Sharing our automotive heritage with future generations

Once, while riding along on a club tour of southern Indiana country side, the discussion turned to the need to get younger people involved in the old car hobby.

Carl Fisher’s 1914 Packard roadster
Carl Fisher’s 1914 Packard roadster

Car shows and tours are great ways to nurture this involvement because:
• they are an affordable form of entertainment;
• they are a great way to share our interest in the old car hobby; and
• they foster an appreciation for the practice and enjoyment of technical skills in working on cars.

When talking about looking for affordable forms of entertainment, car shows and tours are winners. Many car shows and tours feature low cost or free admission for adults and free admission for children. In fact, the only cost for many club tours is lunch and fuel for our beloved steeds. What a great way to spend part of a day cruising on local two-lane roads taking in the passing scenery! Everyone involved feels this is relaxing. No computers or game consoles involved. Just you and Mother Nature.

Car shows and tours are also a great venue for sharing of our car culture. One item I particularly enjoy about some of our club activities is the sharing of various aspects of the car restoration process by our multi-generation members. One of our members discussed the wood-working techniques he was using to restore a 1916 Buick roadster. It was looking back in time to the skills and crafts of another era.

1933 Marmon Sixteen Coupe
1933 Marmon Sixteen Coupe

This discussion evolved to how car shows and tours can foster an appreciation for the value of the practice and enjoyment of the technical skills in working on cars for younger people. Many individuals derive satisfaction and compensation from the manual arts.

I believe it is time to pass on some of this appreciation to youth and get them involved in our great hobby. So, the next time you are heading out to car show or tour, take a child or a grandchild with you to continue sharing our automotive heritage with future generations.

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