I have been in favor of changing the categories for motor classification for several years. The following is a post I posted some time ago on a thread, "What is an antique"
Honestly, I think it is time for the national club to revisit the terms on how we classify the motors. The fact that 1950 and older are considered "Antique" has been the policy of the club as long as I have been a member, and probably for some extended period of time before that. (Perhaps from the inception of the club?) In any event, it is hard to not all a 1953 Corsair anything but an antique. As much as we may want it to at times, time does not stop, and the objects of our interest are getting older every day. I would offer that the club adopt some different parameters for motor classification. These are just examples, but would welcome feedback.
1) Rowboat motors 1920 and earlier.
2) Pre-war antique 1921-1941 (Most motors built during WWII would fit into this category also)
3) Post-war antique 1945-1959 (These are all 58-72 years old!)
4) Vintage Classic 1960-1975 (These are 45-57 years old)
5) Collectable 1976-1987 (30-41 years old)
These parameters should be revisited from time to time. Some of our members would scoff at calling a 1975 Mercury 200 a "Vintage Classic", but I remember my dad getting one 42 years ago when I was a kid and I have a lot of memories of the time we spent with that motor. I still have it, and it turns heads at the boat ramps.