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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
April 2019 Issue

This is the monthly online newsletter for the car club council. All car hobbyist events are listed on this site under "Calendar." Just click on the link above to view the list of car shows and other activities.

President's Message

It's April and the cruise-ins and shows are here along with "car season". That's the good news. The bad news is the EPA is considering allowing the sale of E15 gasoline year round. E15 currently cannot be sold during the warmer months because it contributes to pollution. Ozone and pollution are problems during the warmer months because the weather can be stagnant and not "move" as much as during the cooler months. Ozone doesn't really form in large amounts unless the sun is out and the temperature is in the 90s. The problem with E15 is that is cannot be safely used in most of the cars and trucks on the road today. It cannot be safely used in lawn mowers, boats, motorcycles and other air cooled engines. It cannot be safely used in older vehicles. By safe I mean it can cause severe engine damage if used in those vehicles and machines. Below you will find two articles on E15 gasoline including a link to contact members of Congress to voice your opinion.

In the Car Hobbyist News I have included two situations in two Virginia counties where state law is not being interpreted correctly. One county is assessing and taxing antique vehicles - a law that changed in 1997. Another is interpreting the antique registration law to NOT allow passengers or food in an antique vehicle. This would be ridiculous if people had not been actually charged, convicted and given punishment.

After we got the antique exhaust law last year I thought we had finally gotten everything we need to enjoy our antique vehicles. I didn't think about officials changing law to what they wished. It is an unfortunate reality that some people do things that make no sense. We need to stick together as hobbyists to insure that if and when something bad happens we are there for support and advice. As the council enters its 25th year next year we may be needed more than ever as things are changing rapidly in this country and not all change is for the better.

~ Fred

April 1957 and April 2019 calendars match

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 29th at 6:30 PM at River City Diner Southside, 11430 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113 Phone (804) 897-9518. We will eat and meet in their meeting room.

Club Deletes

Three clubs were removed from the council for failure to pay the 2019 dues: Heart of Virginia Classic Auto Club, Hoppers Auto Club Inc, Tri-City Animal Rescue. Clubs will be reinstated upon dues payment. Contact Fred at fredfann@comcast.net.

Photos this month are from the cold Tidewater AACA Swap Meet on March 9th.

Car Hobbyist News

I was hoping for a dull year of just going to shows and cruise-ins but a couple of things have happened. First I got a call from a car hobbyist in Southampton County and learned that despite the law being changed in 1997, Southampton is assessing and taxing antiques as personal property. And not just assessing and taxing – assessing at full value and taxing at $5 per $100. I checked the county ordinances and apparently the county did not update its code to match the state law change in 1997. You have to wonder why anyone would tax vehicles that are registered as restricted usage vehicles at the same rate as unrestricted usage vehicles. Plus assessing antique vehicles is tricky. The value guides are guesses at best and can be off in either direction. Antiques are valued by condition which means an assessor who wants to determine their value should actually view each vehicle to determine value. I have sent them some info and the car hobbyist there says they are making progress.

Then I got another phone call from a hobbyist who got a ticket for violating the antique vehicle registration law from a deputy in Warren County. This hobbyist got a ticket for having a passenger, his son, in the antique vehicle and for transporting food. I was on the committee that worked on the re-write of that law several years ago and can tell you that you can carry food and passengers legally in an antique vehicle. He took a good lawyer with him to court and discovered that others had also been charged and were prosecuted by a Commonwealth’s Attorney and convicted by a judge. Conviction means surrendering antique plates for 5 years, getting the vehicle inspected and registered as a daily driver for the same 5 years.

His lawyer explained the law but the judge did not agree so the car hobbyist has appealed the decision to the circuit court. He has also contacted several people about this as have I. We have learned that a constitutional officer such as a sheriff can only be investigated by the State Attorney General’s Office and the federal Department of Justice. The appeal will be heard in April. His lawyer has been contacted by the Commonwealth’s Attorney office which has offered to non-process the case even though a judge in lower court found him guilty. The CA now believes there was no violation of the law. This of course doesn’t do anything for the people already convicted of breaking a law that they didn’t actually break. We will see if anyone we have contacted will step up to straighten this out and what happens in circuit court.

A person charged with violating a law they didn’t really violate is not that unusual. Laws can be interpreted by the agency charged with enforcing them and that interpretation can be incorrect. I also know of cases in which a person was charged with violating a law that didn’t exist. This is why we need checks and balances in the government to insure people are treated fairly.

