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"The Relay" Online Newsletter
September 2018 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

We had another great summer meeting in August at the Richmond Auto Museum. We had a couple of members speak about the upcoming Governor's Show at the Capitol and a couple of people from the Richmond Auto Auction came to inform us about an upcoming classic car auction. I encourage council members to come to the meetings especially at the museum where you can view about 45 to 50 vehicles.

One very important item we discussed was the photos on the council website. When we started the website I purchased a hosting plan that was basic. As I and others took photos of events and posted on the site there simply was not enough memory and bandwidth to share the photo albums. So I used a server I was renting with unlimited memory to post and share the photos. You may have noticed that last month the photos were not available some times. I had to call the company several times to finally get someone to fix the server problems. They are not fixed but that is not a real solution. I am going to start hosting the photos on the car club council website and if we run low on memory or bandwidth I will upgrade the hosting plan as needed to keep the photo albums online and viewable. The council members voted to pay for the increase to insure we keep everything on the site working properly. I will phase out the old server and post on the council's hosting server over the next few months. Hopefully this will end any problems.

At the meeting we also discussed a possible large show at Pamplin Park. I was contacted by the park's marketing person, who I know from his involvement in shows in the Tidewater area. The Crater Antique Auto Club had an Old Dominion Meet Association (all the state AACA clubs) show in 2010 at the site. There is plenty of space for a large car show. I will let you know if the show comes together. The council hasn't been a part of a show in many years and this may be an opportunity for us to help out with a larger area show. The proposed show will not be until next year and I will let you know if it comes together.

There are plenty of events coming up in the next couple of months. In case you were wondering about the Karb Kings big show in Fredericksburg - the club has decided to skip a year. I really enjoy that show as there are a lot of interesting vehicles.

~ Fred

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday October 29th at 6:30 PM at a location to be announced in the October newsletter.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 1st Annual Car, Truck, Bike Show at Lynchburg City Stadium
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 1st Annual Car, Truck, Bike Show at Lynchburg City Stadium
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Car Hobbyist News

This past winter a friend of mine alerted me to a Washington Post story in which Governor-Elect Northam stated he wanted to hold a car show at the Capitol. I contacted the Governor-Elect office and spoke with a person who said that the governor wanted to hold a car show sometime in the future. Well the future is now because September 15 was selected for the inaugural Governor's Capitol Classic Car Show. “Any antique or classic car or hot rod (1993 or older) may be displayed at this outdoor show located around Virginia's historic Capitol Square in downtown Richmond. The show is free to the public and goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the food trucks for breakfast and lunch, visit the Executive Mansion open house, or take a tour of the Capitol. At 1:30 p.m., Governor Northam will announce winners of the Governor's Choice Awards.” See the CCCCVA calendar for info on registering for the show. Governor Northam owns a 1953 Oldsmobile and an antique Corvette. Hopefully they will be at the show.

The State of Virginia continues to be a car hobby friendly state and the council intends to keep it friendly for car hobbyists. Over the years we have worked on legislation to help car hobbyists. The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors recently ended the assessing and taxing of antique vehicles and all vehicles 25 or more years old. The county code has not yet been updated and I monitor it and also the changes that will be made by the county’s Commissioner of the Revenue. I’d like to see the county end the practice of recording all the registered antique vehicles in the county. Ending this practice should save the taxpayers some money. When the state law changed a couple of years ago to end local registration fees (sometimes called locality sticker fees) the Treasurer’s office stopped keeping track of antique vehicles.

You may recall the Obama era plan that set limits on carbon dioxide from power plants. The Trump administration thinks that the EPA exceeded its authority and wants to let the states set their own limits. In October 2017, EPA proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan because it exceeded EPA's authority. And in December 2017, EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit information from the public about a potential future rulemaking to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing electric utility generating units (EGUs), commonly called power plants.

From the EPA website: “Proposal: Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule
On August 21, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule which would establish emission guidelines for states to develop plans to address greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. The ACE rule would replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan, which EPA has proposed to repeal because it exceeded EPA's authority. The Clean Power Plan was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and has never gone into effect.

The ACE rule has several components: a determination of the best system of emission reduction for greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, a list of “candidate technologies” states can use when developing their plans, a new preliminary applicability test for determining whether a physical or operational change made to a power plant may be a “major modification” triggering New Source Review, and new implementing regulations for emission guidelines under Clean Air Act section 111(d).”

