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?
I thought that John addressed this sufficiently when he said they would cross that bridge if and when they got to it and so far that has not been the case. The guys that have the big vintage shops (in the US, at least), have not submitted bikes here AFAIK. First Flight Bikes and Velocult being the big examples that come to mind. Otherwise, you start sliding around on a slippery slope with the guys with the big 20-30+ bike collections and I'm not sure how you're going to draw the line at that point. I mean, some of those guys even sell to people that they call "customers" and whether you have a brick and mortar shop or not becomes fuzzy, imo.
I think the beauty of this contest is that the small guy can win. If you look at it, there just aren't a lot of votes that go to the winner so people like me will vote for people that pour their hearts into it and should big organizations put a horse in it, it just doesn't guarantee a win. It's not about the money.