The collector car hobby is forever-changing. In order to fully recognize its impact on the culture around us, we have to look at its past, present, and future. A couple of years ago when I met with automotive appraiser Donald Osborne as part of my appearance on Jay Leno’s Garage, Donald said something that stuck with me. In so many words, he said, “The cars you obsess over at 17, you buy at age 40.”
Does that ring true for you as it does for me? Indeed, the prediction is playing out exactly as he described. I’m in my 40s and finally getting a chance to acquire and enjoy some of the vehicles I wanted when I was in high school. And that’s the magical part of it all – everyone’s “dream car” is likely going to be a little bit unique, depending on what era he or she grew up in.
We spent a great deal of time in January talking about cars that in our respective opinions are well-positioned to be future collectibles. Included in the feature stories was a write-up I put together on a panel discussion specifically dedicated to this topic.
Not long from now, there will be heightened appreciation for cars from the 2000s as being collectible since they are now greater than two decades old. For some people, that truth is difficult to accept, because accepting it means acknowledging our age. I’m here to embrace it, and so is the Future Collector Car Show (FCCS), an event which has become an annual tradition in Arizona.
This year’s FCCS took place on Saturday, January 20, at the Polo Field at WestWorld in Scottsdale. For the second year in a row, the event was hosted by Barrett-Jackson at the home of the company’s largest annual auction. Key sponsorship was provided by Meguiar’s, and there were a number of other players who made the day a success — including a team of volunteers like Jhae Pfenning and Bogi Lateiner who kept the crowd entertained throughout the day.
Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson also took the stage for a portion of the awards ceremony, and he made it clear that Barrett-Jackson’s support of the “new classic” movement remains alive and well. We are eager to see what future years bring to our beloved hobby.
In the coming weeks, you will see “Interesting Finds” videos that highlight a handful of the vehicles that stood out to us during FCCS. The best thing about this show was its variety, and the spotlighted cars you’ll see will only reflect a small contingent of the quality vehicles on display. Join us next year!
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