I have to agree with Gordon,things did feel different this year,may be the last time I spend a weekend there
For me, the positives are:
1) Hanging out with the guys. Brian (royaloilfield), Mike (rocketscientist), Ed (Dunham), and the Ohio Valley BSAOC had chairs, shade, coolers, snacks, and good conversation whenever I was tired of wandering the swap meet or when a storm came over. RichB, RonT, MWNN, and our BB crowd had the same over in the campground. I stayed in my all-time favorite B&B ("Somewhere in Time") over near Bellville, about 5 miles from MidOhio; good company there too.
2) One trip through the swapmeet, and a bit of watching the vintage racing. I'm in "Declutter" mode at home as I mentioned, so I only bought things that would go in my pockets or a backpack. Always interesting to see what sorts of things are for sale at what prices. The best deal at the meet was rocketscientist's Moto Giro eligible Benelli 200. The racing is always fun.
And there's really one big negative that's close to swamping it all out.
1) Management of the event. They announce that camping (first come first serve) will open at a certain time on a certain day. Guys line up and patiently wait so that they can choose a site, but when the gates are flung open, it turns out that half the campground is already full. Same happens at the swap meet; "some people" are allowed in with a huge wad of cash and snarf up all the good deals before it's even open to the public.
2) Facilities. Thousands upon thousands of campers, no showers or facilities in the campground. A shoutout to the guys on the tractor collecting trash from the hundreds of trash cans at the site - they worked hard and kept the grounds clean. I stepped into the track shower block once and stepped right back out to find a porta-john.
I suppose that the above are just "comfort" things that most people are willing to put up with. I'm getting too old for that though.
3) Swap meet and campground chaos. Thousands of pit bikes, trail bikes, scooters, road bikes, everything, clogging up all the paths in the swap meet and in the campground. Kids pulling wheelies, noisy rapping expansion chambers and drag pipes, and what surprised me most, probably half of the traffic is older guys just riding up and down, up and down, up and down and round and round through the swap meet. Not even looking at the vendors, just riding at 5 MPH through the mud and dust for miles and miles, all day long. You can hardly walk through the swap meet, and I only rode over to the campground once; it was like riding through a mad beehive.
It didn't used to be like that. Licensed vehicles and drivers only. A few bikes going up and down, but not many.
Not sure why they allow it. It's about to put me right off.
So there's good and there's bad. I'll figure out the mix of the two before I get tickets next year ..... !