Interesting that it's said in the video that a top of the range new machine at the time cost about £5000. I put that into the bank of England inflation calculator and it came out at about £17,000. Not sure you can get anything new for that price nowadays, even as an SSDR kit, let alone 'top of the range'.
The Bivvy Bee (touring version of Peabee, SSDR not sub 70) is £12,500 including VAT.
The Peabee is about £10k. The new Flylight Adam is about £11.5k.
I think we need to recognise that market forces play a part in this, if no one wanted to buy or fly Eurofoxes, Eurostars or Skyrangers and the majority steadfastly insisted that only a AX3 with a modern 503 equivalent would do, then someone would build them. If there wasn't the cost of CAA oversight, then a modern day AX2000 kit could be £18k. The Skyranger kit minus engine is not that much more.
But there is no demand for a modern day AX2000 kit. That's not to say people don't want them, but there is not enough demand for a viable business.
I have two road bikes, one built from a Raleigh Gran Tour frame made of 531c, another an Evans, also 531, before they were a chain, also a custom build, best of their generation from the early 1980s.
The majority of the market is not interested, Boardman, Cannondale or some new carbon fibre or aluminium framed bike from the last two or three years, not lighter or faster but easier to use, with replacement parts easily available, beneficiaries of progress, and more reliable. Halfords or Decathlon... that's where the masses go, with good reason, and they enjoy the results.
That's the reality of the market. L'Eroica is for a small self-selecting band of people, and I'm not one of them. I just want to ride, and this is also reflected in my pursuit of flight.
To get back on topic, despite the reality of the market, compliance with market forces, choice of a faster or heavier aircraft, or the spending of a larger sum of money are not skills.
So, skills must be demonstrated independent of the platform for that demonstration.
And if we wish to pursue this objective, it has to be done without appearing to be Luddite, or purists in support of an older generation of aircraft (insert your description of the same that does not offend, or remind you of bodily functions) to the exclusion of new ones. Skills are skills, full stop.
Otherwise, the idea is destined for the same place as L'Eroica events. How many of you are interested in those? Exactly, that's my point.