On the other hand, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and Hagerty's is one I tend to respect more than most. For others that might try: you can bring what looks like a great product, but still rub enough folks the wrong way as for the venture to backfire, as we have seen in both OR and WA.
On a separate but not totally unrelated topic, I am one master you won't hear griping about the ORDGC qualification format, as I think its criteria are tough, yet fair, and do give masters a shot at competing, just not a protected shot. I am still as proud of qualifying as I am ashamed of my finishes (DNF, NFL).`
Oh, and well said in the above post by Magilla, well said indeed.