Where are we going? Leaders point toward the hobby’s future in 6-part series

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Where is the hobby headed? Will collector cars end up as artifacts of a bygone era like those used to create the Carhenge sculptures in western Nebraska? | Larry Edsall photo

Editor’s note: Follow all of the action and updates on our special Monterey Car Week page.


There’s a reason, we’ve been told, that the view through the windshield is large and the one in the rearview mirror is small. What’s behind us is gone — well, with the proviso that we need to be aware of those things catching up to us. But it’s that which lies ahead for which we must be alert and prepared.

And yet, traditionally — and even quite naturally — the collector car community seems to dwell in the past. We are comfortable with what was. We even celebrate what once may have been mere daily drivers but now are cherished and collected and frequently displayed, to the point of staging huge festivals dedicated to vintage vehicles and their preservation.

But from time to time, even we need to look ahead, to figure out where the hobby is headed. What is the future for our cherished vehicles from the past and the lifestyle we’ve come to enjoy? 

With that in mind, and as we prepare for the annual car week celebration on the Monterey Peninsula in northern California, we have asked some key individuals from within the hobby to share their expectations for what’s down the road maybe a decade from now.

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We’ll start the series Tuesday, August 14, with a roadmap for the future by Mark Gessler, who heads the Historic Vehicle Association, which was founded several years ago when a group of leaders within the hobby decided to do something to guarantee a future role for classic vehicles and the automobile’s role in American history and culture. 

Wednesday, Craig Jackson writes of the changing dockets to expect at collector car auctions, including Barrett-Jackson.

Thursday, Derek Moore of the National Corvette Museum shares how technology will keep car museums vital to visitors.

Friday, Craig Lieberman, technical director for the first two The Fast and Furious movies, looks at the emergence of Japanese cars as collectibles.

Saturday, Roger Falcione of ClassicCars.com examines changes coming in the marketplace, including whether electric cars will become objects pursued by collectors.

Sunday, Sandra Button, chair of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, shares her vision not only of concours events and car shows, but of the future of the hobby.

We hope you’ll find the series compelling, and thought provoking, and we’ll be eager to read your responsive comments.

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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