There have been countless studies done to prove it, but virtually everyone knows that spending quality time with a kid is the greatest gift you can give them. And sharing your appreciation for collector cars is a great way to nurture their interest in a hobby that you can enjoy together for many years to come.
We are all constantly reminded of a kids need to express themselves. What better way to help them do that, than to nurture their appreciation for an interesting and “different” collector vehicle?
Kids can even start small, with posters, toys, and model kits. Soon you may discover them pouring over your old collection of car magazines. Then they are on their way, dreaming of their own future collector cars.
Hopefully one day you will find yourself with an eager companion in your garage, soaking up your knowledge and years of experience in this exciting hobby. You may even find your own enthusiasm invigorated, as you watch the development of young, wide-eyed interest in the hobby you have enjoyed for years. Talk about an opportunity to bond with a kid, this may be your best chance! For while a youngster’s music choices and video games may be alien to you, their interest in a Mustang, ‘Cuda, Corvette, or Model A Ford can be right up your alley. And every time a youngster helps to apply a coat of wax, change a set of brake shoes, install a new tail lamp lens, or perform a simple tune-up, they will begin to experience a growing sense of pride and accomplishment.
Teaching a youngster to appreciate something as special as a collector car is a terrific way to communicate strong values of respect for all things, to help them understand the value of our history and our culture. And they will quickly learn positive ways to express themselves; perhaps even with a special car or truck that matches their own personal style.
Who knows how far it might go? Your young companion may grow up to be a talented restorer, or race car driver, or even an executive in the performance automotive aftermarket industry. (Did you know that SEMA offers scholarships to deserving young people who have indicated an interest in a future career in the automotive field?)
Life is full of choices for kids. You can help them make the right ones by sharing your appreciation for cool old cars.