I believe this is very important as it shows the Trump administration and the EPA are bring common sense to environmental rules. I am looking forward to changes in the current CAFE (corporate average fuel economy). The Trump administration in August announced a freeze on the standards: “On August 2, the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency made a joint proposal to reform the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. Originally adopted in 1978, when new cars were required to average all of 18 miles per gallon, the standards were increased by the Obama administration to a target of 54.5 mpg by 2025. (This 54.5 is actually an idealized number; as a practical matter, the real target for 2025 is about 47 mpg.)

The new rule proposes to maintain the existing fuel economy standard, which rises to 37 mpg by 2020, and then freeze it at that level after that. By 2025, new automobiles meeting the Obama standard would be about 25 percent more fuel-efficient than under the Trump standard – though if fuel prices rise, consumers could end up buying more fuel-efficient cars than the standard anyway."

The new rule would make a national standard so that states like California could not make their own stricter standard. This would halt automakers from having to build vehicles just for California or build all vehicles to California’s standards. It could also mean that the price of new vehicles would stay the same or decrease instead of increase to try and build vehicles that would get a lot better mileage. For example Ford went to aluminum body parts on the F-150 trucks to reduce weight to get better gas mileage. Another example is vehicles having transmissions with more gears to increase gas mileage – manual 6-speed transmissions replaced manual 5-speed transmissions and of course we now have automatic transmissions with as many as 8 forward speeds – all to increase mileage. Those changes added to the price of vehicles.

July Blackstone Cruise-In
June Blackstone Cruise-In
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Sometimes Failure is an Option

Resurrecting a car and trying to meet a deadline? Sometimes failure is an option.
By Rob Siegel at Hagerty

Deadlines. I can hit those when I write, but when you’re resurrecting a 26-year-dead 1975 BMW 2002, it’s best that you don’t rush things. Nevertheless, with BMW celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 2002 this year, my friends began egging me on to drive “Bertha” to Oktoberfest earlier this month in Pittsburgh. (I know, Oktoberfest in July. But that’s when everyone has the time to go on vacation, so that’s when the club celebrates it.)

I didn’t think that timetable was realistic, especially since I’m keenly aware that when resurrecting a long-dead car, it is the car, not you, that ultimately sets the timetable. Some appear eager to get back on the road, others are like a cranky old man who are woken prematurely from a nap.

The biggest issue with Bertha was the head. It had two bad valves and one bad guide. I’d taken the head into a machine shop and ordered the parts, but I had incorrectly remembered which of the two intake valve sizes and valve guide styles the head had, and I mistakenly ordered the wrong ones. This pushed back the machine shop’s completion of the head by two weeks. While I did quite a bit of other work on the car during that period, the delay seemed to put an end to the possibility of driving the car to Oktoberfest. Oh well, I thought. I have other vintage BMWs, even other 2002s. Not being able to drive Bertha wasn’t a hardship.

But then, to my delight, the Friday morning before my scheduled Monday departure, the machine shop called and said that the head was done. A glimmer of hope.

I spent Friday reassembling the head and began putting it back on the car on Saturday. I then began reattaching the ancillary engine components. The dual Weber sidedraft carbs went on first. This car originally had exhaust headers, which I had unfortunately broken during removal. I had sourced a used exhaust manifold, but had forgotten that most of these have a threaded port for an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) pipe that is no longer on Bertha. A web search revealed that an oil plug from a late-model Subaru has the same threads, and after a quick trip to a nearby Subaru dealer, the port was plugged and the manifold and exhaust were reattached. The radiator went back in. I replaced a section of rubber gas line in the engine compartment that felt rock-hard. I then primed the electric fuel pump and did not see any leaks.

On Sunday, I fired it up. The car started easily, but there were immediate issues. I noticed antifreeze dripping down the left side of the block. I was, at first, concerned that the leak seemed to be coming from the head gasket itself, but I knew that it was far more likely that the source was the coolant neck that bolts to the side of the head. On a BMW 2002, the front-most intake manifold gasket is elongated to include a section that seals the coolant neck, and I realized that I’d forgotten to coat this section with gasket sealant. So off came not only the coolant neck, but the Webers and the manifolds. I pulled off the gasket, let it dry in the sun, then coated both sides with Permatex Aviation Form-A-Gasket and put it all back together.

