"The Relay" Online Newsletter
June 2017 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.
Things are moving along on the federal front with President Trump not signing the Paris climate accord during the recent G7 summit. Trump says he will decide soon whether to sign the accord or not. This comes as people are coming forward stating that the government and scientists have not been truthful about global warming/climate change announcements.
The feds are also working on a couple of bills to including the RPM Act to allow people to turn street vehicles into race vehicles without interference from the federal government and a reworking of the renewable fuels standard to keep from forcing gasoline producers to add more ethanol to gas. Already in our area stations are selling E-15 and E-85 gasolines when we really need more stations selling ethanol-free gasoline.
Change is also coming as more self-driving vehicles are being built and tested. Look at this list from the National Council of State Legislatures:
In 2017, 33 states have introduced legislation. Last year, 20 states introduced legislation.
Sixteen states introduced legislation in 2015, up from 12 states in 2014, nine states and D.C. in 2013, and six states in 2012.
Since 2012, at least 41 states and D.C. have considered legislation related to autonomous vehicles.
Fifteen states—Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Vermont—and Washington D.C. have passed legislation related to autonomous vehicles.
Governors in Arizona, Massachusetts and Wisconsin issued executive orders related to autonomous vehicles.
What will happen to our old cars, trucks and motorcycles if the automomous (robot self-driving) vehicles are mandated? Perhaps we should cherish are drives in the old cars today while we can.
3rd Annual Goodguys North Carolina Nationals
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Our next meeting will be Monday, August 28th at 6:30 PM at a location that will be announced in the July newsletter.
Danville Tank Museum Needs Your Help
You may have heard about the tank museum in Danville, Virginia. One man owns this non-profit museum and has maintained it over many years. There is a one building of the museum that needs a roof and he is asking for donations at this go fund me page: www.gofundme.com/arg8cqac. Read the amazing story of this museum at this link This Tank Museum Is All About the Soldier.
Several times I have planned to visit the museum but never had been able to make it. Hopefully I will be able to visit soon and I hope you have the opportunity. The website for the museum is www.aaftankmuseum.com.
Car Hobbyist News
It’s June and summer begins this month. The state news is you should make sure that you are not being charged tax for your antique vehicles as many localities collect property taxes in June. Assessing and taxing antique vehicles has been prohibited by state law for many years and I have worked over the years to make sure that this law is followed. This past General Assembly session a bill was passed into law to prevent localities charging a local registration fee (also known as a sticker fee) for antique vehicles. The law goes into effect July 1st. This means no taxes on antique vehicles. Other states are following our lead and looking at getting rid of the taxes.
Some things are happening with the federal government. There are bills in Congress to change the renewable fuel standard to something that makes more sense along with the RPM bill to protect your ability to convert a vehicle to a race vehicle. This came about because the EPA wanted to force people converting a vehicle to a racecar to keep all the emissions equipment in place. The EPA later backed down on that proposal.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has been wearing a label pin that states: “Don’t mess with the RFS” which stands for the renewable fuel standard. He has been telling farmers and the press “ethanol is here to stay, and we’re going to work for new technologies to be more efficient.”
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review had this to say about the RFS: “Neither the science nor the economics of ethanol justify continuing the antiquated RFS in a nation that is rapidly advancing its energy independence with shale oil and natural gas. Indeed, this continued fixation on ethanol is oxymoronic from an administration that says it wants to make America 'energy-dominant.' Ethanol is sustained not by any public demand for it but by a political infrastructure that forces this corn-based mixture into the nation’s fuel supply. Under the latest RFS mandate, more than 19 billion gallons of so-called renewable fuel must be blended with conventional fuel. But by consuming up to 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop, ethanol drives up food and animal feed costs. It has boosted fuel costs by up to $3.4 billion since 2014, based on the EPA’s own figures. And contrary to its PR, ethanol increases emissions, according to some research. For these and other reasons, ethanol should be drained from the nation’s fuel supply — not championed by Team Trump.”
At least one gas station is now selling E-15 and E-85 in our area. The E-85 sticker says it is 51% to 83% ethanol and warns to use only in flex-fuel vehicles. It would cause damage in all other engines plus even in flex-fuel vehicles it achieves 25% lower gas mileage. For example if your vehicle gets 28 miles per gallon on E-10 or regular gasoline then on E-85 it would get no better than 21 miles per gallon. Another “benefit” of E-85 is decreased power. I can’t imagine why anyone would use E-15 or E-85 unless the station is out of regular gasoline.
