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Future Collector Car Show: the Realignment is On

FCCS drives the next generation of car lovers


The Future Collector Car Show (FCCS) at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction 2023 was a display of a variety of vehicles that could be considered new by enthusiasts used to American V8s. Who wants to see a late-model Acura NSX or a Toyota GR86 with boy racer mods? Well, plenty, actually, but that’s not the purpose of the show — it’s to showcase the many different, vehicles that currently attract interest from enthusiasts and possibly may lead the way as leading collectibles. Buy low, sell high? Then pay attention, Boomer!

It wasn’t too long ago that fans of V8 muscle were posting on social media, “The cars I like are the greatest! Can you name one Japanese car that’s collectible?” while ignoring classics like the Datsun 240Z and the Toyota 2000GT, if not the fact that the world of collectible cars goes beyond North America’s borders. Since the introduction of the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise and the implementation of many unusual cars in video games, many young men and women have been exposed to vehicles that have never appeared on our shores, as well as cars that show what can be done with judicious use of the aftermarket. FCCS is the show for these enthusiasts. Feeling old yet?

An example of the hobby as it looks today.

As participation to display a vehicle at FCCS was by application only, the entries were curated to reflect variety of vehicles that represent the spirit of what the collector car hobby may look like today and the future, preserved or modified. No, FCCS was not dominated by JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) vehicles, though the idea of seeing cars that were not originally available in the American market is quite attractive. A few American classics were there for you purists, such as a 1968 Firebird 400 convertible painted in Pink Mist, a spring color. Several VWs and other Euros were in attendance, including a Ford Escort at one of the vendor’s displays. But, of course, Japanese cars ruled the event, including a nice selection of 1990s Nissan Skyline GT-Rs and other right-hand drive curiosities from another land.

Best Electro-Mod went to Rob Ward and his 1966 Cadillac. (Image by an attendee)

“Barrett-Jackson has long been a pioneer in the industry, championing its growth by creating family-friendly events for multiple generations to come together and enjoy this hobby with one another,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We are excited to bring the Future Collector Car Show to our iconic Scottsdale Auction and continue to engage the next generation of enthusiasts for years to come.”

Best Preserved went to Nick Brackett and his 1989 Pontiac ASC/McLaren.

Like in 2022, FCCS at Barrett-Jackson featured automotive culture blended with the world of fashion, in the latter’s case a competitive fashion show produced by Luxe and City. The winning stylist, Lamark Cole, received a $1,000 cash prize and a complimentary showcase at Arizona Fashion Week, which includes the opportunity to judge Collection of the Year.

Dennis Ray won Best Restored with his 1972 Mazda RX-2.

Look at the world over the past 10 years and there’s been a realignment going on and continues to go on. Whether it’s something macro like geopolitics or micro like the automotive hobby in North America, things are changing in ways we never anticipated. While it’s true post-war American vehicles continue to rule, there’s a variety of other vehicles that are coming on strong. How you embrace what you can’t change will determine your enjoyment of the change.

Glance below at more show winners including Best of Show.


Ford in Ford, presented by Ford was presented to John Moreali and his 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.
Best Period-Correct Modifications went to Eric Pasia and his 1995 Porsche 911.
Ahmed Chaudhry won Rookie of the Year, presented by Cordes Performance for his 1994 Toyota Supra.
UTI’s Student’s Choice went to Scott Covey and his 1982 Toyota pickup.
Elegance of Heritage went to this 1997 TVR Cerbera owned by Aaron Forrester.
People’s Choice went to Michael Gadrera and his 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.
Best of Show was won by David Finn and his 2002 Honda S2000.

Best Purpose-Built Performance, presented by Toyo Tires was won by Wes and Marissa Hanson for their 2010 Nissan GT-R (not shown).

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.



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