With the coolant leak fixed, I began to let the car idle long enough to burn the grease off the exhaust components. Unfortunately, as the car was running, I smelled gas. I immediately shut it off, and was alarmed to see fuel dripping at a pretty good rate from the lower front of the engine compartment, right where I’d replaced the old hardened rubber fuel hose.

I raised the car on the mid-rise lift and crawled beneath it. I loosened the hose clamp, slid the rubber fuel hose further down over the metal line that runs the length of the car, and tightened the clamp. I fired up the fuel pump again and was surprised to see the car still leaking fuel.

On closer examination, the leak wasn’t coming from that location at all, but instead was emanating from the metal fuel line itself, about eight inches farther back, where the line ran through a narrow channel between the fuel rail and the pedal bucket. I had to unclip the line from some of the tabs and rubber insulators holding it against the fuel rail and pull it away to see, but when I did, the problem was immediately apparent: The metal line had rusted away.

I sat under the car for a while and soaked in the scene. When a fuel line or a brake line rusts through and ruptures, it makes you stop, think, and inspect other things in the undercarriage very carefully. Just to keep things moving, I took a pipe cutter, trimmed off the rotted section of the metal line, and ran a longer rubber fuel hose up to the engine compartment. I again fired up the electric fuel pump, primed the system, checked for leaks, and found none. I continued testing.

As the hours ticked away, it was increasingly clear that there was no way I was going to get the kind of driving time on Bertha that was needed before embarking on a 1200-mile round trip. The way that a long-dead car needs to be sorted out is to drive it a few feet, then 20, then 100, then around the block, then a mile, etc., likely returning to the garage each time to tweak something or make a repair. You don’t just start in Boston, aim a car at Pittsburgh, hit the gas, and hope for the best. At least I don’t.

At 7:00 PM, I took the car down off the mid-rise lift and ran it up and down the driveway twice. The accelerator linkage, brakes, and clutch all seemed just on the hairy edge of functionality. And this was driving perhaps 30 feet at 5 mph. At no point did I feel that Bertha was saying, “Let’s go.” Instead, it was clear that the car was saying, “Don’t even think about it, pal.” So I packed my things in my other 2002, a 1972 2002tii, and left for Pittsburgh in the morning.

Despite my best effort, Bertha was never close to being ready. But in the end, I had given it my best effort. There was no self-recrimination on being too risk-averse. There was no woulda-shoulda-coulda. Plus, although I had failed to get the car sorted out in time for Oktoberfest, I had moved things along further, and far more quickly, than I would’ve if I hadn’t tried.

News From SEMA

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Elvis Night
Elvis Night at Extra Billy's August 11
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Facing the Strange

By Colby Martin, SAN Director
Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one. - Dr. Emmett Brown, Back to the Future Part III

Tomorrow’s possibilities often come with mixed emotions. On one hand is promise, but on the other can be anxiety. Feelings on the unknown can range from curiosity and optimism to worry and fear. Recently, I’ve been hearing much more about emerging technical developments within the automotive space reflecting major concerns over how each advancement will ultimately impact the future of our hobby as it has been enjoyed for generations.

History has proven that progress won’t be stopped. I’ve heard that Henry Ford believed his Model T offered the ultimate in personal transportation. Sure, the iconic vehicle was a landmark machine—in its day. However, competition by other brands very quickly crowded public roads. Thanks to foresight from those around him, such as his son Edsel, Ford’s company evolved beyond the scope of its initial success. Today, fans of the Blue Oval can purchase exciting new offerings while still celebrating a rich heritage of American motoring.

Innovation is in a tinkerer’s nature—for business or just for fun. Whether one desires to restore a long-lost classic to showroom condition, create a ride never conceived by an automaker or some flavor in between, the choice is ours. Bringing four-wheeled dreams to life is more obtainable than ever! Consider the possibilities that replicas and reproduction parts have fulfilled. Today, prewar-era cars and trucks can sport luxuries not available at most dealerships of the day: automatic gearboxes, performance suspension and braking equipment, power steering and controls, air conditioning and a slew of other amenities. And yet, advancements continue to allow us to achieve the unthinkable. For example, quadriplegic champion race driver Sam Schmidt has been granted the first semi-autonomous license. With it, he used his specially equipped Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to tackle Pikes Peak and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. How cool is that?

SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak said vehicle designs previously “all about a faster horse are quickly morphing into those of a smarter horse!” Advanced vehicle technologies projected for the near- and long-term revolve around safety, connectivity and navigation—collectively known as advanced driver assist systems (ADAS). Included are applications such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assistance, forward-collision warnings, automated lighting, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking and more.


Advanced vehicle technologies projected for the near-and long-term revolve around safety,
connectivity and navigation—collectively known as advanced driver assist systems (ADAS).

Beyond ADAS, connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) are emerging market segments designed to automate vehicle systems for safer driving, convenience, improved mobility and performance. CAVs integrate automotive and consumer electronics through systems of sensors, hardware and software. The connected-car market is growing at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 45%, which exceeds the overall car market by 10 times. Many new vehicles and aftermarket systems are already incorporating ADAS, and 80% of vehicles are forecast to have connected car features by 2020.

Knowing that expanding directions in the market will inevitably impact auto enthusiasts, specifically the SEMA Action Network (SAN), SEMA continues to learn how to stay positioned at the front end of a rapidly changing technological landscape. The organization is educating the industry on new opportunities and will provide services and information to address the challenges that come with them.

Successfully integrating with new technologies will also mean monitoring and influencing applicable laws and regulations. That’s when the SAN’s full strength will be invaluable. Like you, I’m a fan of grabbing the steering wheel myself. While change for drivers everywhere is on the way, agree with it or not, we can all be involved in the way it will be governed going forward. When necessary, we must speak with one voice to advocate for the hobby in Washington and statehouses across the county. You can help by continuing to stay informed and spread the word. Encourage others interested in fighting the good fight to enlist at no cost at semaSAN.com/join. After all, great strength comes with great numbers. Let’s be best prepared to confront the future of automotive pleasure on our own terms.

Elvis Night
Late Great Chevy NAPA Show
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Repair Mistakes & Blunders

From Rock Auto
My stepdad was a country boy, born in West Virginia in 1919, youngest of 16 siblings. He was full of old timey wisdom related to the weather, moon phases, planting and harvest times, livestock and even people. He knew how to make moonshine, cure hams, thump a guitar and could fix nearly anything with whatever was handy.

There was only one time I can recall getting the better of him. He did all his own vehicle maintenance, and whenever he changed his oil, he had the habit of adjusting the carburetor, if it needed it or not. He did not own a tachometer. He made the adjustments by ear. Trouble was, in his later years, he did not hear so well. He would tinker until it sounded right, but the fuel would be set so rich, the exhaust smoke looked like he was spraying for mosquitoes.

After one of his oil changes, he stopped at my service station to ask if I had time to look at the carburetor in his old red truck. I connected the tachometer, adjusted the mixture screws, set the idle and sent him on his way. Every couple months, he would return to ask if I would reset his carburetor. I finally asked him what would cause it to go out of adjustment? He confessed to his tinkering with the mixture jets.

Once I learned the reason, I tried to make him promise me he would give up his carburetor surgery. But he would not make that promise. Tinkering was in his blood. I would have bought him a tachometer to help properly tune the carburetor, but I knew he would not have used it. He was an "ear" man to the end.

This morning I am sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee thinking of him. I sure wish I could see his smoky old red truck pull into my driveway, needing another carburetor adjustment.

Don in Texas

Emergency Hose Kit

Tom's Story
The original heater core in my '86 Ford Mustang lasted less than fifteen years. The original heater core in my wife's '93 Ford Tempo is still leak-free after more than a quarter century. Regularly changing the coolant/antifreeze will reduce corrosion and help maximize a heater core's life span, but that life span is still unknowable. The half dozen or so heater core failures I have personally experienced over the years have taught me it is also impossible to know if a failing heater core will give me time to notice a slow leak (wet carpet, film on windows, drips on garage floor...) or if there will only be a sudden massive heater core leak that drains the radiator.

That is why I carry some emergency hose, clamps and push-on unions in the vehicle to bypass the heater core. Instead of being stranded, I can quickly disconnect the heater hoses from the leaky heater core, splice them together and keep driving. I have discovered it is also a good idea to check my emergency heater core bypass kit at least once a decade in case I borrowed and never returned a part or two from it.