Last month I wrote that I contacted the Chesterfield Commissioner of the Revenue asking why antiques are still on the personal property form even though they have been exempted by both state law and county ordinance. I have not gotten a reply.

Legislative Front Lines - From SEMA

URGENT: Tell Utah State Lawmakers to Save the Bonneville Salts Flats

UPDATE: New Mexico Bill to Require Front and Rear Plates on All Vehicles Passes Committee; Moves to House Floor

UPDATE: West Virginia Bill to Aid the Construction of Motorsports Complexes Passes Senate; Moves to House

SEMA Applauds Introduction of Congressional Resolution Recognizing July 12 as Collector Car Appreciation Day

UPDATE: Minnesota Bill to Aid the Registration of Decommissioned Military Vehicles Passes Committee; Moves to Senate Floor

Maine Bills to Limit Ethanol Sales Introduced

UPDATE: West Virginia Bill to Exempt Antique Vehicles from Property Tax Passes Senate; Moves to House

Ohio Introduces Legislation to Ease Titling and Registration of Replica Cars

Texas Introduces Single Plate Bill

Rhode Island Introduces Bill to Extend Emissions-Inspection Waiver

UPDATE: West Virginia Bill to Preserve Antique Military Vehicles Passes House; Moves to Senate

Georgia Introduces Bill to Allow for Light Bars

Maine Introduces Bills to Further Exempt Older Vehicles from Titling Requirements

Tennessee Introduces Bill to Exempt Historic Military Vehicles from Display Plates

UPDATE: Legislation Creating West Virginia Motorsports Committee Passes Senate; Moves to House

UPDATE: State of Utah Approves $5 Million to Restore Bonneville Salt Flats

UPDATE: Hawaii Bill to Allow Military Vehicle Titling Passes House; Moves to Senate

UPDATE: Illinois Single Plate Bill Receives New Committee in House

UPDATE: Nebraska Bill to Allow Military Vehicle Titling Passes Committee; Goes to Final Reading

Massachusetts Bill to Allow Blue Dot Taillights on Street Rods and Customs Introduced

West Virginia Legislature Adjourns

1936 Ford coupe

Promised $35,000 Tesla Model 3 is Finally on Sale

From Hagerty
At long last, Tesla is bringing its promised $35,000 Model 3 to market. This ticked off people who just bought a Tesla 3 at the lowest price of $42,900 days before this announcement ~ Fred

The company announced Thursday that it will finally offer an affordable version of its entry-level EV with a sticker price of $35,000. Factor in the federal EV tax credit and you’re looking at $31,250, or $32,450 with destination. In some states buyers may benefit from additional state tax credits.

Getting there was no easy feat. Company CEO Elon Musk always promised an EV for everyone, and said it would cost less than 30 grand after the incentives. Making it work proved to be too much for the upstart automaker, two years after the car started rolling out of the factory in Fremont, California, the cheapest one started at $44,000.

To get the price down, Tesla cut the range to a still-impressive 220 miles, installed a less luxurious interior with less premium surfaces and wood, and offered the car with rear-wheel drive only. Performance takes a cut, too—you’ll have to settle for top speed of just 130 mph and a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds. At this price, you’ve gotta adjust the seats and steering wheel manually, and live with a more pedestrian stereo and navigation system, too.

Given all the hoopla the cars introduction brought—literally hundreds of thousands of people forked over deposits of $2500, Tesla made today’s announcement with little fanfare. Given Musk’s propensity for telling everyone how great he and his company are, it’s odd that the company made so big an announcement with a change to its online Tesla configurator, an email to its stores, a conference call, and a short press release.

The new Model 3 and its optional upgrades allow Tesla to fill in rungs on the price ladder. The $2000 Partial Premium Interior comes with the Standard Range Plus battery. That gives you another 20 miles of range, a 10 mph faster top speed, and takes 0.3 seconds off the 0-60 time. Interior upgrades include premium seat material and trim with 12-way power adjustable and heated front seats, upgraded audio system with immersive sound. LED fog lamps, and two smartphone docks.

A full Premium Interior with the 264-mile midrange battery will MSRP at $40,000 and adding the 325-mile long-range battery will push that to $43,000, just $1000 less than the least expensive all-wheel-drive Model 3.

Autopilot will now cost you $3000.

