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 I was driving my 55 Chrysler yesterday and a couple of kids were fascinated by my older car. It was like something that they had never seen.

 

 I though about when I was about 10 and a neighbor was driving his 1919 touring car back and forth from Florida. Wow was that ancient!  Now that I think about it, it was only 41 years old and my 55 is 60 years old.

 

Now a days, I think of a 1975 as a used car, not an antique.

 

 The highlight of my day was when I stopped to see a new train depot that was just built in a neighboring town ,and to admire the new train service in my area.While I was looking at the train, the train engineer was admiring my car!

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 I was driving my 55 Chrysler yesterday and a couple of kids were fascinated by my older car. It was like something that they had never seen.

 

 I though about when I was about 10 and a neighbor was driving his 1919 touring car back and forth from Florida. Wow was that ancient!  Now that I think about it, it was only 41 years old and my 55 is 60 years old.

 

Now a days, I think of a 1975 as a used car, not an antique.

 

 The highlight of my day was when I stopped to see a new train depot that was just built in a neighboring town ,and to admire the new train service in my area.While I was looking at the train, the train engineer was admiring my car!

what country and state was this in?

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It is indeed a rare kid that notices old cars. I think when that happens that we're obligated to to engage

the kid in conversation to reward his interest. Hopefully he'll retain the interaction and develop some

interest in other old cars as well.

Sad part is that his father will see the greyhound radiator cap on my 34 Ford and ask, or declare that it

must be a Jaguar because of the hood ornament. When I explain that it's Greyhound on a Ford like the car

Bonnie & Clyde were killed in, I learn that the father & his friends never even heard of the movie.

At that point I tell the fathers friends not to go hunting with him, because he doesn't know a cat from a

dog.

Actually I had a more intelligent conversation with the kid, there is hope for him.

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I've noticed children (especially boys) staring at

my 1970's cars when they go by.  Even my

1979 Buick Electra is something they have never seen

and gets noticed.  My 1961 Imperial, with its

tall and sharp fins, passed through a parking lot

and had one 7-year-old with his jaw open in awe!

 

Yes, friends, there is hope.

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In the tiny town near me (one post office, one fire house, one general store) the store held a small off-the-cuff car show on Sunday.  Twenty cars showed up despite a lack of publicity.  A father (or grandfather?) was showing his 4- or 5-year old my car, lifting him up to look inside but telling the kid he mustn't touch the car.  I suggested he plop the kid right in the driver's seat, to his surprise.  (The seats are just vinyl, nothing valuable here!)  The youngster seemed to enjoy himself sitting behind the wheel, turning the steering wheel.  Within reason, I think car owners ought to encourage kids to get in the cars, so long as they clearly remind the kids (and parents) that most people do not like kids letting touching or getting into their cars. In this case, the father / grandfather was obviously aware of that.

 

It's not like the old days.  Kids nowadays are no longer gearheads as we were at their age.  It's all about video games and texting now.  They have to be enticed into sampling our world.   We have a selling job to do if there is to be an old car hobby in 20 years.

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In the tiny town near me (one post office, one fire house, one general store) the store held a small off-the-cuff car show on Sunday.  Twenty cars showed up despite a lack of publicity.  A father (or grandfather?) was showing his 4- or 5-year old my car, lifting him up to look inside but telling the kid he mustn't touch the car.  I suggested he plop the kid right in the driver's seat, to his surprise.  (The seats are just vinyl, nothing valuable here!)  The youngster seemed to enjoy himself sitting behind the wheel, turning the steering wheel.  Within reason, I think car owners ought to encourage kids to get in the cars, so long as they clearly remind the kids (and parents) that most people do not like kids letting touching or getting into their cars. In this case, the father / grandfather was obviously aware of that.

 

It's not like the old days.  Kids nowadays are no longer gearheads as we were at their age.  It's all about video games and texting now.  They have to be enticed into sampling our world.   We have a selling job to do if there is to be an old car hobby in 20 years.

Hear, hear ! Wayne

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Funny this subject should come up.

Just yesterday I was out in my '65 Mustang and met up with a former neighbor lady who was out walking with her 5-6 year old grandson whom I had taken for rides in my '19 Touring T and '25 Dodge.

I stopped to talk and her grandson said "I didn't know you had a Mustang.......Mustang is my FAVORITE car!"........  :P

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Funny this subject should come up.

Just yesterday I was out in my '65 Mustang and met up with a former neighbor lady who was out walking with her 5-6 year old grandson whom I had taken for rides in my '19 Touring T and '25 Dodge.

I stopped to talk and her grandson said "I didn't know you had a Mustang.......Mustang is my FAVORITE car!"........  :P

So ??? Did he get a ride in the Mustang ? Wayne

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My neighbor's two small children were amazed looking at my Ford.  They had never seen tires with "white on the side."  They were thrilled to operate the manual windows, having grown up with power windows.  Their dad couldn't believe I let them crawl all over the inside of the car.  The little fingerprints wiped right off. 

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In the tiny town near me (one post office, one fire house, one general store) the store held a small off-the-cuff car show on Sunday.  Twenty cars showed up despite a lack of publicity.  A father (or grandfather?) was showing his 4- or 5-year old my car, lifting him up to look inside but telling the kid he mustn't touch the car.  I suggested he plop the kid right in the driver's seat, to his surprise.  (The seats are just vinyl, nothing valuable here!)  The youngster seemed to enjoy himself sitting behind the wheel, turning the steering wheel.  Within reason, I think car owners ought to encourage kids to get in the cars, so long as they clearly remind the kids (and parents) that most people do not like kids letting touching or getting into their cars. In this case, the father / grandfather was obviously aware of that.

