Passing on the classic car passion

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Updated: 3/14/2013 6:46 pm

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - - Since he was 16-years-old, Bill Jukes has always wanted his own muscle car.

"I was really young you know and to hear that car turn on, he took us around the block and everything and I was just like wow, that thing was just rumbling," Jukes says.

That ride forever changed Klassic Kruiser member Jukes’ life. He says it was all about the noise and power.

Now, Jukes owns four classic cars, each one more special than the other.

And that’s a feeling car collectors around the world share.

"Cars are like rock and roll. They bring back memories from a very important time in your life, usually when you're young and the world is a big exciting place," President and CEO of the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority says.

By buying collector cars, people are able to re-capture their youth and it sounds like these days classic car enthusiasts aren’t waiting around.

“Definitely the younger generations are getting more involved and I see younger guys getting more into it," Jukes says.

But how are they getting into it?

Jukes says it’s generational. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Kids will grow up watching their parents or grandparents restore cars. Sometimes even help.

Then the passion, according to Jukes, is passed on.

"I never feel better than when I'm in my classic car driving around, it's just the best feeling," Jukes says.

The big action now in the collector car scene is muscle cars.

"People are excited about cars.  They have a fascination about cars and they always have this interest level of if I could just own this car," Phil Neri with Barrett-Jackson says.

Jukes also believes another thing attracting younger generations is the throwback cars like the 2013 Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger.

“Something they can identify with,” Jukes says.

Younger generations are starting to understand buying a classic car is an investment.

"They’re really as good as gold," Jukes says.

In 10 years, the price of the car is only going to go up.

And Jukes has parting words of advice for any and all future classic car buyers.

"You're going to be learning along the way so don't be afraid to make mistakes just continue to have fun, build it slowly and it'll all just come together," Jukes says.

Then, it’s just you and the road, the rest is nothing but dust and history.

If you're interested in joining Klassic Kruisers, a group of car collectors and classic car enthusiasts, you can click here.

Membership is free.

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