I belong to a pretty successful vintage organization in Texas. I have done so since around 1995 give or take a year. For many of the early years it was a "run what ya brung group" it was lots of fun. In the past few years there has been a push to remove the "non vintage" cars like, reproduction Lotus 7's, 11's and other car of that nature. This is all good if the intent is to have really vintage club. The problem here is that the rules that are supposed to be followed are not.
The club allows a twisted set of rules that really make the cars we see at the event mere envelopes of vintage bodies filled with very modern engine and transmission pieces. In effect the cars are modern and not vintage at all. It is like allowing someone bring in say a formula vee with traction control or on board electronic fuel management. So the arguments for tightly controlling the 1972 rules are muddled.
Right now there are racers who want and need a place to race newer vintage cars. I for one would like to see a 1978 sport racer on the track or how bout a 1980 chevy monza? In any case the club will not move from the 1972/74 cars rule. Well the club has drifted, even though the guys in charge now won't admit it. If you look at the cars in the club you will find some examples. A 1978 911 it is ok if it looks like a 74 to race in the club. There are other examples too! So basically the club allows certain cars made after 1974 to run on a regular basis. This keeps the numbers up and helps pay for the track and cost. If anyone hadn't noticed the cost has gone up lately.
Why not move the rules to allow 1980 cars to run too. This helps the club grow or at least keeps it from shrinking. If you look around, the club is starting to lose some of it's more senior members. I look around the pits today and see very few of the cars and drivers that were there in 1998. Some have left because they grew too old to drive safely and were smart enough to know it. Some left because of cost, some left because of present management. I think that more will leave soon due in part to arrogant positions and attitudes of a couple of the newer board members. Without new blood this club will die. We need to allow newer vintage cars on the track just like we allow newer board members. There are many cars sitting right now in shops and barns all over the nation waiting. I find it hard to believe that we would offer no place for a group 44 car from 1978 to race. How about an ex Paul Newman car from 1980. The club already does allow new cars to race incognito. Let's open our minds and allow a move to 1980 or so. The club needs to do this because otherwise before long there will be a handful of guys with their "1974" cars in a club meeting talking about the good ol days when the club still could afford to rent a track an have a race.