 

It's not like the old days.  Kids nowadays are no longer gearheads as we were at their age.  It's all about video games and texting now.  They have to be enticed into sampling our world.   We have a selling job to do if there is to be an old car hobby in 20 years."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I bring a dragster to a few car shows and if I see a small child looking at it I tell the parent to lift the kid in and take a pic.

 

 It's funny that when the parent has a few kids, the older one (about 12) does not want to take part in the photo shoot. (to mature for that kind of stuff)

 

 

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Here is a link to some fun: http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/

 

I was 30 years old in 1978 when I purchased my 1964 Riviera for $2100. I also had to pay tax at about 30% to have the $2100 in hand, about $2700 to earn. That's about $8,000 in discretionary money for today's youth.

 

We old farts saved a lot of cars. My daughter is young. Her extra money is being invested in her future, not my memories.

 

Bernie

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I've noticed children (especially boys) staring at

my 1970's cars when they go by.  Even my

1979 Buick Electra is something they have never seen

and gets noticed.  My 1961 Imperial, with its

tall and sharp fins, passed through a parking lot

and had one 7-year-old with his jaw open in awe!

 

Yes, friends, there is hope.

. Last Sunday I drove my '75 Olds convertible for the first time in nearly twenty years. With the top down and all accumulated patina, I went to the nearest gas station a mile away. While at the pump, teens and preteens pointed and smiled. The patron at the next pump commented "hey, nice car!" I replied, "it was even nicer when I bought it forty years ago".
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I was working in my garage on my 1931 Reo Royale which is in pieces . A little 5 year old girl passed by with her father and told me . " You should go to the car store and buy a new car " . I agreed I would go to the store laughing and get a new car . The father said nothing and left with the his child . Sometimes the children these days are the more interested ones .

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I was working in my garage on my 1931 Reo Royale which is in pieces . A little 5 year old girl passed by with her father and told me . " You should go to the car store and buy a new car " . I agreed I would go to the store laughing and get a new car . The father said nothing and left with the his child . Sometimes the children these days are the more interested ones .

Smart kid.

 

On the shelf above me is a copy of  Ralph Stein's Treasury of the Automobile It arrived at our village library in 1961.

 

There two pictures dramatically affected my life. One is an unrestored Mercer, the other is the completed restored car. In 1961 I thought "I can do that!". Fifty years later I realize I should have thought "How can I get that guy's car!"

Bernie

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Within reason, I think car owners ought to encourage kids to get in the cars, so long as they clearly remind the kids (and parents) that most people do not like kids letting touching or getting into their cars. In this case, the father / grandfather was obviously aware of that.

 

It's not like the old days.  Kids nowadays are no longer gearheads as we were at their age.  It's all about video games and texting now.  They have to be enticed into sampling our world.   We have a selling job to do if there is to be an old car hobby in 20 years.

 

I agree about encouraging kids to get into the cars to check them out, within reason.  I have noticed at car shows that people are generally watchful over others' vehicles.  It is frustrating when parents who don't care about cars let their kids run amuck amongst the cars ... disturbing & perturbing many owners.

 

That selling job is going to get tougher & tougher, given today's technology.  BUT, I have seen some glimmer of hope here 'n' there.  Sometimes, I'm surprised by the kids who ARE interested in older cars, if that makes sense.

 

 

Cort :) www.oldcarsstronghearts.com

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A guy was asking me why I was pumping the gas pedal.

 

I told him there was no choke plate in the carburetor, then he was really confused.

 

It's easy to give a novice an answer that confuses him;

every hobby has its jargon.  The challenge, Jack, is to

explain so he'll understand and even increase his interest

in old cars!

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We were ALL kids ONCE, sure some are wild, but so were MANY of US years ago.

 

We owned a hardware store for 20+ years, a man came in often with his two boys, he always said as they walked thru the door, "OK BOYS, HANDS IN POCKETS", I always got a good laugh out of that.  Years later a fellow approached me in a store, and said, "MR. SMITH, REMEMBER ME, HANDS IN POCKETS".  He seemed like he really grew up to be a fine young man.

 

Times have changed, Henry Ford knows such,  He once said, " IF I ASKED THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANTED, THEY WOULD SAY FASTER HORSES. 

 

Dale in Indy 

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I speak about this often with my car buddies I hang and go on drives with, most of whom have vintage Mercedes coupes like mine or W113 (Pagoda SL). Every time I'm out and about, little kids, maybe age 5-10 or so, really stop, stare, and get googly eyes. I'm sure they have NO IDEA what this car is, tho some astute kids actually name it, by the hood star I'd guess, but they are probably just enthralled by all the chrome on the tall grille and layered bumpers. Cars today just don't have those massive chrome grilles and details anymore and kids like shiny things or anything new-to-them.  Next most popular group, women. Middle-aged ladies really go out of their way to compliment me on the car, followed next by teenage girls for some reason. Next is elderly or at least senior gentlemen, many pointing out they had a similar car or rode in one their parents owned. The group that almost NEVER comments, acknowledges or sometimes even go so far as to glance then quickly look away, turning their whole head away while their wife and kids eyeball me down the street, is 40's-50's aged men. I personally think it's that competitive nature of men, "you have what I want or don't have therefore I won't give you the pleasure of my acknowledgement." Who knows, but I have caught myself doing that too in the past without even realizing it, and it's all I can figure out. Humans... silly creatures.

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