I couldn't sleep, and I got to thinking about this question, so I decided to make a post to share my thoughts. I think this is a topic that has been mentioned quite a bit on the podcast, and I think the general consensus is no, it is not dying. It actually is reaching more people than ever, but why do so many of us feel like it's dying? Before I go further, I want to point out that I'm writing this from the point of view of a scene that is outside the state of California. From my perspective, it looks like every scene in California is thriving. I am from Houston, and while there is plenty VIP out here, it doesn't feel like there's a real community. I think the feeling of "VIP is dead" comes from a variety of things. First, it is rare for me to see OGs or other high quality builds at local meets. John touched on this point a while back on the podcast, and Daniel Coffey and I talked about it over the weekend. I agree. I think a huge part of growing the community and encouraging quality builds is being willing to mentor newcomers, even those that may seem misguided. That's how I came into the scene. Another thing I have noticed is that in Houston VIP guys and gals tend to keep to themselves. Rarely, if ever, are there any VIP meets. Given, Texas isn't known for its VIP scene. Rather, it is known for Texas 2K, but there are enough of us. Lastly, I have noticed a steady decline in show quality over the years. I remember when I first got into Wekfest in 2014, I actually felt like I didn't belong there because the other builds so far surpassed mine. I don't really blame the show runners. It is difficult to screen cars online without seeing them in person. Really, I think it comes down to people with quality builds being willing to show their cars. Without those bad ass builds coming out to shows, show runners are left to choose from mediocre builds. Now, I'm pretty disappointed with a lot of the cars that show up to shows. There really doesn't seem to be much shame in showing a car that isn't show ready. I see a lot of bad quality paint, bad quality body work, and cars that aren't clean. At StanceNation Texas, for example, I didn't really even feel like I deserved the Best Toyota award because there weren't any other cars that I felt were up to show quality in my category. I'm not bashing on other people's builds, I'm just pointing out that I think the scene could do better, and I think the scene is better than this. In general, the car community needs to hold themselves to a higher standard, and I think that comes right back to showing people what good builds look like. Many older guys are tired of bringing out their cars or don't see a point since they aren't looking for awards, but I don't think that's what it should be about. I've really never gone for the awards. It's really a place for me to get feedback from other like-minded people. Also, it's a place for me to get ideas. I started getting into VIP when I saw some bagged LS460s from California at Hot Import Nights one year in Houston. While they may not have cared to show their cars, it inspires people. It inspired me. So, I suppose it's kind of my call to arms for the VIP community. Show your cars! People want to see them. People want to learn. People want to see what a high level build is. What do you guys think?