Guest Blogger: Keith Leary, Tri-Club Show Committee Officer, River City Street
Why bother about getting young people interested in old cars?
Every worthwhile hobby needs fresh ideas, input, and enthusiasm to sustain interest over the long term. Young people are needed to replace participants who are no longer able to, or interested in pursuing the hobby.
How can we do this?
Start on a project. Help a friend on a car project, or start one of your own. Invite a young friend or relative to be involved or on the ‘team’. It should be stated here that the term ‘old cars’ includes old trucks, a very popular and quickly rising segment of the old car hobby.
Invite them along. Invite that young friend or relative to attend a car show or car related event with you. Take them along on a short drive or trip to the local ice cream stand. Maybe ask them to help you with a small maintenance task on your vehicle. Encourage them to join your local car club or group. They don’t even need to own an old car yet; interest is all that is required.
Sponsor a scholarship. Contact your local colleges to provide a scholarship for students in an auto related curriculum; e.g. auto mechanics/auto body. This can be done individually, or by your car club. Many families set up scholarships in memory of a loved one whose career was auto related.
The key to getting young people interested in the old car hobby is for each of us to take action by initiating an event to create awareness, understanding, and involvement in our hobby.