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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
May 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 is with great sadness that we said goodbye to Bill Gagnon, long time secretary of the council. I had known Bill for 25 years and had many conversations with him. He served you - the car hobbyist - by taking on the job of being secretary of the council. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Virginia Military Vehicle Association and spent many years a volunteer firefighter with Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department. Bill will be missed and I really wish he would have been here next year for the council's 25th anniversary.

At the last council meeting we decided to send a letter to the Virginia governor about the situation in Warren County (see hobbyist news below). Hopefully we will get some type of resolution to this.

I think the council should have some type of 25th anniversary next year. For 25 years the council has helped car hobbyists with everything from the very popular event calendar to working for legislation to make Virginia a car hobby friendly state. Just last year the council worked on getting a bill sponsored that would allow antique vehicle owners freedom to use exhaust system parts that are available instead of being restricted to OEM parts that no longer exist. It took the council three years to find someone to sponsor the bill - and we were rewarded with every member of the General Assembly voting for it.

For the 25th I am looking at a huge cruise-in type of event with entertainment and food. Any free stuff would be restricted to council members but the event would still be open to anyone and their special vehicle. I don't want a car show with all the headaches of registration, judging, buying awards, etc. I think a nice open cruise-in celebrating the people and their vehicles is the way to go. Any suggestions - event location, entertainment, food vendor, etc are welcome - just shoot me an email. Thanks!

~ Fred

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Monday, August 26th at 6:30 PM at a location to be announced in the August newsletter.

May 1957 Vespa calendar

Bill Gagnon, Long Time Council Secretary Passes

On Monday April 15th our long time treasurer Bill Gagnon passed away. Bill was a member of the Virginia Military Vehicle Association, a 22 years veteran of the United States Army, he served his community for 50 years as a volunteer firefighter with Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department. He had retired from VCU Health Systems. I knew Bill for over 25 years. He was a great guy who was always willing to help. He was with the council when it began in 1995 and served car hobbyists for years. If you attended the council meetings you knew it was like a running joke that when we ordered our meals Bill seemed to always get his last - even if he was the first one to order. I will deeply miss him - Fred Fann. Bill's obituary is below:

GAGNON, William Wade, 70, of Mechanicsville, passed away on, April 15, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert J. and Marnelle W. Gagnon. Bill is survived by his sister, Margaret G. Norfleet; niece, Sheryl M. Arzuaga (Alfred); nephew, Kevin A. Norfleet (Drew); two great-nephews, one great-niece, several cousins and other family members and friends. Bill served our country for 22 years in the United States Army, he had 50 years of service as a volunteer firefighter with Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and retired from VCU Health Systems. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville Chapel, 8014 Lee Davis Rd., Mechanicsville, Va. 23111; where a funeral service will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, 7161 Stonewall Pkwy., Mechanicsville, Va. 23111.

Car Show Opportunity

This person is looking for a club or group to help with a car show. This event is going to be big - he is expecting 500+ vendors. This is your opportunity. His contact info is at the bottom ~ Thanks, Fred.
Thank you very much for your time the other day. Below is a rough telling of my upcoming event in 2020. Wheels are turning and the first dominos have been flicked. I would love to discuss the event in further detail with anyone whom has interest.

I will need assistance setting up and running the car show or cruise in, whichever it ends up being. If possible I would like to partner with a group to bring a great car show in and would be willing to cover the costs associated with renting the Midway Parking Lot at the Raceway to hold the car show. Due to the two day nature of the event, I would like to try and have something both days.

August 15&16, 2020 - Great Virginia Pigout, sponsored by the Summit Media Group

Fundraiser for CIS (www.communitiesinschools.org)
In discussion with Richmond Raceway for event location
Sponsored by Summit Media Group - 4x weeks radio push over 6x stations
Car show
Largest prize KCBS (www.kcbs.us) sanctioned BBQ Cookoff in state history
Live Music
500+ Arts and Craft vendors
Family Friendly

There's so many moving parts that it's difficult for me to abbreviate the event into a short email. Please let me know any details you may be curious about. At the end of the day this will be a great event for a great cause, and we're gonna have a great time making money for the schools and school children of Virginia!

