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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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Arizona 2020: Future Collector Car Show kicks off auction week | ClassicCars.com Journal


The world is changing. What constitutes a “classic” or collector car is changing. The modes of how cars are shown are changing, too. Clearly car culture is gaining momentum with the next generation of enthusiasts, and it’s not just about 1957 Chevys and butch-waxed hair anymore. Nor is it just about the fairways and sun hats of a concours d’elegance.

Roger Falcione, an enthusiast, visionary and chief executive of The Collector Car Network, which owns ClassicCars.com, had seen classic car shows and also had been exposed to sport tuner events. The preverbal lightbulb went off.

Future Collector Car Show 2016

Judge Andy Reid and Illinois-based car restorer John Saccameno check out an 80s Ferrari at the High Street show.

“I knew that the collector car market was on the verge of a shift,” Falcione said. “There are still the traditional enthusiasts and collectors, but there is also a burgeoning group who have their own ‘hero cars’ they admire. The future of the classic car hobby is in good hands.”

Taking the best practices from what he saw at so many different events, Falcione started his own show, the Future Classics Car Show – now known as the Future Collector Car Show.

By design, the event displays, judges and awards cars built after 1974. As has been acknowledged by many collectors, many OEMs are producing “instant classics,” cars that are so anticipated and admired in the marketplace they immediately jump in value without the aging process that so many automobiles have had to endure. Expect to see cars like this, tuner culture and much, much more.

Crowd-pleasing cars, good food and fashion highlight the 2020 FCCS.

At the show, which features more than 150 cars and upwards of 5,000 spectators will have everything from Acuras to Aston Martins, Ferraris to BMWs and everything in between. The diverse car array is a product of passion and sentimentality – which has driven car culture from its very beginnings.

Judging crosses nine categories: Best of Show; Best Modified Vehicle (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place); Best Preserved; Best Restored – Presented by Barrett-Jackson; Rookie of the Year (16-25 owners age); Fan Favorite! – Spectators may vote on the people’s choice; Students Choice sponsored by Universal Technical Institute, Best Trunk sponsored by Slime, Best Ford – Presented by Steeda Performance Vehicles.

Keeping with a family friendly environment, the show includes 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.

Future Collector Car Show - NSX on displayFuture Collector Car Show - NSX on display

Period correct, modified and custom vehicles feature prominently at FCCS.

Automotive judging will be done by historian and veteran concours judge Andy Reid along with celebrity judges including Formula Drift Judge Ryan Lanteigne, Fielding Shredder, who was a Top-3 finisher on the popular Netflix series, Hyperdrive, and sponsored Formula Drift Pro2 driver Andrew Schulte.

At the helm of the show is a driven, enthusiast, millennial, Rebecca Nguyen, hired by Falcione in the show’s first year. Her knowledge of the youth market has been a boon to the show’s success.

Nguyen said,”The Future Collector Car Show is meant to be an all inclusive event that encourages attendees and participants to engage with each other no matter what type, or level enthusiast as well as what their niche may be.

“Every year has been bigger and better than the previous one with new engaging aspects to make the show welcoming to new, old, and current enthusiasts of any kind.  I hope to bring the show to another state this year.”

The show is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. on January 12 at High Street, an upscale shopping district in the Desert Ridge area of Phoenix north of the 101 Freeway.  For more information visit the event website.

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Fashion and cars come together at Future Collectors Car Show | ClassicCars.com Journal


Automotive
styling and fashion design both involve the use of textiles, with materials
chosen, cut and stitched with specific purposes in mind, whether to clothe a
vehicle’s interior or a human body.

With that in mind, ClassicCars.com and Luxe and City are combining for a special feature during the 5th annual Future Collectors Car Show. Luxe and City, a creative agency and members’ club for the arts and cultural industries, will stage its Style Comp: Future Classic “Collections” on the High Street runway during the car show on January 12.

Luxe and city team
Luxe and City team

Luxe and City creates events and environments to showcase innovative individuals while demonstrating how creative industries fit and work together. Through business, community, design and events, Luxe and City provides special services to members and clients, supporting growth within the fashion industry.

“Arizona
is home base for us and we’re always looking for opportunities to support those
local brands,” said ClassicCars.com chief executive Roger Falcione.

“Luxe
and City is engaging a new generation of creative professionals by giving them
a platform to highlight their capabilities, exactly like our show.  Collaborating with their team has given us
another opportunity to highlight creative and passionate people like the owners
of the show cars.”

Luxe and City fashion style competitionLuxe and City fashion style competition
Among annual Style Comp, Luxe and City hosts other challenges throughout the year

The 3rd annual Style Comp will feature seven local stylists and seven different styling themes, though each stylist is required to inspire one model’s presentation based on the 2019 Future Collectors Car Show Best of Show-winning 2004 Subaru WRX STi owned by John Darling.  The idea is to demonstrate how to transition design elements from one industry to another.

The competing stylists and their themes include:

Hannah Abrigg – @slayybrigg – 1980s

Randi England – @mozzerati – Futuristic 

Joseph Cruz – @kayseeareus – 1970s

Endira Diaz – – @endira – 1990s

Brenton Jones – @ brenton_joness – Futuristic

Shannon Campbell – @shancamp – 1920s

Berly Baray – @berlybaray -1960s

Street that will be transformed into a fashion runway

Models will walk the runway on the main road at the High Street commercial district, where the winner will be chosen in a vote of show attendees and a panel of expert judges. Among the judges will be Jazmine Nash, 2019 Style Comp winner and creative director of House of Gaia.

Among the prizes for the winning stylist is a spot in Phoenix Fashion Week’s Spring Show in March. 

The
style competition on January 12 is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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