Car Buffs

Know any car buffs? You probably do; you’re reading this post. But, I’d be willing to bet that the ones you know are not teens or twenty-somethings. Because, car buffs are on the wane.

There’s attrition (the old guys are dying off), and the amount of younger people interested in cars, and all things cars, is decreasing every year. The population of car buffs (auto enthusiasts, if you will, with all of their quirks) is getting squeezed downward on both ends of the demographic spectrum.

Every life comes to an end; there is nothing to be done about that attrition. But, why the huge drop in people who love cars in that “very young”, and “young” demographic?

There are various reasons, including less interest in car ownership, less need for car ownership (urban living, mass transit and ride-sharing services), other things that are more important to these age groups (a smartphone, video games, etc.), the hassle of car ownership, and so forth. And perhaps most importantly, a lot of young people just don’t really care about cars. In fact, I would go so far as to say that they’re completely apathetic about cars.

Remember when you were coming up on your 16th birthday, and that was exciting, because it meant you could drive? And, maybe you were like me, and you got up at 5 AM on your 16th birthday, just so you could be first in line at the DMV to take your driving test, and therefore not miss any possible minutes of driving time after you turned 16?

Yeah, that doesn’t happen any more.

The prospect of driving now brings a collective yawn from most teenagers. They are not impressed with the benefits of driving themselves around, of having that real or implied freedom, and in fact, are pretty much content to have their parents take them wherever they need to go, just as their parents have always done.

“Drivers license? Yeah, I’ll take the test sometime.”

As an auto enthusiast, car buff, gearhead, etc., I don’t like this trend at all, but what can you do? It’s a different world then when I was 1o, or 16, or 30, or even 40. Much different.

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The 1960 Chevrolet Corvair on top of the 1960 Chevrolet Impala, meant to show just how compact the new Corvair was, compared to a typical full-size car.

People want different things. Young people I know are either perplexed or bemused by my passion for automobiles; it’s really quite foreign to them. And (deep breath here) senseless, frankly. Yes, they think it is a waste of time and intellectual energy.

C’est la vie.

My love for cars is pure, and constant. If you need me for anything, I’ll be out in the garage…



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