Joel, you also have to remember, that some people can drive very good without any schools and some simply can't drive no matter how much money they spend on training. It's like art or music.
But seriously, guys, I think you should really try your best to try to make it. It is once a year kind of a thing and you'll get to see many many cool cars and meet many many cool people. Plus, SOA will be there, Paul E. will be there and other "famous" people.