During the past week, as the movers and shakers of the collector car hobby were preparing for their annual gathering on the Monterey Peninsula, we asked several of them to help us take a long look through the windshield, scouting out the Road to 2030.
After we introduced the series, Lindsey Harrell took a look at the changes she anticipates in concours and car shows; Michael Bodell did the same regarding car museums; Roger Falcione wrote of changing technology and demographics; John Kruse predicted a major shift for the collector car auction industry; we suggested that the “electra-mod” will become as common as the “resto mod” has become; and McKeel Hagerty had some startling observations about autonomous vehicles and the upcoming generations of car enthusiasts.
The series already has drawn some interesting comments from readers, among them the suggestion that if we want to make the hobby more accepted by everyone, from governments to future generations, we should brand the preservation and restoration of vintage vehicles as a beneficial form of recycling.
Throughout the series, we’ve presented some interesting, engaging and perhaps even controversial ideas about the road the hobby will be traveling in the coming years. Now it’s your turn, since it is you, the hobbyists, from Baby Boomers to Millennials (or even Gen Zers), who actually will determine where we’ll be in 2030, and even beyond.
We welcome your thoughts and we’ll share them through the Comments section below.