off at car shows. In fact, patina is very desirable. The younger generation car owners have embraced the Rockabilly lifestyle. The best part is that it doesn’t take a year’s salary to get started in the hobby and these kids are having fun.

2. New cars are future hot rods.
In ten years, the Mustang GT, Challenger SRT8, and Camaro SS will be very affordable. You will be able to buy a car with more than 400 horsepower that gets more than 20 mpg for under $10,000.

3. Restomods
The popularity of restomods increases every year. Having a cool old car that has new technology built in, so it has the drivability and reliability of a new corvette really appeals to a lot of people, especially the younger generations.

4. Availability of old cars
There are a lot of old cars on the market. This could be a restoration project, restomod, survivor, hot rod, you name it. As new generations come into the hobby, they will have plenty to choose from based on their budget.

If you are in the collector car hobby, share your passion with the younger generations. Your kids, grandkids, and their friends. Take them for rides in the car. Take them to a car show with you. Have them help you work on the car. Let them drive your car (you with them of course). You are not sharing your car, you are sharing the passion!