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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
July 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.

President's Message

When we first started the council several people wanted to compile a list of parts suppliers and services for car hobbyists. It was a good idea - you'd look at the list and know that others had used these businesses for parts and service and knew that they sold good stuff and did a good job. Of course there are problems with coming up with a list. You have to trust the opinions of others and then you get businesses lobbying to get on the list. It was just too much trouble.

Today we have the all-knowing internet to help us and we need it since many of us purchase parts online simply because there is no other way to find them. When I first joined an antique car club the only way to find parts was to go to an old junk yard, a swap meet or look at classified ads. That has all changed. Junk yards full of old cars are now rare. Swap meets are still a good place to look especially large ones in Charlotte, Carlisle and Hershey. Ads are still here buy they are online.

When you are looking for new parts you usually get them from a business. I urge you to put in a search engine the name and the business followed by the word "reviews". Recently I did that after having some trouble getting parts I had ordered from a pretty big company that runs a lot of ads and sends out a lot of catalogs. I had ordered from them before and they simply sent the parts. This time I got 5 different ship dates and finally I called told them to cancel the order and I was going to contact the credit card company to dispute the charges since nothing had been shipped. The very next morning the stuff was shipped. If I had checked online for the company's reviews I would have learned that this is the way they do business - sell items that are out of stock, don't tell you they are out of stock, then lie about the fact the parts are out of stock and give you a different ship date every time you call. I'm guessing that this company and others have a list of excuses for the customer service people to use when someone calls about an order.

The unfortunate truth is there are companies that sell parts to car hobbyists who are incompetent or just in it for the money and care nothing about you or your vehicle. I've bought parts that are junk; I've been sent the wrong parts (I think on purpose); and good luck on returning parts. After you check the company's reputation online be sure to read the return policy before placing an order. You may be surprised by what you see - many parts are not returnable for any reason and some companies charge a restocking fee even if they send the wrong part.

Another hint is to talk to people who have purchased parts for vehicles similar to yours and ask them about the quality, shipping speed and customer service. I've done this and usually discover that if a company hasn't treated me right they've also done the same to others. Beware when ordering!

I got a call from Southampton Speedway and it is up for sale. If you are interested let me know and I will forward you the contact information.

~ Fred

May Blackstone Cruise-In
May Blackstone Cruise-In
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Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday August 28th at 6:30 PM at the Richmond Auto Museum. Arrive early to see the 45+ cars in the shop. There will be a catered meal for $15 (cash or check). We will need to know if you are going to attend for the catered meal. You can email Fred at fredfann@comast.net or reply to the meeting reminder email sent out to members about a week before the meeting. Address is 8605 Oakview Ave, Richmond, VA 23228. Website: RichmondAutoMuseum.com.

Need Goodie Bag Items?

Need goody bag items and a gift certificate for your show? RockAuto can help! Email marketing@rockauto.com with information about your event.

‘Beaters’ Cause Multi-State Vintage Vehicle Crackdown

By Colby Martin of SEMA-SAN
The qualifications that make an old car or truck worthy of consideration as a “classic” or “historic” are widely debated in the auto enthusiast community. In many states, vehicles that are 25 years old and older are currently eligible to receive a variety of specialty vehicle benefits and accommodations. However, a number of legislatures in recent years have introduced proposals attempting to redefine which vintage rides qualify for specialty registrations. Driving Force readers will recall the topic was previously discussed in the Summer 2015 issue’s cover story, titled “When Is an Old Car Just an Old Car?” These measures are generally targeted at vehicle owners who “abuse” the specialty tag privilege. Offenders are easy to spot, just like the vehicle featured on this issue’s cover—daily drivers, commercial trucks and otherwise poorly maintained autos wearing a specialty tag. Not a pretty picture, is it?

It is no secret that there are instances of abuse of the special registration categories intended for hobby cars and trucks. Many seek lower registration fees for older daily-driver vehicles or attempt to avoid emissions and safety inspections. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) does not represent these abusers. True enthusiasts often feel that the value of these specialty plates is diminished when misrepresented by an unworthy “beater.” However, in seeking to punish the abusers, these bills often unfairly affect and inconvenience owners of legitimate classic vehicles. In fact, state motor-vehicle departments are already authorized by regulation to suspend the registration of any vehicle for use that is inconsistent with the registration requirements.

