"The Relay" Online Newsletter
December 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.
Here is an update on the Chesterfield personal property tax for antiques. At our last meeting Tom Herman, who owns several antique fire trucks, came to the meeting with a personal property tax bill for an antique fire engine. Both Tom and I have contacted Supervisor Steve Elswick. Recently Tom heard from him and stated: "I spoke with Steve Elswick yesterday and he said he has spoken with everyone involved and there is no opposition to pushing through an ordnance correcting the county code. He is following up on that and will keep me posted on progress. It may take a little time and will require a public hearing. He feels that is the cleanest way to get it resolved." Hopefully this will be resolved soon.
I have sent letters to five members of the General Assembly asking them to sponsor an exhaust bill. I have not heard from anyone and will update you as soon as I hear from someone. Hopefully someone will sponsor a bill to correct this situation.
We will meet the end of January and discuss what is happening in the General Assembly. It will be in session at that time. We will also see what changes with a new governor in office.
Don't forget the $10 a year council dues are due in January. If you are in a club or organization that is not a member please encourage the group to join us.
I wish you a happy holiday season and as always hope that next year is better than the previous one for all of us.
It's December and there are no show pics but I thought everyone would like to visit a junk yard - this is a Packard
Our next meeting will be Monday, January 22nd at 6:30 PM at Cesare's Ristorante & Pizza 13301 Rivers Bend Blvd Chester, VA 23836, phone: 804-530-1047. Click for driving directions. The General Assembly will be in session and we will discuss all bills of importance to car hobbyists.
The $10 per club per year dues are due during the month of January. If your club has not paid please send a $10 check made out to CCCCVA to Fred Fann, 15628 Rowlett Road, Chesterfield, VA 23838. Thanks!
Possible Cruise-In Site
Please contact if you are interested ~ Fred
We would love to host an event at our Mill Creek and Locust Grove locations!
We could provide a great meeting place for a regular monthly Cruise-In. Please contact me if you are interested and feel free to forward my info to anyone looking for a spot.
Tiger Fuel Company
Car Hobbyist News
I have sent requests to four members of the General Assembly asking them to sponsor an exhaust bill to allow antique car hobbyists the freedom of choice in exhaust parts for vehicles older than model year 1975. I sent the requests right after the election because a couple of them were running and fortunately won. All four of these members are car hobbyists who either own antique vehicles or race vehicles. I have not heard from anyone at the time this article was written. I also have not heard from my state senator on whether she will sponsor a bill. Last year Delegate Kirk Cox refused to sponsor a bill stating there was no support for it. About two-thirds of the legislation introduced in the General Assembly each year fails. Apparently there was not support for at least two-thirds of introduced legislation. That’s just an excuse not to introduce a bill. The bill gets introduced and then support has to be built for it.
The election surprised some people as Democrats make a stronger showing than expected. The council has always been non-partisan. We car hobbyists have been helped by members of the General Assembly from both parties and members of both parties have in the past sponsored legislation for hobbyists. And that is how it should be – being a car hobbyist means you enjoy the old vehicles. Members of both parties should be able to agree that the car hobby is fun, period. Hopefully a member of the GA will sponsor the exhaust legislation. I will keep you informed.
The RPM bill in Congress has moved forward a little bit. The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment passed the RPM Act. Information on the act – from SEMA – is below:
“The RPM Act is common-sense, bi-partisan legislation to protect law-abiding citizens who convert cars, trucks and motorcycles into racing vehicles. The bill clarifies that it has always been legal to make emissions-related changes to a street vehicle that has been converted into a racecar used exclusively in competition. It also confirms that it is legal to produce, market and install racing equipment.
In July 2015, the EPA issued a proposed regulation declaring that the Clean Air Act prohibits converting a motor vehicle into a racecar. Manufacturing, selling and installing race parts for the converted vehicle would also be a violation. Although the EPA did not finalize the proposed rule, the agency stands by this interpretation. SEMA contends it contradicts 45 years of previous EPA practice.
Converting street vehicles into dedicated race vehicles is an American tradition dating back decades which has negligible environmental impact. While California is known for having the strictest emissions laws, the state exempts racing vehicles from regulation.
There are about 1,300 race tracks across the country. Most cater to thousands of organized amateur racing events which involve converted vehicles. These drivers, race teams and spectators—all help drive local economies. They fill up motel rooms and restaurants, shop at local stores. These activities translate into tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity, including about $1.6 billion in annual sales of racing equipment.
