Good write up, Ned.
I raced for 18 years. MX, then enduros and hare scrambles, roadracing, then an enduro before I hung it up when we moved to Europe.
Now, I just don't feel the need. I needed
to go warp factor 8 with my hair on fire. Now, I don't.
I miss the camaraderie of the race fambly, no matter where, always a good bunch.
I had a bug, an itch. HAD to go stoopit fast. That disappeared. But the need to challenge myself is still there. So I single track a GS. Or tour on an RD350.
But I sure am tempted to go rallying, never did that before. Damn expensive, though.
All this to say: Anyone can go racing, just like Ned wrote. I'm proof. If you're thinking about it, then give it a go. Betcha cash one of your motorcycling acquaintances has connections to a local event/competitor. Give it a go.
I think it should be on everyone's bucket list: Compete in a race.
Just remember: You're doing this for fun. Don't forget to have some.