Global warming/climate change has been taking a hit lately. Bill Nye, the science guy, has been speaking about the need to continue taking measures to stem climate change along with Dr. Michael E. Mann of Penn State University. Mann is the person who came up with the hockey stick graph of the earth’s average temperature – the average temp was level (the stick handle) until the industrial revolution and then it shot up at a 45 degree angle and has been rising since. This graph changes history by erasing the ice ages and warm periods such as the medieval warm period that enabled Vikings to sail to Greenland (it was warm and green back then) and to America.
Former President Obama’s ex-Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told the Wall Street Journal that PR officers with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put out factually challenged press releases. In particular, he cited a 2014 National Climate Assessment stating an increase in hurricane activity since 1980. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that same year reported “no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century.” We’ve been told that violent storms like hurricanes increase because of global warming. Apparently that was false. In fact if you have time research all the things that have been predicted to happen because of global warming and see if you can find one prediction that has actually come true.
A whistleblower has alleged that NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - government weather people) scientists rushed a global-warming study to influence policymakers. That matter is under investigation by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. “Agency after agency around the world has been caught ‘adjusting’ temperature records to fit the alarmists’ theories,” writes John Hinderaker for Powerline, an online blog.
This is from the Washington Times in February: “More than 300 scientists have urged President Trump to withdraw from the U.N.’s climate change agency, warning that its push to curtail carbon dioxide threatens to exacerbate poverty without improving the environment. In a Thursday letter to the president, MIT professor emeritus Richard Lindzen called on the United States and other nations to 'change course on an outdated international agreement that targets minor greenhouse gases,' starting with carbon dioxide. 'Since 2009, the US and other governments have undertaken actions with respect to global climate that are not scientifically justified and that already have, and will continue to cause serious social and economic harm — with no environmental benefits,' said Mr. Lindzen, a prominent atmospheric physicist. Signers of the attached petition include the U.S. and international atmospheric scientists, meteorologists, physicists, professors and others taking issue with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC], which was formed in 1992 to combat 'dangerous' climate change.”
Climate change has driven a lot of government action – actions that have cost us a lot of money with little to nothing to show for those actions. And the climate people like Nye and Mann aren’t happy. In fact Nye was upset with CNN where he was one member of a panel discussion on climate change. Nye didn’t like CNN inviting a climate denier to the discussion. "I will say, much as I love CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic, and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change," Nye said during an appearance on CNN's "New Day." CNN had William Happer, a physicist and climate change skeptic on the panel.
How this climate change debate plays out in the Trump administration is going to be interesting to watch. It would also be nice to get the ethanol out of gasoline which could lower both the price and pollution.
Iron Chariots Car Show
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2013 to 2016 Ram Pickups Recalled
Certain 2013 to 2016 Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups and 2014 to 2016 Ram 3500 pickups are being recalled. About one million of the trucks were sold in the US with 200,000 sold in Canada being recalled. This is a voluntary recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. They are being recalled because of a computer issue potentially affecting side air bags and seat belts. The automaker says one fatality, two injuries and two accidents may be related to the issue. Details of the accidents were not provided.
Customers will be advised when they may schedule service to reprogram their computer modules, the company said. About 216,007 trucks in Canada, 21,668 trucks in Mexico and 21,530 trucks elsewhere in the world are also part of the recall.
A Fiat Chrysler investigation “identified a population of vehicles equipped with modules featuring certain types of sensors,” the company said.
If those trucks experience a “significant underbody impact,” their computer modules could erroneously conclude the sensor has failed and activate an instrument-cluster warning light. “The error code associated with the warning may temporarily disable side air bag and seat belt pretensioner deployment for that ignition cycle, which would then be unavailable in the event of a vehicle rollover,” the company said, noting that “pretensioners reduce seat belt slack during impacts, thereby reducing forward movement of the occupant’s head and torso.”
News From SEMA
Click the link for the story on the proposed legislation.
