"I’m not about to turn anyone away who came to play.” That attitude makes the best kinds of racing organizations. Lots of them turn into dick measuring contests and excuses for guys who hate their wives to be pedantic about stuff
That kind of support reminds me of my days as tech inspector for the local autocross club. If someone's car didn't pass scrutineering, there were plenty of participants willing to pitch in and help rectify the problem. Inclusion was preferred to exclusion. It's a bummer to have to turn someone away because their battery wasn't secured properly or they were missing a lug nut.
I picked it. I prefer 09, but that was already spoken for by AHRMA members in multiple disciplines. Never liked the small letter tacked next to numbers, and figured the easiest way was to just add the zero out front.
Can't say I knew the Bond detail. Less than ideal, but not so bad.
Years ago, I ran a motorcycle enduro. In spite of how horrible I did, at the end of the season, I was not in last place! I feel bad for the guys who finished behind me. Not finishing last is a worthy goal!