Great in concept, sucks in reality.
Like Paul mentioned, 7 officially registered last year, after declining numbers,
BUT....last year we also made a concerted effort to advertise and entice the local MCA clubs to join in....
With 7 registered....you see where that effort got us....
But this was also the very basis by which HoonDog made the conscious decision to open up many of our events to a broader basis than just Bullitt, simply in an attempt to create a viable event support base.
I personally believe the issue, at least for the Bullitt crowd, is that the cars are getting older to the point where only an ever declining few are willing to risk putting them on a track....let alone drive them long distances.
This fact alone is becoming an issue for the Nationals, where pretty much only those regional to the event attend, where there are only a few hardcore long distance attendee's anymore. But as we make plans for this years, as well as the 2018 Nat's, rolling into the 50th anniversary and all the special events we are coordinating for the next two years...it will certainly be a test to see if our Bullitt participation actually grows at all.
Talk and interest is one thing....commitment is another....
Just to throw in some more angst about getting others involved in our events. I joined several local chapters of various Mustang clubs to try and engender interest in our Shootout and the Nationals. The idea being if I can get them to attend one Shootout, the Nationals would be a cinch.
The results were predictable I suppose. They were all glad to see me attend their events, local or otherwise. Some actually came out for a local DFW Get together at a DFW BBQ restaurant. But actually join IMBOC was stretching it. Join in on the festivities to the south for the Shootout I got excuses...
"Oh, that's such a long drive." Really? I just drove out to Greenville (about an hour and half away) for a hamburger with you guys.
"I'm so busy with my schedule." I can understand that, if he was doing anything.
"I am under Doctors care." I got that one shortly after open heart surgery.
The real kicker was when the President of a local club posted out events on their FB page and nobody signed up. Not even him. His was having some sort of breakdown from on the job stress. Shortly afterwards he resigned from his club and attending any other gatherings. I feel for him. Really.
And so it went. I even posted up some of their events and functions on our page. None of our DFW guys went to any of them, except myself and Steve (NYCBullitt). I understand the issues. It is, what it is.