Here here Neil, well said.
I think expansion could and should be managed to ensure the friendly core that is RB remains and doesn't blur into 'other' organisations cliqueyness. But as I say, I think we of all people are perfectly equipped to do that (not least because we are all able to be the butt of a joke!) - Up the retrobikers.
I think we should all be riding retro steeds. I just dread it as I haven't got any that are suspended, and the thought of hours on rigid steel forks takes me to a bad place instantly. But I agree. Kind of defeating the point without - Hold my hand up to that one team!
Pro active would be good too. Flyers, tom ritchey masks, repack outfits, competitions, components in glass cabinets...more pzazz and confidence=more people joining in. deffo more music and inviting front to a stand.
We can but grow from this year. It was truely a sucess.
And I agree that I might get there on the Thurs too as it's obvioulsy all over and everyone's gone before the end, so you might as well start the atmosphere early.