Let me know what you think. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,
Eric Holdson

4th Annual Tim's Lake Anna Show
4th Annual Tim's Lake Anna Show - click to see all the photos

Car Hobbyist News

If you drive an antique vehicle do not drive it in Warren County or the town of Front Royal. Last month I wrote about antique car hobbyists who were ticketed for having a passenger and personal effects in an antique vehicle – both are not illegal. Apparently at least three Warren County deputies have written these tickets, the Commonwealth Attorney’s office has prosecuted them and a General District judge has found the car owners guilty. The person I know who got a ticket hired an excellent attorney, was convicted in General District Court and appealed to Circuit Court. There his case was non-processed by the Commonwealth Attorney. The Circuit Court judge questioned – correctly – why the Commonwealth Attorney would non-process a case after a conviction. This is just a mess. Apparently there are law enforcement officials who have misinterpreted the law and written tickets for violations that do not exist. I and the man who spent several hundred dollars on an attorney have both made contacts and have so far found no one who wants to deal with this. At the April council meeting I am going to discuss what action I think should be taken. Until then I am not going to list any events in the calendar that take place in Warren County or Front Royal. And again I suggest you not drive a vehicle registered as an antique in those areas.

Let’s shift gears to the feds. Right now the EPA is rushing to complete the new rule on E15 to allow its usage during the summer months. EPA considers summer to be from June 1 to September 15 so the new rule must be in place before June 1. If it is not EPA will have to come up with some kind of Plan B. President Trump asked the EPA to expand the use of E15 last fall. This is most likely to ease the burden caused by some of his tariffs that have hurt corn farmers.

Here is the overview from SEMA: “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.”

What’s the problem with using E15 during the summer? Short answer it produces more pollution. As car hobbyists we should be against expanding the usage of E15 gasoline. E15 is damaging to all air-cooled engines and water-cooled engines which are not made to run on it. E15 costs less at the pump but produces less power and lower mileage. E15 is not labeled well at the pump either. I’ve had to look carefully to make sure I am getting the right gasoline. I’ve seen pumps with regular, mid-grade, premium, E15, E85 and diesel. E15 usually has one octane point higher rating than E10 and it usually costs a little less. I’ve seen E10 and E15 both labeled as regular. We really don’t need more sales of E15 and we certainly don’t want E15 to replace E10 leaving our older engines with no fuel.

From SEMA again: “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.” The comment period ended on April 22nd.

I think what will happen is the EPA will rush this new rule and allow the selling of E15 year round. This is another step toward poor quality gasoline that doesn’t perform as well as all gas gasoline while decreasing mileage and risking engine damage. This is pure politics and not doing what would be practical, or what a lot of people want – just plain gasoline that performs well while being safe for your engine.

Legislative Front Lines - From SEMA

UPDATE: California Bill to Repeal 2018 Exhaust Noise Law Passes Transportation Committee

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

UPDATE: Texas Assembled Vehicles Legislation Unanimously Passes Committee; Receives New Committee Assignment

UPDATE: New Hampshire Single Plate Bill Passes Committee; Moves to House Floor

UPDATE: Hawaii Bill To Allow Military Vehicle Titling Passes Committees; Moves To Senate Floor

UPDATE: Indiana Tax Exemption Bill for Collector Vehicles Passes House; Moves to Senate

UPDATE: Tennessee Bill to Exempt Historic Military Vehicles from Displaying Plates Passes Committee; Moves to House Floor

UPDATE: Companion to Texas Single Plate Bill Introduced in House

Hawaii Introduces Resolution for the Construction of New Racing Facility

Nevada Introduces Bill to Allow Military Vehicle Titling

Rhode Island Introduces Bills to Allow for Display of a Single Year of Manufacture License Plate