The number of legislatures targeting the vintage segment of the auto hobby has been on the rise. Last year, Maryland may have finally ended its struggle with historic vehicles after enduring a battle that lasted multiple legislative sessions. With the SAN’s consent, legislation that ultimately made minimal changes to the state’s current historic requirements was signed into law in 2016. The new law only prohibits the use of historic vehicles for employment, transportation to employment or school and for commercial purposes. The bill also subjects historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment repair orders for safety equipment that is in disrepair. Earlier this year, harsh and unreasonable legislation was killed in less than 24 hours in Oregon and Arkansas after an onslaught of objections were lodged by vehicle owners in each state. Additional threats in Connecticut and Nevada also appear to have been neutralized for the moment.

Universal solutions to the challenges posed by the specialty tag issue have been difficult to reach. The SAN has been confronted with finding a compromise solution while protecting the interests of genuine car collectors. As legislatures continue seeking an end to misuse, the SAN has opposed an unnecessarily severe approach favored by some lawmakers. Instead, reasonable alternatives have been offered. “We believe that certain proposals will go far in curtailing illegal use of these tags while protecting genuine collectors,” explains SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. “For example, states should consider prohibiting the use of specially licensed vehicles in connection with a business or other commercial purpose and require access to a daily-driver vehicle. If state law contains a mileage restriction, a provision can be included to allow owners to self-certify an odometer reading for miles accumulated within state borders.”

Now more than ever, a fair conclusion on the vintage registration topic must be reached. While the issue in Nevada is on hold, its future is still a concern. The bill was withdrawn only after several conversations between its sponsor, SAN staff and members of the collector car hobby. As a result of those talks, the SAN has agreed to host a meeting of stakeholder groups in the state later this year to discuss practical methods by which the law can be applied to better identify and target the abusers. The SAN is seeking further consensus on the issue as they emerge in states around the country and would like your input. Is abuse of the classic, historic or other specialty tag a problem in your state? If so, what factors do you think would solve the problem? Please send your thoughts on the topic via email to SAN@sema.org.

Car Hobbyist News

The big news for car hobbyists is the low gas prices. The average gallon of regular in Virginia is now $2.051. There are three or four states that the average price is under $2. I’ve seen gasoline in my area as low as $1.77 for a gallon of regular. US drillers are adding oil rigs every week and have been for 22 weeks straight; something that hasn’t been done in over 30 years. Libya has cut a deal with a corporation and is now producing more oil than the country has in the last 4 years. The July 4th weekend is coming up and usually that means the highest gas prices of the year. If regular gas is under $2 a gallon for the July 4th holiday then what will the price be in December and January? Low energy prices are good for everyone.

There are those who are fighting over the abundance of oil. After getting the permits and completing the Dakota Access Pipeline a federal judge has ruled that permits to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline must be reconsidered, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has demanded the flow of oil through the pipeline be stopped. Completion of the pipeline was stopped by the Obama Administration last December, with a call for an environmental-impact statement to assess risks. After the election of Trump the permits were approved and the pipeline finished. Now it's back to court.

Organizations are suing the Trump EPA to prevent changes that the new administration desires. The Clean Air Task Force (CATF), along with other environmental groups, has sued the EPA in the federal court over its decision to stay, for 90 days, the effectiveness of certain methane and other air pollution standards for the oil and gas industry. Environmental groups are attempting to use litigation to drive their regulatory agenda. There are also holdovers from the Obama administration in the EPA who are trying to delay or prevent changes by the Trump administration.

There are plans to cut 1,200 EPA employees by early September. This will be done through a combination of buyouts and early retirements. The agency has set aside $12 million for these buy outs, though it’s unclear that that will be enough; In 2014, EPA paid $11.3 million in incentives to get 456 employees to voluntarily leave. Those cuts would represent about eight percent of EPA’s 15,000 employees.

The EPA has also given pink slips to members of its Board of Scientific Counselors, telling dozens of scientists that their terms would not be renewed. This body provides advice and recommendation to the agency’s Office of Research and Development, and helps steer the EPA’s research programs. "It effectively wipes out the BOSC and leaves it free for a complete reappointment," Deborah Swackhamer, the current chair of the executive committee, told the Washington Post. Several past members and those who were given notice expressed shock and concern that the move will allow the Trump administration to appoint scientists or others more friendly to industry, and companies that are regulated by the agency.

It will be interesting to see how low the gas prices will go and if the Trump administration can make changes in the US environmental policies.

