Was H&T in competition with Ahrma? Not in theory; I had always seen us a complement to the National Club in the Northwest. However a foolish bushy tailed handling of what were doing - changing the formula, adding 80s / 90s bikes - could easily tip the balance. After looking at the two packages side by side, Vintage Riders might just choose to contest the Ahrma series instead of ours. Especially with gas going through the roof. H&T would take on water and start to slow. And correcting that impression takes FAR more energy than just avoiding it in the first place.
From time to time a cheap comment would be tossed out on the chat group that VDR/H&T was looking more and more like an Evo Club. The reality was that we had all Ahrma's Evo riders, because they had been turned away at the door. So to my quiet satisfaction, Ahrma digging in its heels kept Hammer & Tongs in business.
as I said Vintage won't last forever- and well aware that perception
is reality. And each year that goes by, the percentage of Vintage recedes
incrementally due to the fact that
so the last thing I wanted to do was add to the pile was losing focus of Vintage itself.
AND SO..... to make the presentation give the right impression, to make sure that VINTAGE stayed right in the center of the spotlight, I ended up with a complicated set of unwritten rules, or guidelines for the website, which made doing the galleries take forever.
Some riders float to the top - always look good, every time they go by - and those riders are almost always experts - so sometimes maddeningly I had a number of incredible shots - and the rider in question had JUST been on the front page. So I'd wander off, sort of sad, and try to find someone else's shot to use.