Oh how we all wish for times like these, but this thought can almost be applied to anything. People used to be able to buy homes in their mid-20s and pay them off quickly. Most in my generation will be lucky to even THINK about owning property (I'm 27). I've said it before, but if I didn't buy my 02 when I was 15, I probably would not be in this hobby now. I'm just glad I got into it when I did, because like @saaron says, the best thing about this obsession are the friends you make.
So yes, we can wax nostalgic about "the good old days" but that's what they are - "old days." Time is always the independent variable, right? Do you have a magical plan to take us all back? Because if so, I'm listening! But otherwise, let's talk about the old junkyard deals and be glad that we were even able to do it back then.
Oh, and if anyone has an extra set of that sweet black over grey interior that @Slavs mentioned, my Caribe car could really use it!