By the way, as a personal nit-pick, I wanted to point out that S3 is NOT a version of the software, as some tend to refer to it as. It is simply a descriptor of the content/features that are available at that licence level. Sauce
Also, for me from the perspective of New Dimension Racing, one should not plan their lives or their full anticipations on what is planned, or announced, or really even promised. The world is too uncertain to get your hopes up too high. NDR and therefore by extension myself cannot plan things on things we don't already have access too. Sure, we always keep an eye on things to come, and consider what we'd do if a new track comes out during a season, and other features. It's why we have rules in our sporting code about when we use software versions, that way we can avoid conflicts or sudden changes that would impact the quality of our events.
I still see great racing time and time again, even in this "stagnant" LFS period. Yes, I concede that development OUTPUT (output is different than actual development...I can only base off of the output, what I receive on my HDD, not what might actually be going on that we don't yet know about) is lower than desired, but there is absolutley NOTHING stopping people from having great races. The software works, it has all the tools for racing, drivers just need to embrace the fact that no two races are the same. Racing is about the competition, the enjoyment, the camaraderie.
Every patch that is issued, no matter how feature-rich or feature-lacking does have meaning. It is progress, no matter how apparently small. Code improvements here, bug fixes there. If it benefits the game, it benefits the community. Making a product better is natural, it is necessary.
Don't lose the plot - remember what was a big draw for some to this (including me) - it was the great community, the great racing seen, the opportunities to spend your time racing. Enjoy yourselves, you only live once...there's no point in squabbling about whether three men are working or on an island somewhere instead of working on their product. Populate a racing server, make a skin, do a league, banter about your RL car(s).
Life carries on, whether or not the tyre physics, or whatever comes out now, 5 minutes from now, 5 years from now, or never.
tl;dr Racing is life. Everything before and after is just waiting.