My first show was Rockford 07. I went not knowing a single soul. That night at the banquet I stood in the back of the room as the awards were handed out. After that I was privy to the "winning" by people who didn't win. I was seriously turned off. After words back at the hotel I meet 5 guys from the Minnesota faction. From that point till now I've meet a lot of people and that's the only reason I keep going.
Bikes have become secondary. Bikes are cool and that's why we come, its all about the people. It's not my fault you blew your kids' college money building an over done bmx bike that didn't win an award. If that's why you did it, you're a fuckin moron!
On a side note. 2 weeks ago I was at a vintage snowmobile show. A 76 Yamaha srx won a class(cant remember and don't care). That kid had all the aluminum so over polished I about puked. The coolest sled was an old 73 arctic cat ext. No name tag on it(not entered). All original and pretty fuckin cool.