News From SEMA

Click the link for the story on the proposed legislation.
Connecticut Bill to Restrict Eligibility for Hobby Car Registration Amended to Remove Restrictions

California Bill to Extend New Car Emissions Test Exemption Passes Assembly; Moves to Senate

Nevada Bill to Extend Vintage Plates Eligibility Signed Into Law

Province of Manitoba Proclaims July 14, 2017 as “COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY”

New Jersey Bill to Require Warranty Disclosure Approved by Committee; Moves to Assembly Floor

Delaware Bill to Extend New Car Emissions Test Exemption Approved by Committee; Moves to House Floor

Oregon Bill to Provide Special Interest Designation to Military Vehicles Signed into Law

Celebrating the Great Outdoors

Collector Car Appreciation Day: July 14, 2017

Classic Cruisers Car Club Memorial Day
Classic Cruisers Car Club Memorial Day
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The End of Car Ownership

By Tom Higgins of the Wall Street Journal via MSN: www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/the-end-of-car-ownership. This is an interesting article and one I feel car hobbyists should read even if you do not agree with it ~ Fred.

Ride sharing and self-driving vehicles will redefine our relationship with cars. Auto makers and startups are already gearing up for the change.

Cars are going to undergo a lot of changes in the coming years.

One of the biggest: You probably won’t own one.

Thanks to ride sharing and the looming introduction of self-driving vehicles, the entire model of car ownership is being upended—and very soon may not look anything like it has for the past century.

Drivers, for instance, may no longer be drivers, relying instead on hailing a driverless car on demand, and if they do decide to buy, they will likely share the vehicle—by renting it out to other people when it isn’t in use.

Auto makers, meanwhile, already are looking for ways to sustain their business as fewer people make a long-term commitment to a car.

And startups will spring up to develop services that this new ownership model demands—perhaps even create whole new industries around self-driving cars and ride sharing.

Here’s a look at the changes to come, and what they mean.

Drivers: No more permanent arrangements

Car ownership, for a long time, has symbolized freedom and independence. But in the future, it may be akin to owning a horse today—a rare luxury.

Ride sharing as we know it will grow in popularity as people get even more comfortable with the sharing economy, and more people migrate to dense cities where owning a car is a burden. One-quarter of miles driven in the U.S. may be through shared, self-driving vehicles by 2030, according to an estimate by Boston Consulting Group.

And the business of ride sharing may take on some new forms.

Startups such as Los Angeles-based Faraday Future envision selling subscriptions to a vehicle—for instance, allowing people to use it for a certain number of hours a day, on a regular schedule for a fixed price. So, people who need a vehicle for a few hours daily to attend meetings or make deliveries could subscribe and avoid having to summon on-demand rides every day (and potentially paying a lot more).

Other companies are experimenting with the idea of allowing drivers to access more than just one kind of vehicle through a subscription—so, a driver might choose a compact model one day but a minivan another day if she needed more passenger space.

“By 2022, 2023, the majority of transportation in urban cities with temperate weather will be on demand, shared and likely autonomous,” says Aarjav Trivedi, chief executive of Ridecell, a San Francisco company that provides the back-end software for car sharing.

Even people who do end up buying a car may come to see it as a short-term arrangement—and a source of income.

Chief Executive Elon Musk has hinted that he’s preparing to create a network of Tesla owners that could rent out their self-driving cars to make money. Already, some drivers are testing this idea using other services that let them market their cars, something like Airbnb rentals on wheels.

Take Jeff Cohen, who works for an electric-vehicle-charging company. His wife balked at his desire to buy the Model S sedan, which Tesla Inc. typically sells for about $100,000.

He persuaded her to allow him to buy a Tesla if he would in turn rent it out on a site called Turo. Doing so—at $189 a day—almost covered the cost of the entire monthly loan payment while giving him the ability to drive the electric car around Atlanta when not in service, he says. “It allowed me to get the car,” says Mr. Cohen, 58 years old. “We weren’t in agreement that we could get a car like this without some way to fund it.”

Turo, which had more than three million people sign up for the service through the end of May, says Teslas, along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz cars are among the more popular searched vehicles on the site.

“A lot of people are realizing that the car is no longer just a cost—it’s an asset,” says Andre Haddad, Turo’s chief executive.

For auto giants, the new ownership models—whether for traditional cars or self-driving ones—constitute a major threat. © R. Kikuo Johnson for The Wall Street Journal For auto giants, the new ownership models—whether for traditional cars or self-driving ones—constitute a major threat.

Of course, the biggest obstacle to many of the changes may be the most simple: People have to be willing to give up the idea of owning their car—something that has been culturally ingrained over many decades.

