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Revised Future Collector Car Show sets records | ClassicCars.com Journal


5th annual Future Collector Car Show 2020 main stage

More than 12,000 people turn out for show that drives ‘the next generation of car lovers’

Formerly known as the Future Classic Car Show, the ClassicCars.com-sponsored event that kicks off Arizona Auction Week 2020 was rebranded this year as the Future Collector Car Show. The change in name and emphasis for the 5th annual show was from the cars to the collectors.

And it obviously worked as a record of more than 12,000 people attended the Sunday afternoon event to see the 150 cars showcased along High Street, an upscale shopping district in north Phoenix.

2020 Future Collector Car Show winners

The show’s mission is to drive the next generation of car lovers and one way to do that was to make more cars eligible for the show and by revising the categories in which cars would be judged and awards would be presented. Also taking part in the show and the judging were such celebrities as Fielding Shredder of Netflix’ Hyperdrive, Formula Drift judge Ryan Lanteigne and Formula Drift competitor Andrew Schulte.

Timothy Eull 2020 Best of Show winner 1993 Mazda RX-7

Best of Show honors went to Timothy Eull for his 1993 Mazda RX-7 presented in R1-spec and in Competition Yellow Mica colors. Of 14,000 RX -7s sold in the U.S., only 350 were both R1-spec and wearing that yellow shade.

Eull made his car even more special with personal touches and period-correct modifications. Several of his modifications were done with products from RE Amemiya, a company founded in 1974 by the pioneer in tuning rotary-powered engines, Isami Amemiya in Tomisato Japan.

Eull created a true Mazda masterpiece, including the signature
on the dashboard of RS-7 FD3S project manager Takaharu Kobayakawa.

With a huge smile on his face, Eull said he found the “explosive” nature of the rotary engine quite exciting.  Many share his sentiment as we’ve seen an increase in buyer interest in these Mazda sports cars.

As Future Collector Car Show chief judge Andy Reid put it,
“If you are looking to add a car to your collection, you need to buy an FD
RX-7.”

While Best of Show remained the top award, while Best Restored, Best Preserved, and Best Modified honors were added to highlight the variety of conditions these enthusiasts prefer for their vehicles. 

Brian Abraham 1988 BMW Evolution 2

The Best Preserved award went to a 1988 BMW M3 Evolution 2,
number 330 of only 500 produced and a car recently imported from the UK with
less than 32,000 original miles owned by Brian Abraham.  Judges said the car was a perfect example of
why the revised awards focused on the condition of the vehicle and the concept
the owner was trying to achieve. 

To highlight the efforts of the younger car owners, Rookie of the Year was introduced for participants 25 and under and was judged by Formula Drift Judge Ryan Lanteigne.  Johnny Juarez won for his highly modified wide-body 2014 Subaru WRX.  Lanteigne said he was especially impressed that Juarez had done most of the modification himself.

Johnny Juarez 2014 Subaru WRX at the 2020 Future Collector Car ShowJohnny Juarez 2014 Subaru WRX at the 2020 Future Collector Car Show
Johnny Juarez 2014 Subaru WRX

“When choosing the Rookie Of The Year Award, first I looked
for cars with attention to detail both inside and out. Then I spoke to the
owners to find out how much they had done on their own,” guest judge Ryan
Lanteigne said.  “When I saw the amount
of work done to Johnny’s Subaru and he told me about the hand-made pieces inside
and out, his level of enthusiasm, creativity and hard work caught my attention.
That hard work and the eye-popping final product were fully deserving of the
Rookie of The Year award.”

With many of the entries fitting the Best Modified category, two guest judges were assigned to comb through the competition.  ClassicCars.com-sponsored Formula Drift driver Andrew Schulte partnered with Hyperdrive competitor Fielding Shredder to present the trophy to Nick Hammon and his 1992 Mazda Miata. 

Nick Hammon 1992 Mazda Miata 'track car' turned 'show car' by accident at the Future Collector Car ShowNick Hammon 1992 Mazda Miata 'track car' turned 'show car' by accident at the Future Collector Car Show
Nick Hammon 1992 Mazda Miata ‘track car’ turned ‘show car’ by accident

Originally Hammon’s track car, the Miata was redone into a
show-quality competitor. Hammon even paid attention to details that most people
cannot see, such as polishing the car’s oil pan.

With so many cars eligible for Best Modified honors, second and third place also were awarded. Second went to Jhae Pfenning and his self-designed “fighter jet” wrap for his 1997 Acura NSX while third was awarded to the Voodoo Ride green wide-body 2009 Nissan GT-R owned by Jose Flores and driven to the show by wife Shiela Flores.

In previous years, only cars produced since 1975 were
eligible for the show, but that changed for 2020 and thus Best Restored honors
went to Theril Lund for his 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda. 

Lund had experienced a life-threatening heart attack that landed him in the hospital for almost a year.  His brother had sent him the lead on the unrestored ‘Cuda while he was recovering, and Lund told the judges the process of purchasing and restoring the car could be credited for his recovery. 

Theril Lund 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda at the Future Collector Car ShowTheril Lund 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda at the Future Collector Car Show
Theril Lund 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda

The restoration was meticulous, down to the purposefully unpainted screw on the VIN plate, just like it came from the factory.  Additionally, since the engine wasn’t original and numbers matching when Lund purchased it, he ended up sourcing an engine that was produced in the same month and year as the vehicle itself.

