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Revitalizing the "Classic Car" Board!

Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
Dear Classic Car Board Loyalists:

A number of you have expressed some concern over the dwindling topic list in Classic Cars and also that we don't seem to be getting too many new visitors.

Of course, the Classics Board never had the activity level of say SUVs, for obvious reasons. We are, after all, connoisseurs of the unusual, and as we do not run with the pack (or take breaks from it to come here), it is understandable that we live in a smaller world here.

I have TWO suggestions for revitalizing the Board. One I will do and the other hopefully I can ask you to do.

First, I will ask Edmunds Management if we can disable Auto Archive, so as to keep our topics active even if there isn't any posting for a while. In addition, I will re-activate some of the once-popular Archived topics.

YOUR PART:

If you meet anyone online here in other parts of Town Hall, or if you know of someone already who is interested in Classics, please invite them over AND....AND..remind them to add the Classics Board to their Subscription lists. In this way they will be more likely to visit us periodically. Just e-mail them and invite them in if you think they have the "right stuff".

The Classics Board is a very friendly and interesting place and I'd like to see it continue.

Thanks!

Yours for a better Town Hall,

Shifty

(comments welcome)

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  • parmparm Posts: 723
    When you say "Subscription lists", are you referring to bookmarks/favorites?
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    The Classics board isn't small, it's cozy. Real estate agent humor.

    This board will never have the broad appeal of the other boards. That's both its downside and its upside. The other boards are more lively and you can learn a lot but often it's about the falibility of human nature--always entertaining in a train wreck sort of way.

    We need a guy like vero (be careful what you wish for ;-) or ndance, someone with lots of opinions and a compulsion to post, but I guess those guys burn out quickly.
  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    I'll do what I can. I have some carnut friends, none of which even know about Town Hall.
    I think we could pull in a lot of carguys out there from other message boards, if we could pull them away from agitating about Hyundais and Daewoos-well-maybe not.
    I think I started over in News and Views around 4 years ago, and somehow didn't visit Classic Cars for months after, because I was caught up in exchanges over there and only had limited time.
    Now, though, I always come here first, and rarely post over there.
    I think we just need some recruiting. There are LOTS of car guys out there who just need to be jumpstarted to Classics. But first they need to either buy or get interested in an old car.
    They're out there. I see them everyday.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
    Folks like often get gunned down in the street, though. It's easy to come on a board and rile everyone up and take cheap shots, but the BEST boards have continuity and develop real friendships.

    All noise and no substance gets old after a bit. I'm sure you've all experienced this.

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  • parmparm Posts: 723
    Perhaps Edmunds (we?) could foster mutually beneficial relationships with some car clubs or sites that cater to car clubs (ie. Hemmings, Collector Car Trader Online.com, etc.).

    And, we as individuals could ask webmasters of some car club websites to put a link to the Edmunds Classic Car Townhall on their website.

    Just a thought.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
    We can link to anything except other message boards directly.

    Also car clubs are often volunteer - built but Edmunds has to pay the rent, so I don't think we could offer them a two-way link. Of course, we could devote a topic just to car club links, that would be okay I think.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,661
    As you know, Shifty, I know a few guys that can definatly brighten up a room!

    Andre?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
    Easiest way maybe is if you are on one of the other boards and you see someone talking about old cars, send them an e-mail (don't butt in online and try to "steal" them, okay?).

    I'll do the same.

    We did turn off the Auto Archive, so our topics won't disappear if there are no posts for a while. That should help, too.

    Shifty

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  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    than I've seen for a long, long time. So, something must be working. Maybe just getting the word out helps. Some of us here don't post when we could, just because of time, or maybe we don't think what we have to say is significant. So, I say when in doubt, Post!
    I recognize some names from other forums today too. That's good.
    No Smokin' Olds 442 though....
  • lancerfixerlancerfixer Posts: 1,308
    Funny, I thought Edmunds shut down boards such as those. :-P
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,661
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
    Ah, your are confusing friendships with the primitive franternal zealotry of subversion, mayhem and revolutionary violence. Naturally he who lives by the sword, etc etc.

    The poor Classics Board is so modest, it couldn't stand controversy. It needs a benevolent membership.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,661
    Does this mean no liquor cabinet?