I start building a kit by looking up my vehicle's Heater Core under "Heat & Air Conditioning" in the RockAuto.com catalog. Clicking one of the Heater Core's "Info" buttons will tell me the size of the heater core's inlet and outlet pipes. 3/4 inch and 5/8 inch are common sizes. Then I will look under my vehicle's hood to see how much slack there is in the heater hoses and how much space is available around the heater core's pipe nipples. This will tell me if I can simply splice the heater hoses together with one "Push-On Union" (found in the catalog under "Tools & Universal Parts") or if it would be easier to splice in a piece of straight or molded heater hose and use two push-on unions.

Below are some examples of 3/4 inch and 5/8 inch diameter Push-On Unions and U-shaped molded heater hoses that could go into a heater core emergency bypass kit (RockAuto has other diameters as well):

Tom Taylor,
RockAuto.com


3/4 inch and 5/8 inch diameter Push-On Unions and U-shaped molded heater hoses

Hot August Night---a Tribute to Neil Diamond
Hot August Night---a Tribute to Neil Diamond
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Blackstone August Cruise-In
Blackstone August Cruise-In
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8 Beach Boys Car Songs That Actually Mention a Specific Car

From Hagerty
When calling out the roll of classic rock and roll car songs, the Beach Boys immediately come to mind as having been at the forefront of the 1960s hot rod ditty craze. Edging out Jan and Dean in crafting some of the most memorable melodies meant to be enjoyed from a single-speaker dashboard AM radio, the Beach Boys built their image around muscle machines and tasty waves, combining surfing and cruising with a consistency no other band was able to match.

A close examination of the Beach Boys catalog reveals a number of interesting truths. The first is that the group’s love of car culture peaked with 1963's Little Deuce Coupe, a sun-soaked California take on the concept album that would focus almost exclusively on the automobile. This would be followed closely by Shut Down Volume 2, a confusingly-named record (Volume 1 was actually a compilation put out by the label featuring various artists) that contained a number of the band’s other car classics from the era. In fact, All Summer Long, which also came out in 1964, would feature not just the final surf songs ever written by Brian Wilson, but also the Beach Boys’ first No. 1 hit, an immortal ode to teenage mobility called I Get Around.

I'm as big a Beach Boys fan as anyone else out there—they were my favorites when I was a kid, and I had the good fortune of meeting the group backstage in my early teenage years—but it wasn't until I started digging into their lyrics as an adult that I realized only a handful of their hits actually called out specific cars by name.

Despite being a gearhead anthem, I Get Around falls into this general cruisin' category, as do nearly half of the songs on Little Deuce Coupe. Custom Machine, No-Go Showboat, Car Crazy Cutie, and Cherry, Cherry Coupe are soaked in high test but don't go into detail about what anyone is driving. A Young Man Is Gone references the accidental death of James Dean, but fails to mention either the Porsche he was driving or the Ford Tudor that did him in. Even the song This Car of Mine from Shut Down Volume 2 never actually lets us know what Brian Wilson's ride is.

It got me thinking: How many Beach Boys songs actually name-drop hot rides of the day? The band has recorded an overwhelming number of tracks over many decades, but I rolled up my sleeves and dug through the lyrics to find these eight Beach Boys songs that actually called out the object of their automotive affection.

Little Deuce Coupe

By now, most people know that the Beach Boys didn't actually surf, preferring to enjoy waves from the stage rather than hang ten with the locals. Prepare for a second illusion to be shattered: the guys weren't really all that into cars, either.

Fortunately for their in-period authenticity, they had a bunch of friends who were passionate about hot rods, including a DJ named Roger Christian, who had befriended Brian Wilson and convinced him to use his lyrics and tap into the drag racing craze sweeping the West Coast. Christian is responsible for the words to Little Deuce Coupe, a track that would go on to become Wilson's favorite Beach Boys car song. The title, of course, refers to a’32 Ford with its “flathead mill” that will “walk a Thunderbird like she's standing still.” A favorite among hot rod builders to this day, it was really saying something in the early ’60s to claim that your ’32 could do “a hundred and forty with the top end floored.”

409

Gary Usher was another car fan whose path crossed with Brian Wilson’s early in their respective musical careers. Before working as a popular rock producer, Usher sat down with the creative genius behind the Beach Boys and helped pen a number of hits, including the unforgettable 409, a song which first appeared on Surfin' Safari in 1962 before being added to the auto-focused Little Deuce Coupe the following year.

