First, it will continue as long as I am a member of the group. I obviously can't say how big it will be, but it will continue.Personal opinion here. I think NASSAM 2018 has to be the most successful one to date. I see John taking it again in 2019, but after that unless some major changes are made, I do not see it continuing. I hate to say it, but have seen clubs not moving forward. Changing with the times is needed.
I just returned from the FJ Cruiser National. Growing by leaps and bounds, rejecting large sponsors, not enough room, 450 trucks this year, with over 700 on the waiting list. Working with the wounded Warrior Program.
I think the individual charities are great, but are a problem for getting big time sponsors to commit. This group needs to find a major charity and tie its wagon to it. That will open doors never even thought of.
This group has done tremendous work over the years, but basically it just goes by the wayside as it moves to another area, to jump thru hoops. Become partners with a city/town/area and have the backing year around from that city. Starting over every single year, takes time and a lot of work.
I hope I am wrong, but we are well past the National and still do not have a taker for 2019 other than John and Glen. I have no problem if that became the permanent site. But the bar hopping around the country is not going to fly much longer I am afraid. You can look at the 2018 National, Rob was the only one interested in doing it.
Why are individual charities a problem? The problems for "big sponsors" are relevance and participation. Until we exceed 250-300 cars we aren't going to see big sponsors and, frankly, I don't care. We had a good meet at reasonable cost without major sponsorship and, with what we learned, will be able to do more with less next time.
Has a charity been announced for '18? I've been a little busy and haven't checked the website lately.
I think that the "bar hopping" is a great thing as long as someone wants to do it in a new location. I can see a continuation of it with a regular fall-back location (or two) for years that there isn't a new location.