What’s more, under this vision, car buyers won’t just give up the idea of sole ownership. They may also give up the idea of sitting behind the wheel by using autonomous vehicles.

They will have a powerful incentive to do so. A study by Deloitte Consulting, for example, estimates that the cost of personal car ownership is on average 97 cents a mile today but could drop by two-thirds in a world of shared, self-driving vehicles—a tipping point that could usher the technology into daily life for many people. In cities, the idea will be even more appealing, because it takes away the unpleasant sides of ownership, such as parking and negotiating traffic jams.

Companies are already looking at how to market vehicles to overcome some of the possible psychological resistance to nonownership. Waymo, the self-driving tech unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., has begun public trials of self-driving minivans in Phoenix for select users, with the eventual goal of testing them with hundreds of families.

The goal is a better understanding how to make such a service appealing enough to take the place of a family car.

“We’re really experimenting here with how far our users can go in terms of using a service like this one to replace their own personal transportation,” says John Krafcik, head of Waymo and a former automotive-industry executive.

Big auto makers: Making peace with on-demand services

For auto giants, the new ownership models—whether for traditional cars or self-driving ones—constitute a major threat.

As a result of both driverless cars and fleets of robot taxis, sales of conventionally purchased automobiles may likely drop. What’s more, because autonomous cars will likely be designed to be on the road longer with easily upgradable or replaceable parts, the results could be devastating to auto makers that have built businesses around two-car households buying new vehicles regularly. Currently, cars get replaced every 60 months on average, according to Experian.

“It may become more like the airline business where we see jets that have been in service for 50 years,” says Chris Ballinger, chief financial officer and head of mobility services at the Toyota Research Institute. “Now I don’t think a car will be in service for 50 years but I’m saying it may move in that direction…with tens of millions of miles and decades of service.”

In response, some car companies are trying to meet that threat head-on, by experimenting with different ownership models.

One plan to get drivers to buy a vehicle of their own is to help owners rent out their vehicles, as they would in Mr. Musk’s planned network of Tesla owners. Toyota’s Lexus brand is testing payment plans that let people subsidize the purchase of pricey cars by renting them through a service called Getaround. The hope is that young buyers, who have been eschewing traditional ownership but are still attracted to luxury nameplates, will grab the chance to afford fancy cars on Corolla budgets.

BMW, meanwhile, is experimenting with shared rides through its Reachnow service. Members can get access to a fleet of BMW vehicles—and Minis, in some areas—that they pick up as needed and can drop off anywhere when they’re done.

General Motors Co., the largest U.S. auto maker by sales, seems to be hedging all bets. The company acquired an autonomous-car tech startup called Cruise Automation last year in a deal with a potential value of more than $1 billion. It also invested $500 million in ride-share company Lyft, as well as starting a car-sharing service of its own called Maven.

Meanwhile, it’s offering Cadillac customers the ability to subscribe to ownership, letting them use a vehicle for a month at a flat fee.

The advent of self-driving cars will give people more free time while in the vehicle. And that will create new opportunities for car makers and others to make money.

Autonomous vehicles could ultimately free up more than 250 million hours of consumers’ commuting time a year, unlocking a new so-called passenger economy, according to Intel Corp., which is trying to provide the computing power behind self-driving software.

The chip maker released a study in June that estimates as much as $800 billion could be generated by 2035 by this passenger economy, while as much as $7 trillion could be in play by 2050.

All of which might explain why new entrants to transportation, such as Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., are exploring the field. Apple in April, for example, became licensed to test-drive autonomous vehicles on California roadways.

This could lead to a turn away from using the exterior of the vehicle as a selling point and focusing on making the interior as comfortable and loaded with features as possible.

In some cases, that means turning cars into living rooms on wheels: Harman International Industries Inc., the auto-parts supplier acquired by Samsung for $8 billion, demonstrated in Las Vegas earlier this year a vision of a car that replaces a vehicle’s windows with video screens that create a wraparound movie theater inside the cabin.

Design firms will also cook up features designed to ease people into the practice of sharing rides regularly. IDEO, the design firm that came up with Apple’s first computer mouse, has released a vision of autonomous vehicles designed to accommodate strangers who end up riding together.

One central feature is “pods”—seats that can be adjusted to block a passenger from the view of the others—and there are areas in the vehicle that allow them to lock items while other people use the car.

Other companies are working on ways to make cars recognize passengers’ digital profiles and become more responsive to their needs. That might involve things such as reminding someone that a calendar appointment is coming up, and nudging them to leave earlier that day, or giving advice on places to eat along their route or ways to shop online while in traffic.

