As sent previously:
In the old days, you used to spend half your time and money on the car, and half on the motor. Now, the big three auto companies will sell you a motor in a crate, with a warranty(!), built up in any number of configurations, e.g. a Hemi might come with different heads, carbs, whatever. These arrive at your garage ready to install, like plugging in a new set of batteries. Here is a link, for example, for a low cost $4000 replacement small block Magnum motor for my Jeep Grand Cherokee:
but as they say in racing, "Speed costs money, how fast do you want to go?", so:
- $15,000 for over 600 hp in a Hemi.
The good news is that this has opened up the hobby to anyone with money, the bad news is that now anyone can build up a really competitive hotrod. Where are the motor heads of tomorrow going to come from? You no longer ever have to get your hands dirty, really. When kids talk about customizing their "Fast and Furious" cars, they mean what stickers and neon/LEDs and sound systems and wheels they have added. Customization today means picking things out of a catalog...
FWIW, another example is the visual arts. I graduated from art school nearly 30 years ago as a 16mm filmmaker - a dead field. I spent years learning how to print B&W photos - dead as a buggy whip. Camera stores, where I worked for years, are gone. You can't even buy paper-based photo paper, it is all 'resin-coated' (plastic) now. I am selling my last film-based camera equipment and no one wants it.
Overhead projectors used to be a big business along with other AV equipment - filmstrips? When was the last time you saw a slide show of someone's vacation to Europe?
I am old before my time, because I miss all these things. Image quality has completely gone from the visual arts - today's video and digital based art students don't even know what I am talking about when I talk about the color saturation of Kodachrome...
Who knew I would be a grumpy old man at 50?