South Carolina Introduces Legislation Creating Racing Study Commission

Nebraska Bill to Allow Military Vehicle Titling Signed into Law

New Mexico Bill to Require Front and Rear Plates on Vehicles Defeated

Legislation Creating West Virginia Motorsports Committee Becomes Law

Arizona Emissions Test Exemption Adopted

California Bill to Exempt Pre-1983 Vehicles from Emissions Inspections Removed from Consideration

Utah Single Plate Bill Dies as Legislature Adjourns Ohio Will Now Allow Single License Plates as Part of State’s Transportation Budget

Tennessee Military Vehicle Bill Becomes Law

UPDATE: California Bill to Repeal 2018 Exhaust Noise Law Passes Transportation Committee

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

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

Minnesota Introduces Bills to Allow Single Plate on Special Interest Vehicles

UPDATE: Oklahoma Bill to Create Titling for HUMVEES Passes Committee; Receives New Committee Assignment

UPDATE: California Legislation to Reduce Motor Vehicle Registration Renewals Passes Committee; Receives New Committee Assignment

Georgia Bill to Allow for Light Bars Eligible for Reconsideration in 2020

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

UPDATE: Nevada Bill to Allow Military Vehicle Titling Passes Senate; Moves to Assembly

Maryland Bill To Exempt Low-Mileage Vehicles from Inspection Requirements Dies as Legislature Adjourns

23rd Annual Virginia Classic Cruisers Car Show
23rd Annual Virginia Classic Cruisers Car Show - Click to see all the photos

Chesterfield County Ghost Cruiser to Target DUI Drivers

From WTVR CBS 6:
Chesterfield County Police unveiled the department's new "DUI Ghost" cruiser at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)'s annual Richmond Walk Like MADD and Dash 5K on April 21. The goal of the event was to raise awareness and $38,000 to fight drunk and drugged driving. Organizers said 248 people were killed and another 4,400 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in the Commonwealth in 2017. Victims, survivors and supporters participated in the non-competitive race at Dorey Park to remember loved ones lost and inspire change.

The car’s special decals have graphics and decals that reflect when illuminated by light, but are barely visible during the day. That makes the cruisers harder to spot for impaired and distracted drivers. Event coordinators said the money raised will go toward their campaign for high-visibility law-enforcement and in-car breathalyzers for convicted drunk drivers.

Neglected Floating Brake Rotors

Police cars face severe duty; so does the family sedan when a teenager wielding a learners permit is sitting in the driver's seat. My daughter will spend an hour laboriously practicing pulling into parking spots. This slow crawl gives the brakes, power steering pump, radiator fan circuit and other parts a workout. It also reminded me to check the condition of our trusty '93 Ford Tempo's brakes.

I remembered replacing the car's brake pads "not that long ago." After logging into my RockAuto customer account (go to the upper right corner on RockAuto.com), I discovered I had last bought new brake pads in 2011; nearly eight years and 50,000 miles (80,000 km) ago.

Back in 2011, I just slapped on new brake pads and did not replace the brake rotors. The good news is that incomplete brake job helped create a set of nasty brake rotors that demonstrate problems that can build up over time and miles.

Floating brake rotors like the Tempo's are common on most newer vehicles. They are not held on with dedicated fasteners. The brake rotor simply slides onto the lug studs and is sandwiched between the wheel hub and the wheel. The brake caliper keeps the brake rotor from falling off when the wheel is removed. If you take off the caliper to replace the brake pads, then the rotor is ready to slip off for machining or replacement.

The wheel, brake rotor, hub, caliper and brake pads form a system. If any part in the system has problems then there are symptoms such as brake squeal or "warped brake rotor" vibrations. The last couple of winters, my wife commented that the Ford's brakes were less likely to emit the occasional chirp after I installed or uninstalled the snow tires. The system is in fragile condition if slight variations in a wheel's position on the hub and/or the tightness of the lug nuts influences brake noise.

The Ford's old brake rotors have a ridge of rust built up on the outer edge. Some minor grooves and dimpling on rotor surfaces can be acceptable, but these rotors have major undulations, grooves and rust divots. Any of these flaws can cause noise and/or accelerated brake pad wear. It is surprising that the brakes on this car were not noisier. I installed ceramic brake pads in 2011 and maybe that helped. The ceramic brake pads were also worn surprisingly evenly in spite of the ramshackle rotor surfaces.

