I had a rear tire blowout on the way back from the Ireland Engineering open house. I got towed to the tire shop (no jack and 44 yr old spare).
The 18 year old tire changers all came out and were so excited over how cool it was and when the first guy saw the interior stripped and only a driver seat with fire extinguisher he lost his mind! (just replacing rusty pans)
Ah, the exuberance of youth!
They wanted to know what I was going to do next and all I could think of was fairly pedestrian... uhh, continue to rewrap/fix the wiring harness?
All the little things we wrench on and maybe get annoyed with...
It was a reminder that we are blessed to have this extra "hobby" and not to forget to take joy in these little projects or having to learn new things.
We can be an inspiration and a mentor to a whole generation who've been taught to just pay for someone else to do work and to throw away old things.
I have had a 10 year old kid taking a picture of me on the freeway, a few BMWs honking or waving and a few modified imports slowing down and wondering what it is (while still trying to look tough and cool).
In the sea of toasters I try to give a wave to those who, like me, enjoy cars and modifying them. It probably makes their day (even if some can't bring themselves to smile in public).