The track is like crack, and after your first taste you'll always want more. Sure it isn't cheap, and not everyone here has the latest and greatest (except Wink
). Believe it or not we all have "Other" responsibilities that come first as well.
If you look around on the "Wanted and for sale section" here on the board, you will most likely find gear that is suitable for a season for much less than retail. If you can't find anything, ask around someone will hook you up for a day or two.
Try the intro day and like Tony said "Bring your checkbook, as you will want to finish the day." You will never want to leave. NESBA has a great program with some outstanding people, and the greatest makeup of members - it's like a huge family.
Come play for a day, but be prepared to have your ego shattered. You will find out just how slow you really are, unless you are one of the very few exceptions.
I would start asking for gear for X-mas birthdays ect, and start saving money now. You will see that once the gear and such is paid for, the cost will mainly be what tracks and how many days (aside from the normal expenses: Transportation, Tires, Fuel, Brake Pads ect.)
Hope this helps, and I hope to see you on the track next year.