Tesla says its engineers have figured out how to use the batteries more efficiently. The company is bringing back the discontinued long range rear-wheel-drive Model 3, the original version of the Model 3 and offering firmware upgrades to owners that enable a 325-mile range. That version was discontinued while Tesla was dedicating the big battery pack to the twin-motor AWD versions. Other firmware changes will increase the top speed of the Model 3 Performance to 162 mph, and add about 5 percent power to all models.

Tesla also announced a rather novel money back guarantee on the Model 3. You have 7 days and 1000 miles to bring back the car for a full refund. Lest you think people will abuse that system, buying a car on a Friday for a weekend road trip and bringing it back on Monday, Tesla has no problem with that. Tesla owners generally love their cars so the company is confident new owners will keep them.

Changes to their retail model have been made as well, all global sales will now take place online. Tesla factory stores outside the United States will close. Factory owned showrooms in the United States will stay open but will revert to galleries. That should resolve Teslas issues in Michigan and other states with strong dealer franchise laws that prohibit factory stores.

Mopar street rod

New Head of EPA

With a vote of 52-47, the Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler on Februrary 28th as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. As acting administrator, Wheeler worked to improve the environment without imposing costly economic burdens on the American people.

Andrew R. Wheeler is an American attorney and serves as the 15th Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He served as the deputy administrator from April to July 2018, and served as the acting administrator from July 2018 to February 2019. He previously worked in the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, representing coal magnate Robert E. Murray and lobbying against the Obama Administration's environmental regulations. Wheeler served as chief counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and to the chairman U.S. Senator James Inhofe, prominent for his rejection of climate change. Wheeler is a critic of limits on greenhouse gas emissions and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is a former coal industry lobbyist.

In October 2017, Wheeler was nominated by President Donald Trump, renominated in January 2018[6] and confirmed as Deputy Administrator of the EPA in April 2018.[7] On July 9, 2018, Wheeler became the Acting Administrator following the resignation of Scott Pruitt.[8] On November 16, 2018, President Trump announced he would nominate Wheeler to serve as the EPA's permanent administrator.[9] He was confirmed for the position by a 52-47 vote in the Senate on February 28, 2019.

Wheeler publishes articles in the magazine Law360. In 2010, he questioned the scientific rigor of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, expressing his impression that the positions of the organization were based more on political worldview than scientific facts. Asked if he accepted the scientific consensus on climate change during his confirmation hearings as Deputy Director of the EPA, Wheeler answered, "I believe that man has an impact on the climate but what's not completely understood is what the impact is."

Wheeler is Chairman Emeritus of the National Energy Resources Organization. He is Vice President of the Washington Coal Club.

Ebay Motors Going Dealer

If you go to Cars.com or Autotrader.com or many other big well known advertisers of vehicles for sale it won’t take you long to figure out nearly all the cars for sale are from dealers. In fact just about all the cars seem to be from dealers with the exact same ad and pictures on each site. Most people would rather buy a used car from an individual seller for a number of reasons: first is a lower price since they don’t have dealer overhead plus the person actually has owned the vehicle and knows much more about it than someone who is simply trying to sell it for a profit.

Ebay Motors is heading in the same direction. A recent check of their collectible cars for sale yielded these results:
12,142 total collectible vehicles for sale
7,956 for sale by dealer
2,822 for sale by owner
1,364 not specified

This means that 66% of the collectible vehicles are for sale by dealer and only 23% are for sale by owner. But wait – what about that not specified group? I’ve looked at those and most if not just about all of them – are dealers who don’t mark they are for sale by dealer. They do this because a lot of car hobbyists want to avoid buying from a dealer. If we add in those to the for sale by dealer then we get 77%. So I am guessing about ¾ of the cars for sale are by dealer and about ¼ are for sale by owner.

Why are so many collectible cars for sale by dealers instead of private sellers? While dealers need to make a profit on every vehicle sold (although some lose money because they paid too much for the car) that is not always a concern of a private seller. The private seller may lose money on the vehicle just because he wants to get rid of it. The car market is not doing too well right now which means dealers may be able to get some decent buys. It appears people are more interested in buying houses than cars right now.

If you look at the late model cars for sale on Ebay motors there are even more dealer vehicles. Let’s look at 2005 – 2019 Mustangs:
Dealer 1262
Private Seller 95
Not specified 31

This means that 91% of the late model Mustangs for sale on Ebay Motors are for sale by dealer or about the same as those for sale on Cars.com and Autotrader.com. Only 7% are for sale by private owners.

