This past summer/fall there was a cars and coffee started as a VERY casual get together, in a very small town, in an empty-on-Sunday business parking lot, next to a casual donut shop. Nobody asked permission to gather there. Nobody put out a social media campaign to get attendance up. Nobody invited high end builders or rich car dealers. What we got was a fairly large parking lot full of cars and people of all genres and all ages. Mostly under thirty types with old cars, trucks and motorcycles many with a traditional vibe. There were young guys with new hot rods too. No tuner cars to speak of. Old farts with old cars. Old farts with new cars. Even a few drive thru spectators that just wanted to look at all the cool rides. Not sure this speaks directly to the health of our traditional niche or not but as a whole I believe the HOBBY is very healthy and in good hands going forward. It may just depend on where you are spending your time. SEMA sure isn't much of an old guy convention and it is the big mac daddy of all hot rod gatherings. Lots of local shows and cruise-ins here attract 18 to 80 with all kinds of likes and wants. If you attend trad-only events then you may have the doom and gloom view but remember that Hot Rodders from the era we all covet so much were considered hoodlums, by no means main stream and few in numbers. No reason this era should resonate largely with today's youth. It just isn't in their wheelhouse and is generations removed from the folks that actually lived it the first time around. I would love it if every kid taking auto shop (heh heh how many of those even exist any more) was loving the traditional rod and custom life but there are just too many cool options these days. Support any kid that shows interest in your stuff. Show interest in their stuff. Maybe that kid will understand how cool an old hot rod can be.