I love the Vintagers, but I hate driving around D.C. and over Rt. 50 and its headaches.
It's a 300 mile drive for me from these Western Virginia mountains - I-64 E; I-81 N; I-66 E; I-495; Rt. 50 E. Sounds simple, but the traffic jams make it maddening.
For some reason the >500 mile drive to Milbrook was less stressful.
I too noticed the fewer vendors. I'm a member of Vintagers, so exempt from the $20. I believe Ray is doing a good thing, and I support it with my dues.
Remember, Ray can't control the weather. Yeah it was hot, but I remember years of rain and hurricanes also. Despite the heat, I went away with a dandy Purdey double .303. Must have been a success for me!
The greatest pleasure is seeing the many friends and acquaintences I enjoy in this hobby. That's what motivates me to fight the traffic.
Here's a little report I posted on NitroExpress.com:http://forums.nitroexpress.com/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=168544&an=0&page=0#Post168544
I didn't make the Southern SxS last April, but I think I'll make the effort next time. Besides, that's my old stomping ground - UNC Class of 1976!