Another trend I’ve noticed is that private sellers are now asking prices that are as high as what dealers would ask for the same vehicle. And as we all know those big name auctions can cause private sellers to overprice vehicles. If you have time find some vehicles that you think are overpriced and then look up their value in the NADA Guides, Kelley Blue Book or the Hagerty Valuation Tool.

You may find something interesting – certain vehicles are worth a lot more than other similar vehicles. It is something I’ve called for years “desirability”. Some vehicles are just worth more than others because more people want to own them. I’ve seen vehicles listed at double book value simply because there is demand. Hagerty has a magazine and other resources that routinely list which old vehicles that are going to increase in value and which will decrease. Those that are expected to go up in value are usually already overpriced compared to similar vehicles that are not as desirable.

If you are looking for a fair deal on an antique car you could check private sellers of vehicles that are not desirable. The problem of course comes when you want to sell. I have seen vehicles that have been for sell on Ebay and Craigslist for well over a year. They are all grossly overpriced plus many are not as desirable as other vehicles.

The plus side of dealing with a dealer is that hopefully they have checked the vehicle over and fixed any obvious problems and may even offer some type of warranty. And that may well be worth the price since a lot of private sellers are now asking dealer book on vehicles.

1965 Ford pickup was for sale - V-8 with three on the tree

Repair Mistakes & Blunders

From Rock Auto
We all had a great laugh in my high school automotive class the other day. Two students came in bragging about how easily their engine went in during lunch hour as part of a rebuild they were doing on one of the boy's late '70s GMC 3/4 ton pickup with a 4 speed. They claimed that they had the engine in and bolted up in less than 15 minutes! I was a little skeptical but kept it to myself.

The next day, the proof came out in the pudding. I was alerted to a ruckus over in their work bay by some coarse language and an airborne tool or two. When I arrived at their bay to see what the problem was, I could not contain my laughter. Upon reinstalling the starter, one of them had noticed that there were no gear teeth showing through the starter hole in the bellhousing. They had installed the engine sans flywheel, clutch disc and pressure plate!!! Needless to say, the re-install took them a little longer than 15 minutes. They are now fondly referred to as the "Clutchmeisters!"

Dan in Montana

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposes to Expand the Sale of E-15 Gasoline

The EPA issued a proposed regulation that would allow gas stations around the country to sell E15 (gasoline that’s 15% ethanol) during the summer months (June 1 through September 15). If finalized, the EPA would overturn its long-standing prohibition on the sale of E15 during high-ozone season by allowing the fuel to use the 1 pound per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver, which currently allows E10 sales during the summer months. The EPA’s effort to allow year-round E15 sales would expand the number of gas stations selling gasoline blended with higher amounts of ethanol.

The EPA must reconsider its proposal to allow year-round sales of E15 fuel, a blend of gasoline that is 15% ethanol by volume.

Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause metal corrosion and dissolve certain plastics and rubbers in automobiles that were not constructed with ethanol-resistant materials.

Expanding the sale of E15 is not consumer friendly. It will leave millions of drivers susceptible to damaging older cars and trucks if misfueling with higher blends of ethanol that are illegal for use in pre-2001 vehicles.

Expanding the sale of E15 fuel will significantly decrease the availability of ethanol-free gasoline (E0) that is needed for older and vintage machines.

Instead of allowing year-round sales of E15, the EPA should revisit the E15 warning label to ensure that consumers understand that this blend of fuel is incompatible with older vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs, boats, small engines and many other machines.

The current E15 label is about 3½ x 3 inches and does not include the words “warning”, “owner’s manual”, or pictograms. In order to prevent misfueling, E15 labels must provide an adequate warning to consumers about the damage E15 can cause to certain vehicles and engine, including images and text on a label that’s 5 x 7 inches or larger. A new label should include the words “WARNING” and “Check your owner’s manual” and include pictograms depicting a classic vehicle, boat, motorcycle, ATV, lawnmower, chainsaw, and snowmobile.

Overview: The EPA issued a proposed regulation that would allow gas stations around the country to sell E15 (gasoline that’s 15% ethanol) during the summer months (June 1 through September 15). If finalized, the EPA would overturn its long-standing prohibition on the sale of E15 during high-ozone season by allowing the fuel to use the 1 pound per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver, which currently allows E10 sales during the summer months. The EPA’s effort to allow year-round E15 sales would expand the number of gas stations selling gasoline blended with higher amounts of ethanol.

