I have to be honest and admit I am a bit offended by those of you suggesting we should force competitors to work rallyes in order qualify for championship points. I'm sorry, but we, as drivers/owners need to take a bit more credit for what we are already doing for the sport. We are the ones dumping thousands and thousands of dollars to put on this show called rallying, we are the ones who practically live in our shoppes, garages and back yards in order to get these cars ready for competition. We are hobbyists, yet somehow we figure out how to take time and money away from our jobs, family, etc. to go play in the woods. If the contribution we already make to the sport is not enough, then I don't know what is. Nobody pays us to do this, and the reality is that even if the spectators didn't show up, we would still be rallying, just like we did before the "big boys" stormed the scene a few years ago. The reason rallying is so much bigger today is simply because drivers and teams have raised the bar, and when you raise the bar you attract more attention. There is more money invested in rallying at the divisional level today than there was at the national level 5 years ago. The SCCA wants to credit all sorts of ridiculous things, including video games for the growth of the sport at the Club level, I say BS to that. Club rallying is as big as it is in the US simply because drivers SPEND MORE MONEY, and nothing else.
I undestand fully that organizers have very limited resources, and for the most part they do a hell of a job considering the situation. The standard worker recruiting method in the US is to put out a worker registration form, wait, and hope enough people sign up. There needs to be incentives, and in order for organizers to be able to offer incentives the SCCA needs to get off their *ss and figure out how to re-direct some funds in to the program they claim to own. The number of entries is growing, the level of competition is more intense than ever, the number of spectators is constantly increasing, but yet there seems to be no additional money coming in to the organizing teams. I've said it once and I'll say it again, Organizers don't need sponsors, teams need sponsors, what organizers need is investors. The SCCA needs to provide the organizing clubs the tools to get these investors, and if they don't want to help, then they need to step aside and let them do it on their own, but they also need to let them profit from it.
The day I lose a championship to someone because of points given for handing out time cards at an MTC, is the last day I rally in the US. Rallyes and championships are to be won and lost on the stages.