California Bill to Undermine Off-Highway Vehicles Program Approved by Second Senate Committee
West Virginia Bill to Allow Titles to be Issued for Abandoned Vehicles Signed Into Law
Pennsylvania Bill to Provide Historic Military Plates Approved by House; Moves to Senate
Missouri Bill to Permanently Register Historic Trailers Approved by Committee; Moves to Senate Floor
West Virginia Bill to Create Additional Opportunities for Off-Road Recreation Vetoed by Governor
Maine Bill to Reduce Excise Taxes for Motor Vehicles Dies in Committee
West Virginia Bill to Create Digital Map of State OHV Recreation Areas Signed Into Law
Kentucky Resolution to Create Study of Mileage-Based User Fee Dies as Legislature Adjourns
Misleading Climate Change Information
Former Obama administration Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin says news releases about climate data were deliberately “misleading” to shape public opinion.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Koonin said PR officers with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) put out factually challenged press releases. In particular, he cited a 2014 National Climate Assessment stating an increase in hurricane activity since 1980.
“What they forgot to tell you, and you don’t know until you read all the way into the fine print, is that it actually decreased in the decades before that,” Mr. Koonin said.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that same year reported “no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century.”
Recently a whistleblower alleged that NOAA scientists rushed a global-warming study to influence policymakers. That matter is under investigation by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
“Agency after agency around the world has been caught ‘adjusting’ temperature records to fit the alarmists’ theories,” writes John Hinderaker for Powerline.
Manipulating climate date to reach a preconceived conclusion is not science.
Ethanol Debate Continues
"The ethanol debate: A fuelish plug" from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.)
It’s disappointing, to say the least, that the Washington swamp-draining, America-building Trump administration would cede any quarter to the government moonshine business more commonly known as ethanol.
But wearing a lapel pin that read “Don’t mess with the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard),” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters and farmers in Nevada, Iowa, that “ethanol is here to stay, and we’re going to work for new technologies to be more efficient.”
Neither the science nor the economics of ethanol justify continuing the antiquated RFS in a nation that is rapidly advancing its energy independence with shale oil and natural gas. Indeed, this continued fixation on ethanol is oxymoronic from an administration that says it wants to make America “energy-dominant.”
Ethanol is sustained not by any public demand for it but by a political infrastructure that forces this corn-based mixture into the nation’s fuel supply. Under the latest RFS mandate, more than 19 billion gallons of so-called renewable fuel must be blended with conventional fuel.
But by consuming up to 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop, ethanol drives up food and animal feed costs. It has boosted fuel costs by up to $3.4 billion since 2014, based on the EPA’s own figures. And contrary to its PR, ethanol increases emissions, according to some research.
For these and other reasons, ethanol should be drained from the nation’s fuel supply — not championed by Team Trump.
8th Annual VFW Battlefield Post 9808 Car Show
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Overturn of Obama Era Methane Rule Blocked
Methane is produced as a byproduct of oil drilling. The methane produced is usually burned off. Last November the Obama administration issued a rule that the burned methane must be captured. This means more cost for oil and gasoline production. The US Senate recently voted for a repeal of this rule but lost because three republicans voted with democrats to keep the rule in place.
The vote in the Senate was 51-49 with Maine’s Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona voting with democrats to keep the rule in place.
“I believe that the public interest is best served if the Interior Department issues a new rule to revise and improve the (existing) methane rule” administered by the federal Bureau of Land Management, McCain said.
Because of this vote the oil industry will have to pay to capture the burned off methane.
From the AP: "A coalition of groups with ties to the fossil-fuel industry and the conservative Koch Brothers had waged a public campaign to overturn the rule, which they said would decrease energy production on federal lands, raise energy costs and eliminate jobs. Republicans and industry groups call the rule an example of federal overreach under Obama and say it duplicates state rules in place throughout the West. Democrats and environmental groups countered that the rule protects the public health and generates millions of dollars in revenue for state, local and tribal governments. Gleeful Democrats hailed the vote as a breakthrough in the GOP-controlled Congress."
Virginia is for Falcon Lovers Regional Car Show
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Dodge Demon Price Revealed
For you collectors the price of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has finally been revealed. The MSRP will start at $83,295 but if you include the gas guzzler tax of $1,700, the destination fee of $1,095, and the Demon Crate, the front passenger seat, and the rear seat assembly each add a one dollar for each then the lowest priced Demon will be $86,093. For another buck you can add trunk carpet.
