@Kevin - Bay Area, you'll see and feel the vibe when you come this year. The ebb and flow of new and old attendees seems to have no effect on the pace or mood from year to year. We meet, we congregate, we drink, we eat, we drive a bit and laugh alot. But the cars and the drive aren't what it's all about...you'll see.
That said, having a purpose event would be fun. We could easily do a West Coast event that would highlight the central valley, or the gold country, wine country, etc.. That event could easily replace Tour d'Hoe in September. It could be like the Spring Thaw from the great northwest. Perhaps this could be discussed starting another thread?