    Nevermind...we know one that's well stocked!
  • lancerfixerlancerfixer Posts: 1,308
    Oh, puleeze.
    Just because you didn't make any friends there doesn't mean others didn't. Don't presume to tell me what I did and did not get out of that discussion thread. Anyway, no sense, I guess, beating a dead horse. We've moved on.
  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    Hey, Shifty. Can topics be still be linked across more than one forum? Maybe linking some of these topics into some of the other forums would invite more participation.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
    dgraves -- good idea, I'll bring that up to management!

    Lance -- ah, yeah painful subject. But don't speak for me either please. I thought I had friends there but not all proved to be so. Still, if there's a burr under your saddle about it, you can e-mail, I'd be glad to talk to you about it. I'm done with it myself, no hard feelings, none whatsoever, to anyone.

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  • lancerfixerlancerfixer Posts: 1,308
    A snide comment has already blown up. I'm done.
  • tariktarik Posts: 344
    Is what I'm hearing here the palpable and mutual attraction between classic car nuts?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
    Yep, Band of Brothers!

    I like the linking idea. Can you guys suggest (in your wanderings around TH) topics we might link to this Board. I was thinking the one in News and Views on "Cars That Wouldn't Die" might attract interesting comments on cars that, if not classic, are at least old.

    Any others come to mind that you've actually read and perhaps posted in? (good to know who you are associating with :)

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,602
    I wonder if "Classic Cars" is making some people out there think we only talk about Duesenbergs and other pre-war classics. Not many are into those (I am!) perhaps we should try "Collectibles and Special Interest Cars"

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    I guess I'm a minority opinion but I kind of like this board the way it is.

    The right crowd and no crowding.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
    And it would be tough to change the name of a Board at this point.

    But Andy is probably right. Some people might think we are snooty over here, but we're not.

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  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    Let's see
    You could link Alfa Romeo to the Sports Car board.
    One of the two "Interesting cars I saw today" topics to just about any other vehicle boards (except SUVs, those guys are a little nuts :) ).
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Hm... Maybe it shows how unedukated I am, but when I think of classics, the first thnig that comes to mind are the likes of '57 Bel Airs, '55 Thunderbirds, '49 Mercurys, '63 Vettes, and the like. Prewar cars of any serious value (ie Dusenbergs), are so rare and hideously expensive I think of them as more of museum exhibits than I do cars. Dusie lovers had better pray I never get the money to buy one of those things, because I'm the kind of person who thinks cars are for driving and enjoying! My idea of a classic is something old & cool I can take for a cruise with a cute redhead riding shotgun. What the official "list" says is a classic is too limited. What the car guy market says is what impresses me. Just because more than 500 of them were made, and it was built after 1939 doesn't mean its not a cool car. It's what normal guys will give up their weekends and $$$ restoring or modifying that I'm interested in, and your average car guy isn't going to have some rare prewar vehicles from a European company that went belly up under Chancellor Bismark in his garage. I guess this is all a long way of saying the name "Classic Car" will be just fine. 95% of people don't even know there is an official "list" of classic cars, and probably don't care. They consider their '64 Mustang or Hemi Cuda a classic, and rightly so, IMO.
  • "My idea of a classic is something old & cool I can take for a cruise with a cute redhead riding shotgun."

    Hey...I got one of those! Its an old toyota pickup truck, with a whole bunch of cool stickers plastered all over it, and my redhead girlfriend rides shotgun all the time!!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
    I think you need definitions otherwise Toyota Echos quickly become "sportcars" and then we are all renting rooms in the Tower of Babel.

    So I personally have no problem with assigning the word Classic to extremely noteworthy, uncommon, special, spectacular cars. I do have a problem with calling everyday mass production cars "classics", and would rather use the word "collectible" or "special interest". Surely it's not a put-down.

    If you don't, then Deusenbergs, Ferrari GTOs, Cadillac V-16s and an '81 Camaro are called "Classics" and that's just silly.

    If we allowed everybody to make up their own definitions we are sort of doomed about making any sense.

    Truth may indeed be "relative", but there are DEGREES of truth, we know that much.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
    Well, do y'all feel a bit revitalized? How do you think it's going in here last few days? Better or?????

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  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Yeah. This could be okay.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,661
    I just hope the trolls don't start showing up!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,619
    You WOULD have to say that!

    Nope. I have a can of "Troll No More" right here on my desk.

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