The RPM Act does not interfere with the EPA’s authority to enforce against individuals who illegally install race parts on vehicles driven on public roads and highways and the companies that market such products. This is called tampering and is a clear violation of the Clean Air Act.
The RPM Act will provide the racing community with certainty and confidence in the face of an EPA regulatory action that threatens to devastate an American pastime and eliminate jobs in our communities.”
The National Historic Vehicle Register Act has been introduced into Congress by U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA). This bipartisan legislation if passed will commemorate the legacy of American automobiles and highlight their role in our nation’s history. H.R. 4066, the National Historic Vehicle Register Act, will establish a standalone register at the Department of Interior that documents historically significant automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles. U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
“The automobile is one of the premiere symbols of American ingenuity and inventiveness,” said Congressman Walberg. “In Michigan, from the earliest models to today, making cars is woven into our state’s DNA. With the help of this bipartisan effort, the story of how the automotive industry has shaped and transformed our history will be shared and preserved for generations to come.”
“The automobile has impacted almost every facet of American life, from labor to manufacturing and recreation to entertainment. It’s development, use, and enjoyment has exemplified the spirit of entrepreneurism, ingenuity, and creativity we all identify so closely with our nation. I am proud to introduce this legislation because these historic examples of the American automobile deserve to be honored and recognized for their immense contribution to the American psyche,” said Congressman Lowenthal.
“The Historic Vehicle Association’s mission is to share our automotive heritage with the American people,” said Mark Gessler, President of the Historic Vehicle Association. “The bipartisan collaboration between Representatives Walberg and Lowenthal supporting the introduction of the National Historic Vehicle Register Act reinforces our mission and clearly recognizes the role the automobile has played in shaping our culture.”
“Our nation’s landscape has been defined with architecture and engineering structures that represent the growth and expansion of our society,” said Christian W. Overland, Executive Vice President of The Henry Ford. “The automobile is the most significant object that has defined the American cultural landscape of the 20th century, which is constantly connecting us and democratizing mobility even today. The National Historic Vehicle Register Act is critical to documenting and sharing knowledge of our culture for future generations.”
“As a long-time motorcyclist and co-chair of the House Motorcycle Caucus, Representative Walberg knows there are few things better than the freedom of two wheels on the open road. Whether traveling cross country or just across town, motorcycles are a part of America’s automotive culture. The American Motorcyclist Association thanks Representatives Walberg and Lowenthal for their leadership on this important issue, and we are pleased to support the National Historic Vehicle Register Act to help highlight America’s motorcycling history,” said Wayne Allard, Vice President for Government Relations of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and former U.S. Senator.
“The United States, its history, its wealth and standing in the world, its popular culture, its future prospect is inconceivable without the automobile. Yet so little has been done to acknowledge this and to care for the legacy of the automobile, to protect automotive heritage. The National Historic Vehicle Register Act is a crucial step in our responsibility to the future to celebrate what has made America what it is,” said Michael Shanks, Professor Archeology, Stanford University.
Ethanol is still being debated in Congress. Members from corn states are trying to continue to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline. Currently E15 gasoline cannot be sold in summer because it increases the amount of ozone in the atmosphere. They are considering making E15 available all year long.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.) had this to say about the ethanol debate in Congress:
"As it has been for years, ethanol’s mix is driven not by any public need but by purely political interests perpetuated by lawmakers whose states directly benefit from the fuel’s production. Pollution? Engine damage? Production efficiency? Such legitimate concerns take a distant back seat to the politics that sustain an antiquated fuel standard, which got dumped on consumers back in 2007. But rather than review and update that fuel standard, Washington consistently enables ethanol’s slow, interminable burn."
That is the last hobbyist news of 2017 – I wish you a Merry Christmas and hopefully 2018 will be a better year for us all.
SEMA Action Network Reaches High Gear
SAN’s 20th Anniversary
It didn’t take long for the SAN to begin seeing a transition away from fighting the government to proactively creating mutually beneficial relationships with lawmakers and regulators. As unresolved legislative issues were discovered throughout the auto hobby, fair solutions were pursued. With the ever-growing popularity of street rods and customs—especially the replica and kit car varieties—the need for unique licensing designations became critical. Modified vintage and reproduction vehicles did not fall under existing state classifications for decades. In many states, outdated and convoluted registration rules created confusion among motorists and those charged with applying these laws at the ground level. Thus began the task of designing and implementing reasonable titling, registration, emissions and equipment standards nationwide.
