Go to any concours today and you’ll overhear countless conversations of people wanting to “get the new generation more involved” in the automotive hobby, but rarely will you see any efforts made towards change or inclusion of the interests of newer enthusiasts. However, the Boca Raton Concours has decided to extend the olive branch by announcing a new class for its show in 2020 called “30 under 30” which will feature cars owned by people 30 years old or younger with under $30,000 invested into a restoration project.
In a recent press release, the Boca Raton Concours stated that the reasoning behind this decision was “to promote Concours exhibitions to younger car owners, and to draw those younger collectors into the hobby of restoring older cars to Concours quality levels.” The cars to be shown are still subject to typical Concours entry rules such that they be original and unmodified, but there’s an extra twist on the new class to encourage younger enthusiasts to come out and play. The new “30 under 30” class will have a minimum age of 1999 or older as opposed to the age cutoff of 1975 for all other Concours classes.
The Concours states that contemporary collectors today have more interest in the cars that they grew up seeing in the 80s and 90s when they were in high school the same way that more mature collectors prefer cars from 50s, 60s, and 70s from their youth. The Boca Raton Concours hopes this class can help bridge this gap between oldtimers and youngtimers and keep the automotive hobby alive. If you’re interested in showing your car for the upcoming Concours (February 7-9, 2020), online applications to be considered for the new class are now open and can be found here.