Well, I guess someone will start this thread, hope it is constructive. I for one, am pleased with the decision published in the latest Bulletin to accept those model cars through 1953 whose 1948 sister models are identical - Alfa, Bentley, RR, etc. I think there is a Sr. model Cadillac they missed but I could be wrong about that, do not have the Bulletin here at the office.
Also agree with the boards "overwhelming" vote not to expand beyond that, but to put it out for a general vote anyway. Putting expansion to a general vote is a good idea, this way membership has the final say and people can be comfortable that the board did not push anything through that overall membership did not want to see.
I recognize these are not easy decisions to make, and as a new member, I am happy so far with the decisions. While I am in the camp that says the club essentially recognizes an era, I think mirroring the pre-1925 logic with respect to those cars mentioned above makes a lot of sense. Passed on a Bentley once as it was too late for CCCA inclusion, although identical to it's 1948 sister car, so maybe my reaction is a tad self serving, but again, I think the logic makes more sense than including a postwar design (T&C), so for me it was easy to justify. Hopefully once membership vote is done this closes the expansion issue out for some time.
I also think some good thoughts on membership levels were discussed as well, which is really a separate issue in my mind. Some really good points were made by several members in the letters section regarding the issue of membership. The Bulletin seems to list around 25 new members with each edition, so I am not convinced membership levels for a special interest group like this are that big of an issue.
Note: edited 7-13; certain models through 1953, actually, are slated for inclusion - again they must be identical to their 1948 counterparts.