SEMA opposes this proposed rulemaking and the expansion of the sale of E15. The EPA has turned to sales of E15 to achieve the Renewable Fuel Standard’s artificial mandates to blend large volumes of ethanol into gasoline sold in the United States. Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause damage to high-performance parts and vehicles manufactured prior to 2001. It is important that the EPA hears from automotive enthusiasts who oppose the expanded sales of E15. Public comments are due by Monday, April 22.

Please contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency immediately (by April 22) using the following link: www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0775-0002

This 57 Ford was for sale for 15K - 352 V-8 with four-speed

E15 Ethanol is Coming, Like It or Not
Here’s What You Need to Know

From Hagerty
Owners of collector cars, or any vehicle built before 2001, beware: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a rule approving the sale of E15 gasoline year-round, so use extra care when gassing up this summer.

In the United States, ninety-eight percent of gasoline sold already contains some amount of ethanol. Cars produced in the past two decades or so generally have no problem burning the common E10 blend, which contains 10 percent ethanol. Some stations have offered E15, which bumps the amount of ethanol to 15 percent, since 2005, but the EPA had previously banned its sale during the summer amid concerns that it contributed to the creation of smog. The EPA is poised to rescind the ban and make E15 available throughout the year under a rule it could finalize by June 1.

The change won’t happen overnight, and you’ll still be able to get E10. Still, motorists will want to be mindful when filling up. Not all cars can handle the higher concentration of ethanol, which can gum up fuel systems and cause corrosion in cars that haven’t been designed to burn it.

The good news for new-car buyers is that the number of cars approved for E15 has increased for 2019, according to the Renewable Fuels Association, which represents ethanol producers. Among the holdouts are BMW, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Mazda and Volvo. Oddly, the BMW-made Mini is approved for 2019. A few Mercedes models are available as FlexFuel models, which can use up to E85.

When in doubt about a new or late-model car, call the brand’s customer assistance center, if one is provided. The holdouts will inevitably need to approve E15.

What’s ethanol?

Ethanol is a simple alcohol that, when added to gasoline, acts as an oxygenate. Federal regulations have mandated ethanol-blended gasoline to reduce carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, and particulate emissions while increasing the use of renewable fuels. It’s a topic that can spark heated debate, so we’re not delving into the economic, environmental, and political machinations.

Yet, even if the ethanol had not been mandated, fuel producers would still use it because it is a cheap, and safe, octane booster. Pure ethanol has an octane rating of 130.

The EPA has approved E15 for use in cars built since 2001, but automakers, do not necessarily agree that the older cars should use it. Owners of collector cars, though, should avoid using E15 in any vehicle that hasn’t been modified to handle it.

Don’t panic

There’s no need to panic, but you’ll want to be vigilant. If you own a car built since 2012, check the owner’s manual to see if you can use E15. If the manual doesn’t specifically say it’s OK, avoid using it.

Any gas pumps dispensing ethanol should have a sticker affixed that explicitly identifies the ethanol content of the gasoline. If you don’t see it, ask a gas station employee. If you live in New Jersey and many parts of Oregon, where attendants do the pumping, make sure they use the right one.

Collector cars and alcohol: A bad mix

Using gasoline with a higher concentration of ethanol than the automaker recommends could damage metal and plastic parts. This is especially true in older cars, which can experience other problems associated with burning alcohol. Ethanol absorbs moisture more easily than gasoline, which can cause corrosion problems in fuel tanks and gum up filters and carburetors. It also can dissolve rust in the fuel tank, which could then find its way into the fuel system.

Owners can avoid problems by install ethanol-compatible fuel lines, fittings, filters, and other parts. For winter storage, use only ethanol-compatible gas-storage additives.

If you want to avoid ethanol altogether, look for small vendors that sell pure gasoline. You can usually find them at or near marinas, drag strips and small airports. Check pure-gas.org for user-updated lists of such places in the U.S. and Canada. That said, these smaller vendors are getting harder to find (and tend to charge much more), so call ahead before driving to one.