Krisztina Athanasakis 2014 Ford Mustang GT at the 5th annual Future Collector Car ShowKrisztina Athanasakis 2014 Ford Mustang GT at the 5th annual Future Collector Car Show
Krisztina Athanasakis 2014 Ford Mustang GT

Universal Technical Institute brought back their annual Students Choice award to be chosen and awarded by the Student Council of the current class. This year Krisztina Athanasakis was awarded the handmade trophy for her 2014 Ford Mustang GT.

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Tim Eull’s 1993 Mazda RX-7 takes Future Collector Car Show ‘Best of’ honors | ClassicCars.com Journal


Tim Eull poses with his Best of Show 1993 Mazda RX-7 | Daniel Nikkhoo photo

The 5th annual Future Collector Car Show, presented by ClassicCars.com, kicked off Arizona Auction Week 2020 on January 12. The show attracted more than 170 entrant cars and thousands of spectators at High Street, an upscale shopping district in the Desert Ridge area of Phoenix.

The Best of Show winner, the 1993 Mazda RX-7 owned by local resident Tim Eull, was chosen by a panel of expert judges led by veteran concours judge Andy Reid and included Formula Drift Judge Ryan Lanteigne and Fielding Shredder, who was a top-3 finisher on the popular Netflix series, Hyperdrive, as well as ClassicCars.com-sponsored Formula Drift Pro2 driver Andrew Schulte.

The event displays, judges and awards cars that represent the next generation of cherished cars. This year the judges, students and attendees honored cars in eight categories. The awards and their respective winners are as follows:

• Best of Show: 1993 Mazda RX-7 – Timothy Eull
• Best Modified Vehicle 1st: 1992 Mazda Miata – Nick Hammon; 2nd: 1997 Acura NSX – Jay Pfenning; 3rd place: 2009 Nissan GT-R – Jose Flores
• Best Preserved: 1988 BMW M3 – Brian Abraham
• Best Restored – Presented by Barrett-Jackson: 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda – Theril Lund
• Rookie of the Year: 2014 Subaru WRX – Johnny Juarez (age 24)
• Fan Favorite: 2006 Subaru WRX – Austin Connelly
• Students Choice sponsored by Universal Technical Institute: 2014 Ford Mustang GT — Krisztina Athanasakis
• Best Trunk sponsored by Slime: 2015 Dodge Charger RT – Mike Klennofsky
• Best Ford – presented by Steeda Performance Vehicles: 1979 Ford Mustang – David Jocobelli

The show also featured a Stylist Competition and Fashion Show presented by Luxe and City, on-site pet adoptions, and Kid Zone presented by the official charity, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Roger Falcione, chief executive of ClassicCars.com, said, “We couldn’t have asked for better weather, a better array of cars and the wonderful people. We are grateful to our growing number of sponsors. We really liked the fashion show, which added depth to the lifestyle aspect of the show. The Kid Zone encouraged enthusiasts to bring their children. Overall we are very pleased with the show’s success.”

Arizona Car Week continues with auctions, shows and parties running through January 19.

As the automotive world descends on Phoenix and the surrounding areas, ClassicCars.com is at the center of all the action. The online marketplace and authority on classic and collector vehicles has comprehensive coverage from all of the week’s events available at journal.classiccars.com.

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Inde Motorsports Ranch partners with FCCS. Best in Show winner is in for a treat! | ClassicCars.com Journal


It’s has been documented that from 2004 to 2018, golf has been losing 1-2% of its participants every year. No wonder. With the rise of private motorsport country clubs throughout the United States, the luxury consumer may be seeking more fun with their specialty cars than chasing a little white ball. Inde Motorsports Ranch in Wilcox, Arizona, beginning in 2008, was one of the pioneers of the concept.

More than just a track in the desert, the members-only facility is a world-class experience taking enthusiasts, at any level, further into the culture and skillset of performance driving. Recently rebranded with a new look and feel, Inde is partnering with the Future Collector Car Show to connect with a new generation of enthusiasts.

The front gate | Inde photo

The Inde Motorsports Ranch track can accommodate over 40 unique configurations and has 200-feet of natural elevation changes in its 21 corners. A driver’s potential is truly tested with a challenging combination of blind apexes, hairpins, sweepers as well as uphill and downhill corners and straights. Driver development programs are also available as part of the membership program with tailored 1-on-1 instruction.

According to ClassicCars.com Journal Managing Editor, Tom Stahler, who has race-driven the track both during the day and in the dark, “it’s sporty, and tricky. You can feel you have learned the course in a few familiarization laps, and the next pass will catch your memory off-guard. It’s a terrific test physically and for the mind of the driver. Inde has a lot of corners in a relatively short distance.”

Driving the track is one thing, getting there is another. Inde offers unique travel options to their members by partnering with private air charter providers. A member can travel directly to the Inde Motorsports Ranch Airport or arrive nearby in a larger jet at the Cochise County Airport. While there, enjoy freshly prepared gourmet meals by their in-house chef or can stay the night in one of the 12 trackside casitas.

A lovely casita | Inde photo

“At Inde, we provide a fun and safe environment for enthusiasts to enjoy driving all types of cars. Our members have a wide range of car preferences but share a common passion for cars and want to leave a thriving automotive community for future generations.” said CJ Dorland President of Inde Motorsports Ranch.

A sporty track, as described by our managing editor | Inde photo

A day on the Inde Motorsports Ranch 2.75-mile road course in Wilcox, Arizona is being offered to the 2020 Best of Show winner to be announced at the 5th annual Future Collector Car Show January 12th, from noon to 6 p.m at High Street in Phoenix Arizona. This full track day can be in the winners car or one of the instructor Porsche Cayman S and includes private coaching, lunch at the Inde Restaurant and complimentary Inde gear to remember the experience.

Find our more about Inde Motorsports Ranch by visiting their website.

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