Classic Cars, Class Audio
There is no doubt that as modern cars become more like each other, there is a burgeoning interest in looking at and driving something different. Classic car shows are popping up everywhere with a passionate and knowledgeable core of enthusiasts wanting to show theirs and look at others!
Car audio and classic cars have traditionally gone together like liver and ice cream, but we have recently seen examples of an interesting marriage of the two worlds. One reason for this could be that as new cars become less modifiable (without the aid of a computer, a programming degree and a whole workshop full of specialist model-specific tools), motoring fans have looked back in time to the days when taking the cylinder head off a Ford Cortina and grinding and reseating the valves then adding oversized piston rings was an easily achievable morning's work!
I suspect that a younger and less "gentry'd" enthusiast is boosting the numbers attending such events. After all, a classic car is defined as one manufactured 40 years ago. 40 years ago, cars were being churned out at an incredible rate compared to the 1930's. Entry to the "classic car club" therefore, has become more affordable. As a consequence, this younger entrant is more likely to be interested in at least upgrading the standard speakers for some without corroded speaker terminals. They may also be interested in having the internals of a head unit updated so they can stream from a mobile phone etc. So why not add a discrete install including an amplifier and subwoofer. Hidden away or added as a tasteful enhancement?
We are off to a local Classic Car scramble along with 6000 others this weekend and will report our findings next month.
In the meantime, drive carefully, stream pre made playlists only and listen hard!