Thought I'd bring this up as a topic of discussion. As with all hobbies, it seems that there's a tendency for elitism to creep in and rear it's ugly head no matter how down to earth the hobby may be. Over the past 10 years I've seen it in just about every genre of bike building and collecting...some better and some worse. I don't think Rat Rodders are immune to it, but I will say that they tend to be a more laid back group that are generally encouraging no matter what someone's skill level or taste is. That being said, examples of elitism that I've seen in the Rat Rod community tend to be similar to what you might witness in the traditional hot rodding scene. Only bikes built in a certain style or only vintage American made bikes built using period correct parts are acceptable. Another area might be in fabrication. If you can't fabricate, paint and do all the work yourself....not interested. Now I realize that there is value to period correctness and being able to fabricate and weld is an amazing asset, but should those be put up on a pedestal? Is that the end goal in all of this? What about the guy that swaps seats, spray bombs his bike, changes out the tires and grips....is he less of an enthusiast? Now I don't bring this up because of any specific person or situation. I just thought it would be an interesting topic to discuss. Have you witnessed what you would consider elitism in this hobby?