ClassicCars.com celebrated future collector cars with a show of their own Monday, January 16, set during Arizona Car Week atop a parking garage at the Scottsdale Quarter, an upscale shopping district.
More than 100 cars, produced from 1975 to 2017 model years, representing Asian, European, and domestic brands attended the show while bending of generations, from baby boomers to millennials and those in-between.
The featured marque this year was Ford.
“All of the cars that are now viewed as ‘classic’ were all just cars at one point,” said John Clor, enthusiast communications manager for Ford Performance.
“People collect with emotion and they save what pushes their buttons.”
Clor noted that several years ago, the general consensus was that Japanese cars would never be “collectible.” Yet the Datsun 240Z has become a cherished part of many collections and other formerly misfit cars, like the Honda S2000, are being restored on television shows such as Wheeler Dealers.
“We were so honored to be your featured marque because we can tell the show is based on passion, the love of cars, and we share that passion” Clor said.
As the show wound to a close, the vehicles circled down the parking structure’s ramps in something resembling a parade lap and dispersed upon exiting the structure.
Cars were judged by a panel led by Classic Car News East Coast editor Andy Reid, with fellow judges that regularly judge at events like the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
The winners were:
Best of Show – 1998 Toyota Supra, Alek Heit
Featured Ford Class – 2017 Shelby GT350R, Jonathan Fonggee
Instant Classic (2006-2017) Domestic – 2016 Corvette Z06, Ryan Barstad
1995-2005 Domestic – 2005 Pontiac GTO, Kyle Baker
1975-1994 Domestic – 1981 Trans Am, Mark Miller
Instant Classic (2006-2016) Euro – 2011 E82, Bally
1995-2005 Euro – 2001 VW Jetta custom truck, Chris Kingston
1975-1994 Euro – 1976 BMW 2002, Rav Sandln
Instant Classic (2006-2017) Import – 2014 Nissan GT-R, Nathan Ricci
1975 – 1994 Import – 1977 Datsun 280Z, Keith Ross
Diamond in the Rough – 2005 Scion Xb, Chris Wilson
Written by Nicole Ellan James