Some encouragement occurred today from Jalopnik - one of the contributors, Murilee Martin, who I hear also helps judge the LeMons, started this thread, where I semi-announced our Brava entry. Murilee replied:
"If you show up with a Brava- or, better yet, a Strada- in Texas, you'll be an instant legend."
So that makes me want to hurry up and finish hooking up wires on the Spider, so I can move it around, and get the Brava out of storage and running. In spite of (so far) the lack of a firm team, there's no reason not to start work!