Model A project

The Briefs

The already way too high Pocahontas Parkway tolls will increase on April 1. Tolls for two-axle vehicles on the road are increasing 20 cents to $4.50 at the Main Toll Plaza and 15 cents to $2.60 at the Laburnum/New Market and Airport Drive ramp toll points

Renowned Porschephile Jerry Seinfeld is suing a California classic car dealer, arguing that the company has failed to verify the authenticity of a 1958 Porsche that he purchased from them in 2013 and sold three years later. The firm that bought the car from Seinfeld, Fica Frio Limited, sued the comedian earlier this month, claiming that the 356 Speedster GS/ST is not an authentic GS/GT. It wants Seinfeld to refund the $1.5 million it paid for the car at a Gooding and Company auction in 2016 and other costs incurred in the purchase. The legal tit-for-tat came after Seinfeld, who according to his lawsuit owns one of the world’s largest collections of Porsches, tried to sort out the car’s provenance. So far, no one has said for certain why the car in question should be considered a fake.

Westport, Connecticut resident Jason Stiber received a $300 ticket for distracted driving when he was pulled over soon after exiting a McDonald’s drive-thru, apparently whilst enjoying a delicious oval-shaped hash brown. While the officer charged Stiber with being on his cell phone, Stiber maintains (strongly) that he was merely enjoying his breakfast. And he has some considerable evidence on his side, according to The Times-Union: “Stiber said he had no reason to put his phone up to his ear because he has Bluetooth, and provided phone records that show he did not make any calls in the hour he received the ticket.” Despite the phone records, which he brought to court, Stiber failed to overturn the ticket; he is now contesting that infraction, with another court date set for December 7. He has hired a lawyer for $1,000, the same amount he says his insurance went up with the ticket conviction. He emphatically states, “I’m going to trial for justice”; meanwhile, a police spokesperson released the following statement: “He was pulled over for talking on his cellphone and given an infraction. I’m sure his claim is different.” Honestly, this case is so good it should be on Judge Judy, or perhaps fictionalized for an upcoming riveting episode somewhere in the Law & Order franchise.

Subaru Corp plans to recall around 2.3 million vehicles globally over a brake light problem, in what would be the automaker's biggest-ever recall as it grapples with a series of quality-related issues following rapid expansion. Japan's sixth-largest automaker told Reuters on Friday that it was recalling nearly 2 million of its popular Impreza and Forester models in the United States, its biggest market, and other countries, along with around 300,000 units in Japan to fix a fault with the brake light switch which can lead to ignition problems. Vehicles affected were produced from 2008 through 2017. If all of the identified vehicles are recalled, it would be the automaker's biggest in terms of affected units, excluding the ongoing Takata airbag recall.

Amazon.com Inc. led a $700 million equity investment in Rivian Automotive LLC, the electric pickup and SUV maker that debuted its first vehicle concepts late last year. The backing from Amazon will bolster Michigan-based Rivian’s plans to bring an electric truck to market late next year. Rivian remains in talks with General Motors Co. about the largest U.S. automaker also making an investment, people familiar with the matter said. The support of the world’s top online retailer signals potential for a partnership on delivery vehicles down the road. CEO R.J. Scaringe said in his first interview since reports of Rivian’s talks with Amazon and GM surfaced earlier this week that he was seeking companies that could help the electric-vehicle maker grow.

Police in Papua New Guinea are seeking the return of almost 300 cars, which were loaned to officials during last year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit. The luxury fleet was imported so visiting world leaders could be driven around in style. But a police commander said on Tuesday that 284 vehicles are missing. The cars include Landcruisers, Fords, Mazdas and Pajeros, Superintendent Dennis Corcoran said. A special police unit has been assembled to find them in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby.

Christopher Thomas Knox, 37, of Hillsboro, Oregon, thought he was just calling for help when his car became stuck in the snow in Clatsop State Forest on Feb. 15. He didn't count on Clatsop County sheriff's deputies putting two and two together: In the car with Knox was a 13-year-old girl from King County, Washington. He initially introduced her to responding officers as his daughter, but they quickly determined the minor had been lured from her home. The Oregonian reported that Knox had started an online relationship with the girl's mother, and the girl left home without her parents' knowledge or consent. Along the way, Knox allegedly sexually abused her twice, according to the sheriff's office. Knox was arrested for attempted second-degree rape and first-degree custodial interference.

If you're looking for a creepy weekend getaway, The Gas Station along Texas Highway 304 near Bastrop now offers overnight stays. Why, you say? The old filling station was the setting for the 1974 film "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." The Gas Station opened as a restaurant in 2016, serving barbecue and souvenir merchandise to film buffs. Manager Ben Hughes said the Coke machine in the movie is the same one that's now in the restaurant, and they have a van parked outside that's an exact replica of the one in the film. Now, he tells KVUE TV, fans can stay in one of four mini-cabins right behind the restaurant. But Hughes promises the staff won't try to scare you: "We want to make sure that everybody that comes out has a good time ... not just freakin' out or anything like that."

