Last week I met a high school friend of mine, whom I haven't seen in over a decade. He has been a car guy since middle school. He told me about his recently acquired project car, an early 90's Nissan 240SX. This has to be the last modified import in the South Bay. I just don't see modified imports anymore in NorCal, and I heard there are even less of them in SoCal. The only places I still see them are the older areas of East Bay (Berkley, Oakland). On the contrary, why is there so many American classics now days? 10 years ago there weren't nearly this many. Now they are everywhere. Every block has some kind of hot rod, or muscle car, or some kind of old domestic classic. One of my neighbors recently opened his garage and revealed a really nice street rod that I never knew existed. People drive them more often too, I see them all the time on the road. The most obvious part of this trend is the rod shows, they are way bigger now than the previous decade. The GoodGuys shows have become so big that it's almost impossible to see everything in one day. We all know about decline of car culture, but why has one type of cars declined so much, while another type has grown so much? Maybe a shift in preferences among car guys? Or maybe due to government policies such making older domestic cars exempt from smog and emission regulations? I was never a big fan of the import scene, but it is kind of sad to see them disappear like that. I do miss the small but fun night gatherings of imports in parking lots.