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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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What Lies Ahead in 2022? Hemmings Editors Offer Their Predictions

Posted January 03, 2022 8:07 AM by dstrohl

If we've learned anything over the last couple of years, it's that life has become less and less predictable. That said, we threw caution to the wind and asked the Hemmings editorial staff to make their best predictions about what directions the collector car hobby will take over the next year. What cars will become more popular? What trends will we see pop up? What economic factors will impact our hobby?

From Editor-in-Chief Terry McGean: This isn’t exactly clairvoyant, since a trend appears well underway, but if the past year is any indication, interest in cars and trucks of the ’80s and ’90s will really gain momentum in the coming year. Viewed from one perspective, this is a natural progression—as generations move through time, nostalgia for the things of youth builds, and examples of those things are then sought. Today, Gen Xers are looking back fondly at their younger days, but their Mustangs were of the Fox 5.0 variety, their Camaros were IROCs, and their Trans Ams were more Knight Rider than Smokey and the Bandit.

From Associate Editor David Conwill: My hobby-car prediction for 2022: The beginnings of a brass-car revival, with Gen Xers and Millennials at the forefront.

From Web Editor Daniel Strohl: If you think you've seen a lot of electromodding so far, just wait. We'd seen a slow rise in electric powertrain swaps over the last few years, but 2021 brought a whole slew of electromodded classics that got an inordinate amount of attention from both the enthusiast press and the mainstream press. While many of those were likely pandemic projects that finally came to fruition, it's also not a stretch at all to predict that we'll see even more EV builds in 2022. Leading this charge will be the Tesla powertrain swap; it's relatively straightforward, it's in fashion, and it can make gobs of power. Tesla powertrains are having a hot-rodding moment just like the small-block Chevrolet had its moment starting in the late Fifties.

Read on, and offer your own predictions in the comments below.

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