There's all sorts of car nerd fun to be found in 409, which celebrates a “'four-speed, dual-quad, Posi-Traction 409” kicking ass on the street and the strip. Those three numerals, of course, represented Chevy's big-block 409-cubic-inch V-8, which was available in a number of full-size and intermediate models in 1962, boasting 409 horsepower in top tune and decimating all who lined up beside it. Those revving sounds at the beginning of the song actually came from Usher's own older Chevy V-8, recorded onto tape from the street in front of Wilson's home.

Fun, Fun, Fun

Fun, Fun, Fun is a time capsule of ’60s teenage rebellion back before that meant long hair and LSD. Instead, we're treated to a tale of a young girl who lies to her parents about why she wants to borrow the family car, with the chorus explaining that she'll have “fun, fun, fun 'til Daddy takes the T-Bird away.” The lead track on Shut Down Volume 2, it would hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964, on a week that the Beatles amazingly held down the top three spots.

Shut Down

Shut Down is as close as the Beach Boys ever got to the Jan and Dean-style of play-by-play street racing. It's an orgy of details, with the narrator piloting a fuel-injected Corvette Stingray that's facing off against a Mopar powered by a 413 Max Wedge with Ram Air induction and dual quad carbs. Although the song is about a street battle, the Corvette is on slicks, and we’re treated to a description of the driver “riding the clutch” to gain traction while his “pressure plate's burnin’.”

This was another Roger Christian composition, which explains the nitty-gritty mechanical language found throughout. Although I've lived my entire life thinking that the Stingray emerged victorious from this particular skirmish, a closer reading of the lyrics proves that the song ends before we find out whether the Chevy actually completely closes the gap or not—unless you want to interpret the final verse's “shut it off, shut it off, buddy now I shut you down” as the words of a winner. Shut Down, Part II unfortunately doesn't offer any clarity either, as it's an instrumental.

Our Car Club

Culled from Little Deuce Coupe, Our Car Club is a snapshot of early ’60s innocence: a bunch of dudes are cruising around together in their rides and decide that maybe it's time to form a club with jackets and sponsors and dues and everything. The track name-drops a Deuce Coupe, a Jaguar XKE, a Stingray, and a rail job dragster, brags about cutting “some low ETs,” and hints at “the roughest and toughest initiation we can find” that will “really put your through the grind,” which seems a little at odds with the feel-good vibes of the rest of the song.

Ballad of Ole' Betsy

Another Little Deuce Coupe entry, Ballad of Ole' Betsy is an homage to—what else?—a second Deuce Coupe, tracing its path from being built in Detroit and shipped out to the California coast to ending up a little worse for wear in Brian Wilson’s garage. It's a restrained yet emotional bit of doo-wop, although we never find out why she's called Betsy, only that she's “been more loyal than any friend could be,” and that “Betsy's growing old” to the point where it's making the singer cry. We've all been there.

In My Car

In 1989, the Beach Boys were flush with the success of Kokomo, which had been featured in the Tom Cruise bartending movie Cocktail. It was decided that the band would put together an album of songs that had all been in movies, an idea that quickly went off the rails when, according to member Mike Love, Wilson's Svengali-like psychiatrist Eugene Landy forced this particular number onto the record.

In My Car had never been included on a soundtrack, but it's the last car-specific song that the band would ever record, a paean to the Corvette that flashes back to the good old days of cruising while also speaking to the inevitable midlife crisis connotations of 'Vette ownership (“In my car I'm captain of my destiny”). The Still Cruisin' album would go gold and would be the last for the Beach Boys on Capitol Records.

Spirit of America

Spirit of America rounds out our list with its tale of the Bonneville Salt Flats, land speed records, and one of the quickest cars to ever test the salt flats. Wilson and Christian tag-teamed this two-minute tribute to the Spirit of America jet car built and driven by Craig Breedlove in the early ’60s. This “jet without wings,” as the lyrics describe it, was motivated by a “J-47, a jet for his power,” and helped Breedlove average “four-o-seven per hour.” No need to crack open a history book, kids, the Beach Boys have your Bonneville records covered.

XKE
The next photos are from the Richmond Auto Museum where the council held its summer meeting. This is a Jaguar XKE

MG
MGTD

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.

UPDATE TO THE RPM ACT - click link below
www.sema.org/epa-news

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

Tbird
1957 Thunderbird

Cord
This is a Cord in for transmission work

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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