Just to set the record straight, I had approached Tim about sponsorship several weeks earlier to make sure I was not going to be in conflict with the forum rules. We had worked out a deal and he had emailed me an invoice on Friday afternoon, on Saturday morning I found the thread was gone and my account was banned. I don't dispute the application of the rules, I just think there should have been either communication between the administrator and moderator, or the moderator should have PM'ed me with a warning before blocking me. Either of those options would have prevented this. I'm sure this was just a misfortunate rare occurrence, at this point I want to put it behind me and I'm glad to be a sponsor. I'm sure my relationship with the forum administration going forward will be a positive one.
Thanks everone for all the kind words and support of this project.
"I'm a little rascal on my Little Rascal"