Youth: my son is INTO the TR. So are his friends. I've had between 1 & 3 extra sets of hands when we work on it. Just call and they are at the house in minutes. Its cool. They crave this type of mechanical stuff - and these are pretty top notch students.
180out and I discuss this a lot in relation to my related thread on "The Future of Our Cars and Hobby/Passion" LINK. Will "youth" pick it up and sustain demand and a market and skills? IMO I think not. When we oldtimers were young, we took everything apart and "fixed" and "customized" everything, starting with toys to bikes to lawnmowers to motorbikes and cars and then houses (and a lot more between). Things were analog (like old Alfas) and lent themselves to this. We developed skills, intuition and "shop practices" awareness. My wife says my favorite phrase was, "I'll fix it." This is not so much anymore with complicated electronics and pneumatics and hydraulics and hundreds of hidden interconnected sensors. It's a throw away society now. There are even some oldtimer Alfa mechanics who refuse to work on 70's Alfas. I just do not see the skill sets to tinker broadly in this upcoming batch of youth.Dan, I like your post. I disagree withe the safety thing.. youth breeds a rebel streak and after they are out of they house they 'll do as they please.
In addition the local Alfa dealer is burning it up selling new Alfas; like 50 in March and this is not LA. I asked at CNC yesterday our dealer club rep if many are interested in the oldtimers and she is a diehard Alfisti who used to hang out at the old Alfa dealer shop here on her Schwinn Sting Ray. "Very few were interested", was the answer. Now a modern Alfa may be the gateway drug, but I am not seeing much crossover yet. At events there are basically two groups clustered together separately. The cars just do not lend themselves to tinkering. Bolt on CF bling, skins, bolt-on performance exhausts and chips. (An LA and local vendor, MadWorks is doing a lot of the development here.) But little is done by the owners, unlike earlier times.
I hope I am wrong, together with a host of other dour perceptions on the vintage car market, (reference linked thread), but others are hopeful. This all adds to an uneven and maybe "down" market. We'll see.