When I purchased my house in NOV09, my 1.8T Corrado Project took the bench. I love the car and want to see it finished but I gotta do what I gotta do.
IMO, I think the "scene" has always been like that, almost like a "Wolf in Sheeps Clothing" type deal. The reason why you are seeing it all over the place now is due to the natural scene cycle. OG's leave and fresh "enthusiasts" come rolling in, OG's don't like the "new" scene so they don't come back.
I only attended one GTG with my project Corrado and that was the Wrights Farm GTG. After talking to some of the people there, I could honestly say that those people didn't fit the whole "All in who you blow" category.