Funny, a couple of members from the earlier days stopped by my place today, and I mentioned that things seem to be waning (Camelot effect). REGULAR Drives are less often and less people, same with dinners, friendships, etc. This just seems to bring it full circle. The forum will run on steam (and a good steam) for a while, but the heyday is past. I wish I had gotten in on the early days, though I am enjoying myself immencely.
Great line from an old musical, that if anyone can guess the name they get a free Alligator pizza. "When life only rains in sprinkles, you've got to gather all your hands can hold. I'm staying young, yes I'm staying young while everyone around me's growing old." The forum, the people, the new friends I've made that seem to put up with us old guys cashing in on the fun, have been great, none of which would have happened without this forum.
Broadway musical "Take Me Along."
I think you bring up a good point, but I also think it is part of the ebb and flow of car forums. It was indeed a very cool time back in 2003-2005. Lots of new people, new interest. I have made lifelong contacts from this forum and that is always cool. I really like when I see someone who posted in the early days, still post here. It was an interesting time for sure.
Partly, we are dealing with winter. I noted at the Carlsbad Cars and Coffee meet this last Sunday. Two years ago, 20 Lotus cars would show up. This Sunday, three cars were there. Partly also a reflection of the entire event, and forecast of rain too. But still, it has changed a bit.
It comes down to people. Here in SoCal we had some avid members that helped to make things happen.... a good number no longer own a Lotus, and/or are not as active in the community. I know for me personally, when my business took off, I purposely stepped back from the community... I just did not have the time to organize events.
Reality is, there are more people now involved, but just not organizing things. Back in 2004, we all knew we were the ones that had to make things happen. Now, I think a new person comes on the scene and perceives an existing community, so they don't make things happen as much. I hope that makes sense, and I could be totally wrong.
It only takes a couple people to bring it all back. Make events. Our community is a combination of things... online interaction, knowledge database, car events, and more.
And for what it is worth, I think there are some things that will happen in 2008 to resurrect the community. LOG28. Route66 caravan. Highway 1 trips. West Coast Lotus Meet. San Diego spring fling and autocross. And of course the free food for all Lotus people day at your restaurant.
By the way, I will be in Pasadena on the 12th, if I can, I will stop by.