This is the only automotive enthusiasts community that I know of where we have to pay to talk to those in our specific regions. I live in the Chicago, IL area and have one of the largest chapters near me. I however haven't been able to attend a single one of their meetings and/or events. I also do not know when I'll even have time to. Most of my free time is either spent working, or racing my car. However, it'd be nice to participate in local communications. There are often many threads where I can offer advice, reviews and or feedback for other locals. I actually paid to be a VCA member for the first year for this exact reason. I couldn't bring myself to renew my membership though just to post with my fellow local viper owners. As a vendor, I sponsor many forums. As an enthusiast, I also participate in many. It's a real shame that the enthusiasts get the shaft here. The ability to communicate with locals that share the same passions as you is critical in building online communities. I wish you guys would reevaluate this.