Old Car, Young Guy
This past Sunday I rode up to Davison, Michigan to take a look at some parts. The guy I was getting them from had gotten in touch after a previous parts deal saying he had some V8 Mustang stuff that he was going to scrap if I didn't want them, so I said I'd take them off his hands. His following text was, "Can't wait to see that Torino of yours again." I smiled at that. When I got there in my F150, he was a bit disappointed and said as much, commenting that, "it's good to see young guys into these old cars. You don't see it so much these days."
That got me to thinking. When I picked up my Columbia 2-speed axle down in Tennessee the guy had said something similar, telling me he expected me to be older, what with my project being a '35 and all. There's a lot of people with this line of thinking, and with that comes the worry of the hobby dying. While I don't agree with that, I do believe that the scene is changing - as it always has.
The younger generations are often more interested in technology, safety, and ever-more capable cars. The older generations were interested in at least two of those when they were younger, technology and capability. Flatheads gave way to OHV tech and the days of the venerable flathead Ford were out. Even the OHV conversions couldn't keep up with a lightly modified 283, not to mention the looming hemi's, wedge-heads, etc. With power came performance, and soon the '32 coupe was eclipsed by race-bred Valiants, Falcons, and GTOs. Much like then, today the young guys are eeking more power from turbos and hybrid systems, and it seems like every day you hear of someone with 1,500 horsepower out of their Mustang, Camaro, or Town and Country (ok, not really, but it's possible... probably...).
What's the point, you ask?
The hobby isn't dying - it's evolving. Does that mean your parts or car are obsolete? Probably. Does that mean no one is interested? No. For every tuner with an interest in the new stuff, there's a guy like me hauling parts from across the country to revive an obsolete old hulk. Why? For the same reason the tuner wants a hybrid system - for the love of the possible. That's car culture in a nutshell.
The love of the possible.