Did either of you read my post? Its about sole ownership ie: you, me, him other there vs. organisations. The scenario uses rarity and other factors as an example and neither are exclusive to either party but one could say organisations have more of an advantage. How would we feel if we saw more museums, stores or even god forbid manufacturers entering this competition? Would that represent a fair playing field or be in the spirit of the competition?
For me personally, I don't think it matters who is submitting the bike. I wouldn't say they have much of an advantage depending on what pulls at your heart strings when you vote.
The PC Ned bike, while undoubtedly cool, was pretty much handed over to them as a complete bike ready for hanging on a wall. Doesn't get me as excited as a years or months long project finally completed and taken out for a ride and enjoyed as originally intended. The hint of it being for sale doesn't make me want to vote for it either. EDIT: looks like no longer for sale
First Flight has an army of bikes and they submit every so often. I don't recall them winning every time or blowing away the competition either.
If that kind of restriction needs to be made, then so be it...but there are enough guys out there who can beat the big boys.