Stop complaining. Start making it better.

Good advice. I’m taking it to heart.

I go off on these angry rants about how classic car fans moan about the graying of the hobby. I complain that these fans don’t realize that their exclusionary behavior and adherence to the way car clubs have always operated keeps them stuck in their own doom loop.

But Gandhi is right, folks. We must become the change we want to see. So I’d like to tell you about a few things I’m doing to create the kind of classic car hobby that I would really love to see.

I’m very excited to announce that I’m creating the soundtrack for
The Citizens Motorcar Company-America’s Packard Museum here in Dayton, Ohio. This is the ambient audio that you’ll hear as you wander through the museum.

My pitch is to create dozens of modular radio spots that vary in theme and tone. There will be spots about Packard’s history, the cars in the museum, and upcoming events at the museum. We’ll also try to get some celebrities who are Packard fans to do some short announcements for us. (Edward Herrmann and Jay Leno, you don’t know it yet, but you’ll be receiving some scripts.)

All of the spots will be modular. They’re not dependent on each other and can be played in any order at any time. We’ll then put these spots on an iPod that’s hooked up to the sound system. We’ll put the iPod on shuffle, and just let them play. Whenever content needs to be added or deleted, we’ll simply modify the playlist in iTunes.

The tone of the spots is very contemporary. I don’t want the museum to sound like it’s stuck in the 1940’s. So I’m writing scripts that will be performed by younger people in their teens and twenties. I want the personality of the spots to alternate between the museum and younger people who would be visiting it and learning about Packards for the first time.

Stay tuned for more news about this project as it inches forward. I’ll use this blog to link to some of the spots after I’ve produced them.

My second effort is more humble but no less important. Remember the Carillon Park orphan car show that I
recently complained about?

I’ve decided to get involved in organizing the event. The show is a coupling of two different marque clubs (AM C and Studebaker). I’ve organized a post-mortem meeting to talk with the guys from each of these clubs about the most recent show. My goal is to deal with a change in management at
Carillon Park and to see how we can make next year’s show better.

I’ve never helped to organize a car show before, but I’ve decided it’s time to get involved. Although many fans avoid car shows, I think they’re still the best way to entertain and educate the public about classic cars. They’re great recruiting tools, and I intend to make our local event more attractive to the public. Fingers crossed.

I’d love to hear what you’re doing to spiff up the hobby. Please leave some comments here, and keep the dialogue going.

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