As anyone involved in this pastime knows, a “graying” of car collectors has been a concern of clubs, hobby vendors and show promoters for years. The average age of car buffs is going up and the hobby isn’t attracting young people. The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and many car museums have programs to fight this trend. Unfortunately, despite their outstanding efforts, gray hair is the rule at car shows.
But things may be changing. The animated motion picture Cars is the reason. My grand kids took me to see the Disney-Pixar film. They loved it. Apparently, they are not the only kids who did. Last summer, when I passed kids in my old sports car, they pointed and waved like never before. . The movie is the only thing that seems to explain their enthusiasm. Cartoon “car-acters” like Lightning McQueen, Sally Carrera and Tow Mater have young kids excited about cars again. I’d like to see a group like ARMO (the Auto Restoratorers Market Organization) come up with its own cartoon characters to excite kids about old cars.