By Sam Locklin
Our Youth – A lost generation of muscle car enthusiasts?
American made muscle cars is something that cannot be taken away but it can be forgotten if we loose the interest of our youth. American made is something you don’t hear much about anymore. A true American success story involves the mystique of the muscle car era, which has achieved worldwide recognition.
The strong desire to own a car and get a drivers license as soon as you turn 16 no longer is the typical way of life. With our youth’s interest in cars diminishing we are at risk of loosing an entire generation of people to the love of cars.
There are a number of reasons why cars are not a high priority to many young people. To better understand why our youth seem to be out of touch with the past you can read more at SEMA News.
One thing that stood out in this article was a comment from Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of the Formula Drift championship series who shares his perspective. “I grew up as a car enthusiast,” he said. “I had friends around me working on cars. Are there fewer young people with driver’s licenses today? Yes. . . . which means every one of us needs to work a little bit harder to get to each one of them.”
What the Young Generation is Saying
Many young people have no idea what a true muscle car is. A young lady watched a video titled, Afternoon Drive – ‘Cuda Brothers Style. Thinking she would be impressed quickly changed when she asked, “Why are they so loud?” as she grimaced.
On another day, a 29 year old saw ‘Cuda Brothers business card. Many people are impressed but all he could say is, “They are really big cars”. That may have been the first time he had ever seen a Plymouth Barracuda. You have to feel sorry for people who have never seen or experienced the raw power of a true muscle car.
All Is Not Lost
‘Cuda Brothers has attended several auto related events over the last year and have run across some pretty impressive young people that are into muscle cars. Through our Facebook page, ‘Cuda Brothers has come across a few young people who have auto related Facebook pages. They are passionate about cars and are very active when it comes to adding content to their page. One girl started her Facebook page called KidsAndCars at 9 years old. She attends all kinds of events and works with her dad on cars. We were recently contacted by a 16 year old girl who owns a 2009 Challenger and a 1966 Chrysler Windsor. She grew up working with her dad in his garage and bought her first car at 12 years old. She is actively updating her Facebook page called Mopar Maezzi with many Mopar pictures.
Drag Racing Expert – And He is Only 7
We ran across a 7 year old named Gabriel who knew more about muscle cars, alcohol dragsters, and auto restoration than most adults. It did not take long to realize that Gabriel would be a good interview. He is 100% committed to someday holding the world record on the drag strip as he discusses building his own race car. This interview was unrehearsed and you will be amazed at Gabriel’s knowledge.
Gabriel attends car shows and loves going to the Woodburn Drags. He has looked us up at almost every event we attend. During our last trip to the Mopar Nationals in Woodburn, Gabriel was excited to show us the Dodge Charger he has been restoring with his dad.
Mother and Son Mopar Enthusiasts
During a car show we came across a mother and son who each own their own Mopars. The son owns this 2010 Barracuda. It is a Challenger converted to a Barracuda using many of the Barracuda features he liked best from different years.
What ‘Cuda Brothers Is Doing
It is the Mission of the ‘Cuda Brothers to remind and educate the muscle car enthusiasts around the world that American muscle cars are like no other cars ever produced. Through our life experiences and continued involvement with the ultimate Muscle Car, the Plymouth ‘Cuda, we will motivate and entertain our youth and young at heart through video, restoration projects, and personal appearances at auto related events.
We look forward to keeping people informed and entertained along the way. If we motivate someone to take that classic muscle car out of the garage where it has been sitting for years, all that much better.
Shooting Video at Woodburn Drag Strip
Neck Breaking, Burning Rubber, Wheelie Popping Drag Racing Video
Video work gets produced and published on our website and Facebook for what we expect many auto enthusiasts will enjoy.
‘Cuda Brothers Attends Several Northwest Car Shows
Seeing a Barracuda at a car show is a rare find. We try to get these two ‘Cudas to as many car shows as we can. It is a thrill when we hear a kid shout out, “Dad, it’s a ‘Cuda”.
Rachel Loves the ‘Cudas
Daughter Rachel drove the two ‘Cudas on the same day and loved it. She will remember this day forever.
What Can You Do
We have come across many classic car owners who garage their cars that rarely if ever see the light of day. There are many reasons this happens and I am equally as guilty. My blue 1972 ‘Cuda sat untouched in a garage for over 10 years. That will never happen again. Get out and drive that classic car, take your kid to a car show, and/or start working on that old car that has been sitting in the garage for 20 years. You will get so much satisfaction from all the compliments you get as people appreciate the efforts you put into your old car and it does not matter if it is a rust bucket or a show car quality car.
Enjoy the Ride,
Preserving the Barracuda Legend
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