The SEMA-Model Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Bill was developed by SAN staff to simplify the titling and registration of these vehicles and remedy common troubles. This effort was the product of consultation with the industry, state agencies, regulators and hobbyists. The model bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom car as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. Under the bill, kit cars and replica vehicles are issued a certificate of title bearing the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble, are exempted from emissions inspections and are only required to carry that safety equipment applicable to the designated model year.
In 1999, Washington was the first state to enact portions of the Street Rod/Custom Vehicle model into law. Original SAN member Scott Cedergreen of the Washington Car Club Council played a critical role in its enactment into law. “This bill allowed reproduction-bodied street rods to finally be titled as street rods. The National Street Rod Association does not acknowledge any difference in reproduction or original bodies, and based on our law, Washington state doesn’t either!” Illinois adopted the full version of SEMA’s model bill in 2002. The model has since become law in a total of 22 states.
As the enactment of Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Laws demonstrated widespread success, the SAN had proof that positive, pro-active legislation could serve to create new opportunities for the growth of the auto hobby. As a result, additional SEMA-model legislation was designed specifically to create reasonable and practical solutions for specific issues in the automotive community, including those for inoperable project cars, exhaust noise enforcement and use of nitrous-oxide systems.
An agreement was reached that building bridges with legislators rather than demonizing them offered a much better chance to arrive at hobby-friendly outcomes. Virginia Delegate Jim Dillard was one of the first lawmakers to help the SAN enact pro-hobby vehicle legislation into law. After a great deal of effort by SAN clubs and contacts in 2000, Dillard’s bill to exempt vehicles 25 years old and older from Virginia’s mandatory emissions inspections was signed into law. In the past, the state only exempted vehicles manufactured prior to the ’68 model year. “The perseverance exhibited by State Delegate Jim Dillard in shepherding this initiative through both the House and Senate proved to be the determining factor in the bill’s passage,” said Steve McDonald. “Through his efforts, Delegate Dillard showed himself to be a true friend of the vehicle hobby. We will always be grateful for his efforts.”
Close ties with elected officials would yield invaluable results for the SAN. Uniting lawmakers in a common cause made even more sense as the American auto industry celebrated its centennial in 1996. To mark the milestone, SEMA helped form the Congressional Automotive Performance to help raise the auto hobby’s profile on Capitol Hill and in the eyes of the public. Twenty years later, it counts 80 Congressional leaders from both the House and Senate among its ranks and a number have proven to be valuable allies. Federal proposals benefitting motorsports, turn-key replicas, off-road recreation and other topics have been successfully supported by those in the caucus.
In 2005, the concept of creating an alliance with legislators was taken a step further with the formation of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. Like the federal caucus, the SAN sought to partner with state lawmakers from across the country through a non-partisan effort. This group has since proven to be a vital tool for advocacy efforts in state houses nationwide. As many laws concerning vehicles are governed at the state level, caucus members help safeguard and advance the rights of enthusiasts.
Today, the SAN-supported State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus is now approximately 725 members strong and represented in each of the 50 states. Through the Caucus, the SAN has established direct access to these officials on the issues that matter most to our community. “The creation of the SAN-supported caucuses has been a tremendous help to this hobby,” Tom Cox explained. “We’re no longer ‘cold calling’ a lawmaker’s office. Instead, it’s possible to visit someone already identified as ‘hobby friendly’ and immediately begin working with their staff. Finding a sympathetic ear used to be much more difficult to get anything started or stopped.”
“Being named the first Caucus chairman was among the greatest honors of my legislative service,” recalls former Montana Senator Brueggeman. “It was rewarding to work with the SAN to help recruit legislators from across the United States and organize them into a political juggernaut for the rights of enthusiasts. Unchecked, creeping regulation will take us off America’s roads. The bottom line is there are people who don’t understand us, may not like us, and wouldn’t miss us if we were gone. Building a vigilant core of legislators who have a passion and understanding for our way of life was and remains critical to preserving our rights in a changing world.”
The Caucus would go on to be chaired by former New York Assemblyman Bill Reilich and is currently lead by West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell.