Asalene Branch, 29, was only defending her spot in a McDonald's drive-thru lane on Feb. 18 when she stabbed another woman in the head. Fox News reported that Branch and the other woman were waiting at a Memphis restaurant when a physical fight broke out over their places in the line; Branch took out a knife and assaulted the alleged victim, resulting in injuries that were not life-threatening. Branch was tracked down by police and charged with aggravated assault.

If you're going to rob a bank in February, target Florida or Texas. Jason Mackenrodt, 37, was making his getaway after robbing the Bangor Savings Bank in Waterville, Maine, on Feb. 12. He scrambled across four lanes of traffic and into a restaurant parking lot -- where he slipped on the ice and sprawled on the ground, right in front of Maine State Police Special Agent Glenn Lang, who was sitting in his parked car. Lang didn't know the bank had been robbed, but he became suspicious when "the money and the gun he had stashed in his jacket pocket spilled onto the parking lot," Police Chief Joseph Massey told the Morning Sentinel. (The weapon turned out to be a BB gun.) Lang tackled Mackenrodt and took him into custody as police were responding at the bank. Mackenrodt was charged with robbery and terrorizing.

Carlos Ghosn, the former chief of Nissan (NSANF) and Renault (RNLSY), was granted bail on Tuesday March 5th, after spending three months in a Japanese jail cell. The Tokyo District Court said that Ghosn could be released on bail of 1 billion yen ($9 million) with the conditions that he remain in Japan and be prevented from seeking to destroy evidence. Prosecutors have appealed the decision, making it uncertain when he might be freed. The auto executive is awaiting trial on charges he understated his income and abused his position by temporarily transferring personal investment losses to the Japanese carmaker. Ghosn denies all the charges. If found guilty, he could face as many as 15 years in prison.

Lots of interesting stuff for sale

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Just Like Frank

A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by. He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing. You're just like Frank."

Passenger : "Who?"

Cabbie : "Frank Feldman. He's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab; things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time."

Passenger : "There are always a few clouds over everybody."

Cabbie : "Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy."

Passenger : "Sounds like he was really something special."

Cabbie : "There's more. He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman could do everything right."

Passenger : "Wow, what a guy!"

Cabbie : "He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman."

Passenger : "How did you meet him?"

Cabbie : "I never actually met Frank. He died and I married his wife.

Low 65 Chevy wagon

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Protect Your Right to Buy Ethanol Free Fuel

Below is a link to Fuel Testers - a website that is opposed to more ethanol in gasoline and would like to preserve our ability to purchase gasoline free of ethanol.

DMV Titling Information

As promised I have a document about titling antique vehicles posted below for download. This contains information from the DMV speakers at the August 2015 meeting and some other information that I hope you will find useful. If in doubt about anything email or call the DMV administrators in the document; I have their contact information listed. And for the millionth time be sure to check to see if the VIN matches the VIN on the vehicle before buying it. This can save you a lot of trouble - just ask anyone who has purchased a vehicle without a matching VIN. There is also valuable info on purchasing an older vehicle from a non-title state. If you are thinking about buying a vehicle from a non-title state be sure to read it. Link to the document: Antique Vehicle Titling and Registration. I also have a bill of sale for use in buying or selling an antique vehicle: Bill of Sale; and a bill of sale for use if the signatures need to be notarized: Bill of Sale.

You may also find these links useful. The following link goes to the National Insurance Crime Bureau where you can put in a VIN that will be checked for fraud and theft at no cost. The link is www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck. You should do some research on the vehicle you are thinking about buying, check the VIN to make sure it matches the vehicle and of course make sure the VIN on the vehicle and title match.

The next link goes to Stolen Car Reports, another free service. At this site you can register a stolen vehicle. You can also search a zip code, city or area for the vehicles that were stolen from that area. The link is www.stolencarreports.com/report/Search.

Antique Plate Info Flyer Online

The council delegates have approved the flyer with information on antique plates and a link to it is online here: flyer opens to a new window. Council members and antique owners may print the flyer for their own reference or distribute it to those who own or are considering registering a vehicle as an antique. It will remain on the site for an undetermined time. Council delegates will review the effectiveness of the flyer at a later date.

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