Rust build-up between the wheel hub and brake rotor can cause vibrations often attributed to a "warped rotor." Even a Tempo's brake rotors are sturdy hunks of steel that would be difficult to bend with a blow torch. Adding a layer of rust to the hub, brake rotor and wheel sandwich is what throws everything out of alignment and causes vibration. The rust between this Ford's brake rotors and hubs was relatively minor. I had not noticed any vibrations, but after installing new brake rotors and brake pads the car did feel better/newer at 70 mph (112 kph).

My daughter has only been taking drivers ed classes for a month so I imagine I will be installing more new parts soon. Hopefully, they will continue to only be neglected maintenance parts!

Tom Taylor,

Crater Antique Auto Club Cruise-In at Chester Baptist
Crater Antique Auto Club Cruise-In at Chester Baptist - click to see all the photos

5 Useful, Simple Modifications You Can Do In Your Driveway

From Hagerty
Factory stock condition is good enough for most people, but if the desire to make your car unique overtakes you, it’s best to start with simple modifications and leave the engine swaps and custom suspension for later. Here are five simple modifications that you can do in your driveway—no garage or special tools required.

1. Exhaust

A rowdy exhaust note has been the sign of performance for decades, and with the multitude of options for mufflers there’s no shortage of different options to create a system for just the sound you want. We do advise to be careful and not go too extreme and annoy the neighborhood or make your car virtually undrivable due to the interior noise. While rusted exhaust hardware is one of the biggest headaches of automotive repair work, it can be done while lying on the pavement with a car supported by a good set of jack stands. Just make sure your new parts bolt on before you remove the old exhaust and find out you’ll need to learn how to weld.

2. Shifter

When it comes to changes on a car, making adjustments to items that the driver directly interacts with will feel much more significant than others. A short throw shifter or other upgrades, like better bushings in the linkages, will increase the positive feel of a manual transmission shifter.

3. Wheels

Changing the appearance and stance of a car can be as easy as bolting on a new set of wheels. Proper sizing is key, of course, as to not detrimentally affect the vehicles handling, but there are more tools than ever available to enthusiasts to ensure proper fitment. Additional benefits can also be gained by dropping wheel weight or changing the size to allow for more tire options, which leads to the next item below.

4. Tires

Tires are one of the easiest and most significant ways to change your car’s performance. Only drive in the summer? No need for all seasons. Want authentic experience from your first-generation Miata? There is an option for that too. Needless to say, proper tire selection can make the car behave just the way you want it.

5. Brakes

Modern brakes are almost always very good from the factory, but occasionally those on vintage cars leave something to be desired. Properly adjusting a set of drum brakes is a great start, but the next step is replacing parts. You don’t need big changes to make a difference. Upgrading to an improved formula brake shoe material in drum setups or a pad replacement for disc brakes can significantly improve feel and stopping power. A fluid flush and refill will also often give the brake system a refreshed feel and more confidence from the driver’s seat.

12th Annual Hyles Baptist Church Show
12th Annual Hyles Baptist Church Show - Click to see all the photos

Repair Mistakes & Blunders

From Rock Auto
Many years ago, early in my wrench turning and learning, I had a 1967 Thunderbird with a 390ci engine. I always tried to do my own repairs, and this time it was something that I had experience with, a tune-up. Everything went smoothly even though I had the distraction of my girlfriend looking over my shoulder asking a never ending barrage of questions.

I finished, put away my tools, cleaned up, and we walked to a friend's for dinner. The next day, I was leaving to go to work and started the car. The Thunderbird would barely run and had an unusual lope at idle and poor acceleration. But I had to get to work and drove it anyway. I was talking to a friend at work who also was a bit of a gear-head about how awfully my car was running, and he volunteered to take a look at it.

He drove off and quickly returned. Immediately he popped the hood, poked around for a couple of minutes and announced problem solved. It turned out that I had only connected the left bank of spark plug wires. The right side was just lying near their respective plugs. To this day, that same friend asks if I am firing on all cylinders. I have never repeated that little oversight in the ensuing 40 years.

