When my wife and I bought our first boat back in 1998 we would go out by the dam (on Cumberland) of a Friday or Saturday night and see 20 - 30 performance boats of various sizes pair off and go at it in races. After the stock market drop of 2000 the weekend entertainment started to drop off. With the dramatic rise in the price of fuel the last few years racing at the dam has pretty much come to a halt. Other than on poker run weekend performance boating on lake cumberland is a shadow of what it was a decade ago.
As the price of fuel climbs relative to wages fewer and fewer middle income wage earners will buy new performance boats and use the ones they already have less.
Of course the rise in fuel prices doesn't affect members on OSO one bit because we are all exceptional and above the norm