From the Allpar website here are the options: "The Comfort Audio Group includes the passenger’s side seat, an 18 speaker Harman Kardon sound system with including two subwoofers and a 900W amplifier, premium floor mats and bright pedals. This package has an MSRP of $995. The Leather Front Seat Group adds a Laguna leather and Alcantara suede-wrapped seats with an embossed Demon logo on the seatback. This package comes with the passenger’s side seat and both front seats are both heated and cooled, but this package also adds a heated steering wheel, a power tilt and telescope steering wheel, premium floor mats and bright finished pedals. The Leather Front Seat Group has an MSRP of $1,595.
The Comfort Group with Leather Seats, as you might imagine, combines the features of the Comfort Group with the features of the Leather Front Seat Group, so this package includes the leather and suede, heated and cooled front seats, the premium floor mats, the power heated/tilt/telescope steering wheel, the bright pedals and the 18 speaker Harman sound system. This package has an MSRP of $2,495, so you save $95 off of the two individual packages. 2018 Dodge Demon buyers who want to spruce up the interior can add red seat belts for $195 while those buyers who want a unique exterior design can opt for the satin black hood or the satin black graphics package. The satin black hood costs $1,995 while the satin black graphics package – which paints the hood, roof and deck lid the stylish satin black – costs $3,495. Finally, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon does come with a sunroof, but it might be the most expensive sunroof option that we have ever seen. The Demon sunroof adds $4,995, and while that price seems incredibly high, the fact that adding a sunroof to a drag car is so counter-intuitive has led FCA to price the sunroof considerably higher than the key go-fast options."
You know someone will order the sunroof just because it will be rare and perhaps make the car more valuable to future collectors. With all the options the top price is $97,273. There will be 3000 Demons sold in the US and 300 in Canada.
Energy Citizens - HR 5180
This is an email I received about HR 5180 - Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act of 2016 - To alleviate the ethanol blend wall under the renewable fuel program, and for other purposes.
I’m reaching out on behalf of Energy Citizens, a grassroots organization that advocates for America’s energy future. We touch on a number of different needs in the industry. At this point in time, we’re focusing our efforts on HR 5180 — the Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act of 2016.
I’m sure you’re aware of this piece of legislation that directs the EPA to cap the maximum required volume of ethanol blended into transportation fuel and preserves consumer choice for ethanol-free gasoline required for boats, motorcycles and small engines such as lawn mowers. I’ve attached some information that overviews the Renewable Fuel Standard so you can get a better idea of Energy Citizen’s position on the issue. I’ve also attached a copy of the text in HR 5180. The bill is only four-pages long and reads pretty straight forward.
I’m seeking out support for this bill from Virginia’s community leaders. We need to direct as many e-mails and letters as possible to Rep. Don Beyer and Rep. Bobby Scott that urges them to sponsor HR 5180. Please let me know if you or any CCCCVA members would be interested in helping us out with this issue. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you.
Steele H. Gamble
Capital Results | Public Relations | Government Affairs | Digital Strategies
50 Pear Street – Richmond, VA 23223
p. 804-771-5318| c. 615-477-3514
Documents: Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and H. R. 5180 Bill Text
The Muscle Car Association of Richmond 2nd Annual Car Show
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Support the RPM Act
Sign at this link: www.votervoice.net/SEMA/campaigns/45394/respond
2017 marks a new session of Congress. Bills that did not become law at the end of 2016 must be reintroduced for consideration.
Good news! The RPM Act is off to a fast start in 2017. The bill has been reintroduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The RPM Act of 2017 protects Americans’ right to modify street cars and motorcycles into dedicated race vehicles, along with industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete. You may be one of the thousands of supporters who contacted your legislators about the RPM Act in 2016. We appreciate your efforts and are in need of your support once again. Tell Congress to pass the RPM Act and save racing from government threat.
It only takes a minute. Every letter counts!
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.
Old School Street Cruisers Car Club 5th Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
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A 1950 Ford pickup at a recent cruise-in
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.
Impala at a cruise-in
You never know what you will see at a cruise or show
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