Chevy and Ford pickups
9th Annual “Collector Car Appreciation Day” to be Celebrated on July 13, 2018
The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated on July 13, 2018. The date will mark the ninth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. A brief recap of the 2017 festivities is highlighted in the current issue of Driving Force. Also, be sure to check out the full photo gallery. The images sent in by this year’s event hosts are greatly appreciated.
Intended to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, the U.S. Senate helped launch CCAD by passing Resolutions each year since 2010 at the SAN’s request. The previous resolutions were sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT). The Senators have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C., and recognize the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for the automobile’s unique historical place in our history. In fact, the states of Louisiana, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as most of the Canadian provinces, officially marked the occasion.
In preparation for the ninth celebration of the nation’s automotive heritage, enthusiasts and related businesses are already planning open houses, car cruises, club gatherings and educational events to commemorate the day. The SAN will again maintain and publicize a list of scheduled events to commemorate America’s time-tested love affair with the automobile at semaSAN.com/CCAD. Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing events can submit the details of their celebration. For questions, contact SAN Director Colby Martin at 909-978-6721 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to celebrate on July 13, the SAN encourages events to be scheduled throughout the month of July 2018.
Rockit69 (www.rockit69.com) is a website for those who grew up in the greater Richmond, Va area, and attended high school there before 1970. The format is: memories and music from the “Old School” days. Visitor input is encouraged.
The site is new, and still developing. I hope you will visit the site, and if you like it you will tell others.
I am working on a few feature articles, and I’m seeking some help. The articles will be on: A) Early Hot Rodding, B) Early Drag Racing and C) Drive-In movies.
I’m seeking antidotes, about your experiences in any of the above. Photos will be GREAT! FULL CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN TO ANY WORK OR PHOTO THAT I USE.
General questions to: Info@rockit69.com
Submit antidotes and photos to: email@example.com. I hope you will pass this on to all of your members or anyone that you think would be interested.
TJHS class of 66
Vietnam class of 68 (Big Red One)
Looks like a Scooby van - note orange turn signals
Mythbusting: Seasonal Storage
This is information from a Popular Mechanics article on the difference between winter and summer blends of gasoline. Winter gas is cheaper to produce and pollutes more than summer gas. Below is an explanation.
What exactly is the difference between summer and winter gas, anyway? Basically, winter gas is cheaper but not as pure, and worse for the environment.
The nation has some 20 different blends of gasoline to meet overlapping state and federal guidelines. The reason for the different grades of gas comes down to trying to control VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are more likely to evaporate the hotter it gets. More VOCs equal more smog, especially in summer, when the heat in the atmosphere increases the propensity for atmospheric ozone and adding in the VOCs increases the intensity of the smog.
The different grades of gas are measured on a system of RVP, or Reid Vapor Pressure, which is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). The higher the RVP number of a particular gas blend, the easier it is to vaporize and the worse it is for the environment. All gasoline blends have to be below 14.7 PSI, which is normal average atmospheric pressure. Any number higher than that and gasoline would become a gas.
During the summer heat, the RVP of gas has to be especially low to keep it from boiling off. The EPA mandates an RVP maximum of anywhere between 9.0 PSI and 7.8 PSI for summer-grade fuel, depending on region (though you get a fudge factor of 1 psi for using gas blended with 10 percent ethanol). There are even lower RVP-rated fuels for cities like Houston, New York, and L.A. Different states and cities have their own rules based upon their seasonal temperatures—Washington state needs different summer gas than, say, Florida. That's why there are so many blends. To make it more complicated, the time for switching from summer- to winter-blend gasoline varies by state too.
Generally, the lower the RVP of a gas blend, the more it costs. For example, in winter you can blend butane, which is relatively plentiful and cheap, with gasoline. But butane, which has an RVP of 52 on its own, can't be used in summer, when it would immediately boil off as a gas. So "purer" summer gasoline is by default costlier. (And there are other factors at play too. More people travel in summer during peak driving season, for instance, putting more stress on demand.)
2018 Corvette Raffle info below
2018 Corvette Raffle
I would like to make you aware of a great opportunity to win a 2018 Corvette Stingray (valued at $60,000). Only 1500 tickets will be sold. You need not be present to win. Proceeds will go to several organizations benefiting our veterans.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-241-9770.
Thank you very much,
South Richmond Rotary Club
I believe this is a Triumph TR6
Two Chevy trucks - one from the 50s and one from the 60s
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
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.
This Plymouth sedan looks restorable
This Rambler is sinking into the earth
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.
1955 Chevy sedan
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