I thought that Machienes were only made for a select few...?
My understanding on the Machines were that Ron made them for himself for competition. I don't think he ever intended to do it on an ongoing basis, but ended make some more along the way to support various events and the Eastern League as a whole (through auctions and raffles).
From the few times I have seen Ron fly, I expect the Machine is not averse to being spanked rather hard.... that just sounds so wrong.
I expect Ron will amend any revisionist history I might have inadvertently thrown into the ring.