Its plain and simple... MONEY. Most kids can only buy a car for around 5 grand. that is usually from some shitty summer jobs and Mom & Dad helping them with the rest. Back in the day you could buy a Model A or even a 32 for cheap and build a rod in your yard. Now you need 10 grand just to get a rusty body and all the parts to build a car, plus the skill and more cash to get it on the road. A kid now can usually find a old fox body 5.0 stang that needs body and paint work for that 5 thousand price range. I hate to say this because its really sad, but the truth is the kid with his hood up in his friends driveway with a lame ass Honda or late model GM you laugh at is the new Hot Rodder.