Zoox, a startup valued at more than $1.5 billion, is working on designing a robot taxi that takes the entire riding experience into consideration, co-founder Timothy Kentley-Klay said last year.

Although he didn’t go into details on the so-called mobility service’s features, Mr. Kentley-Klay said that such a vehicle would be “smart enough to understand its environment, but importantly, it’s also smart enough to understand you, where you need to be, what you want to do in the vehicle and how you want to move around the city.”

Existing industries may change to support an autonomous, shared future. For instance, the alcohol industry might see a rise in drinks consumed weekly with customers not having to worry about driving home, says a Morgan Stanley report by analyst Adam Jonas. He estimates the $1.5 trillion annual market might expand by $250 billion due to autonomous vehicles.

One industry that knows cars very well—dealerships—may also adjust to fit the changing times: Managing autonomous car fleets may be a new line of business. Toyota’s Mr. Ballinger noted that auto makers’ finance arms largely finance local franchise dealers’ inventories, called floor plans.

“It may be a variation of that model where we continue to finance the floor plan, only the floor plan now isn’t an inventory of cars ready for sale but an inventory of cars going around providing services—maintained and managed by the dealer or somebody like the dealer,” Mr. Ballinger says.

For all the speculation about big changes on the way, and plans to meet those changes, it’s important to remember that drivers may want to hang onto some form of ownership even if others are more convenient and cost-effective.

Mr. Cohen, after spending about two years renting out his Model S on Turo, has begun to wind down that effort.

“At almost exactly the second anniversary of that note, I paid off my Tesla,” he says. He’s keeping an eye on Tesla’s ambitions for renting out autonomous vehicles, though he is dubious about giving up the thrill of driving. “For me, autonomous driving is not something I am looking forward to,” he said, “but I can tell you that my 25-year-old son and recent UVA Law School graduate certainly is.”

Richmond Ford Cruise-In
Richmond Ford Cruise-In
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Climate Change Study Cancelled

For the third time a climate change study by ship in the arctic had to be cancelled due to very cold weather and icy conditions. The BaySys 2017 program is a 17 million dollar study into climate change. The project is spearheaded by the University of Manitoba. However, the cold weather prevented the study group and their ship, the CCGS Amundsen Ice Breaker, from moving forward on the 'fact-finding' mission.

From Science Daily:
"Unfortunately, the conditions required much more extended support than anticipated. Fleet management issues and inadequate alternative ships forced the cancellation of the science program due to significant safety concerns.

This decision to cancel the BaySys 2017 program was not made lightly. Although the cancellation was due to circumstances beyond control of the Expedition Team, every effort was made to develop a viable option to allow this valuable work to proceed."

Dr. David Barber, who was leading the now canceled expedition, told CNN, “Considering the severe ice conditions and the increasing demand for search and rescue operations and ice escort, we decided to cancel the BaySys mission.”

This is the third ship that cancelled climate change study due to weather:
Australian climate researcher Chris Turkey had to call an expedition to the melting Antarctic after his ship got stuck in the ice.

The Caitlin Expedition – supported by the Prince of Wales – in which Pen Haddow and his team had to abandon their trip to the North Pole because it was colder than they’d expected.

Most recently a global warming research voyage by David Hempleman Adams had to be curtailed because of unexpected ice.

For now researchers are having a difficult time looking for climate change in the arctic and Antarctic regions - it's just too cold to find the evidence.

Fraternal Order of Eagles 882 Show
Fraternal Order of Eagles 882 Show
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Gas Prices - How Low Will They Go

OPEC is getting hammered in the gasoline price war by US drillers and those in Libya. Drillers in the United States have been on a binge adding new oil drilling rigs for 22 straight weeks - the longest stretch in 30 years. While Libya is producing more oil than it has in years due to s deal with a large corporation.

Oil prices have declined over the last few weeks and there are now three or four states where the average price of a gallon of regular is under $2. And this is being written just before the July 4th holiday when gas prices usually spike.

The average price of regular in Virginia as this is being written is $2.051 per gallon. I saw a station in Petersburg that was selling regular for $1.77.

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.
Fred,

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.

Best,

Steele

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

Richmond AACA Show
48th Annual Richmond Region AACA 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.
www.fuel-testers.com/petition_e15.html

Paw Paw Classic Car Show
Paw Paw Classic Car Show
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June Blackstone Cruise-In
June Blackstone Cruise-In
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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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1964 Galaxie convertible

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1939 Ford sedan

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