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Re: fate of the hobby

To: "cfchrist" <cfchrist@earthlink.net>, <spridgets@autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: fate of the hobby
From: Peggy <pbohler@wenet.net>
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 21:50:49 -0700
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Reply-to: Peggy <pbohler@wenet.net>
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Good thoughts.
A lot of cars at shows have "keep away" signs on them.  
I think that is sad.  
I know they put a lot of money in them, but that (to me) is not the point.  
I believe things are to be used and enjoyed and touched (respectfully, of
We don't even have "everyday dishes", etc. at our house.  We use the "Good
China" every day.    
I could go on, but will stop before I write a novel -- 
In the meantime, use the 'good' dishes, sit in the wonderful autos, and
walk on the grass......
Hey, don't just stop and smell the roses - go ahead and pick 'em. 

At 12:47 AM 9/1/99 -0000, cfchrist wrote:
>unfortunatly children of the 90's view our cars as either rare/exotic or
>expensive.   they do not remember seeing them new at a dealer's showroom.
>they have no recolection of having wild drunken excursions from college to
>spring break or on a beer run for that much.   they didnt hang out somewhere
>and meet that "special "person.  nor did they race one legally or not to
>have gained a respect or fear of their agility.   there is no emotional
>connection with their past for them.   i see this in the aaca(anteaque
>automobile club of america).   the average age of it's membership remembers
>the family's new model"t".   the type of cars most easily recognised as
>anteaque autos are so old and so expensive that very few if any youth are
>attracted to them unless they are chopped and brilliantly painted with tons
>of chrome under the hood.    i am an ardent admirer of old cars.   old
>sports cars show some amazing technology for their times .  there are a
>couple of things wich might help.
>i offer parents to allow their child to sit in my cars at car shows.  and
>heck if dad or mom wants to give it a shot why not!  they love to take
>pictures of the kids.
>i have given rides to a couple of local kids who insist that old car cant
>get out of it's own way.(changed their minds!)
>exposure is the name of the game.  sharing your pride and joy with others .
>at 1 point i had 1old car.  i was considered some kind of crazy fool.   then
>i had 2 and people told me you have to sell 1 to get another! now i have 5
>and i am considered a collector!  i have not changed! but the perception has
>changed.  now at shows i am treated diffrently.  it's funny to me.   but the
>public is out there and looking and listening.   share something of your
>good fortune with a friend or a neighbor.   you might be opening the door to
>the future of our hobby.   my father took me for a ride in his last race car
>as a child.   i never have forgot that ride!  that was 1967.   4 years ago i
>found the remains of that car and restored it back to that period of time
>when it first excited me.   now there is a lasting impression!   i challenge
>evryone on our list to try when it presents itself to initiate someone new
>to what it feels like to enjoy what it is that you all seem to find so dear
>to you.  aw heck if nothing else you might get a lead on the one across town
>in a barn or shed you never heard of or saw.

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