Expectations and reality.

The similarities vary considerably, which is why we participate in activities such as test drives and dating.

Keeping this in mind, I was going to respectfully decline an invitation to attend the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo here in Toronto.

My expectation was that my presence was going to significantly lower the median age of the attendees, while giving false hope to the exhibitors that not all potential customers need some sort of walking aid, wheeled or otherwise, to view their wares.

The reality is that I was very wrong.

The show, it was big. Not at all what I was expecting. It used six (I hope I counted correctly) halls of the International centre near our airport.

It was inclusive.

The cars that were displayed ranged from very traditional hot rods and lead sleds to imports and every decade from the ’30s to the 2000s were represented there.

Product booths offered a variety of items that you could purchase for your daily driver or your formula race car.

The attendees. (Full disclosure, I know that I lowered the median age of the crowd. No doubt about it.) The 20-30 demographic outnumbered the 50-plus folk. Saying this implies that the youngsters were only looking at the cars resembling something used as background in a Vin Diesel movie. Not so. They were just as interested in the old school automotive work as they were in the cars they had (and still have) as Hot Wheels.

There is hope.

With all of the talk of a generation of young who are not only disinterested in anything automotive, but are more or less planning on autonomous vehicles, today was a very welcomed and much needed lesson that assume is an acronym.

And I was the butt of my own joke.


Images courtesy of the author.

Published on Mar 11, 2017