Allan in Georgia

14th Annual CVMC Spring Show
14th Annual CVMC Spring Show - Click to see all the photos

Craigslist Car Listings Will Cost Private Sellers $5 Beginning April 15

From Hagerty
While we enjoy complaining about navigating the minefield of its car listings, everyone here at Hagerty loves Craigslist as much as the next gearhead. Packed with potential projects, the car and truck listings can bring bargains, but they often leave even the best attempts at a focused search littered with unwanted chaff. Nobody likes to sift through the scams and the spam. That may be changing now that Craigslist has announced a new policy to charge $5 per car listing.

First identified by a user on Reddit, beginning April 15, private party sellers will be charged $5 to post a car listing, just like dealers have been. Hopefully this will result in an increase in the quality of every listing and fewer scams.

With a modest fee now in play, we’d hope that sellers will be extra-certain the post is accurate so as to avoid being filtered out of searches. Or perhaps sellers will now come up with even more devious ways of getting as many eyeballs on their advertisement as possible and we’ll be fighting a whole new, never-before-seen scourge. Limitations, after all, often beget innovation.

The $5 burden on a private seller doesn’t seem like an unfair cost to reach the local market, and it has to make some impact on scammers that so far have seen no reason not to cast as wide a net as possible. Time will tell. For now, we remain optimistic and look forward to a less-cluttered Craigslist.

Red 55 Chevy

The Briefs

The family of a Texas man filed a $125 million lawsuit against the Weather Channel, claiming the network ignored its storm chasers’ history of reckless driving that led to the deadly “horrific” car crash in 2017. Karen Di Piazza filed the wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against the Weather Channel over the death of her son, Corbin Lee Jaeger, who died on March 28, 2017 when Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall’s vehicle slammed into his Jeep near Spur, Texas. Williamson and Yarnell — popular storm chasers for the Weather Channel and stars of the show “Storm Wranglers” — were speeding down the highway in their Chevy Suburban at 70 mph when they ran a stop sign and smashed in Jaeger’s vehicle, the lawsuit stated. The duo was looking for any signs of a tornado and live streaming the drive on the Weather Channel’s Facebook page when the video stopped.

Walt Disney appeared in magazine ads for a car with "color symphonies between upholstery and enamel," "big wide seats provide enough room for six well-fed adults," and a speedometer with warning lights that begin "flushing [sic] an indignant red at 50 and up." What car is this? 1939 DeSoto S-6

U.S. light-vehicle sales are off to the slowest start for a year since 2014. February sales declined 2.9 percent to 1.27 million vehicles, and the industry's annualized selling rate fell to its lowest level in 18 months. Cox Automotive had projected a slight increase last month but said the factors it based that on — a generally buoyant economy and pent-up demand after frigid weather and a government shutdown in January — did not boost demand as much as anticipated. And two consecutive declines to start 2019 doesn't bode well for the rest of the year, said Cox senior economist Charlie Chesbrough. "There are two data points now to suggest this market is weakening at a significant pace," Chesbrough said. Year to date, sales are down 2.6 percent, the biggest decline for the first two months of a year since 2009. The industry posted declines for January and February in 2018, 2017 and 2014, but only in 2017 did that lead to a decrease in full-year sales. Tyson Jominy, managing director of J.D. Power's PIN consulting group, said that while the first two months of the 2019 have been slow, January and February represent the slowest two-month stretch of the year for auto sales. "It is a bit like preseason football," Jominy said. "It does kind of give us an indication of things, but the industry doesn't really get going until March."

The Tesla Model 3 is the best selling electric vehicle in the US. It is now being imported into Europe and China. In March Tesla captured 45% market share of all electric car sales in Europe. 1 out of 40 new cars sold in Western Europe were electric in March. Over 15,000 Model 3s were sold in Europe during March.

