Upcoming show features vehicles from mid-‘70s to latest models

The upcoming Future Classic Car Show is about bringing together car lovers of all ages, the head of the company behind the event said.

“As we’re trying to introduce the younger folks to the collector car industry and hobby, we’re also trying to educate our existing classic car folks into what’s coming up next,” ClassicCars.com president and chief executive Roger Falcione said in explaining why his company stages the show each year.

He said past attendees have found a lot of common ground.

“What we’ve found is when a traditionalist sees the kind of passion these new folks have, it’s unbelievable,” Falcione said. “Guess who they see? Themselves. They see themselves at that age, so I think it’s a real eye-opener for them.”

The Future Classic Car Show is scheduled for January 13 — the start of Arizona Auction Week — at the Scottsdale Quarter parking garage in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Hundreds of cars made later than the 1975 model year will fill the four floors of the garage. Falcione said the top floor, which boasts beautiful views of the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, will have showcase between 65 and 70 cars hand-selected top entries.

“Seeing the cars is pretty exciting,” he said. “The cars are just spectacular.” But Falcione said his favorite part of the show is watching the interaction between young and old car lovers.

“When the old folks come around, the young guys love explaining what they’re doing and, guess what? They’re hearing a story about something they did 15 or 20 years ago,” he said. “When I hear that, I just feel awesome.”

This will be the fourth consecutive year of the show. Thousands of people are expected to attend, especially as the show will be hosted on a weekend for the first time. The previous three were held on a Monday night, which made attendance difficult for some. Falcione said he hopes the Sunday show make it easier on them.

“It’s going to be easier for people to bring their cars, easier for families to come,” he said.

While there will be cars dating to the mid-1970s, Falcione said attendees should expect a younger vibe at the show.

“If you go to a traditional classic car show, you might hear background music from the ‘50s, maybe going into the ‘60s,” he said. “This has got a pulse. We have DJ playing some more modern music. It’s a younger crowd.

“It’s got some energy to it.”

Falcione expects the Future Classic Car Show and other similar events to grow in popularity as more Gen Xers and millennials enter the hobby.

“Every year, there’s a little more interest, a little more energy behind it and so forth and I think it’s finally culminated into a movement and I think we’re right at the cusp of this right now,” he said. “There’s no question about it.”