In the limited interaction we have had with VS behind the scenes, it is obvious that they do not understand the programming that Larry left behind and they are not going do anything to modify it. They want to convert it to their standard format. I think the conversion will happen. They have converted many sites with far less traffic, snowblowerforum.com being just one example.
Anyone that thought PhillipB was a real person after the first day of the takeover was only fooling themselves. All those welcome greetings and inquiries about his sledding experience that went unanswered. Turns out 'his' fake identity was even more destructive than Kidsonic, just with less malice directed toward the members.
That said, the person most deceived in the takeover was Larry himself. Somehow VS convinced him that they were capable of continuing the VintageSleds legacy. I hate to think it was all about the money and VS was just the high bidder.
Larry made a sound business decision, I'm sure, and no doubt there was/shouldn't have been any sentimental attatchments after the papers were signed and the check(s) transferred.
Of course it was about money but maybe time more about being able to do other (probably more profitable) things.
I'm not too sure if things would have been much different if he still owned/ran it. Members and people's attitudes and interests have changed, mostly not for the better.
If VS converts this forum to the Xen Foro (or whatever) platform that most of their sites are using be prepared to be drowning in ads mixed in between posts and all over the pages and learn new terminology for all the common headings, but if you view any/many other forums you may already be accustomed to those changes. Many here probably won't adapt well (or quietly).