How long does it take to recharge a Tesla Model 3? Tesla says the 60-kwh battery provides a range of up to 232 miles (the EPA pegs it at 208 miles), and the 85-kwh battery (a $10,000 option) provides up to 300 miles (the EPA puts it at 265 miles). Here are some examples for recharging times: With a single onboard charger plugged into a standard 110-volt outlet, Tesla says you will get 5 miles of range for every hour of charging. From zero to 300 miles would take about 52 hours at that rate. With a single onboard charger connected to a 240-volt outlet, which Tesla recommends, the pace can reach speeds up to 31 miles of range for each hour of charging, meaning a full 300-mile charge takes less than 9.5 hours. This maximum charge rate from an outlet requires a 240-volt circuit with 40 amps of current. (Adapters allow the supplied charging cord, called a Mobile Connector, to be used with multiple 240-volt outlets [as well as 120 volts], but the charge rate is slower with lower-amp circuits at this voltage.) Step up to twin chargers in the car and connect to a 240-volt, 90-amp high-power wall charger (an extra-cost charging unit called a Wall Connector, not just a 240-volt line) and the charging speed zooms to 62 miles of range per hour, and the total charging time drops to less than 4 hours, 45 minutes. Because Teslas require this additional Wall Connector hardware only for the fastest home charging — and don't rely on external Level 2 chargers — Model S owners can recharge where many electric vehicles cannot. Conversely, Tesla owners can recharge at public Level 2 stations using an adapter, but the charging speed again depends on how many amps the station provides. Most public charging stations can recharge the Model S at the rate of 22 miles of range per hour of charging. Really in a hurry? Stop at a Tesla Supercharger station and you can achieve a full charge with 300 miles of range in just an hour, as long as your Model S is configured with Supercharger capability. The high-voltage, direct-current Supercharger system is compelling, but don't try to buy one for your home. It requires 480 volts to deliver up to 120 kilowatts and would cost too much to justify.

Crossville, Tennessee, police officers pulled over Sally Selby, 45, at 5 a.m. on April 5 as she motored down Highway 127 -- in the slow lane -- driving a Walmart mobility scooter. She was on her way to the Waffle House, she said, to buy a cup of coffee. WTVF reported that Selby initially told officers she had built the scooter, but Walmart confirmed it was one of theirs and had surveillance video of Selby driving the scooter out of the store to back up their story. She was arrested for theft.

In Cary, North Carolina, Wake County Deputy J. Rattelade, responding to a report of a car crash on the evening of April 5, found one of the drivers, Derwood Johnson, 36, of Fort Worth, Texas, had gotten out of his car and removed all his clothes before starting to walk across the street. As Deputy Rattelade tried to arrest him, Johnson hit her on the head, reported WTVD. With the help of other first responders and some pepper spray, Rattelade was able to subdue Johnson, who was charged with assault on a government official. Rattelade was unhurt; Johnson was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation.

On April 13, a family in Newtown, Connecticut, returned home from a morning shopping trip to find Joseph Achenbach, 35, wandering around inside their home naked. The Watertown man had crashed his SUV in the homeowners' backyard and moseyed inside through an unlocked glass door. Achenbach's clothes could not be found at the scene, leading police to believe he had been naked when he crashed. FOX61 reported that he was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing and driving while intoxicated.

Traffic on a street in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles came to a virtual stop as two cars engaged in a legendary standoff over a parking space on April 1. Fox News reported that Mariah Flores, who was positioned across the street, documented the entire two-hour dispute on Twitter, as the "black car" and the "silver car" jockeyed to parallel park in one open spot along the sidewalk. As horns honked and tensions mounted, a "plot twist" changed the whole dynamic: The owner of a third vehicle, parked in front of the empty space, left, leaving room for both black and silver to park. The drivers quickly settled their vehicles in the spaces but then sat in their cars for some time. "Like are they afraid of each other or is it just awkward now?" Flores wondered. Finally, the driver of the silver car emerged, prompting Flores' comment, "SILVER takes the gold."

Who has time to bother with long lines and bureaucracy at the driver's license office? Not Mr. Tang of Liuzhou, China, who was pulled over for a routine check as he rode his silver motorcycle on March 31. Tang was happy to produce his license, carried in the customary cover, reported Oddity Central. But when officers examined it, they realized it was homemade. "He behaved very calmly as he took out the license," a traffic police officer said. "But I was shocked when I saw what was inside." Tang had simply written all the pertinent information found on a standard driver's license on a piece of lined notebook paper, then glued a photo of himself to the paper. When pressed for an explanation, Tang said he was too lazy to study for the license exam and didn't want to spend the money on driving classes. He thought a handwritten license would be better than nothing at all. "I didn't expect the traffic police to be so serious," Tang said.

The harsh winter left many city streets around the country riddled with potholes, but in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, one 12-year-old boy is not waiting for the slow-moving government to fix them. Monte Scott started filling potholes around his neighborhood with dirt from his own yard in late March. "I didn't want people messing up their cars like my mom did," Scott told WZZM13. They "would have to pay like $600 to $700 to get their car fixed, they would be mad." His mom, Trinell Scott, said, "That's just the type of kid he is. He's a good kid and there are a lot like him in the community."

Mustang with a number

Support the RPM Act

Sign at this link: www.votervoice.net/SEMA/campaigns/45394/respond

2019 marks a new session of Congress. Bills that did not become law at the end of 2018 must be reintroduced for consideration.

UPDATE TO THE RPM ACT - click link below

I think this is a Ford 1939 standard sedan

Woman Leaves Trail of Stolen Panties in Her Wake During 100 mph Police Chase

From the Chicago Post Tribune:
A Liberty Township woman allegedly left a trail of stolen women’s underwear thrown out her car window as she led police on a Wednesday night high-speed chase from a Portage merchant to Chesterton, reaching almost 100 mph, according to a police report.

Holly Sansone, 32, of the 100 block of West U.S. 6, faces felony charges of theft with a prior conviction and resisting law enforcement, and misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and resisting law enforcement, according to Portage police.

Portage police were called at 6:31 p.m. Wednesday to Kohl’s, 6495 U.S. 6, for a report of a theft in progress, according to a report, and police arrived as one of the store’s loss prevention associates left the store with Sansone.

As an officer approached Sansone’s car and pounded on a window, telling Sansone to stop, she allegedly looked at the officer, shrugged, and said, “I’ve gotta go,” before accelerating out of the parking lot, a report said.

Police made multiple attempts to stop Sansone along the route, which headed east on U.S. 6, and reportedly saw her running red lights and tossing items out the window along the way, the report said.

Police followed Sansone on to Indiana 49, where she reportedly hit 97 mph in a 55 mph zone and allegedly passed stopped vehicles by using a right turn lane, a report said.

Chesterton police deployed stop sticks near Ind. 49 and Indian Boundary Road, deflating the two passenger side tires, but Sansone continued north on Ind. 49 toward Interstate 94, passed the eastbound exit, the report said, and began swerving left and right before she struck the wall on the shoulder of the I-94 overpass and stopped.

“I told (Sansone) that she could have killed someone the way she was driving, and (Sansone) again stated that she didn’t have anything on her,” police said in a report. “I told her that she still has one of the security tags sticking out of the back of her pants.”

Police said they recovered several pairs of women’s underwear from the front passenger seat of the car, an also found seven pairs of underwear and one bra in the northbound lanes of Ind. 49.

In all, the loss prevention associate at Kohl’s alleged Sansone took four bras, 14 pairs of panties, two candles, and two or three air freshener refills, for a total retail value of $44.82.

During a strip search at Porter County Jail, police found Sansone was wearing two pairs of panties that still had the tags attached. The first was a blue and white pair of SO hipster panties, and the second was a gray striped pair of SO hipster panties, each retailing for $9. They also found two Yankee Candle scent plug “Lilac Blossom” refills with the price tags still attached.

According to online court records, Sansone is being held at the jail without bond. She has been scheduled for a hearing at 1 p.m. Jan. 29 before Porter Superior Court Judge Mary Harper.

She also was issued a trespass warning from Kohl’s, according to police.

It's got a Hemi

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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